We have booked our venue, and are starting to look at suppliers, our preferred florist is booked up, and another one we have messaged is asking for us to give a flower budget to her before she gives a quote... Is this a bit odd? I sort of feel a little bit reluctant to give a figure as she may then overcharge? In my head it would make sense for her to ask what we are wanting, and then give a price? I have no idea about things like this, this wedding planning malarkey is confusing and every supplier has a different policy ?. Thanks in advance xxx
Amy Mills - That does seem strange! If it was me I would just say you're not decided yet on flower budget and you would like to find out what is on offer before making any decisions. X
Jennie Marie Gordon - I've been a florist for 15 years and this seems very strange! Get together a few different ideas and take them along to your consultation. Your florist should first give you a quote for what you ask for first and then if you tell them that it's over budget, a good florist should find a way to alter your ideas to bring the cost down. Make sure that you get quotes from a few different florists and go with your gut. You need to be able to feel comfortable with all your suppliers. Good luck xx
Stephanie Smith - We haven't given a budget to any of ours. We have requested quotes and for our florist we had a meeting with them where we told her what flowers we wanted and then they came back with a price. Seems odd to request a budget first x
Loretta Lancaster - I think it's fine to ask for a budget. I was annoyed at one supplier who didn't ask for a budget first, we wasted a whole day on it travelling up and chatting and then she posted a quote through and it was ridiculous. It's to give them an idea instead of wasting their time on multiple quotes. X
Michelle Baker - Tell her a much lower price than you'd be willing to pay as this just sounds weird. She should be asking what you want and how big/how many pieces you want and showing you ideas not straight out asking what you'll pay! I'd look for a different florist personally! X
Hannah Newman - My florist asked for a budget first and she's definitely not a lady who would rip someone off! She may be asking you so that she knows what to suggest as there is no point suggesting things if they're way out of your budget! My florist had incredible ideas that I think made the whole day, but if my budget was quite low she wouldn't have suggested the ideas as it would be awkward / not a nice position to be in to not have those things and really want them if you didn't have the money to say yes to them.. hope that makes sense... but I would see it more that way than a chance to rip you off. I suppose it depends on the vibe you get from your florist, if you know she's a genuine person who you really get on with you'll know whether you feel comfortable enough to work with her or not (or him) x
Sarah-may Anderson - That's strange, I'm a florist and have never asked anybody a budget... I always do a consultation as to their requirements and quote based on my prices and not how much money they have!
Collette Hamilton - I think it should be you say what your wanting and your ideas, (with a budget in mind) she's gives a quote, if out of your range she should say how it could be made to be in with your price range.
Send some piks ect?
But I'd defo go somewhere else. X
Sarah Lewis - We spoke to our florist about what we wanted and she explained minimum cost but then we could go up in price if we could afford to. She advised for the flowers we chose what price would give a bouquet the size I was after and then said ultimately we would say what price we want to pay and she will make it to that price. Asking for a budget means she can give you a good idea of what you can afford. If you don't have a budget yet just be honest and say so but may be worth setting a top level you could afford.
Jessica Pask - We booked an appointment with ours. Used my Pinterest board and some photos as ideas and discussed the sort of thing we were looking for. She gave a rough estimate of what each would cost then asked what sort of price point we would be happy with. We said £X amount and then she sent a breakdown of all the imagery we had discussed as inspiration. Basically we could pick and choose what we wanted and simplify in order to fit around our budget if necessary
Abigail Westwood - Every supplier works differently. You could have an unlimited budget or you could have a very tight budget so perhaps she wants to give you great options at your price point. Imagine budgeting £1000 for flowers, she sends you a gorgeous quote but it's £5000....
Victoria Jack - My Partner never gave me a budget (think he slightly regrets that now ?) but none of the services we have used asked for a budget. Just at consultation noted thoughts and ideas, then sent one through to us few days later, our florist also said they would be able to make it cheaper with different flowers ect if it was too much. Xx
Zoe Dearie Flowers - (depending on what you want and weather they are in season ) can be really expensive and I went to a few florists and got asked about budget they all can back either just over or just under our budget I ended up with amazing fake ones as we had an unexpected bill come through for something completely unrelated to wedding but I don't think it's odd at all at the end of the day they want your business so they have to work around what you can spend x