*A little backstory, being from a large family means being related to a big portion of our small town. Which means, being related to a lot of people who have their own businesses and having a lot of friendors.
My Nana, in the beginning of wedding planning, said that she would like to pay for our flowers, BUT I had to go to X. X being a relative who owns a business in town. I should have known there was trouble brewing with this arrangement, but did it to please her, since I am the first grandchild getting married. So the beginning of the year rolls around and my mom made an appointment.
I, being a gung ho bride equipped with pretty pictures and wonderful floral ideas in my head, walk in all ready to discuss options, vases, alternatives, colors, and what is available for me in July.
So why am I paying you, if I am going to be picking everything out, finding out what is available, and basically telling you what to order? Isn't that a florists responsibility? I understand I need a general idea of what I'm looking for, which I did have, but I need suggestions and professional opinions of what would fit the image I have in my head and will fit into our budget.
There was nothing out of the "meeting" that was positive. There was more than five times that I wanted to get up and walk out. Half of the time I was there I sat in complete silence while looking through his 30+ year old wedding books, not knowing what anything was, how much it cost, or if it would even be available. I would say that this was the worst wedding planning experience to date! He wants me to come back to go through the books again sometime this week, but there is no way I will give this man any business or family money.
So a warning to other couples who have family or friends as wedding vendors, do not feel obligated to choose them. In the end it isn't worth your piece of mind, or wallet to please family members.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the floral saga.