Do Florists Always Charge More For Wedding Flowers?
If you’re active on social media or wedding forums, you often see questions posted like this. You might get the impression that every florist inflates their prices for wedding flowers.
They make it seem like it’s a standard operating procedure in the floral industry.
This short parody video highlights the perception that some couples have about florists and wedding flower prices.
I have to admit, it did make me laugh a little. But I also came away wondering how many people think the same thing.
Take a look and see for yourself.
This video shows that the lack of price transparency when it comes to wedding flowers is a big issue for many couples.
A while back, I read an interesting article entitled Weddings Cost Money. Period. (Sorry, it’s no longer available online).
It dealt with the authors’ frustration and concerns with setting up her wedding budget.
In it she wrote:
Most vendors I’ve contacted won’t tell me what they cost except that they will “work with me” to realize my “vision.”
She points to the fact that many vendors are not upfront about their pricing, citing it as the main reason for her frustration. She does have a point, but
On the Flip Side
Some of my colleagues tell me their biggest frustration is dealing with clients whose expectations for wedding flowers often far exceed their budget. That’s partially due to the influence of social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest, every bride’s source for wedding flower ideas.
The trouble is, none of the photos on these sites come with price tags. Most florists know that some of these pics feature some pretty pricey arrangements, some well outside their clients’ budget.
But rather than lose the client, they offer to “work with you” to realize your “vision.”
In my opinion, this is a big mistake. It almost always leads to an unhappy ending for both the client and the florist.
How We Address the Pricing Transparency Issue
In my experience, the key to successfully working with brides is managing expectations, and that starts at the initial contact.
Since most couples begin researching florists online, it made sense to us to provide as much information about ourselves, our wedding services, and our pricing as possible. So that’s what we did.
Like most florists, many of the couples we serve are referred to us by family, friends, or other couples we’ve worked with before.
Even though these couples are predisposed to working with us, we felt it was still a good idea to clearly post our wedding flower prices and policies, allowing them to compare prices without any sales pressure.
That way, couples can decide for themselves whether our pricing fits their budget before proceeding further.
And they also know what to expect from us prior to setting up an initial consultation.
How Has It Worked Out For Us?
Frankly, when the decision was made to post our pricing information online, I had real concerns that it might have a negative effect on our wedding business.
Actually, the opposite happened, especially after we added a calendar showing our available open dates, along with our consultation and booking requirements.
As a result, we are getting more organized, well-prepared wedding clients, some reserving dates as far as 10-15 months out.
It’s become a win-win situation for both our clients and our shop.
Want to Work With Us?
If you’re getting married we invite you to check our wedding flower prices here.
Or use the free tools and resources offered there as well.
Lastly, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.