Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wedding Wednesday!

When I started the wedding planning process I was gun-ho about creating my own bouquet. My mom and I even did a test run with a small bouquet of roses. As time goes on though I feel that I would rather have a gorgeous bouquet created for me and my beautiful bridesmaids. 

I've seen many beautiful arrangements and feel blessed that our venue has huge picture windows over looking a prestigious golf course so the setting is there and we don't have a need for table arrangements which will cut the cost of our floral substantially!

I recently started researching florists in Portland and found a few that I really liked. I have emailed one in particular several times but when I asked about scheduling a consult she failed to get back to me. It's been 3 weeks and I've emailed again with no response. I'm sorry but I don't care how gorgeous your work is if you can't respond to an email in a fairly timely manor then why would I trust that you'd be responsive the week of the wedding? I know this florist creates beautiful wedding arrangements but I prefer vendors who are reliable. This was discouraging.

Yesterday, I found an awesome florist in Portland who I hadn't seen before. She was even better than the girl that I loved. She's replied to my email quickly and told me when I could schedule a consult! I'll be calling on my lunch hour to schedule that. If I do book her I'll do a post all about her at a later date!

Did any of you have issues with vendors responding quickly and decide against them in the end because of it? Or did you have trouble contacting them but loved them so much that you booked them anyway? What was the end result if you did book a vendor who wasn't the best at communicating? Did you regret it? Did it turn out awesome?

Happy hump day.


  1. Here is my best advice about the flowers. My mom was in charge of weddings at the country club where I get married so she knew a lot of vendors. We went with the one she thought was best and told her what we wanted, but sort of left a little room for her creativty because she didn't know what flowers she could get at good prices blah blah blah. Anyway, while the flowers were pretty, they were not exactly what I wanted. If I had to do it over again, I would tell her exactly what I wanted and make sure I knew what I was getting. She also forgot a bouquet for one of the bridesmaids. It sometimes complicates things to work with people that you or your parents knows. Good luck!

  2. I have called just a couple vendors... mostly reception sites... and they all seem to be pretty horrible at getting back quickly! It is so frustrating! I am wanting to spend money with you people!! LOL Glad you found a florist that got back to you and that you like! Yay!

  3. Just stopping in to your blog for the first time :)
    It's amazing that people who are running a business (especially a floral business) wouldn't be more prompt on their replies. It's totally one of those things where it's word of mouth right? And it's not like you're going to have anything positive to say!! lol

    Anyway, I am glad that you found someone that you can work with... sounds like a perfect match :)

  4. All of the vendors i've contacted have been pretty good about communication and getting back to me in a timely manner. There were some that were too persistant and I didn't like that. I let them know I would contact them when I was ready and they didn't get the hint! lol