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You've done all the research, spent hours looking over portfolios and instagram feeds, interviewed the options, and finally found a florist you think you love. All of a sudden, things aren't so perfect anymore and you're considering letting go. Breaking up with a vendor is hard to do especially if your wedding day is fast approaching, but a lot of times, it has to be done.
In some cases it's better to cut ties and find someone new, than to keep working with someone who has not delivered what was promised. So how do you know where to draw the line? We spoke with Jackie Reisenauer, owner and creative director of Munster Rose in St. Paul, Minnesota about signs that indicate you should probably fire your florist.
They're telling you everything you want to hear. The last thing you want is a florist who wants your business so badly; they'll say anything to get you to sign a contract. "If they're guaranteeing things like peonies for your September wedding, look out!" says Reisenauer. All those promises could lead to major disappointment on your wedding day. "A qualified florist will be up front with you about what can or can't be done, and what it will cost. After all, you're paying them for this expertise!"
See more: 11 Signs It's Time To Break Up With A Wedding Vendor
The price is too good to be true. Florists do get better deals on flowers because they're buying in bulk, often directly from the supplier or at a local flower market, but there's a limit to how low things can go. If their quote comes in dramatically lower than the other florists you spoke to, that could be a big red flag. Cutting you a deal because you booked during the off-season, or giving you money-saving advice like reusing the bouquets as centerpieces at the reception is good business. However, if the prices seem impossibly low, they probably are.
They're not responsive. Sure, an occasionally delayed email is totally acceptable (especially during peak wedding season), but if it's constantly taking days, or even weeks, to hear back from your florist, this might be a sign of a bigger problem. "They might have over-booked themselves," says Reisenauer. "If they're too busy to respond to your emails, how are they going to deliver the amazing arrangements you'd discussed when your wedding day arrives?"