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  • If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

    These are the pictures of my bridesmaid bouquets the morning of our wedding on September 24. Please tell me what you think happened to these flowers!!!! The florist we went through refuses to do anything about this and forcing us to take them to small claims court. I won't go into how nasty this battle has been.

    Here are the details of what happened with the flowers.

    1. They were picked up at 4pm on Saturday evening. When they were picked up my friend picked them up he was required to inspect the flowers. He had asked them about a silver effect they had on them. They told him that it was a glitter floral spray. After inspecting to the best of his abilities he signed for them. They packed them in the ice chest for him. All of the bouquets were put in cups and then packed down in ice. As I requested him to do, he then asked them how they should be handled. Whether we should leave them in the ice chest or put them in the fridge. The girl who packed it for him told him it would be best to put them in the fridge.

    2. He arrived at the hall for the rehearsal dinner. He told me that we were to put them in the fridge. So we pulled them out and looked at them to see they all turned out. They were pretty and looked just as I wanted. So we stuck them in the fridge. The bouquets left in their cups werepushed to the back and then the two arrangements for the candle stands layed on the same shelf on the front. The bountineres and corsages were left in their plastic case and put on the next shelf down on top of a case of water. The floral halo was left in it's bag and placed in the door of the fridge.

    3. The next morning at 10:30 on my way back from my hair appointment, my mom and I went by the hall to pick up the bouquets so that we could take pictures with. When I picked them up the flowers were as you see below. My bridal bouquet had some edges that were browned and nasty but not the whole thing. Just around the edges.

    These are the bridesmaid bouquets at the location where the girls and I were taking pictures. My photographer's assistant was sure to get pictures of these!! Please note that as soon as these pictures were taken that they were moved back into the shade. As you can see one of them still has a semi-blue hydrangea left.


    This wasn't going to work!!! Fortunately my bouquet was somewhat salvagable. Here are pictures of where we took them apart to try and make something usable.




    As you can see there was not salvaging any of this. Thankfully my husband's cousin is a miracle worker and was able to put together beautiful bouquets with flowers from the Safeway down the way.

    If you have any experience with flowers I would truly appreciate your advise and if you could possibly write me a statement to take with me to small claims court!!!
    :ap: How much longer? Are we there yet? Why aren't we there yet?:yea:

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    Re: If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

    Oh boy! I don't have any advice; hopefully this was the only thing that went wrong on your day!

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    • #3
      Re: If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

      Looks to me like the refrigerator was too cold and the more fragile ones got frosted.

      This sometime happens to me with produce stored in the back of the bottom shelf and even in the produce drawers at the very bottom, especially celery and lettuce.
      "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

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        Re: If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

        Yeah looks like they got chilled too much!

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          Re: If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

          Well, my mother got her degree in floristry, and based off my experiences with her, it was probably too cold in the fridge.

          However, you have an excellent case for WHY THE HECK THEY MADE YOU PICK THEM UP THE DAY BEFORE?

          However, :ot:, I looooooooooove Sterling Silver Roses. It looks like that's in your bouquets, yes? I loooooooooooove them. My favorite flower.

          I hope the rest of your wedding went okay!
          "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? " - Alice

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          "It happens to people all the time, Jack." - Dorothy

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            Re: If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

            I don't think the florist is responsible at all for what happened to these arrangements. If they made one mistake it was in not telling you at what temperature the storage refrigerator should have been set.

            Had they told you the recommended temperature and you had a refrigerator thermometer on the shelf (which I think all fridges should have) you could've avoided a lot of stress at the last minute.
            "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

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              Re: If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

              Oh, they look like they would have been beautiful! I am so sorry this happened to you. Thank goodness someone was able to help you out, and salvage some, add some, etc.
              Well, I worked in a florist for a few years, and took some classes in college, but I in no way profess to be an expert. But, I agree with everyone else in that your flowers died because they got too cold. I do have one question though....you say the florist "put the bouquets in cups, then packed them down in ice." Did the ice touch your flowers? Other than a too cold fridge, (which has already been mentioned)I can't think of another reason why this would happen. did you pick them up the day before because that was what YOU wanted, or what the florist insisted on? Good luck in your fight.

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                Re: If you were or have been a florist please look!!!!!! Need Help!!!

                I hope you still had a lovely wedding! I would love to see the salvaged bouquets!
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