I chose to work with Blooms because they are known as one of the best florists in Central PA. However I was a long distance bride and due to that, have a different set of criteria. For one, I do everything over email. If you are not comfortable sending proposals, or attached photos, you should not engage with someone who does not live in the area. How a business can even survive without these essential skills was way beyond the groom's comprehension.
The other challenge I had was getting them to think creatively and propose more than one option. I brought a few pictures to my first meeting to show a few examples of things I liked but truthfully I specified NO flowers that I had to have or any flowers that I didn't like. I expected them to take advantage of our open minds and propose something fantastic. The first proposal came in astronomically high and with no visuals. What a sell. They then trimmed the budget but I had no idea what a $75 maid of honor bouquet might look like next to a $85 version. Ultimately I gave my centerpieces away because I was not convinced that they could pull off what I wanted. All I asked for was something simple incorporating branches and candles... JDK, our caterer, did an awesome job with these ultimately. and they were able to EMAIL attached photos. 4 versions with accompanying pricing, so I could compare what $70 looked like and what $100 each looked like. Our centerpieces were less than $65 a table and everyone loved them!
Though I liked my bouquet, I felt the boutonnieres lacked originality- just white roses. They were like the ones I bought for my prom dates back in high school. And they did our pew decorations which consisted solely of big loopy bright white satin bows. Again, had I known what they looked like, I probably would have skipped that expense entirely.
Maybe if you live in the area and are very specific about your vision, this would be the right florist for you. I hope you'll have a better experience than we did.
We had already taken a few dance lessons so our instructor lucked out with teaching us the basics. Although I felt she was unprepared with what she would spend each hour doing, we took the lead and asked lots of questions to get our money's worth. Had a great swingin' first dance!
Our event planner, David Everett, figured me out right away. Even though he knew I had high end tastes, he was able to work within our budget and the finished product blew us away.
I need to add that David did all of our decor. In our venue, we needed lighting and lots of rentals to create the ambiance we were looking for. David did a FABULOUS job with all of this and ended up doing our centerpieces at the last minute because I was so unhappy with what our florist had proposed. I know he planned to use pictures from our event in his sample book, so ask about the Roman wedding!
Nicely renovated and good rates. The front desk people are annoying to work with. I had to make many reservations for others and every time I called, they would get confused about what rooms were in whose names and being paid for by whose card... my mom had to go in person several times to straighten things out.
I love that this venue can be dressed up in any way. It felt urban and raw, but with lots of lighting became warm and could have been a loft in any city. My mom did all the coordinating directly with the venue and would sometimes wait for a few days to hear back. The people who run this place have other jobs -- this is something on the side. I rated professionalism a 3 because the week of the wedding, we incurred an extra $200 charge so the rentals/caterer could come in on Friday to set up for the Saturday wedding. I thought this was a little unfair to come up at the last minute, apparently a new policy.
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