Dear Preston: What would you do if you were in this florist crisis?
October 7, 2016
I had the most beautiful wedding celebration for my daughter’s wedding. I love my ﬂorist, my problem is, that I was asked to pay the ﬂoral bill two weeks before the wedding. At ﬁrst, I was a little frustrated by this kind of a request, yet I agreed and paid them in full. One week after the wedding, I received an additional bill for $8,000. The ﬂorist claimed that they did not estimate the time correctly that it would take to break-down the elaborate event. The ﬂorist delivered this element of surprise after the wedding, and it was not a part of our contract.
I am seeking your expert advice: What do you think I should do? Should I pay them? Or tell them to get lost.
Dear Mother of the Bride:
I am going to go out on the limp here and say if you can afford it, pay them. Mind you, I am sure that you have no legal obligation to do so. I recently have had a similar situation, where I estimated a job without realizing the intensity of the job, costing myself more in labor. As a result, I did not have enough money to cover all expenses.
If you were happy with your ﬂorist, you could make them jubilant by just paying, and it would be a wonderful way to say, “Thank you.” And if for any reason, you can’t afford all of it, you might compromise and pay them at least a part of it.
I’ll also love the opinion of my readers. What do you think? Should she pay in full or just part, or tell them to get lost?