Offbeat vendor love letter: Offbeat Bride vendors rule and mean vendors drool

October 17 | Guest post by stephanienjer

We love awesome feedback from our Offbeat Empire readers about our Offbeat Empire vendors. From Home to Bride, we pour a lot of love into every advertorial we write. That's why we're happy to share this amazing feedback from Tribesmaid stephanienjer about her experience with floral vendors…

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 9.26.06 AMI have already purchased my invitation design from a vendor I found on Offbeat Bride. I couldn't be happier with them, and their special discount helped, too! But I hadn't considered the option of using an Offbeat Bride floral vendor, since we were trying to keep that local.

We have a flower wholesaler in town, and we wanted to give them our business. We went in several times, and discussed many options. In addition, I conversed with them several times via email, got quotes on each flower per stem, and discussed color options. One day I contacted them and asked when I could come in to finalize all of the details, and pay for the order. I got the answer, "You can come in any time today." Okay, I went after work, and within five minutes of my arrival, I was in tears.

Flowers they promised they could get, they can't now, and not in the colors I want. In addition, their idea of making me feel welcome was to have me stand in the middle of the shop with an associate who had no pen, no pad — nothing with which to take notes about my order. She then proceeded to scold me that I didn't make an appointment. (What did she think I was trying to do when I called?) Then she went in the back at one point and came out with the manager, and they both scolded me!

I felt like my options at this point were to go absolutely Bridethulhu crazy, or break down in tears. I chose tears. They apologized, but still tried to make it sound like it was my fault that I wasn't prepared. Needless to say, I walked out without ordering anything.

Enter another Offbeat Bride vendor: FlowermuseThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them! I found them via an advertorial on Offbeat Bride, and liked what I saw. If you're looking to do some DIY arranging, I recommend you contact them.

The flowers we were hoping to get were grouped in batches of 100 stems, but when I contacted them, they said they were willing to do smaller numbers, AND were willing to mix and match colors and varieties. I am able to get lots more flowers for less money this way. In addition, Gaby from Flower Muse has been nothing but helpful and friendly. I also like that they follow US and EU standards as far as farming. This makes me feel a little more comfortable safety-wise. Their 10% discount for Offbeat Bride readers doesn't hurt, either.

Thanks, Offbeat Bride. When I first started following you, I thought vendors were just a way to pay the bills (which, of course, DOES help), but, the ones I've found and pursued, truly embody the ideology of the site.

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Thanks, stephanienjer! We're super-happy to hear our vendors kick ass. Wanna become an Offbeat Bride vendor and make our readers sing your praises as well? Click here!