Brides: How about I quote a price that is entirely fair and reasonable based on the level of work and variety of flowers involved, and you agree, instead of me hiking my prices by 20% in the first instance so that I can pretend to have ‘crunched some numbers’ and then agree to a discount when you discover that you have spent 98% of your wedding budget on your dress, shoes and hair?
Bride: “Do you charge for Wedding consultations?”
Me: “Not in the first instance, no. We can usually get most of the points down in one consultation followed up by email and phone.”
Bride: “Haha. No. I would be looking at having at least 8 or so consultations over a period of a few months while I decide what I need…”
Me: **sensing frothing at the mouth Bridezilla madness, ending with me throwing myself off a cliff** “…So as I said, the first one would be free, and after that we would be charging you a consultation fee of £30** per hour”
Bride: “THIRTY POUNDS AN HOUR????“
Me: “I find talking about money really focuses the mind, doesn’t it?”
**(made up on the spot)