Wedding florist of 13 years here. While I agree with almost everything you say, what I want to clear up is the fact that wedding professionals put their blood, sweat, and tears into your wedding. And no, we don’t make a lot of money. The reason the “inflated margins” are there is because we might exchange 100 emails for one wedding. We might spend hours meeting with you to quell your anxieties. We will also probably take a hit when your peonies come in just a shade too pink and we have to track down more to make sure your bouquet is perfect. We hand make everything and make sure our employees are paid living wages. In short, we make sure your wedding day is perfect and we have one shot to do it.
The wedding industrial complex is real, and it places unrealistic expectations on brides and grooms, but I want you to remember that we work hard and our talents are often insulted by incessant negotiation, unrealistic expectations, and rude behavior. And no, not all clients are like that, but I have read about a lot of people complaining about the cost of weddings and encouraging people to negotiate. I simply want to remind everyone that we are people, too. We work hard, we care about your wedding, and we aren’t ripping you off.