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Anthony Gowder Designs

Chicago , IL

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1733 W. Hubbard
Chicago, IL US 60622 (map)
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INFO FOR FLOWERS

Do you offer free or for charge consultations?
Free
Do you provide free or for charge sample arrangements?
Free
Do you offer delivery, set up, and breakdown services?
Breakdown, Delivery, Setup

REVIEWS

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Lauren
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make my flowers even better. The best part about Anthony Gowder besides Cassandra is that they set up a flower viewing so you can see your centerpieces and change or keep whatever you want before you're wedding so you know exactly what you're getting and what they look like. Cassandra responded to my emails quickly and answered any questions I had. Cassandra showed passion and care when planning my flowers. She treated my family and I like we were individuals and not just another person having a wedding. We received a lot of compliments on the flowers and how beautiful they were. The flowers were fresh, made with every detail in place and smelled amazing. I'm so thankful to Cassandra and Anthony Gowder and will recommend them to anyone looking for a florist.
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make Read more...
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make my flowers even better. The best part about Anthony Gowder besides Cassandra is that they set up a flower viewing so you can see your centerpieces and change or keep whatever you want before you're wedding so you know exactly what you're getting and what they look like. Cassandra responded to my emails quickly and answered any questions I had. Cassandra showed passion and care when planning my flowers. She treated my family and I like we were individuals and not just another person having a wedding. We received a lot of compliments on the flowers and how beautiful they were. The flowers were fresh, made with every detail in place and smelled amazing. I'm so thankful to Cassandra and Anthony Gowder and will recommend them to anyone looking for a florist. Read less
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MissMadeline
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Gorgeous flowers and centerpieces were one of the top priorities I had when planning decor for my wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs exceeded my expectations. We received so many compliments from guests on the centerpieces and bouquets. I worked with Cassandra, who was professional, friendly, and accessible throughout the entire process. She worked with me to make my vision a reality. It was not inexpensive, but the end product was worth every penny spent. Cassandra was able to edit the proposal several times to come up with something in my price range that still met all of my requirements.
Gorgeous flowers and centerpieces were one of the top priorities I had when planning decor for my wedding. Anthony Gowder Read more...
Gorgeous flowers and centerpieces were one of the top priorities I had when planning decor for my wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs exceeded my expectations. We received so many compliments from guests on the centerpieces and bouquets. I worked with Cassandra, who was professional, friendly, and accessible throughout the entire process. She worked with me to make my vision a reality. It was not inexpensive, but the end product was worth every penny spent. Cassandra was able to edit the proposal several times to come up with something in my price range that still met all of my requirements. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
A+++ We loved everything they did! I was so excited to see the reception room and they did not disappoint! Would recommend them to anyone, they were so easy to work with and took care of everything.
A+++ We loved everything they did! I was so excited to see the reception room and they did not disappoint! Would recommend Read more...
A+++ We loved everything they did! I was so excited to see the reception room and they did not disappoint! Would recommend them to anyone, they were so easy to work with and took care of everything. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor
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L
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Best of the Best....Anthony Gowder Designs handled the floral and lighting for my daughter's wedding. Stephanie was amazing! She listened and helped us fine tune our choices without ever making us feel pressured. She paid attention to every possible detail and created a finished product beyond my expectations. Every centerpiece was fresh, full and vibrant. My guests were WOWed with the results. It is refreshing to find a vendor who takes such pride in their work and cares so much about their customers. Anthony Gowder and Stephanie are truly the Best of the Best.
Best of the Best....Anthony Gowder Designs handled the floral and lighting for my daughter's wedding. Stephanie was Read more...
Best of the Best....Anthony Gowder Designs handled the floral and lighting for my daughter's wedding. Stephanie was amazing! She listened and helped us fine tune our choices without ever making us feel pressured. She paid attention to every possible detail and created a finished product beyond my expectations. Every centerpiece was fresh, full and vibrant. My guests were WOWed with the results. It is refreshing to find a vendor who takes such pride in their work and cares so much about their customers. Anthony Gowder and Stephanie are truly the Best of the Best. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Bukola
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Wow. Stunning. Super Pretty. Gorgeous. Elegant. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how gorgeous Anthony Gowder Designs made our wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs took our vision (concepts, thoughts, ideas) and brought it to life. Our ceremony arch was an amazing backdrop that transitioned beautifully behind our sweetheart table, our centerpieces (high, medium and low) were beautiful, our flowers were beyond stunning, and Anthony and Stephanie's warmth and personality put us at ease. Planning a large wedding for 400+ guests was quite an undertaking but seeing everything come together made it well worth it. Future advice - do not skimp costs when it comes to your flowers, lighting and decor. Anthony Gowder Designs is worth every penny and they will add those personal touches that will be memorable. BONUS: Stephanie Gowder saw pictures of my wedding dress and had an idea to incorporate a gorgeous gunmetal grey runner down the aisle lined with floating candles to highlight my beaded gunmetal sash on my wedding dress. My pictures were amazing and my guests were speechless. BEST FLORAL VENDOR EVER.
Wow. Stunning. Super Pretty. Gorgeous. Elegant. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how gorgeous Anthony Read more...
Wow. Stunning. Super Pretty. Gorgeous. Elegant. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how gorgeous Anthony Gowder Designs made our wedding. Anthony Gowder Designs took our vision (concepts, thoughts, ideas) and brought it to life. Our ceremony arch was an amazing backdrop that transitioned beautifully behind our sweetheart table, our centerpieces (high, medium and low) were beautiful, our flowers were beyond stunning, and Anthony and Stephanie's warmth and personality put us at ease. Planning a large wedding for 400+ guests was quite an undertaking but seeing everything come together made it well worth it. Future advice - do not skimp costs when it comes to your flowers, lighting and decor. Anthony Gowder Designs is worth every penny and they will add those personal touches that will be memorable. BONUS: Stephanie Gowder saw pictures of my wedding dress and had an idea to incorporate a gorgeous gunmetal grey runner down the aisle lined with floating candles to highlight my beaded gunmetal sash on my wedding dress. My pictures were amazing and my guests were speechless. BEST FLORAL VENDOR EVER. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We were so pleased we selected Anthony Gowder for our June wedding. They perfectly executed our vision of of romance with lots of blush pink peonies, white roses, and white hydrangea. They also brought the "old Chicago" feel to our venue that we were looking for with beautiful silver candleabras and tall vases of flower. When I saw the aisle treatment, it took my breath away. They also did a phenomenal job on the cake table, which I showed them for an inspiration from Pinterest and they executed perfectly. Very happy bride here!
We were so pleased we selected Anthony Gowder for our June wedding. They perfectly executed our vision of of romance with Read more...
We were so pleased we selected Anthony Gowder for our June wedding. They perfectly executed our vision of of romance with lots of blush pink peonies, white roses, and white hydrangea. They also brought the "old Chicago" feel to our venue that we were looking for with beautiful silver candleabras and tall vases of flower. When I saw the aisle treatment, it took my breath away. They also did a phenomenal job on the cake table, which I showed them for an inspiration from Pinterest and they executed perfectly. Very happy bride here! Read less
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Carolyn
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
I am so thrilled to have worked with Cassandra and Stephanie from Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding. From the first moment we met, they understood exactly the atmosphere we wanted to create with the floral arrangements and bouquets. I also hired Cassandra to be our Day of Coordinator and I cannot say enough great things: she is energetic, organized, upbeat, fun to be around and extremely detail oriented. I always felt like I had her full attention and she wanted our wedding day to be as beautiful as we did. Every arrangement was meticulously executed and of the highest quality. We received many, many compliments on the bridesmaids bouquets as well. I can't imagine my wedding without Cassandra behind the scenes, orchestrating it all! What a magical night! Thank you!
I am so thrilled to have worked with Cassandra and Stephanie from Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding. From the first Read more...
I am so thrilled to have worked with Cassandra and Stephanie from Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding. From the first moment we met, they understood exactly the atmosphere we wanted to create with the floral arrangements and bouquets. I also hired Cassandra to be our Day of Coordinator and I cannot say enough great things: she is energetic, organized, upbeat, fun to be around and extremely detail oriented. I always felt like I had her full attention and she wanted our wedding day to be as beautiful as we did. Every arrangement was meticulously executed and of the highest quality. We received many, many compliments on the bridesmaids bouquets as well. I can't imagine my wedding without Cassandra behind the scenes, orchestrating it all! What a magical night! Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Private User
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fantastic service! Suzanne was our wedding day coordinator and she did an amazing job on our wedding day. For our package, we wanted high & low centerpieces as well as ceremony decor. I was a bit taken away when I saw Suzanne show up for our wedding day. She arrived quite early to deliver our personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, etc). I knew she was working with us, but she did so until the end of our wedding day.

On the side note, the personal flowers were so amazing. My bouquet was so large and expected, the bridesmaids bouquets turned out beautiful. What was surprising were the pieces for the men. Usuallyyyy by the end of the night, those things are so dead, wilted, and dying, but not ours at all. They They were still very perky, beautiful, stayed intact. Suzanne even gave us a couple extra just in case, but we didn't have to use them at all! Also, the cuffs for the women were beautiful. They put it on some type of strap thats very comfortable to wear (and take off during breaks) and I couldnt have been happier the way that they turned out.

The ceremony and reception was beautiful and well planned! For our ceremony, the entire place was so beautiful and they paid close attention to details. We've been to wedddings where the flowers are blocking the bride and groom, but none of that happened. They moved the taller flowers to the stage and they're still captured in our photos and look wonderful. For dinner, the flip was quite fast. Again, they did an amazing job. Our cocktail tables looked amazing. Our dinner tables were even better.

Overall, Suzanne and her team did an amazing job for our wedding. Even when our bridal party showed up for the evening, they couldn't believe what a transformation it was from the rehearsal the day before. I absolutely absolutely recommend!
Absolutely fantastic service! Suzanne was our wedding day coordinator and she did an amazing job on our wedding day. For Read more...
Absolutely fantastic service! Suzanne was our wedding day coordinator and she did an amazing job on our wedding day. For our package, we wanted high & low centerpieces as well as ceremony decor. I was a bit taken away when I saw Suzanne show up for our wedding day. She arrived quite early to deliver our personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, etc). I knew she was working with us, but she did so until the end of our wedding day.

On the side note, the personal flowers were so amazing. My bouquet was so large and expected, the bridesmaids bouquets turned out beautiful. What was surprising were the pieces for the men. Usuallyyyy by the end of the night, those things are so dead, wilted, and dying, but not ours at all. They They were still very perky, beautiful, stayed intact. Suzanne even gave us a couple extra just in case, but we didn't have to use them at all! Also, the cuffs for the women were beautiful. They put it on some type of strap thats very comfortable to wear (and take off during breaks) and I couldnt have been happier the way that they turned out.

The ceremony and reception was beautiful and well planned! For our ceremony, the entire place was so beautiful and they paid close attention to details. We've been to wedddings where the flowers are blocking the bride and groom, but none of that happened. They moved the taller flowers to the stage and they're still captured in our photos and look wonderful. For dinner, the flip was quite fast. Again, they did an amazing job. Our cocktail tables looked amazing. Our dinner tables were even better.

Overall, Suzanne and her team did an amazing job for our wedding. Even when our bridal party showed up for the evening, they couldn't believe what a transformation it was from the rehearsal the day before. I absolutely absolutely recommend! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
MAGNIFICENT!!! Anthony Gowder Designs is the one to choose if your looking for a florist for your wedding or any event for that matter. Call them right now! We had worked with Suzanne Read, and she was the best. She had a very good understanding of what we wanted for our wedding and was extremely mindful and helpful in keeping us within our budget. My bouquet and all of the flowers for the bridal party were delivered on time and labeled appropriately. Our reception simply looked magical and heavenly with all the flower arrangements and candles. All of our guests loved the entire setting and the mood the arrangements created in the room. I highly recommend Anthony Gowder to anyone and especially to a bride-to-be. You will be very satisfied and happy with the results. Thank you Suzanne and Anthony Gowder Designs!!!
MAGNIFICENT!!! Anthony Gowder Designs is the one to choose if your looking for a florist for your wedding or any event for Read more...
MAGNIFICENT!!! Anthony Gowder Designs is the one to choose if your looking for a florist for your wedding or any event for that matter. Call them right now! We had worked with Suzanne Read, and she was the best. She had a very good understanding of what we wanted for our wedding and was extremely mindful and helpful in keeping us within our budget. My bouquet and all of the flowers for the bridal party were delivered on time and labeled appropriately. Our reception simply looked magical and heavenly with all the flower arrangements and candles. All of our guests loved the entire setting and the mood the arrangements created in the room. I highly recommend Anthony Gowder to anyone and especially to a bride-to-be. You will be very satisfied and happy with the results. Thank you Suzanne and Anthony Gowder Designs!!! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.7/5.0
Visit Anthony Gowder Deesigns' show room and you will be in awe of their designs. Although they are pretty pricey, their work is simply stunning. When signing on with AGD, we negotiated our contract with Greta who was great to work with. She helped us in coming up with packages that fit into our budget. She was flexible and willing to negotiate with us so we could afford to work with them. Greta was a sweetheart and assured me the entire time that we'd somehow achieve my vision while staying in our price range. After signing the contract and putting our deposit down, Greta left AGD and we then starting working with Suzanne. This is where things went south. When we wanted to add some arrangements, Suzanne would not honor the same pricing for the arrangements that Greta had quoted us. We were going to be stuck with paying "X" amount of dollars for the arrangements contracted with Greta, and then a LOT more for the exact same additional arrangements added to the contract by Suzanne. When Suzanne would revise our contract to include some additions, she would leave out items that were previously on the contract. For example, Greta provided us columns with up lighting for "X" amount of dollars. Then Suzanne would come back with a new contract that said only the columns should have been that price, not the columns with lighting. It was a headache because we had a signed contract, and Suzanne was acting as if they would not honor the contract under Greta's terms. We had put a 50% deposit down so I started to feel stuck. Just as it was about to get ugly, Greta ended up back at AGD. What a relief!! From that point on, working wit AGD was smooth sailing again. When the day of the wedding came, AGD was organized and professional with the set up and the florals were gorgeous. They did forget some uplighting but everything else was fabulous. My recommendation is based on the positive experience with Greta overshadowing the sketchy experience with Suzanne.
Visit Anthony Gowder Deesigns' show room and you will be in awe of their designs. Although they are pretty pricey, their Read more...
Visit Anthony Gowder Deesigns' show room and you will be in awe of their designs. Although they are pretty pricey, their work is simply stunning. When signing on with AGD, we negotiated our contract with Greta who was great to work with. She helped us in coming up with packages that fit into our budget. She was flexible and willing to negotiate with us so we could afford to work with them. Greta was a sweetheart and assured me the entire time that we'd somehow achieve my vision while staying in our price range. After signing the contract and putting our deposit down, Greta left AGD and we then starting working with Suzanne. This is where things went south. When we wanted to add some arrangements, Suzanne would not honor the same pricing for the arrangements that Greta had quoted us. We were going to be stuck with paying "X" amount of dollars for the arrangements contracted with Greta, and then a LOT more for the exact same additional arrangements added to the contract by Suzanne. When Suzanne would revise our contract to include some additions, she would leave out items that were previously on the contract. For example, Greta provided us columns with up lighting for "X" amount of dollars. Then Suzanne would come back with a new contract that said only the columns should have been that price, not the columns with lighting. It was a headache because we had a signed contract, and Suzanne was acting as if they would not honor the contract under Greta's terms. We had put a 50% deposit down so I started to feel stuck. Just as it was about to get ugly, Greta ended up back at AGD. What a relief!! From that point on, working wit AGD was smooth sailing again. When the day of the wedding came, AGD was organized and professional with the set up and the florals were gorgeous. They did forget some uplighting but everything else was fabulous. My recommendation is based on the positive experience with Greta overshadowing the sketchy experience with Suzanne. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
I was referred to Anthony Gowder by a family friend. We worked with Greta who did an amazing job on my wedding. Our flowers were exactly what I wanted. The staff is extremely friendly, accommodating, and very receptive. I went to 4 florists in total. They were not the cheapest florists but by far they were the best quality. I am very glad I went with them. I had an image of what I wanted and I brought it to them. They worked with me and delivered what I wanted. They are willing to work with your budget and are such a wonderful group of people. They are worth every penny!
I was referred to Anthony Gowder by a family friend. We worked with Greta who did an amazing job on my wedding. Our Read more...
I was referred to Anthony Gowder by a family friend. We worked with Greta who did an amazing job on my wedding. Our flowers were exactly what I wanted. The staff is extremely friendly, accommodating, and very receptive. I went to 4 florists in total. They were not the cheapest florists but by far they were the best quality. I am very glad I went with them. I had an image of what I wanted and I brought it to them. They worked with me and delivered what I wanted. They are willing to work with your budget and are such a wonderful group of people. They are worth every penny! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
It was really a pleasure to work with Anthony Gowder Designs. They were very professional and responsive. They were more than happy to meet with us several times and prepared samples for us to look at. They were more than happy (read: did not seem at all annoyed) when we kept on trying to bring down the budget. In the end they created a wonderful/classy look for our wedding while still keeping everything in budget. We worked with Suzanne who was very organized and must have prepared 7 or 8 draft proposals/contracts for us and was attentive to all the details I asked for. Of note we planned the wedding from out of town and they were flexible with our time constraints. On the day of I did not have to worry about any of the logistics. Suzanne worked with my event space coordinator and worked everything out between the two of them. The thing I am most happy about is that they were always very nice/professional to my mom as she would occasionally call them with questions/requests even though she wasn't the point of contact. I would definitely recommend Anthony Gowder.
It was really a pleasure to work with Anthony Gowder Designs. They were very professional and responsive. They were more Read more...
It was really a pleasure to work with Anthony Gowder Designs. They were very professional and responsive. They were more than happy to meet with us several times and prepared samples for us to look at. They were more than happy (read: did not seem at all annoyed) when we kept on trying to bring down the budget. In the end they created a wonderful/classy look for our wedding while still keeping everything in budget. We worked with Suzanne who was very organized and must have prepared 7 or 8 draft proposals/contracts for us and was attentive to all the details I asked for. Of note we planned the wedding from out of town and they were flexible with our time constraints. On the day of I did not have to worry about any of the logistics. Suzanne worked with my event space coordinator and worked everything out between the two of them. The thing I am most happy about is that they were always very nice/professional to my mom as she would occasionally call them with questions/requests even though she wasn't the point of contact. I would definitely recommend Anthony Gowder. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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shoman
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
We worked with Greta Thomas at Anthony Gowder Designs and she was really great! She was really careful to understand the style I was going for and wanted me to have as much or as little say in the flowers as I was comfortable with.

I know nothing about flowers, and frankly didnt care much about what or if we even had them, but once they arrived I absolutely loved them. I gave Greta very little direction - saying the dresses were lime green and I just wanted bright fun bouquets. She was careful to create as many flowers as she could while staying within my budget.

I was ecstatic at the result - they were gorgeous! Were I to ever need flowers for another event, I'd definitely go back here.
We worked with Greta Thomas at Anthony Gowder Designs and she was really great! She was really careful to understand the Read more...
We worked with Greta Thomas at Anthony Gowder Designs and she was really great! She was really careful to understand the style I was going for and wanted me to have as much or as little say in the flowers as I was comfortable with.

I know nothing about flowers, and frankly didnt care much about what or if we even had them, but once they arrived I absolutely loved them. I gave Greta very little direction - saying the dresses were lime green and I just wanted bright fun bouquets. She was careful to create as many flowers as she could while staying within my budget.

I was ecstatic at the result - they were gorgeous! Were I to ever need flowers for another event, I'd definitely go back here. Read less
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Sonya
Wedding:
9/17/2011
4.8/5.0
Greta and Anthony did a fantastic job on my wedding flowers. I couldn't have been more pleased with the quality and design. I'd highly recommend them to anyone!
Greta and Anthony did a fantastic job on my wedding flowers. I couldn't have been more pleased with the quality and Read more...
Greta and Anthony did a fantastic job on my wedding flowers. I couldn't have been more pleased with the quality and design. I'd highly recommend them to anyone! Read less
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Brandon
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
They were very helpful and very professional
They were very helpful and very professional
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Mbhl
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
The flowers were exquisite! Greta used her creativity to design the most original arrangements I've ever seen. Our wedding was beautiful and we were very pleased with Anthony Gowder.
The flowers were exquisite! Greta used her creativity to design the most original arrangements I've ever seen. Our wedding Read more...
The flowers were exquisite! Greta used her creativity to design the most original arrangements I've ever seen. Our wedding was beautiful and we were very pleased with Anthony Gowder. Read less
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Elaine
Wedding:
5/15/2011
4.9/5.0
Greta at Anthony Gowder Designs was a dream to work with! Our florals and decor were beautiful on our wedding day and everything was just as I envisioned it would look.

At first, I was a little intimidated by Anthony Gowder's portfolio/website... I thought it looked a little out of our budget, but Greta did a wonderful job listening and taking our budget concerns into consideration throughout the consultation process.

Ofcourse, our decor budget expanded as the planning process continued, but I believe that everything was well worth the extra cost in the end. The flowers were unbelievable - my bouquet not only lasted throughout the wedding, they held up throughout the next 5 days after the wedding was over!

There was only one minor issue I had with Anthony Gowder, but Greta handled the situation wonderfully. We had signed the contract with Anthony Gowder in October 2011. A few months later, I received a promotional postcard from Anthony Gowder that read "Bring this card in to your initial consultation and receive 10% off wedding florals". Being a marketing professional, I was extremely disappointed that I was on this promotional mailing list... clearly they forgot to take out their current clients from the list before they sent out the promotion. After sending an email to Greta, she still gave us 10% off our florals, which was very generous and saved us quite a bit of money.

I highly suggest Anthony Gowder to any bride of any budget.
Greta at Anthony Gowder Designs was a dream to work with! Our florals and decor were beautiful on our wedding day and Read more...
Greta at Anthony Gowder Designs was a dream to work with! Our florals and decor were beautiful on our wedding day and everything was just as I envisioned it would look.

At first, I was a little intimidated by Anthony Gowder's portfolio/website... I thought it looked a little out of our budget, but Greta did a wonderful job listening and taking our budget concerns into consideration throughout the consultation process.

Ofcourse, our decor budget expanded as the planning process continued, but I believe that everything was well worth the extra cost in the end. The flowers were unbelievable - my bouquet not only lasted throughout the wedding, they held up throughout the next 5 days after the wedding was over!

There was only one minor issue I had with Anthony Gowder, but Greta handled the situation wonderfully. We had signed the contract with Anthony Gowder in October 2011. A few months later, I received a promotional postcard from Anthony Gowder that read "Bring this card in to your initial consultation and receive 10% off wedding florals". Being a marketing professional, I was extremely disappointed that I was on this promotional mailing list... clearly they forgot to take out their current clients from the list before they sent out the promotion. After sending an email to Greta, she still gave us 10% off our florals, which was very generous and saved us quite a bit of money.

I highly suggest Anthony Gowder to any bride of any budget. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
3/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Greta and Anthony were fantastic to work with! Greta both coordinated our wedding and did the beautiful flowers. She took our ideas and worked within our budget to create stunning floral arrangements that felt very much our style. She even incorporated blue glass bottles and mason jars that my mother had been collecting.

As a coordinator, she made everything sooooo much easier for us. I am not sure what we would have done without her! She created a very detailed timeline and worked with all of the vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. On the night of the wedding, she made sure everything ran smoothly so that we could just enjoy ourselves. Thanks Greta!
Greta and Anthony were fantastic to work with! Greta both coordinated our wedding and did the beautiful flowers. She took Read more...
Greta and Anthony were fantastic to work with! Greta both coordinated our wedding and did the beautiful flowers. She took our ideas and worked within our budget to create stunning floral arrangements that felt very much our style. She even incorporated blue glass bottles and mason jars that my mother had been collecting.

As a coordinator, she made everything sooooo much easier for us. I am not sure what we would have done without her! She created a very detailed timeline and worked with all of the vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. On the night of the wedding, she made sure everything ran smoothly so that we could just enjoy ourselves. Thanks Greta! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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janiejane
Wedding:
3/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Greta of AGD was extremely helpful and professional. She was flexible in flowers and decor; her coordination services were a lifesaver. AGD also built a custom chuppah to go with the hand made chuppah canopy.
Greta of AGD was extremely helpful and professional. She was flexible in flowers and decor; her coordination services were Read more...
Greta of AGD was extremely helpful and professional. She was flexible in flowers and decor; her coordination services were a lifesaver. AGD also built a custom chuppah to go with the hand made chuppah canopy. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Leslie
Wedding:
1/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Greta is warm, down to earth and helpful! Our ceremony and reception was set up to pefection! All arrivals were on time and the flowers were gorgeous! Many thanks to Anthony Gowder Designs and Greta for making our day even more special!
Greta is warm, down to earth and helpful! Our ceremony and reception was set up to pefection! All arrivals were on time Read more...
Greta is warm, down to earth and helpful! Our ceremony and reception was set up to pefection! All arrivals were on time and the flowers were gorgeous! Many thanks to Anthony Gowder Designs and Greta for making our day even more special! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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BP Beck
Wedding:
10/22/2010
5.0/5.0
Anthony Gowder Designs is the best florist in the Chicagoland area! His designs are beautiful and tastefull. Both Anthony and Stephaine are a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him for all your floral needs, he will exceed your expectations!
Anthony Gowder Designs is the best florist in the Chicagoland area! His designs are beautiful and tastefull. Both Anthony Read more...
Anthony Gowder Designs is the best florist in the Chicagoland area! His designs are beautiful and tastefull. Both Anthony and Stephaine are a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him for all your floral needs, he will exceed your expectations! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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EKR
Wedding:
10/9/2010
4.8/5.0
I truly can't say enough about Anthony Gowder, specifically our designer Greta! She worked with me tirelessly to create the perfect floral arrangments for our wedding, even when it took several different stagings to figure out what I wanted! Greta was also very conscious about our budget, and did her absolute best to help us stay at a price point that was comfortable. She was pleasant, professional, and made the process very fun. I actually miss our frequent communication now that the wedding is over! Greta was a joy to work with, and we are still receiving compliments about our flowers, 3 months after the wedding! Thanks Anthony Gowder and Greta!
I truly can't say enough about Anthony Gowder, specifically our designer Greta! She worked with me tirelessly to create Read more...
I truly can't say enough about Anthony Gowder, specifically our designer Greta! She worked with me tirelessly to create the perfect floral arrangments for our wedding, even when it took several different stagings to figure out what I wanted! Greta was also very conscious about our budget, and did her absolute best to help us stay at a price point that was comfortable. She was pleasant, professional, and made the process very fun. I actually miss our frequent communication now that the wedding is over! Greta was a joy to work with, and we are still receiving compliments about our flowers, 3 months after the wedding! Thanks Anthony Gowder and Greta! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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mb2020
Wedding:
8/20/2010
5.0/5.0
I worked with Greta and she was very pleasant and professional. I was very pleased with the flowers and the overall experience! She had great ideas and knew precisely what I wanted. I would highly recommend Anthony Gowder Designs!
I worked with Greta and she was very pleasant and professional. I was very pleased with the flowers and the overall Read more...
I worked with Greta and she was very pleasant and professional. I was very pleased with the flowers and the overall experience! She had great ideas and knew precisely what I wanted. I would highly recommend Anthony Gowder Designs! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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EdB
Wedding:
6/12/2010
2.9/5.0
Pretty pricy for what we got. Also screwed up the transition from aisle to the stage and claimed it was too late to do anything about it.
Pretty pricy for what we got. Also screwed up the transition from aisle to the stage and claimed it was too late to do Read more...
Pretty pricy for what we got. Also screwed up the transition from aisle to the stage and claimed it was too late to do anything about it. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
Anthony Gowder Designs responded with the following comments:

We would welcome feedback from this client directly. We are unsure what he is referring to since our staff and the hotel staff said everything went perfectly.
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jrosenberg
Wedding:
8/22/2009
4.6/5.0
They were very pricey, but we absolutely loved our flowers with AG. We worked with Greta, who is very sweet and was very accommodating of anything we wanted to do. Everything showed up looking stunning the day of the wedding, and our guests were completely blown away by both our ceremony and reception decor.
They were very pricey, but we absolutely loved our flowers with AG. We worked with Greta, who is very sweet and was very Read more...
They were very pricey, but we absolutely loved our flowers with AG. We worked with Greta, who is very sweet and was very accommodating of anything we wanted to do. Everything showed up looking stunning the day of the wedding, and our guests were completely blown away by both our ceremony and reception decor. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Meleech11
Wedding:
7/25/2009
2.2/5.0
Overall, I probably wouldn?t recommend Anthony Gowder. They were a recommended vendor through the Grand Piazza, and I had a very positive experience meeting with them and during the showing. The wedding day was a different story. For the high price we paid for the flowers, we did not get what we paid for.

1) Centerpieces
a) They had even less flowers in these arrangements than the showing, after they ended up charging me $10 MORE per centerpiece to add more flowers to make them "tighter and modern" as in my contract. I feel like the bait and switch was pulled here as these did not look tightly mounded or modern to me as promised (again with the $10 extra for this specification). Plus, we took out the seeded eucalyptus in our initial showing because I did not want greenery in my arrangements. For some reason it some type of green leaves replaced the extra flowers. I was very disappointed when I saw those leaves. When I complained about these to at least get my $10 back for not being as promised and having less flowers, I was told that ?the recipe used for your wedding and there were not less flowers used.? I had 5 other people at my showing that say otherwise and agree with me and my husband.

2) Many of the flowers were already wilting/dying at our 3:00 mass
a) The bouquets were beautiful, but you can see in all these pictures that they are dying and wilting
b) My grandmothers wrist corsage fell apart during church.
c) All of the boutonnieres completely fell apart. Our pictures look terrible with the flowers. I couldn?t not get many of our photos enlarged due to the wilted flowers

When I complained, I was told that ?-Regarding the bouquets and boutonnieres, the handling of the bouquets and the temperature in which they are handled effect the flowers. Since they are a natural, organic material, these things effect them. If the bouquets are set down on a hard surface, some bruising may result.?
I can tell you that these bouquets (especially mine), was not set on a hard surface. The only place it was set was on my lap. I was so embarrassed that my flowers had died. I have never seen such a thing at a wedding, even friends that have paid half the price for flower.

We went over our budget for flowers because we felt like we were going to get such high quality flowers, but this was definitely not the case. Let me know if you would like to see any of the photos of the flowers, I?d be happy to pass them along.
Overall, I probably wouldn?t recommend Anthony Gowder. They were a recommended vendor through the Grand Piazza, and I had Read more...
Overall, I probably wouldn?t recommend Anthony Gowder. They were a recommended vendor through the Grand Piazza, and I had a very positive experience meeting with them and during the showing. The wedding day was a different story. For the high price we paid for the flowers, we did not get what we paid for.

1) Centerpieces
a) They had even less flowers in these arrangements than the showing, after they ended up charging me $10 MORE per centerpiece to add more flowers to make them "tighter and modern" as in my contract. I feel like the bait and switch was pulled here as these did not look tightly mounded or modern to me as promised (again with the $10 extra for this specification). Plus, we took out the seeded eucalyptus in our initial showing because I did not want greenery in my arrangements. For some reason it some type of green leaves replaced the extra flowers. I was very disappointed when I saw those leaves. When I complained about these to at least get my $10 back for not being as promised and having less flowers, I was told that ?the recipe used for your wedding and there were not less flowers used.? I had 5 other people at my showing that say otherwise and agree with me and my husband.

2) Many of the flowers were already wilting/dying at our 3:00 mass
a) The bouquets were beautiful, but you can see in all these pictures that they are dying and wilting
b) My grandmothers wrist corsage fell apart during church.
c) All of the boutonnieres completely fell apart. Our pictures look terrible with the flowers. I couldn?t not get many of our photos enlarged due to the wilted flowers

When I complained, I was told that ?-Regarding the bouquets and boutonnieres, the handling of the bouquets and the temperature in which they are handled effect the flowers. Since they are a natural, organic material, these things effect them. If the bouquets are set down on a hard surface, some bruising may result.?
I can tell you that these bouquets (especially mine), was not set on a hard surface. The only place it was set was on my lap. I was so embarrassed that my flowers had died. I have never seen such a thing at a wedding, even friends that have paid half the price for flower.

We went over our budget for flowers because we felt like we were going to get such high quality flowers, but this was definitely not the case. Let me know if you would like to see any of the photos of the flowers, I?d be happy to pass them along. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
Anthony Gowder Designs responded with the following comments:

Anthony Gowder Designs has a team of talented designers who would have been very prompt at fixing any problems this client may have experienced. Unfourtunatley, this client contacted us three months after her wedding and there is very little we can do at that point.
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/30/2009
4.4/5.0
Wonderful to work with and great flowers. They were also very accommodating on the wedding date when flowers were mistakenly delivered to the wrong location.
Wonderful to work with and great flowers. They were also very accommodating on the wedding date when flowers were Read more...
Wonderful to work with and great flowers. They were also very accommodating on the wedding date when flowers were mistakenly delivered to the wrong location. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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julieregina
Wedding:
5/9/2009
5.0/5.0
My flowers were more than I expected and absolutely took my breath away when I saw them for the first time. The staff at Anthony Gowder were very responsive and easy to work with. I was extremely impressed with the quality and professionalism.
My flowers were more than I expected and absolutely took my breath away when I saw them for the first time. The staff at Read more...
My flowers were more than I expected and absolutely took my breath away when I saw them for the first time. The staff at Anthony Gowder were very responsive and easy to work with. I was extremely impressed with the quality and professionalism. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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HollyLL266
Wedding:
9/1/2007
4.8/5.0
My flowers were beautiful. All the arrangements were fresh and colorful.
My flowers were beautiful. All the arrangements were fresh and colorful.
My flowers were beautiful. All the arrangements were fresh and colorful. Read less
Services Used: Flowers

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