My husband and I found Thorne and Thistle after touring our venue. Lisa had great reviews and sounded like a wedding planning pro. However, we were very disappointed in her services. She created stress and didn't deliver on items in the contrac...
t. After looking further, she has zero reviews from anytime in 2021 and 2022, yet she has weddings almost every weekend. If you are planning to hire for your wedding, PLEASE reconsider and read this review.
We hired Lisa for partial planning and flowers / decor. That includes help booking, managing, coordinating with three vendors (lights, venue, photographer) and creating and delivering a timeline. Lisa did none of these things. I created a wedding timeline for each of my vendors and coordinated arrival time. Lisa told us many times she would make her own master timeline and would provide to each vendor as well as our bridesmaids and groomsmen. Lisa failed to deliver and instead printed out the timeline that I made and gave them to me..
The months and days leading up to the wedding, Lisa was unresponsive, sometimes taking multiple days and weeks to respond- stating she was busy with other weddings. Two weeks prior to our wedding, we had not heard from Lisa in weeks and did not receive confirmation that she even placed our flower order. We even started looking at other flower options as we couldn’t get a hold of her and thought she disappeared from providing any services. This is completely unprofessional and caused a lot of anxiety.
The Friday evening event, Lisa forgot our table seating chart at home and drove back to pick it up, missing our rehearsal so my sisters and I needed to run that on our own. When she did arrive, Lisa threw the signs on the floor and didn’t pick up the decor and items for the wedding day that we left for her.
During the event, the dance floor was not set up for the number of guests, the ceremony seating was not as we wanted, and the heaters we ordered from the light vendor were never turned on. Lisa, as the person overseeing and managing these vendors, should have been aware and made sure they were fixed. Instead, my father came to the Bibb Mill to review and manage the vendors on my wedding day.
Lisa also lost our guest books and her assistant was asking me about them in the hour before the event started. Somehow they were not picked up from the hotel with the other items even though I sent Lisa a photo with a detailed list of all the items so that she could check to make sure she had everything.
One of our main flower arrangements was our four sided bar. Lisa was planning to create a large installation up the pole in the middle. There were barely any flowers on the pole. We expected something like what we saw on her instagram photos, but what we got was underwhelming to say the least. Lisa used small vases and tiny bouquets for large 10 person tables. The tall arrangements were so bare that you could see the green foam where the flowers were in.
She never said hi or congratulations to me (the bride) who she worked with for almost 2 years leading up to the wedding.
She was unprepared, overbooked, and understaffed. The lack of planning and coordination services, understaffed team during the wedding day, unnecessary amounts of stress due to disorganization and lack of communication, and the missing flower arrangements that should have been included based on our contract were all major disappointments.
Reviewed On 12/07/2020 by Kris J
Thorne and thistle will make sure that your florals are beautiful and fit your venue! I loved how my bouquet came out and all the lovely pieces she did for our reception.
She does provide planning as well as floral so she did try to take care ...
of everything for me. As someone who was just using her for florals, this was a little difficult to deal with because I wanted freedom to do things with the venue without her and that wasn't really her style. Along with that, her tendency to fill the wedding planner role made it hard for my coordinator and reception venue vendor to do their jobs without Thorne and Thistle trying to take over. Overall, I was very happy with the products Lisa produced (like loved them so much!!) but it definitely came with some drama along the way.
Reviewed On 8/03/2019 by Katie D
Lisa is amazing! I couldn't believe how many amazing florals I got with my budget. The arch was an absolute showstopper. I also hired Lisa as my coordinator, and she was a godsend. Starting with the rehearsal and ending when she sent us off wit...
h a box of leftovers, she made everything run smoothly and perfectly.
Reviewed On 5/27/2019 by Erik C
Lisa and Brooke made the stress about wedding flowers all but disappear! They took a trip to the venue to make sure they knew everything about loading/unloading. We put together a Pinterest board, and sent them pictures of everything at the v...
enue we wanted arrangements for. In addition we had a few phone calls to make sure nothing fell through the cracks. Day of, there was a threat of rain at our wedding. They went above and beyond by making sure the inside and outside venue locations were ready to be decorated based on the weather. Everything came together more beautiful that we ever could have hoped. Thanks Lisa for everything!
Reviewed On 1/24/2019 by Kaelyn B
Lisa is amazing! A few minutes into our meeting, I could tell that she had picked up on what my vision is through just a few questions and pictures! I 100% trust her to make my vision come to life. I cannot wait to see and share the results!
Reviewed On 7/09/2018 by Lindsey Y
I first met Lisa Thorne with Thorne and Thistle at an Alabama Weddings Magazine shoot. I quickly felt very comfortable around Lisa - she was so kind and so knowledgeable. Fast forward to months later, it was time for my big sisters wedding. Whe...
n considering florists, my first thoughts were Lisa. My sister immediately decided to have Lisa do her flowers after seeing some of her pictures, and talking with her for just a short period of time. Lisa did all of the flowers for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding, and I don’t even have words to describe how beautiful they were. We received the most compliments on how stunning her arrangements were! From the table arrangements, to the bouquets, to the chandeliers, to the cross, swing, and aisle markers, and more, Lisa did an unbelievable job. My sister was extremely pleased with everything Lisa did, and Lisa’s style. Lisa made sure to get all of the details from Lauren in regards to what she wanted, and she gave Lauren exactly that, and then some. We also really appreciated that Lisa would give her input if she had any ideas in particular that she thought would look good. After my sisters wedding, we had many many people ask us for Lisa's contact info so that they could use her as well. I would most definitely recommend using Lisa Thorne (Thorne and Thistle) for all of your flower needs.
In addition, we learned that Lisa also offers wedding planning. When we reached out to her about flowers, we had already chosen a wedding planner, however I can confidently say I would recommend Lisa for wedding planning as well. She helped us with many different aspects of wedding planning when we couldn't get answers from our wedding planner, and often offered advice when we asked for her opinion etc. Lisa is truly a kind hearted, genuine, and extremely talented person! I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone.
Reviewed On 7/02/2018 by Alayna M
We found Lisa through our photography team and I am so grateful we did because without Lisa and her team, the picture I had of our wedding would've never happened. I had fragmented pictures of what I wanted my wedding and reception to look like...
, but Lisa brought everything together flawlessly. I would even say that I didn't know what I wanted, but Lisa saw the picture in my head and brought it to life. Ashley, part of her team, also coordinated the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception perfectly. Despite several unexpected hiccups throughout the day, Ashley was able to handle them and make it seem as though nothing happened. By the end of the night, she was family. I wish I could attend another event with Thorne and Thistles just to witness their perfection and excellence all over again!
Reviewed On 10/10/2017 by Kelsey R
Lisa is incredible. She is so much more than a florist. She was the creative visionary behind so much of what made my wedding incredible and perfect. She honored my thoughts and what I pictured, but also provided so many tips and ideas that wou...
ld've never occurred to me, because of how much experience she has in the wedding industry. Her work is beautiful, but more than that, she worked so incredibly hard. She stayed up late, woke up early, and worked on the heat and the rain. I cannot say enough about her, she was a priceless part of my wedding team.
Reviewed On 9/06/2017 by Linda B
Lisa is wonderful and amazing! She is always available, listens to everything you say and has
great ideas that she makes happen! The flowers were beautiful and the bride's bouquet was just what my daughter had envisioned and more! She also ass...
isted with the coordination and ran the rehearsal which was a huge help! We can't thank her enough for making our daughter's wedding a memorable, beautiful and perfect occasion.
Reviewed On 5/27/2017 by anna b
This is the best service and most talented person we contacted. Not only did she help us plan everything, but she pulled it all together and it was totally magical. We cant thank Ms. Lisa enough for being so available, working so hard ( I mean...
she is a powerhouse!) and for the PERFECT day!
Reviewed On 5/07/2017 by Amanda H
Lisa did my bridal bouquet and did a fantastic job! The flowers were beautiful. I highly recommend her. She is so talented and has exquisite taste.
Reviewed On 3/11/2017 by Kayla J
Lisa is an amazing florist! When I walked into my venue with the flowers all set up, it took my breath away. She transformed our ceremony and reception space into a floral wonderland. Everything looked picture perfect!
Reviewed On 1/20/2017 by Vlad S
Absolutely STUNNING work! Pleasant to work with!! The quality of the florals was impressive. Just beautiful and every detail was on point! Can not wait to have them back at our place!
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Lisa is amazing! She was such a lifesaver for me--an extremely laid-back bride who didn't have any concrete ideas of what I wanted other than a few pictures of flowers I liked and my bridesmaid dress swatches. She was creative in helping me st...
ay within my budget and totally exceeded my expectations! I used her for directing my wedding too, and so she reminded me of details I hadn't even thought about like the reception seating arrangements and where the best layout for everything would be. The bouquets and centerpieces were stunning and so many guests asked who designed them. She created a beautiful arch with greenery, florals, and flowing fabric that was stunning and perfectly framed our intimate outdoor ceremony. I can't say enough about how talented and kind and excellent she is! I would absolutely recommend her. My wedding wouldn't have come together so perfectly without her!
Reviewed On 9/05/2016 by Lisa T
Lisa is amazing. She interpreted our style and wedding concept after a few meetings and everything she did was just perfect. She went beyond our expectations. We are thrilled with our wedding and rehearsal decor!
Reviewed On 9/02/2016 by Korey G
Lisa has an eye for design that is mind blowing! She listened to what I had in mind for the overall look and made it happen. Her arrangements were absolutely incredible! She was happy to work with me on my obscure request for succulents in the ...
arrangements. The overall look of my flowers was a loose and leafy greens with light pink/orange roses and the blue-gray succulents. They were held together with a soft pink ribbon wrap that was just the little touch that pulled the whole look together. The bouquets were gorgeous and held up all day! The boutonnieres were a perfect touch that matched flawlessly (and also had a great smell!). The posy bouquets she made for our mothers and grandmothers were such a sweet touch! She also made a beautiful collar for my dog to wear at the reception that matched our bouquets, which was super cute! It held up so well also, which was such a surprise with as active as my dog is! Lisa also rented me tablecloths, linen napkins, and a cakestand that matched the centerpiece vases. It was great that she could supply us with so many services in addition to the flowers! I would recommend Lisa to anyone! She is the BEST florist I've ever met and such an amazing person to work with!
Reviewed On 5/04/2016 by Jayla M
Lisa is so talented and knowledgeable when it comes to the wedding industry! She takes one small concept and creates an entire detailed event from it! Her work is simply stunning, and she truly cares about the outcome of every event! Her work s...
peaks for itself. She is the best and you will not be disappointed with the service and final results of your special day!
Reviewed On 11/19/2015 by Shannon A
Lisa knocked my wedding florals out of the park! I was a VERY particular bride—the type that nervously shows up with a big pdf of styles (haha) and is attempting to plan from several states away. The day was amazing and Lisa delivered on all ou...
r plans, from a gorgeous ceremony arch, to garden bouquets, to decorations around the venue and in the fountain. I got several compliments on how great the event looked. Needless to say, I'm a very happy bride!
Reviewed On 7/15/2015 by Caitlyn F
This vendor not only acted as my florist, but also assisted in coordination and gave me so many tips on the flow of the wedding. She has an amazing design sense and could not have been more pleased with my florals the day of!they were the most ...
beautiful flowers I had ever seen. She has a lot of experience and you will be so impressed.
Reviewed On 11/13/2014 by Cierra C
Lisa is just a gem! What a delight to work with and she will blow you away with her ability to create amazing atmospheres! She is something else!!!!!!
Reviewed On 5/15/2014 by Emmy S
Her work is so much more than providing flowers, she truly transforms the space to communicate your vision of your wedding flawlessly. I gave her a large task with a lot random pieces and she pulled it off beautifully.
Reviewed On 5/28/2013 by Alex S
Lisa at Thorne and Thistle created an absolutely beautiful setting our wedding. The floral arrangements were spectacular and she styling of the venue is exactly what I imaged. Lisa met with me several times before the big day to work out every ...
last detail and did a phenomenal job on the day of to make sure everything ran smoothly (she also served as our day-of director). I highly recommend her and Thorne and Thistle to any bride.
Reviewed On 10/31/2012 by Carly T
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!
My daughter had moved to Arkansas in late spring; got engaged in January and set the wedding date for mid-July. The catch was we lived in Decatur, Al and she wanted to get married in Auburn, Al.; and 4 months b...
efore the wedding was my first contact with Lisa.
About all of it was done through emails; church, bouquets,
reception set ups and tables and was ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY GORGEOUS and surpassed our expectations. I knew I was in good hands after our first phone call.
Very creative, budget conscious, very personable. I was blessed and am richer now with her friendship.
Reviewed On 6/20/2012 by Rachel T
I met with Lisa Thorne about 5 months prior to my wedding with only ideas and a few pictures. She took my vision of "shabby chic" decor and turned it into a beautiful and amazing reality. She has an amazing gift of giving the bride and groom ex...
actly what they're looking for. I was incredibly pleased with the way my flowers and other reception decor turned out. Would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Reviewed On 5/18/2012 by Faith S
This wedding service is the best kept secret in Alabama. We were able to have the destination wedding of our dreams in our budget by using them. The owner paid attention to each detail and went above and beyond all expectations!
Contact Info for Thorne and Thistle
1771 Fieldstone Lane, Auburn, AL | Alabama, Georgia, Gulf Coast and beyond