Post # 1
Hi ladies! Just got a quote for ~4K for the following:
– Bride bouqet (150)
– 4 bridesmaids bouquets (65/ea)
– 9 bouts ($10/ea)
– 3 flower girls wand (35/ea)
– 6 tall centerpieces/ will double up as ceremony pieces ($200/ea)
– 6 pillars ($35 each)
– 8 low centerpieces (85/ea)
– swirly petals on isle ($400)
– Setup/breakdown/transport ($500)
– Taxes $200
Feel like I got the very bare minimum and it comes to 4K already. My budget for flowers was 3000. Are flowers just crazily expensive in SoCal?
Post # 3
Maybe you can make your bouquets and bouttinieres yourself to cut some costs. That’s what I’m planning to do. Flowers are so ridiculously expensive!
Post # 4
Have you called around for quotes? Are you picking flowers that are out of season? Looking at the prices per item, it really doesn’t seem too bad but I get that 4K for flowers is a ton of money. My wedding was in San Diego and our flowers ended up costing just over 3K with taxes and delivery. I had made sure to pick in-season flowers otherwise it would have been even more.
Post # 5
Just do it yourself. Bouquets and boutonnieres are not that hard to do on your own.
Post # 6
That sounds close to what we were quoted for most of our flowers in SoCal. If you really want to cut things down I would say cut out the swirly petals down the aisle, that price seems ridiculous (my flowers, though not swirly, we’re $80-100). Also maybe cut out the flower girl wands and just have them toss petals, you can also ask if they can make your centerpieces a touch smaller or use seasonal flowers that may be cheaper. As far as the bouquets and bouts, that’s pretty close to what I paid.
Post # 7
That seems a bit excessive for what you are getting. The centerpieces seem overpriced. I would go somewhere else. You can definitely find a better price.
Post # 8
Nix the aisle flower petals. They are messy and a pain to clean up (and if it’s windy that day, kind of a disaster). Guests won’t miss them. $400 plus tax saved right there!
Post # 9
i should have mentioned that i love the swirly petals on the aisle. 😛
Post # 10
I am meeting a florist next week – $2500 is her minimum. Hmmm.
Post # 11
@winnie47: I definitely think you can cut some things here, or choose smaller arrangements/bouquets, especially the tall ones and pillars.
Post # 12
@winnie47: That sounds right to me. The only thing that seems excessive is the aisle petals.
Post # 13
That sounds about right depending on what flowers you’re getting. We spent $3k here in SoCal and our florist, while highly rated and praised, is not one of THE premier ones in the area. I had a few more centepieces than you but we didn’t have a Bridal Party (so no Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets or additional bouts), pillars or swirly petals. The prices for your centerpieces and your bouquet are about what mine cost, and I had a huge variety of flowers, including hydrangeas, garden roses, dahlias, and dusty miller. My centerpieces were huge, high ones which made them pricier than her initial quote.
Overall, SoCal is pricey for everything, though it does get less expensive when you’re further inland. If you are talking LA/OC/SD though, then yes, it does correlate with our high cost of living.
Post # 14
Yup, that actually sounds like a pretty good deal for So Cal. I’m getting about that for $5,500 but I’m probably in the most expensive part of So Cal possible!
Post # 15
I think your quote sounds very fair. Your tall centerpieces are quite expensive, though, especially compared to your lows. Where in socal are you? I did a lot of research and our florist was very competitively priced. They are featured quite often on Style Me Pretty, if you are interested I can refer you to them!
Post # 16
Negtiate! Ask the vendor if that’s the best they can do or what you can do to get the quote closer to your budget. I was able to get my florist to bring the price down quite a bit without making too many changes to what was included in the flowers. Never hurts to ask. Let them know you’ve met with other florists and they’ll probably be more willing to negotiate. $4000 is slightly high so I think you can probably get the quote lowered. I’m in San Diego and I’m paying about $4000 but I’ll have 20 centerpieces, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 2 flower girl baskets and i think 10 bouts.