$4K quote for flowers in SoCal…*Gulp*

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just do it yourself.  Bouquets and boutonnieres are not that hard to do on your own.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am meeting a florist next week – $2500 is her minimum.  Hmmm.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@winnie47:  I definitely think you can cut some things here, or choose smaller arrangements/bouquets, especially the tall ones and pillars. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@winnie47:  That sounds right to me. The only thing that seems excessive is the aisle petals.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 BP (so no BM 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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 BM bouquets, 2 flower girl baskets and i think 10 bouts. 

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