Post # 1
I just received the quote from our florist. $4000.00!!!!! After a very frank discussion and major cutting back she dropped the price to $2500.00. I only budgeted for $1500.00 and was really hoping for lower. So now I’m back to the drawing board. I really want flowers at the wedding but the cost is just out of reach.
I’ve looked around for other florists but 2500.00 seems to be the norm. Should I just majorly cut back on flowers and if so how? Right now theres 6 BM bouquets which will be placed on the tables and 6 bouts +the grooms. Should I just make it so me and the groom have flowers or is that tacky?
Post # 3
I see that you’re in Charleston and I was told to go to Wildflowers, Inc. because she was really good at working within budgets (I don’t know where you went though). I ended up getting a brooch bouquet though and using silk flowers elsewhere. I don’t see a problem though with using alternatives to flowers for the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and centerpieces.
Post # 4
Sam’s Club. Really. The wedding package will set you back maybe $500 – $700. You can do the complete wedding packages in a few different colors, and of course, white is always nice!
Post # 5
I’d keep looking for florists because that is just crazy. If I’m remembering correctly, we paid about $6 for each bout, $60-$70 for my bouquet, around $30-40 for each of the 6 BM bouquets, and $12 each for mother/grandmother corsages. And we used red roses and white lilies (definitely not the cheapest of flower choices). You appear to be getting majorly ripped off right now if that’s all you’re getting and they want you to pay $2500!
ETA: We also got 16 centerpieces (some tall, some medium, some short), alter arrangements, aisle flowers for the pews, gift table and entry table arrangements, all set-up at the reception/ceremony, surprise presentation bouquets for the mothers and a couple other things I’m forgetting and we came in at less than your current quote, I think.
Post # 6
My floral quote came in really high too. To cut back I DIYed the accent florals I had (little cream/sugar pots filled with baby’s breath, she wanted $10 each, I did a dozen for less than $5). That cut about $500 from my budget and took me a couple hours to do the day before the wedding (use floral foam!). I also had her quote to decorate this large kind of “tree” which she wanted something like $800 for. I got my friends to do it with flowers and moss I purchased for less than $150. I put the extra orchids from this in my hair 🙂
What about DIY-ing the bouts? I’ve seen lots of great alternatives like buttons and fishing tackle. Do a google search and you’ll come up with TONS of stuff.
For your BMs I’ve seen girls carry books, purses, balloons, or just nothing down the aisle! If they’re walking in pairs with the guys, they can just link arms with the GM they’re with and I’m sure no one would even notice!
Post # 7
Whomever quoted you that much for flowers is ripping you off. I used to live in Charleston, and now I’m in Alaska. Flowers here in AK are twice as expensive other places, but I got my flower quote for 5 bridesmaids, 1 bridal bouquets, 7 boutennieres, 2 corsages and 10 table arrangements for just over $1,000.
But maybe the cost is in the types of flowers used?? Talk to the florist about cheaper versions of the bouquets, add cheaper filler flowers, choose flowers that are in season, etc. You can add other fillers like leafy flowers or crystals or other things to make your bouquets bigger without paying more for the flowers.
Option #2 is silk flowers… IMHO, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh flowers and you can tell when flowers are fake, so…
Option #3 is to do something non-floral. I am choosing peacock feathers as my theme because they can be used in other ways for decor, so less money spent on flowers. I have 30 tables, only 1/3 of them will have fresh flowers. 10 tables will have candle arrangements and the last 10 tables will have peacock feather arrangements.
Option #4 is to trim down other parts of your wedding budget so you can afford the flowers of your dreams. Sometimes it’s about give and take. Have a less fancy cake for more flowers. Or ditch the limo for nicer flowers.
Post # 8
I honestly know nothing about flowers so I could possibly be getting ripped off, thanks for pointing that out.
@bakerella – I’m very craft challenged but I may look into the DIY bout thing, that seems like a simple alternative.
@cj_one2000 – IMHO – I’ve been a budget superstar, I don’t really see where I can cut down to make it worth paying over 1500 or so for flowers, budget is only 15k as is. The majority of the bouquets were hydrangeas, are those expensive flowers?