Am I Overpaying For Flowers?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 

Seems really high to me, granted I dont know what a David Austen rose is. Below are my bouqets for size comparison since I have no idea what the diameter was. I had red roses and gardenia. BMs had white roses with some red baby carnations. My bouquet was around $120 and BMs were $60 each. Bouts (1 rose each with some baby’s breath and greenery and DH’s was thrown in) were about $7. They also threw in roses and rose petals for the cake and the throw bouquet. If you didn’t already pay a deposit, I’d check prices at another florist.

 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

That does sound small, for the bridesmaids. You didn’t mention the location (overseas?), what month it is (what flowers are in season?), color rarity, etc.

My daughter was married 4 weeks ago, in central Pennsylvania. (We don’t have control of the photo proofs yet). She wanted lots of peonies, for their scent, but was told at $35 a stem (out of season) they would be too expensive. She didn’t want greenery or leaves, as fillers: more flowers = higher cost? I just looked at her contract (none of these prices include the added 6% sales tax:

the bride – $260 – 12 x 18 inch cascading bouquet. Stephanotis (some with centered bling), roses, and phael orchids (the large/pricier ones).

her attendants had a combination of spray and isla roses, stephanotis, hydrangea, lisianthus, with a little babies breath, and stems wrapped in ribbon:

matron of honor 10″   $135   some of the stephanotis had bling

bridesmaids  8″  $100 each   (3 of 4 were 5′ 1 to 5″4 and slender gals (size 0-6)

flowergirl (age 9, tallish)  same as ladies 5-6″  $60   

groom’s bout. – 4 stephanotis (2 with bling), ribbon wrapped stem  $16

groomsmen – 3 white dendrobium orchids, ribbon wrapped stem – $10 each

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

SprinkleDonut:  Sounds high-ish to me.

My bouquet (roses and hydrangeas) was £80/$130 and was about 10 inches.

MOH’s bouquet was £50/$80 and about 8.5 inches

Adult bridesmaid bouquets were £40/$65 each and about 7/7.5 inches

Men’s bouts were £5/$8 each and were a combination of roses and orchids, and women’s corsages were £8/$13 and the same combination.

However, prices depend on the type of flowers you have (hydrangeas for eg are cheaper as the heads are very large, so you need fewer of them; I also went with flowers that were in-season, if you go with flowers that are out of season the price can rocket), so while it sounds a bit high to me, I don’t know much about those flowers or how much they cost.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Really don’t know about those specific flowers, but they seem high to me- particularly the bouts.  I think my bouquet was 150 (roses, hydrangeas, freesias), my bridesmaids were 60 each (all roses), and each boutinierre was 9-11 (the groom’s was a bit more expensive).  Our bouquets were MUCH larger than the ones you are describing (particularly my bridesmaids).  

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Equestrian Estate

SprinkleDonut:  No, you are not over-paying. I am a floral designer and hae been in the industry for over 12 years. Those prices are actually pretty good considering you have David Austin Roses… and I’ve seen boutonnieres go for for $20ea so $16 is good too – especially if they are also the DA roses. “Redwine 13’s” flowers look like they have a lot of filler – babies breath and other in-expensive things added to make it look big but not cost much more… not to mention that the standard roses and carnations are way less expensive than your DA roses, ranunculas, sweet pea and lissianthus (great chioces by the way!)

 

If it’s over your budget see if she can make it similar but keep the cost down, maybe swap out some of the DA roses for a standard variety… but if you can afford it that really is a good deal 😉 

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Kiawah Island

The boutoinniere prices are fair.  Bridesmaid bouquets are rather wimpy.  ince you’ve already paid, I would demote the bridesmaid bouquets to nosegays for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom to carry and have my bridesmaids carry something else (i.e. poms, clutches, etc).

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