(Closed) average price for flowers/photos

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

depending on the style of photos you want, http://www.wpja.com/wedding-photographers/oregon-photojournalist.htm could be a good place to start.   i too did a ton of research on photographers and so did our planner, but ultimately i heard of wpja.com on wedding bee (of course ๐Ÿ™‚ and found our awesomem photographer on there.  clearly the best part is you can scroll the list looking for prices in your range.  i cant help with flowers bc i havent gotten that far yet, but i KNOW you can get an awesome photog for way under $5800.  good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

ah, sorry i sent the oregon link. if you go to http://www.wpja.com you can choose your state.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

The prices vary widely from state to state and for what you want (how many flowers, what types of flowers, how many hours of photography, etc.) It also depends on how large your city is…bigger cities usually mean higher prices and Seattle is a big city. 

For big cities I would say in general good quality photography for 8 hours can be found for around $3,000 ($5,800+ in general would be for the best photographers in the business for most large cities)  Yes, there are people who are cheaper but I think that at less then 3,000 you start to sacrifice some quality.  That doesn’t mean you can’t find some great gems just starting out, though. 

I planned a large part of my wedding over the internet/from abroad as well. This is what I did – look at http://www.wpja.com/ and go through every single photographer listed there.  Don’t forget to look at surrounding/nearby states as well.  Our photographer works in a neighboring, less expensive state and even with her travel fee of $200 her prices are more competitive then the photographers in my city.  Look at all the photographers listed on theknot.com vendor list, ask the girls on theknot.com chat boards from Seattle who they recommend for affordable photography, and also look to see if there are any magazines for the city of Seattle…every big city usually has one and they almost always have a wedding issue each year where they list good vendors.  I went through hundreds of sites to find a photographer that met out budget and had a style I loved. It’s possible.

As far as flowers…it just depends on how many you need and what type of flowers you are needing.  I’d say 2,000+ is pretty average/good for a large city.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I say keep looking for flower vendors.  That seems like an awful lot of money to me to just get flowers.  But again, depends if you are also looking for your florist to do centerpieces. 

I’m having my wedding in Los Angeles, but I found a Vietnamese woman who does the business out of her home.  I’m getting a bride’s bouquet, 1 bridesmaid bouquet, bouts for groom, best man and father, flower girl basket, corsages for mother and grandma and 20 bouts for family for only $200.00!!! 

Sometimes the asian vendors have great deals like this.  Unfortunately I don’t know any in Seattle.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

*Waves across the Pacific*

The price depends entirely on the area and what you are getting. 

I can’t comment on the prices of flowers or photos unless we get a peek at what you are getting in the packages. Is $2000 in flowers for total adornment or is it just the basics? For the photography, is it the whole 9 yards with the edited, non-marked proofs, digital negatives, shared copyrights, and an album, or is it just album and shots?

There are many things to consider but you will definitely run yourself up in the higher price margins if you are in a large metropolitan area.

I’m a strong believer in "you get what you pay for" when it is something artistic and subjective like photography and floral arranging. With that said, make sure you are comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges. Sorry for the cliche, but it’s true! Price to price, quality to quality..Then find out what you get for that price and quality at each place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Hi!

You’re welcome. My best advice for you is if you can’t meet with the vendors in person is to at least get some references from them. These are past clients that the vendor will contact for permission to use them as references. That way, you can speak with prior clients and ask them any questions and concerns and they can tell you a lot about the vendor, any good and bad things, etc.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2007

There are lots of Seattle bees, too (and Knottie bios).  You might want to get a recommendation from someone who lives in the area and whose wedding pics you can look at (since what goes up on the photographer’s blog/website is only the best of the hundreds of photos they took).

Prices vary greatly across the country, too.  We got married in Cincinnati, Ohio and our wonderful, well-respected photojournalitic photographer asked for $1600 for 6 hours, digital negatives and the proofs. We found a more traditionaly, family-owned florist who was relatively confused by my modern ideas (you don’t want flowers carried in the little plastic cones?) but I was *very* specific about how I wanted everything to look and was happy in the end.  And it was only 1K for all the bouquets, boutennieres, pew flowers, church flowers and ferns and 16 centerpieces. 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I think your best bet as far as flowers goes, is to keep looking. I live in Los Angeles, and downtown, we have a flower mart with shop after shop of florists which of course means their prices are competitive because they want your business. I don’t know if Seattle has an area like this, but I know there are a lot of major cities that have flowermarts or flower districts. If not, what about Costco or Sam’s Club? They have really pretty flowers, and if I’m not mistaken, I read on several posts that people have bought their arrangements from there.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I live in Seattle and was married on October 6. I had an amazing photographer, Michael Hassert of Luxar Studios (http://www.luxarstudios.com). His prices are very reasonable, he spends the entire day with you and his photos are amazing. I can share some with you if you like. Also, my florist was very affordable and my flowers were gorgeous and exactly what I wanted–let me know if you want photos and contact information.

 This is my very first post to weddingbee! I love reading everyone’s comments ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I spoke with a photographer friend, and he recommended Myla Kent.  He said her prices were pretty affordable because she’s also a designer.  I look at her website and her photos are more editorial/photojournalistic if you like her style.

http://mylakent.com/ 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I’m not from Seattle and haven’t used her services, but I follow Myla Kent’s photographs on Flickr.  She is awesome.  Great shots everytime.  I would highly recommend her!

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