Post # 1
So I’m wanting a different type of wedding. I originally wanted to make my own bouquet (silk flowers with origami flowers) but I’m in over my head and am about to go on a major breakdown from having to do way too much.
I really don’t want to go the florist route as I feel like they’re too expensive, but I’m just wondering how much everyone paid for their bouquets and bouts?
I’m thinking of going the etsy route and buying Sola flower bouquets and got quoted for $550 for one bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets and 9 bouts. Is this too much? I love the look of it since I really don’t want my wedding to be too generic but I feel like it’s too much. I talk to the FH and he said it really isn’t too much.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I paid $28.50 for 3 bouts and $165 for my bridal bouquet (mix of hydrangea, roses and freesia) via a professional wedding florist.
Post # 4
Thanks! How about your bridesmaids, though?
Post # 5
I didn’t have any bridesmaids. However, I did purchase a pin-on freesia corsage for my MIL, which cost $30.
Post # 6
This definitely depends on the area, flowers and variety.
It’s always cheaper to go with in-season flowers and with less variety. You florist typically can’t buy one stem of this and one stem of that, so the more flower varieties you have, the more s/he has to buy. It also depends on the area as many florists will have significant overhead – gas/transportation, storage, employees (maybe), etc.
Our florist charged about $200 for a bridal bouquet and about $20 for a bout. The bouquet was about 1.5 ft diameter and had mainly dahlias, hydrangeas and garden roses (along with accents of dusty miller and craspedia). The bout only had craspedia. The bouquet (and centerpieces, which had the same types of florals) received a ton of compliments from other vendors and guests, so we are happy with the money we spent.
Post # 8
so it seems as if $550 for: one bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets, and 9 bouts for custom sola flowers seem pretty reasonable. The quote for just the bridal bouqeut was $90.
Post # 9
Does anyone else think $500 is too much for 5 BM bouquets, 1 bridal and 9 bouts?
Post # 10
@chazieurbie: It’s probably cheaper to DIY them, depending on how elaborate you want to go. Here’s a breakdown (for fresh flowers, not Sola) for your reference:
Roses (one dozen from Costco): $16.99
Ribbon (100 yards, 7/8 inch wide – wholesale pricing): $8
This is all excluding tax and other things, like floral tape and wire.
So assuming you need two dozen and each BM needs a dozen, plus one rose per bout, that’s already about $144 for just roses and ribbon without anything else. So if you consider tax and other supplies/overhead, plus the cost of her labor, it’s not bad.
Post # 11
@chazieurbie: I think that is quite reasonable!! We paid over 600 (I can’t remember the exact amount) for a bridal bouquet, 4 BM’s, 8 bouts, 2 coursages and 2 flowergirl bouquets (each had 4 calla lillies).
What flowers were you planning on using for that price?
Post # 12
I got my flowers from the flower counter at the local Kroger grocery store. They’re FTD certified, but not a big, fancy florist. I got:
8 boutonnieres ($6 each), 8 corsages ($10 each), and a dozen matching creme roses to make my own bouquet with … for a total of $185.
I took them samples of the ribbon I was using for centerpieces and they matched the ribbons they used from that. The flowers were so lovely they ended up being one of my favorite things about the wedding. I wish I had a good close up picture of these flowers, but we didn’t end up with one. But you can kind of see in one of the pictures of DH and me.
Post # 13
Sounds reasonable or avarge priced to me, you can always shop around and compare prices though!
Post # 14
Well, I was thinking of going with this etsy seller: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CuriousFloralCrafts?ref=seller_info
She makes Sola flowers which I think is quite unique! I’m DIYing a ton of stuff so I’m in over my head so I don’t want to DIY the bouquets any longer.
I’m not a big fan of roses, either. I’m too scared of real flowers being wilty during the ceremony/reception which is another reason why I don’t want to DIY it.
@ProfessorGirl: too bad I don’t have a Kroger around here 🙁
@lilbluebird: I know I will save more by DIY it, but I need to give the responsibility to someone else or else I’ll kill myself. Just wondering what the going rate are for these so I’m not over paying!
Thanks everyone for the input!
Post # 15
Average for around here is $150 for bridal, $80 for bridesmaids, and $8-15 for bouts. I’d definitely get prices from a couple other florists but your price seems fair. Not sure what custom sola flowers are, though…
Post # 16
I just got a quote from a florist but I have no idea whether this is in the high range or low end. But here they are to give you an idea:
Bridal bouquet: $125 and up
Bridesmaids: $65 each and up
Boutonnieres: $12.50 each and up
Corsages: $27.50 each and up