(Closed) Carnations- not so cheap after all?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Your picture didn’t post!  Retry?

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you know how many stems that includes? We will only really be able to tell whether that’s a high price if we know how many stems. The florist is probably using a lot of stems to give that dense ruffled texture, which means more $$.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think carnations are pretty inexpensive if you are going to DIY. If you are paying a florist to put the arrangement together then 1000 bucks for everything you needed is not so bad. My budget with roses came up to 800 bucks. That is for 3 centerpieces, 3 bouts, 1 bouquet, 3 single roses, fresh petals and 8 single rose stems for tables. You are getting a bigger bang for your buck than I am.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Maybe you could ask for a price break down? My florist gave me the price per each item, and I already knew the price for each stem.

Then you can see if the price is reasonable or not. Say you have 20 carnations per bouquet and carnations are $1.50 each, that’s $30 in flowers. So if she’s charging you $75 per bouquet, yea that’s a little excessive.

So then, if she really is overcharging you, you can ask her why it’s so much. It may be awkward because a lot of people don’t like to talk about money, but if you show her that you’re actually evaluating the price of each item, she may be willing to renegotiate or the explain why the price is so high, and you’ll get a better understanding of where the total amount of the quote came from.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I also mentioned to my florist that I am on a budget so I was thinking about DIYing my flowers. So she knew if her quote was too high, she would not get my business. She also explained which flowers were more cost efficient than others so I could make informed choices, and that helped to keep my quote lower.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Did you get you quote from a actual flower shop? Maybe you should try FiftyFlowers or Costco.  Do you know someone who has some experiance with flowers? maybe they can help out if you would like to DIY.

I would also get quotes from different flower shops, ask friends if they know anyone who has a side business. I was going to DIY my flowers and i happened to be talking to a friend about them and she referred me to her sister.

I am paying $550 for Red Roses.

1 bride bouquet, 3 bridesmaid, 2 corsages, 5 bouts & 12 centerpieces with 2 doz red roses each. I just have to buy the vases, dollar tree. And the way she does the arrangement i wouldnt need rocks because she uses the extra green leaves to cover the vase on the bottom.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That seems kind of high for carnations – she’s going to charge more because she’s arranging them and delievering them.

It seems like you could DIY for way less since you just want bunches of carnations. You can get 150 stems for $129 at Fiftyflowers.

Just estimating I’d think you’d need:

50 for tables = 50
5 Bouquest of 30 = 150
9 Bouts = 18
5 Corsages = 20
2 Additional arrangements = 60

Total: 298

Seems like you could get WAY more flowers for less but you’d have to put them together yourself.

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