Cost of flowers = heart failure. Anyone else?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

No one really pays attention to the flowers.  Honestly.  We had small floral centerpieces with mirrors and votives, and got lots of compliments on how nice they were.  They were small and tasteful, and not ridiculously priced like the larger ones.

We didn’t have ceremony flowers (my ceremony was in a large, ornate, marble rotunda so they weren’t needed).  We had simple bouquets and bouts for the boys.  

Buy in-season flowers.  Buy wholesale.  There are ways to cheapen the floral budget.  

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

People wont care about flowers or centerpieces. They should care about your love.

Sams Club or Costco have pre-arranged flowers are cheaper.

Hope this all works out! 🙂

Post # 6
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Hit reply under comment. For some reason its not working for me right now.

Im not doing this but have heard of other brides doing it. Im sure there are threads about it.

I met someone at the local farmers market who said they would supply me with the flowers at a nearly wholesale rate and I am having my aunts arrange them the day before. I remember getting frustrated when I went to traditional florists with a $300 budget. Some literally laughed at me.

Post # 7
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336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t know what your wedding theme or vibe is but ours was rustic and we went with potted plants.  The guest s got to take them home and we spent $60 for 25 centerpeices!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@ALAin2014:  i feel your pain lol i found a very small mom & pop florist and got a great deal for ceremony and my whole bridal party including moms and grandma. 6 are in my bridal party we got it fir $699.00 and i got the calla lilys i wanted 😉

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I can relate.  The first comprehensive, detailed quote I received was for $5,000. I knew I needed to scale back somewhere.  Thankfully, I was able to find a floral events company that came highly recommended and that was able to do my wedding for about $3,500, which is almost exactly what your floral estimate was.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m planting my centrepieces too  -I got ivory urns from a wholesaler and I’m planting cyclamens in them with a table runner (rectangular tables) and a candle either side.  Sooooo much cheaper.  My florist flowers (3 bouquets, 5 buttonholes) came to $480. I’m ordering loose bunches from them too to stick in vases and jugs etc.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Well I did DIY and I was able to do all of my flowers for $320 (including tax, shipping, etc).  This was for my bouquet, 2 BMs, 2 nosegay (for moms), a toss, aisle arrangements, 2 altar arrangements, and rose petals for my tables.  I ordered from fiftyflowers and my local Costco.

Post # 12
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1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re picking up flowers the morning of the wedding, probably at a grocery store or Costco. I really do not care about them! 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow, I’m with ya, that’s a LOT to spend on flowers.  I would say that the guests won’t care about the centerpieces, and will probably appreciate them more if they’re not huge so they can actually see each other across the table!  If you don’t have your heart set on a certain kind of flower why not ask the florist to use what’s in season that fits with your color scheme.  That’s what I did and it kept my flower costs down quite a bit.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ALAin2014:  If you are not a DIY’er , you could still get a florist to do the bouquets and do the centerpieces yourself. Centerpieces do not have to involve cut flowers. There is nothing as elegant as an orchid in a pot. Add a few votive candles or LED candles and you are done. Home Depot and Lowe’s always have decent prices on orchids.

 

 

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Try florists who are either new or work from home! Our florist is just starting out on her own and works out of her home and she quoted us almost 1/3 of what some other florists quoted!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You are wedding centric right now and noticing details about other people’s weddings that you normally wouldn’t.   You don’t need elaborate and huge to have a nice looking centerpiece.   I don’t have any DIY skills, yet I was able to make nice looking centerpieces for my daughter’s reception and plan to do the same for mine.  

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