Post # 1
So, I have been planning my wedding now since this summer and since I have obviously never done this before let me just say the shock I have had when some of the quotes coming back from the florists and bakeries are about $1000 for a cake and $6000 for flowers… it’s just giving me a heart attack.. My budget is already $10,000 over what me and my fiance wanted it to be, and now I find out that a 3 tiered cake is going to cost $600-$1000 because I want to add a few icing flowers, The cake I want is so small and basic… I feel like this is a bit ridiculous. I understand completely that weddings are not cheap, and I know that flowers are going to be costly. I am trying hard to e-mail places letting them know my budget but it seems not many places will give me a quote over e-mail, and honestly booking a bunch of consultations is going to be a huge waste of time for me and a huge waste of time for them if the price isn’t right. My budget for a cake is $300- $350 and Im hoping to get flowers (buquets and centre pieces) for about $800-$1000. I need 7 buquets and 12 very small centre pieces. DIY is out of the question because my centre pieces would look awful if I did them myself… I have put out many facebook posts to get some feed back from brides and have checked out some places but it just seems like my luck at finding a nice cake and flowers at a decent price is just wearing thin…… I don’t want anything exceptional either. I would competely understand if I wanted big centre pieces or a fantastic cake and I am a huge believer that you should pay for quality. I am fine with purchasing a great venue, wonderful food, a beautiful dress and paying a photographer for amazing pictures that I will have forever. But flowers die and not many people end up eating the cake… Im sorry if this is out there but Im just at that point where I feel very discouraged. I will be getting married in Hamilton and would really love some opionions on Great florists and great bakeries who are decently priced…. Anything at this point would be helpful. Thanks!
Post # 3
@Kris_Dem: That seems crazy high…
I paid $923 for basic flowers.
$294 for 12 centerpieces. Six were tall glass vases with blue orchids with a floating candle on top, and 6 were low bowls with floating blue orchids and a candle… all were placed on mirrors.
$170 for bridal bouquet
$5 for toss bouquet
$69 each for 5 bridesmaids bouquets
$12 each for 7 boutonnieres (groom, 4 groomsmen, FOB and FOG)
$25 for flowers on my cake
I actually paid more than that (closer to $1600), because I added a lot of extra flowers to the ceremony site, and shepher’s hooks with vases of flowers along the asile, and these beautiful dried grapevines to the ceiling beams for the reception room.. But I gave you the prices I paid for the most common flower stuff. 🙂
My cake was included in the price of catering, so I don’t know how much that typically costs… sorry.
I got married in the Poconos, which tends to have higher prices than many other areas just because it’s a semi-popular wedding destination… and I still think the price quotes you got are insane. 🙁
Post # 4
Unfortunately wedding prices are expensive. Have you considered getting a smaller cake to cut and sheet cakes in the back to serve to your guests? Most people won’t even know the difference.
As for your flowers, I would look for someone who does wedding flowers without the overhead of running a storefront. My florist worked out of a storage unit and was very reasonably priced for the flowers that I got. There is usually someone doing this in each city. Also you may want to consider putting fresh flowers on your wedding cake instead of iced flowers. It’s usually pretty inexpensive.
Post # 5
Woah! Our 3-tier bakery wedding cake was $90!
I would keep looking… You can definitely find a better price! Good luck and Godspeed!
Post # 6
Where are you getting married? I feel like those prices are crazy high so, unless you live in one of the most expensive parts of the country, you might want to keep looking for vendors.
EDIT: I just re-read and noticed you said Hamilton, not sure where that is.
Post # 7
I would keep looking for a bakery that is less expensive. If you can’t find one, you could opt for a fake cake to cut with sheet cake in the back to serve. Of course, I don’t know how many people you are serving, but to me, $1,000 is crazy!
As for flowers, we spent a ton but that’s minly because the flowers I wanted were out of season. You could try to use a differnt florist, or perhaps find a new independent florist who will give you a better deal. You could also look into non floral centerpieces or centerpieces that only have a small amount of flowers in them. Candles are a good option 🙂
Post # 8
@Kris_Dem: if you tell us where you are getting married (town/suburb, not specifically venue), other bees might be able to suggest vendors they used.
Post # 9
@Kris_Dem: Check out grocey store bakeries. They might surprise with all that they can do. Also, do you have a whole foods by you? They can do wedding flowers for very reasonable.
Post # 10
our three tier cake is $150! Granted the bottom layer is artificial, so we actually have two edible tiers. We are only having the cake to cut as tradition and not serving to guests. We are having a dessert bar instead where my FI’s aunts will be making them all.
i would suggest doing what the PP’s have said and get a small one to cut and then serve sheet cakes! or see if you can do what we are doing if you want a three tier. Make the top the only part that’s edible and serve the sheet cakes.l that way you get what looks like a fancy cake for less cost 🙂
as for flowers, my FI and I haven’t figured it out totally yet. We want to do lavender bouquets and our organic farm in the province said they’d grow us some for $30! Which will be enough for the girls and guys. We won’t be having any flowers in our centerpieces to save on money.
there are a lot of things you can do to lower he cost. Keep researching. $1000 for a cake is pretty steep
Post # 11
@brooke25: $1000 for a 3 teir cake decorated with fondant/sugar flowers is pretty standard in my area. Depending on the cost of living in your area this might seem outrageous, but in a lot of Cities, I think this would be pretty normal.
Post # 12
@Kris_Dem: Where is Hamilton? While the cake price seems ridiculous– your flowers weren’t so high, depending on exactly what you’re asking for.
There are SO many ways to get creative– I used to do wedding flowers for a living, and I didn’t care if I had a ton of flowers at our wedding. While of course they are beautiful– I realize that when I have attended weddings in the past, I am so busy talking, meeting people, mingling– that I honestly couldn’t tell you what the flowers were.
DIY can be done– but it IS a lot of work *unless you are doing something SUPER simple). I had wanted small lavender bouquets for my BMS– and because fresh lavender can be so expensive, I got dried, and I loved it! I ordered off of etsy.
At first I though we were going to go “traditional centerpiece”- but after realizing I couldn’t rmemeber the flowers from any other wedding, I really rethought that.
I had a florsit make my bouquets and a few bouts- and the GM had matching dried lavender bouts. They were super cool and I loved them and they smelled FANTASTIC!
Post # 13
Wow, thank you so much for all of the amazing responses. I guess it would help if I mentioned where I am getting married sorry about that. I will be getting married in Hamilton Ontario Canada. I will definetely keep in mind some of these fantastic suggestions. If anyone has more suggestions that would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 14
@Kris_Dem: i realize you probably already have your answer, and since im not from Canada it may be completely irrelevant, but i wanted to share my prices with you as well.
i checked prices for local flowers and nearly fell out of my chair in shock. So i went to Hobby Lobby to see about fake flowers and found some really beautiful white roses and white cherry blossoms, and when i put them together with some fake ivy leaves, it made gorgeous bouquets that wont die. I spent $16 for four bouquets and $18 for seven boutonnieres and four corsages.
About the cake, i also had trouble finding a decently priced one. I found some options at walmart though, they offer basic wedding cakes and half sheet cakes at very affordable prices. I can get a 2 tier wedding cake and a half sheet grooms cake for $96.
I hope this helped, and i hope you find something soon. Best of luck!
Post # 15
@Kris_Dem: I’m in Caledon but our wedding is going be in Toronto and the vendors we’re looking at are all in the GTA and I was quoted $650 for a 4 tier cake with 4 sugar flowers and Got two quotes for flowers one @ $10,000 (yes you read that right) and one for $6300. I think prices are just generally high where we are BUT I think it’s possible to get better prices I’m definitely going to keep looking. Some places will omit taxes if you pay cash which on a bill that’s thousands adds up to a lot and it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Post # 16
@Kris_Dem: I love flowers and plants. I would love to fill both venue and church with so many but this is not practical. I would love trees in the church like a certain high profile wedding and flowers along every windowsil. Arches in the doorways. Our budget just won’t stretch anywhere near that far.
We are saving money on flowers by not having floral centrepieces. There is someone local to our venue that hires candelabras, she will set them up and provides the candles. We have bought a few tealights and scatter ‘diamonds’ to go round them. This has worked out roughly half the price of basic floral centrepieces. This will also look better in our venue that has virtually no natural light (one skylight at one end)
You can also find some nice vases/ candle holders in budget/craft stores.
We are also saving a small amount on bouquets etc by going for in season flowers and reducing the number of roses (prob only in my bouquiet and FI’s button hole).
I know quite a few brides are DIY-ing their flowers just a couple of stems doesn’t require any flower arranging skills.
Some brides are choosing clutched or pomanders for their maids
We are lucky enough to have a family friend who can do the cake for us as a wedding gift.
Are you dead-set on a 3-tier cake? Have you looked at cupcakes/mini-cupcakes. So many of them look adorable. This could work out cheaper and you may be able to find a few friends who could make and decorate them for you.
Alternatively I know round here there are a few supermarkets that sell undecorated plain white cakes that you can build into a wedding cake and add a couple of flowers to decorate.