Extreme Sticker Shock

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
825 posts
Busy bee

That’s rough. I’m so glad we decided not to have our wedding on the east coast (where FI is from) because I know it would double our 30-40k budget. It would be even harder is having a mom from NOT the east coast, she probably thinks all your flowers are going to be coated in diamonds. 

Post # 3
6788 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Is your heart set on a Manhattan wedding? You could try taking the big city to the midwest – I imagine if you went ALL out in MO you could have everything you wanted and more. Not sure if that’s something you guys considered or if you’re set on a NY wedding. Sales tax is cheaper too 😉

Post # 4
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ouch. I’m so glad I live in Kentucky and we are going small and intimate.   I could do a whole wedding here on your flower budget.  

Post # 6
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

LAB:  CAn you DIY your flowers by going to a local flower market? I did my own flowers, and it really wasn’t overly difficult at all. I think that florists charge a ridiculous amount of money for what it takes to make an arrangement. I spent $470, and made 12 centrepieces, an altarpiece, 6 boutonnierres, 4 corsages, a bridal bouquet and two BM bouquets, and still had tons of flowers left over.

I used lavender roses, pink and purple carnations, green hydrangeas, green button mums, and various green filler.

Post # 7
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

LAB:  I second DIYing the flowers if you are truly looking for the basics, which to me are the bouquets and boutineers. There are tons of Whole Foods in NYC you could get your flowers from!

Post # 10
4739 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

LAB:  I would consider hiring the pro for at least your bouquet’s and bouts, and then consider DIYing everything else. Honestly, it’s going to depend on how detailed you want your floral arrangements to be. I’m a wedding photographer, and I see plenty of DIY stuff but they are always pretty basic. You also have to consider how many arrangements you’ll need, and WHO is going to take care of doing it all the day before your wedding. They aren’t something you can buy the week beofore and have them sitting around.

Another thing to consider would be mixing floral centerpieces with non-floral. So, for example, one table might have a non-floral arrangement with lots of candles while another might be a floral arrangement. If you have 20 tables to decorate, and only 10 have flowers that’s a huge cost savings.

At the very least I would suggest hiring the pro for your bouquet. I can’t tell you how many disaster ones I’ve seen over the years. Those puppies are harder to put together than they look!!

Post # 9
1834 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014


LAB:  I feel your pain. I’m in Washington DC, so not quite as pricey as NYC, but getting married in this city is pretty expensive, and some of the quotes I’ve received have just about made me fall over.

Have you looked into Costco for flowers? No DIY necessary.

Post # 11
7 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

I live in Westchester and FI is from Brooklyn, so I feel your pain.  We’re actually getting our flowers from Trader Joes – they’re fully arranged, all we need to do is pop them in the vases.  I know you’re not into the DIY thing, but this is something you could totally delegate to your wedding party?  Trader Joes is great and sooo accomodating!

Post # 12
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

LAB:  Have you tried inquiring with florists who do not have a business or live in Manhattan, but in cheaper places like New Jersey? While you’ll have to pay deilvery, maybe just changing their own home’s zip code might bring things down for you.

Post # 13
6194 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

LAB:  Have you gotten a quote from whole foods? They do wedding flowers and they will even deliver! ETA you just drop things like vases off with them ahead of time, or use ones they sell there.

Post # 15
21 posts

Hey, there. I’m having my wedding in Brooklyn, so definitely in the same ballpark of crazy. When I was looking for caterers, I tried thumbtack, which is a service where you put in what you want and your budget and different companies send you a quote. I didn’t end up using any of the caterers I found through there, but certainly a few companies turned up that hadn’t come up in my research elsewhere. They’re no-obligation quotes, so if you don’t use any of them, no problem. And you might find a vendor that can do everything you need in your budget. Anyhoo – no idea if thumbtack vets the vendors, so you might get some vendors who won’t be up to what you want, but worth a shot.

Post # 14
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d actually look at florists in NJ or CT. You might have to cover their travel fees, but I’d bet they’ll be a LOT less expensive overall. The Darien/Stamford area of CT should have some nice options, and you can just take the train.

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