February 8th wedding – will we get ripped off due to V-day?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mousepeach:  Date twins! 🙂

 

My mom is doing all of my flowers herself so I can’t say for sure but a lot of our other vendors have told us the best plan for stuff is to book it as far ahead of time as you can. We’re competing with Mardi Gras and Valentines here so we’ve heard that repeatedly from all of the vendors we’ve talked to.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you’re more likely to get ripped off because you are having a wedding, not because it’s near Valentine’s Day. 😛

Call a bakery and ask for a 3-tier birthday cake to serve 100 people. Then call back the next day and ask for a 3-tier wedding cake to serve 100 people. I will bet you there’s a higher price for the wedding cake. I’ve avoided saying “wedding” to any vendors when asking for quotes.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mousepeach:  

@BHB0526:  

The first time I’ve seen date twins on here!!

I also want to use red roses for our wedding. The florist we’re working with never mentioned anything about Valtentine’s Day having an impact on our price. In fact, choosing roses helped keep our prices lower because they are available in February and I’m not demanding something off-season. And in February just about everything is off-season.

Definitely have your mom ask for seasonal (our lady talked about flowering branches being in season in February).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Being near valentines day will probably help you because there is a greater demand for red roses at that time of the year, so florists will already have to increase their supply to just meet the standard V-day bouquets. As far as the price goes, it could go either way, but you will probably be better off wanting a lot of roses around V-day than wanting roses in a month where they are not as desireable and ordered (I assume flowers are like everything else and ordering in bulk lowers the price).

If you wanted to know for sure, just call and ask for a quote on roses for a wedding in June and then call later and ask for a quote for roses on your wedding day.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@mousepeach:  I worked at a flower shop this past valentine’s day and the price per stem went up $4 each.  There was a wedding during that time and she had to pay the valentine’s day pricing. Typically roses are $5/stem and at Valentine’s they were $9. I think it depends on the florist.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i would think it would make the price of the roses go up!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it depends on the color! If you want a seriously deep burgandy color, I think they’ll be cheaper than the more desireable poppy red rose. But either way, a dozen roses is $40 on V-Day and $15 every other week of the year. So hopefully they won’t charge you an arm and a leg!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Yeah, you’re definitely going to be paying a higher price for red roses right before Valentine’s. Go through a florist and get the flowers from a wholesaler, otherwise you’re paying commercial prices, no doubt about it.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2014

It depends on your florist as well!

I already received my quote and just missed the Valentine’s pricing for all flowers. If I had requested red roses those would have been at an extra cost. Another florist would have had me in Valentines pricing for anything I wanted. So it also depends on where they are getting their flowers. It’s a great question to ask when getting quotes. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@ArtDecoDC:  First time I had ever seen one on here too and now there’s 3 of us! For whatever reason that makes me excited! haha

ETA: I just saw @ryleigh: too!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@mousepeach:  Most likely, especially if the flowers you want are red, white, or pink, and traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day like roses and tulips.

To get the best price on flowers in general, ask for whatever is in season and “affordable” around the time of your wedding.  If you want a specific color, let them know.  Once you start specifying flowers, unless they are carnations or filler, you’re more likely to get stuck with stem prices.

I saved by sort of DIYing my flowers at my first wedding.  We ordered them from a rural florist in my hometown.  The lady did my bouquet, bouts for the dads, corsages for the moms and basic centerpieces.  My mom picked them up the day before the wedding and we kept them in water in the hotel room overnight.  My mom and some of her friends set up the centerpieces with the flowers and sprinkled the rose petals we had also bought from the florist.  We ended up only spending $300.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

You will get ripped off so be careful. We got married on Valentine’s Day. There were a lot of flowers that I actually watned for my wedding (peonies, ranunculus), but I ended up not being able to have them. In the end I just did roses for my bouquet, the bridesmaid bouquets, and we had rose petals lining the aisle. 

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