Post # 1
My sister paid $900 for her flowers. 30 tall centerpieces, loaned vases from florist, 9 bouquets, 9 groomsmen bouts, corsages and father bouts and altar decor. So when it came time to set my budget a few months later I thought it reasonable to set it at $500 for 8 tall and 8 short centerpieces and altar flowers and borrowing nothing.
How could I have been so wrong! The latest quote I received for baby’s breath and curly willow was $1,200. I estimate it would cost me $300 for the materials so I was willing to pay $500. What is the deal?!? My mouth literally dropped open when I saw that quote. I’ve gone back and forth between DIY because I didn’t want to be up all night but I think the savings will actually be worth it. And I could probably get away with doing all the flowers 2-3 days before since they stay fresh-looking longer.
Am I the only one with sticker shock!
Post # 3
Is it the same company your sister used? If so that seems kind of weird that they would charge you so much more for so much less…
Post # 4
Im afraid of when I go to price flowers! Everytime I ask a florist about prices, they tell me “dont know right now, better estimate closer to date”…well thats great! It almost is like flower prices change like the stock market!
Maybe if you arent under time constraints, wait? I think flower prices depend on the season…
Post # 5
Where we are having the wedding, said that I should budget $5000 minimally for flowers, decor and lighting. MINIMALLY! Sheesh!
Post # 6
@MrsPinkPeony: I tried working with the same lady that did my sisters but she could never seem to return my phone calls. My wedding was a year out but I thought it rude to not call me back for weeks. I tried again when there was about 7 months left but again, weeks with no call back.
Post # 7
Instead of doing them myself, I found a local woman who does wedding flowers “on the side” (she had plenty of pictures of previous weddings she has done to show me the quality of her work). She buys the flowers at wholesale prices and does all the wedding party flowers, centerpieces, church flowers etc. herself and then only tacks on a fee of $150 on top of how ever much the materials cost. Ask around a lot and see if you can find someone to do them for you who isn’t necessarily a florist… That way you will have the DIY price without the DIY headache.
Post # 8
@MaggieGirl:Thanks for the tip. I think I will keep shopping and interviewing.