Post # 1
So, I just stopped by my neighborhood florist to inquire about flowers, make an appt, etc. she said, very coolly, “budget for at least $3000”. OMG. I had no idea that flowers in Little Rock, Arkansas would START at $3000.
Sams is looking like a great choice.
Have you had your first case of sticker shock, yet?
Post # 3
Sheesh! I am making paper flowers so I didn’t have to experience that one, but just about everything shocks me! It seems like people will charge you more just because you’re getting married! Luckily we shopped around and for the vendors we did go with (venue & food, DJ, photog) worked with us to fit our budget. The one thing it seems like we can’t believe the price of is ALCOHOL! It is an absolute must for us, but almost $1000 on a beer and wine bar for 75 people is a little crazy!
Post # 4
It’s not so much what each things costs as I’ve always worked out hate best price for things but it all adds up quickly!!!!
Post # 5
@lisha_1988: It’s just a big surprise that basic things cost so much money. Insanity. I’m working on a super tight budget and am actually considering skipping flowers for pillar candles to save some serious cash- down to the bridesmaids carrying candles (in glass) instead of flowers. We’re having a candlelight ceremony, so it may just work.
Post # 6
I’m doing fabric flowers. I’m going to write this down though so that when SO looks at me like I’m crazy because I’m cutting the fabric for a couple hundred flowers I can tell him just how much money I’m saving him. Plus the flowers I make can be resold so I might recoup some cost from a bride who doesn’t have a year and a half to make them. So thank you. Without the actual numbers I wouldn’t have a huge case. I’m saving you a MINIMUM of three THOUSAND dollars sounds better than I’m saving you money. LOL.
Post # 7
@nerdysarah: That sounds pretty
Post # 8
ours are only going to be $900 for even bouquets and centerpieces, roses and peonies too. I’d check a different florist. Our arrangments won’t be huge, but they will fill the cylinder vases from dollar tree! Thats in Wisconsin, for comparision’s sake.
Post # 9
I couldn’t handle the florist costs. I ordered flowers from local flower company and fiftyflowers.com. Bridesmaids, wedding planner friend and I made the bouquets and prepared the flowers for centerpieces the night before the wedding (we had a rehearsal lunch). Spent about $1000. Wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Post # 10
@nerdysarah: I assume November isn’t a big month for flowers blooming outside, but you might want to see what will be growing in your area at that time…and quickly plant some of it! Then you can just pick it. If that works with your theme. You could also use holly, and then if trees are still pretty colors you could use leaves.
Orrr….build a green house/hot house and grow some peonies…that would probably cost less than $3000!
Post # 11
Our flowers are a little over $2000. Short centerpieces (I feel like the tall ones intefere with coversation, plus they would overwhelm the venue), minimal flowers for ceremony decor. I really want to focus on candles…lots and lots of candles. But yeah, I did have a little bit of sticker shock on my bouquet….$300!
Post # 12
Ours came out to $3200 including delivery and tax. The bridal bouquet is $175, the tall centerpieces are $200/each, the boutenniere is $15…
To save some money, we are using centerpieces as ceremony/alter flowers, but we are having an outdoor ceremony so all they need to do is plop these on some columns and call it a day.
Post # 13
$850 for everything. Shop around and perhaps select different flowers? We’re doing orchids dyed blue in water with candles floating on top.
My sticker shock was all the stupid upgradeS. chargers, chair covers, linens… Pshhh
Post # 14
@Bunny: That picture is beautiful.
We’re having a candlelit ceremony, so I’m thinking of having everyone carry a pillar candle (in glass of course) and place it on the table behind us. The officient (our good friend is marrying us), groom, groomsmen, mothers, grandmothers, and bridesmaids. This would eliminate the need for bridesmaids bouquets and have a bit of symbolism. Is this idea wacky?
Post # 15
I am going with dried flowers, twigs, moss and other things. We are having a very vintage nature themed wedding. Sage green, cream, and chocolate brown are our colors. My flowers and the BM flowers, the grooms pins and pew bows will only cost $400 they are beautiful. You can get armfuls of dead dried twigs mostly anywhere you go in the woods 🙂
Post # 16
How many tables are u having at the venue????????????? I am having 7 tables, plus the ceremony decor, bouquet (1) and boutoniers (2), for 50 people and the highest price i got was around 900€. 3000???????????????? What flowers does she have? Gold and silver ones?????
I am spending 300€ in all!