(Closed) Florally Screwed?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I think it depends on what area you are from (like NYC vs. a smaller place) but the numbers you quoted are definitley more towards the high end of the flower range especially for someting with no vase (i don’t really understand that one).

I’d say she’s overpricing by at least $25 for each thing you mentioned especially for the simplicity of the flowers. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I think the price is normal…the fact that you are using a coordinator to do the flower arrangement instead of a florist means that you have to pay her expenses.  Unlike a florist, she has to go out and buy the flowers at retail and is passing the cost (with an added premium) to you. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Yach’s comment makes sense. you might come out cheaper in the end if you use a real florist who can get wholesale prices.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

She could be charging you for the tme and talent it takes to make them. I mean I know that it’s still really over priced, or seems it (I don’t know what actual prices for items like that are) Still I know that flowers are expensive none the less.

And she shoulnd’t be charging you to re-do something she didn’t clear with you in the frist place. Thats just wrong. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Those prices sound reasonable to me. It makes sense for her to charge you when she re-does the trial centerpieces/arrangements – she has to pay for the flowers, and for her time.

 It’s like getting a hair/makeup trial – you pay for each trial , it still requires the stylists time.

Post # 9
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Newbee

I think those are pretty reasonable prices. I was shocked by flower prices, but when you think about it- just to send a nice bouquet to someone you can easily spend $75,so it makes sense these tall arrangements are all over $100. I don’t know if I am even going to have my florist do a trial- just really describe what I want/ show him pictures- but if she is doing one- I would definitely expect to pay for it.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I’m getting married in AZ, the centerpieces are provided by the venue, but here were the original estimates, I received. were were thinking of ways to cut down costs too, and asked about a cheap flowers, but at most it just sliced out $2-5.  So I guess most of the cost is from labor.

Bridal Bouquet $150, roses/mini callas/freesia

Bridesmaids $50/each 

Boutoutonnieres $9-11/each 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

If it helps here is a link to a very popular florist in the D.C. area that gets good reviews for her work.  She isn’t a discount florist nor is she a high end florist …just an middle price range  florist in a major metro area – http://www.petalsedge.com/pricing/index.html  

I really think that for someone who is just starting out her floral business your coordinator is overcharging –her work has not been proven, it’s not her main business, she’s using basic flowers, and not doing any complex arrangements.  I’m sure you can save a few hundred off what she’s charging by looking around.  I’d go around and get quotes and either go with a new florist that has cheaper quotes or bring the quotes back to her and see if she can match them.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I second Maple and Spruce08 that you need to pay for a trial if flower arranging is not her main business and you choose to go with her.  That said, I agree with BaghdadBride about her overcharging you since her work is not proven.  Since she let you know that she is branching out (and I think her inexperience is proven by just picking the most obvious flower and filler flower), I think the least she can do is charge you the bare cost.  Her talent and time should be considered HER investment into her business.  Especially if she hopes to compete with florists.

If you are going with florist (at least most florists that I have talked to), they will make you a sample centerpiece free of charge (there might be a minimum that you need to spend).  My florist created a sample that I wasn’t pleased with and they changed it right then and there, picking different flowers and offered different alternatives until my then-FI and I were satisfied.

 I know really tall trumpet vases can be purchsed for $30 at Home Goods.  Are you planning on keeping the arrangement or does she get the vases back?  If she gets it back, consider having tall vases at $30 apiece.  Your flower wholesale cost should then be $40 in flowers (the rest of the $150 pricetag is markup and profit).  Mind you, $40 in wholesale flowers can probably buy you 10 hydrageas or 24-30 roses or 20 callas….you get the drift.  If you plan on keeping the trumpet vase, she has the right to charge you up to $60 and give you about $23 in wholesale flowers.  Pricing and markup varies from place to place but I would consider a 1:4 ratio in pricing.

Consider going to some florists – if anything, to see what you can get for the price you are offering.  If you post pictures of what she put together, we might be able to tell you if we think $75/$150 is worth it….maybe she used tons of roses and carnations and you are getting a great bang for your buck. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I think she’s overcharging. My florist charged me $45 each for my short centerpieces, each of which had 18 red roses, plus hypericum berries, greens, seeded eucalyptus, and bunches of grapes. And my tall altar arrangements, which were almost 3′ high not counting the vase (which was included for free, btw), were only $175, and those were huge and included roses, snapdragons, and all sorts of filler flowers that were NOT carnations.

And I had my wedding in the SF Bay Area, which isn’t cheap by any standard. She didn’t charge us for the trial centerpiece either.

I would second the pp’s suggestions to do some price comparisons with other florists. Then come back and ask yours to match it, or you’ll go somewhere else. I’d consider going elsewhere in any event, the florists will have more expertise and your coordinator will have enough to do on the day-of without dealing with things that wilt.

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Ok, So the larger arrangement may be a bit more expensive because of the cost of the vase but overal, unless you are in major city, NYC Chicago, LA etc you are beingin charged too much if the predominat flower is a carnation.  If you didn’t sign a contract to have her provide this I would get some quotes from a florist.  Bring in tour pictures and show them and give them a good idea of what you want.  They shoudld be able to quote you for those ceneterpieces witht he flowers you want.  Even if you have a contract I would get a quote anyway.  This way you can say this florist is offering X for X and you are charging X fo X.  Can you offer it to me at this price and if not will you let me out of the contract?

Post # 16
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Newbee

i think you should separate the coordinator from the floral designer. if it’s her first time doing florals for an event, i guarantee it’ll be tough for her to try and handle both coordinating and doing the amazingly rigorous work of putting florals for a wedding together the day before and of the wedding. either the coordinating will suffer or the florals will suffer, and most likely both.  in my experience, those prices sound right for the type and size of your arrangements (though i think you can swap out the carnations for something nicer). and as other people noted, her costs are higher to produce the arrangements since she does not have the supplies and resources real florists do. but i agree with other people, if she does not have much experience in floral design, she should definitely be giving you  a break in pricing.

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