Flowers Help !!!!

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I persoanlly would not be able to even consider that normal okay… I suppose it depends on where your from  but, still that seems crazy to me.  <br /><br />Your flowers are beautiful btw tho

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

That is a lot of flowers, so depending on where you are at, that could be correct. That said, I would not pay this much for flowers and would get a second quote.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

tamara100389:  The cost of flowers varies greatly depending on your region. Someone getting married in NYC will be quoted way more than someone getting married in a small town elsewehere for the same flowers. I’m getting married in a big city so for all of the flowers you want, those prices would be totally reasonable in my region. If you aren’t getting married in a big city, that might not be as reasonable.

It never hurts to get another quote, anyway.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

tamara100389:  Do you have any flowers for ceremony decorations? Where are you located? Do you have an itemized list of what each item will cost?

 It seems a little high but as pp said it would depend on where you are from. I do however think those flower inspirations look beautiful and good luck on your second quote. Hopefully they can get you a better price.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  jehn11.
Post # 7
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Bumble bee

So you are getting 1 bridal bouquet,  10 table centerpieces (that look at least as large as the bridal bouquet), smaller sweetheart centerpiece, 5 smaller bridesmaids bouquets, 4 bout’s and 3 wrist corsages.  Some of that quote (I’m assuming) includes rental for the centerpiece vases, and delivery as well.  I think the quote is plenty, but perhaps not outrageous considering the location. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

It’s high, but so is that area.  You could always cut costs by handling some of your flowers, like centerpieces?

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You live in a high cost area, and you also want a lot of pieces. I would get a couple more quotes to compare, but also factor in talent of the florist, etc. I chose a talented florist so I paid a little premium because she was better than others.

Usually I estimate (in expensive areas) for a GOOD florist $350 for bride’s bouquet, $20 for bouts and corsages , $150 for BM bouquets, and $150 for centerpieces – especially ones as large as yours

Your bouquet – $350<br />5 Bridesmaids – 5 x $150 = $750<br />10 centerpieces – 10 x $150 = $1,500<br />4 bouts, 3 corsages – 7 x $20 = $140

Total = $2,740

Then add in delivery cost and tax

Post # 11
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Worker bee

Def expensive. I’d say shop around..if you have ethnic neighborhoods go there…rent is lower, lifestyle is also lower and so they dont try to mark up their flowers and labor by 80% to pay their expensive leases or mortgages. Ive had quotes range from $800 to $3000..and the factor was always lication of these florists (that likely have large, beautiful homes) vs. A median income florist living in a modest home or apartment. Late quote for similar needs as yours was $1900 with delivery, taxes.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

A $350 bouquet is def a scam. Unless you’re dipping them in gold. Im not a florist but I’ve created bouquets and they look just like a professional florist created it…if you’re afraid on size etc for a cheaper florist, specify number of flowers you want in bouquet, see youtube videos for a count. Put it this way, peonies are one of the most expensive and sought after flowers for bouquets, they can be about $8/stem. Multiply that by 15 =$120. So for a $320 bouquet the price has been marked up by 170%- you just paid a florist $200/hr. Not even engineers get paid that much. There are costs of doing business but price gauging for weddings should be illegal. Im paying $85 for a peony/ranunculus bouquet because I shopped around and negotiated but other florists told me, youre not going to get a bouquet for les than $250. I found two that said $150, 2 that said $100 and 1 that said $75 (but his level of talent was questionable so I skipped him).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

hazelrogue:  I’m a small business owner and your assessment would be inaccurate. The florist has to price in their time in getting materials, marketing, working with clients.. they’re not spending 50 hours a week making bouquets. Then out of their profits, approximately 33% goes to taxes. I rarely see florists living the life, they’re mostly small business owners managing to scrape by like anyone else, definitely not 6-figure salaries. I used to run a wedding business (not florist) but I knew a lot of florists.

So let’s say a florist can do 2 weddings a week with ~$1000 profit on each (PROFIT, not cost of the package itself). let’s say that they book about 40 weeks a year (as some weeks are slower than others). That’s $80,000 in profit, – 33% taxes, $53K in after-tax salary. Do the math backwards and you’ll see that most people charge correctly for their cost of living.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

It depends on the logic you’re using and the customer’s income level…the logic of am I throwing a wedding to pay for someone’s salary? And am I well off enough to not blink when someone tells me it is fair to pay $350 for a bouquet of flowers for a 1day event that arent in fact dipped in gold. When I can get the flowers for $120 at non wholesale pricing. 

Id love to do the math on all of my vendors salaries and make sure they’re getting paid a decent wage but id likely end up broke. So instead im going to look at the actual product being sold and determine what the value is based on materials plus a fair labor rate. Then compare quotes and save $2000 and still support a small business/florist make a profit.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  hazelrogue.
Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I’m in Boston and I would say that is definitely expensive. For my wedding I had my bouquet, 6 bridesmaids, 4 parents corsage, groom’s boutonniere, 4 groomsmen boutonnieres, and approximately 7 full size arrangements and 10-12 mini arrangements (for the cocktail tables). All said and done it was $500. By a professional florist. And they looked incredible. Unless you have your heart set on a particular flower give your florist a few inspiration pictures, a color scheme, a budget, and you might be pleasantly surprised!

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