Post # 1
We are planning to DIY many, many things for our wedding.
Invitations, all paper products, most of the decor, etc. etc. We are having an at-home wedding, so factor in the landscaping and everything else too!
We were also planning to DIY our flowers, too. However, with the flowers I want to have (right now we are thinking: Dahlias, Garden Roses, Sweet Pea, Freesia) and all of the things we want to do with them (centerpieces, all of the bouquets, rehearsal dinner decor, bouts, corsages, etc.), buying them online is starting to look like it is going to cost us $1500 (maybe I’m over estimating the amount of flowers we will need, but because I don’t really know what to expect, I definitely don’t want to not have enough!)
I started to think that for this cost, we could probably hire a florist instead, not have to buy our own vessels (ie. vases), not have to do them ourselves (since we are having an at-home wedding we will have enough to do already), and they would be professional (I don’t have any experience arranging flowers myself!)
So.. what are you planning to spend, and what does it include?
Post # 3
Well, first off, congrats on having such a DIY wedding – it sounds like it’s going to be beautiful!!
We hired a florist from my small hometown in MN who works part-time as a florist (her passion) and part time at a large insurance company… LOL! A few of my friends have used her, so she came HIGHLY recommended and I believe we are getting her for quite a good deal. She is also doing our decorations (setting up with the vendors), and DOC (Day Of Coordination), where she makes sure everything and everybody ends up in the right place. Her approx. cost for flowers are, $130 for my bouquet, $50 for the BM bouquets, $12.50 for the mother’s corsages, and $8.50 for boutonniers, and she is giving me a "toss" bouquet for free (if we decide to do bouquet-toss).
Also, she is buying the supplies for centerpieces (and will just keep them afterwards), since she is trying to build her business. She will be re-using our bouquets for decorations at the reception… and I feel like we’re getting a really good deal by using her. 🙂 Hope that helps!!!
Post # 4
My florist is charging $650 for bouquets/boutenierres/corsages/misc. Then we are looking at $75/table for centerpieces. Total price: just under $1500 for florals. Not having to set up or stress about florals: Priceless!
Post # 5
We are paying $2K for flowers. It’s $900 or so for the ceremony things for 1 bride, 1 groom, 3 BMs, 4 GM, 1 FG, 2 moms, 2 dads, 4 sets of grandparents, 2 readers, 4 ushers, and 2 wreaths for the outside doors. The remaining $1100 is for 15 centerpeices as well as arrangements for the bathrooms, card table, placecard table, and along the bar. I’m in the Boston area. FWIW I know of other local brides who are getting similar things for half the price. I wanted specific flowers and big arrangements.
Post # 6
*ETA* The florists will also stay through the ceremony to make sure everything goes smoothly, then will move the wreaths to the reception site. They’ll make sure the flowers at the reception site are set up correctly. If anything "goes wrong" they’ll be there to fix it before I ever know about it. I was willing to pay more for that!!
Post # 7
I’m awaiting my florists proposal … and I’m terrified. I think it is going to be expensive. My wedding planner already sent me an email telling me to "brace" myself for the proposal of estimated costs. I guess it’s b/c the man hours it takes to do the centerpiece … She said each one takes 3 hours to complete.
When he showed us this example centerpiece, he did not say it would overextend his man hours, so I might just chew him out and choose another florist that can do something realistic for me.
Post # 8
$1200 ish for all bridal flowers and decor for ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. Plus tips for staff…um…another $200?
Post # 9
I’m DIY for only $200; I’m the florist; going to do fresh red roses, I think these florists are way overpriced
Post # 10
I think it is important to remember that what might be overpriced to one may be entirely appropriate for another. It depends on how many people are coming, what you want, and a number of other factors!
Post # 11
I’m a florist and I don’t think these florists are way overpriced.
As long as you are getting what you want and what you need and you have your budget set then there is no problem.
Hope it all goes smooth for all of you. Enjoy being stress-less and have fun.
Post # 12
Our flower budget was $3000
Right now we are sitting at the $2500 range with out florist (could go up, could go down, were all over the place adding and removing items)
This is what it kind of estimates out to right now:
Bridal bouquet: $250
Bridesmaids (3): $125/each ($375)
Junior bridesmaid: $50
Calla Bouts(6): $15/each ($90)
Family Bouts/Corsages (7): $10/each ($70)
Altar Arrangements (2): $130/each ($260)
Pew Markers (10): $30/each ($30)
Centerpieces (20): $40 each ($800)
Pomanders (3 large): $75 each ($225)
Pomanders (3 medium): $55 ($165)
Total: $2285 (from florist)
I also ordered flower petals for fiftyflowers.com I got the 12,000 petals for (whats works out to be around) $360 canadian
So all together about: $2645
Post # 13
My florals came to about $340 for 3 BMs, a bride (duh!), 9 boutonierres and 4 corsages. I’m buying the centerpiece florals myself at Costco – probably the day before or day of! And they’re in my decoration budget ($150.)
Post # 14
We are paying $3,200. I am going to speak to the florst about cutting it down to approximately $2500 max
Post # 15
Just 1k for me… we’re having a small wedding! 🙂 If it were more than that, Id probably just DIY. I orginally wanted to DIY but realized Im not crafty so why should I do it, LOL! 🙂