Post # 1
I should preface this by saying that we are having a big budget wedding.
We have had floral estimates all over the place, ranging from $5K-$11K, even though I’ve told them all the same things that I want!
My mom has generously offered to pay for the flowers. Going in, we had no idea how much flowers cost. We had originally set a budget of $5K thinking that we would be able to get fabulous flowers for that amount of money. I fell totally in love with a florist that I met with. His flowers came out to over $8K. They are absolutely perfect—my DREAM flowers. He is the only florist that I felt really understood my vision. He got it all right on the first try. He totally understood me. The vases are enormous and would fill the space of our venue that has high vaulted ceilings quite nicely.
No other florist has vases that big or arrangements as beautiful (in my opinion.) Even so, the florist that is partnered with our venue that has FABULOUS reviews online and is known for being very pricey actually came out with the lowest proposal. When we met with our consultant, my entire entourage was less than impressed. This consultant did not understand the look that I was going for AT ALL. The recommendations made were very far away from anything that I had sent over to the florist. I received the proposal and it is not so bad. I still don’t think they totally understand my vision, but I sent it back with revisions and asked for a new bottom line.
Long story short, how important were your flowers to you? Did anyone really care? Do you wish you had spent less on flowers? Do you wish you had spent more?
This is such a tough decision because the prices vary so much!
Post # 2
Not married yet, but flowers and invitations are to things I couldnt care less about. I want a nice dress and good food. Other than that I don’t really care
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
I spent very little on flowers. I am using fake pumpkins as vases for my table flower arrangements. And the flowers themselves were about $15 a bundle. I opted for no flowers for the ceremony other than the ones we’ll carry.
Post # 4
Flowers are definitely not important to me, which is why I’m using gorgeous SILK flowers for all my centerpieces and ordering roses + carncations in bulk that I will arrange myself to use for all the bouquets. After all, flowers do wilt and die, and I would have rather put money toward better food, an awesome photographer, etc. But I’m sure your flowers will be amazing, they better be for 8k 🙂
Post # 5
Flowers aren’t in my top few things I care about, BUT my mom is really into floral design and really, really cares about the flowers, so I know that we’ll be putting a nice chunk of change into that. We’re also having a bigger budget wedding and right now, I think I have a budget of 6K for flowers set aside. We’ll go from there, as I too really have no idea how much flowers cost where I live. My mom might do some of the ceremony flowers herself, too, as that’s her hobby, so that might help with costs a bit.
Long story short, I care but not too much. Luckily my mom cares enough for both of us, so I know we’ll end up with awesome flowers, even if they cost a lot.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Flowers are important to me but not 8k important. I’m spending about $2400 on flowers which feels like a lot to me. I would love even more but I can’t stomach spending much more money on something that is ultimately going to die. If it’s important to you and you can afford it, I say why not! But if it means sacraficing on something else, I don’t think it’s money best spent.
Post # 7
Flowers were one of my top priorities. I’ve never dreamed of big poofy dresses or chivari chairs, but I’d always imagined lots and lots of flowers at my wedding. When the florist I liked was already booked on my wedding, I decided to order and arrange them myself.
All that said, $8k is an insane amount of money. I spent under $500 for my flowers (although I’ll admit that those were wholesale prices and I did the labor myself, had I paid a florist it would have been more like $3,000). Ask the florist you love what he can do for $5,000, and then donate the other $3,000 to people who can’t afford food or shelter.
Post # 8
I spent $700 on flowers by going local, collecting vases, and staying in season.
For $700, I got a bride bouquet, throw bouquet, 2 MOH bouquets, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, flowers for our cake, flowers for the flower girl, flowers for 20 tables, Flowers down the aisle, and a large flower arrangement for the entrance.
Here’s a mockup she did:
Post # 9
If it’s in your budget and a priority for you, then you should spend the money on it. Flowers were 5% of my overall budget. I think I could have definitely spent more to have more fabulous arrangements, but was happy with what I got. I am glad that I did spend a little more, because I wanted someone who design floral arrangements that fit with my wedding aesthetic not just put a bunch of flowers in a vase.
Post # 10
Flowers were not important to us at all. Our centerpieces were candle holders that filled the tables and had such a warm glow throughout the evening. No one really cares about the flowers, and the only ones you really care about are the ones that end up in your pictures, so like your flowers and the bridesmaids flowers and ceremony decoration.
Post # 11
crackktheskyy: Getting married in June but flowers were on the bottom of my priorities list. For how much they are I figured I could put that money to use elsewhere. I ended up going with silk flower pomanders for my centerpieces and paper flowers for the bridal party, myself, and everyone else who needed some sort of embellishment. Way cheaper, don’t need to worry about colors or what’s in season… way better! And everyone can save them if they want. 🙂
Post # 12
crackktheskyy: Not married yet 🙂 I will say, I don’t remember any flowers from anyone’s wedding EXCEPT for my cousin who had orchids in her bouquet. So I don’t think your guests will really care. There might be one who cares that much. But if you care and it will make you feel amazing on your wedding day and you have the money I say go for it! One thing weddings are great for is supporting small businesses, like the florist who you intend to hire, and that is a wonderful thing.
My technique is I picked flowers that are in season and not very expensive. I want to have pretty flowers, but seriously, is there a flower out there that isn’t pretty? So I’m happy going with what I’ve got.
Based on what you are saying, it sounds pretty important to you. If it’s important to you and you have the money, go for it!
Post # 13
Flowers are a biggie for us too. Our venue just like yours, has really high vaulted ceilings with massive chandeliers. We feel like we also would really like really tall centerpieces. Anything less than that is going to be swallowed by the huge venue and insanely large guest list.
To me, 8K isn’t that crazy on flowers. It of course depends on how many guests, how many tables…. all of those things are a factor. We are paying close to 10K for 36 tables
Post # 14
LittleE3: Thanks! I didn’t think I would care about flowers until I saw how beautiful they were in person! I’m definitely more into the food, too 🙂
absolutely_tati: That’s a good idea! I love pumpkins, especially in the fall.
jennabee1218: Oh we definitely cannot spend $8K on flowers! But I’m trying to see if we should try to negotiate for less or just do the $5K. Silk flowers are gorgeous 🙂 We are actually doing our florist last (with the exception of my dress which I will purchase this summer.) We have the food, band, photographer, venue, ceremony, wedding party and guest transportation, etc. all booked! I like all of our vendors so far 🙂 I’m just tripped up over the flowers.
annb9: Nice! I’ll bet they will be gorgeous! In our estimates–we didn’t even factor in flowers for the ceremony space! We’re getting married in an ornate church. I think the church would just swallow up any flowers we placed inside. I wish I was crafty like your mom! I’m terrible with DIY stuff. Best of luck with your flowers!
kimmo416: Thanks! I think part of the big price tag is because we are having our wedding in a huge city. I’m sure if we were out in the suburbs, it would be half the cost. We aren’t sacrificing anything at this point. Everything involving our guests’ comfort is already booked!
likewoah: We definitely aren’t spending $8K on flowers! I’m just not sure what is reasonable for a big city. But yeah, $8K is over the top and over our budget. I’m just not sure how much I’ll even actually care on the day-of. Thanks for your input.
BeachBride2014: I was shocked–the local shop on a city coner that was family run was the most expensive — totalling $11K! Everything about flower shopping has been totally counter intuitive.
Post # 15
crackktheskyy: Flowers are kinda important to me, but in the big picture of the wedding account for only 4% of the cost. Because I knew I wanted flowers, and my quotes for centrepieces were $3000-5000, I’m having to DIY. I’m getting a florist to make my bouquets, and then order me in bulk flowers. Then I’m getting other bulk flowers from Costco. While we are setting up for the wedding on the Friday, some girls and I will grab a bottle or two of wine and go at them! I’m paying $500 for 3 bouquets, and then buying approx $500 in bulk blowers.
And I totally understand what you mean by the florist not seeing your vision. The first florist I went to was $400 for 3 bouquets but it wasn’t at all what I wanted. Then I tried another and she was $500, and was getting closer to the right track but doesn’t like to venture into new designs so much. My third one was double the price of the others and was going to make me exactly what I wanted! And they are the BEST in the city. However, I spoke with the FI and he said no way we are spending $900 on 3 bouquets, so I went with the second florist. Fair enough, the flowers are only going to be in so many pictures, and people won’t remember them so I decided not to splurge.