HOW much for flowers?!?!?! Holy sticker shock.

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
Hostess
30304 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@LilySarah:  Yeah, flowers for weddings are expensive!  If you’re looking to save, you can try to DIY a few of the items to cut back on cost.

Post # 5
Member
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think you can do better. Flowers are expensive though, period. I just wouldn’t want to go with a place that had a minimum to begin with.

How big is your wedding? We had a small wedding (38 guests) and our flowers came to $1200. To give you an idea my bouqet was all garden roses and ranunculus and it was $175, though I know peonies are more expensive. Center pieces were garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus and hydrangeas.

ETA: Also, maybe be open to the idea of other kinds of flowers? I wanted peonies, but they weren’t in season hence the garden roses, which happened to be less expensive.

Post # 6
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@LilySarah:  Check out your grocery stores! Most floral departments also do weddings, for WAY less than half the price of a florist!

Post # 8
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8592 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Your area might have something to do with it too.

I spent about $1500 for…

  • my bouquet and toss
  • 5 bm bouquet
  • 12 bout
  • 4 corsage
  • 11 centerpieces (small square floral ones)
  • 2 larger displays for bar and buffer
  • 6-7 very small pieces for bar area tables
  • tax
  • delivery

I pretty much just specified the colors I wanted and let my florist suggest the flowers.  I just said no daisies.  Peonies are pricey. 

Find someone without a high minimum (or a minimum at all) and then do some shopping around.  I think I got quotes from about 5 or 6 different people.  My quotes ranged from $1500-$2000.

Post # 9
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am choosing a few big beautiful flowers and supplementing those with lots of baby’s breath and lilly of the valley. You can get wax flowers for cheap as well. They come in a variety of flowers and look gorgeous 🙂

 

Post # 11
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4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

That’s why I went the DIY route. All of our flowers were under $500, via Sam’s Club and picking up filler at a florist/grocery store. If you like calla lillies, they practically arrange themselves. (They came packaged 12 together- we put 24 together and Boom! MOH bouquets were done!)

For centerpieces- candles and petals can go a LONG way in filling up a table.

Post # 12
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6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LilySarah:  where are you located?
I live in Brooklyn, NY and I paid $2800 for my flowers and this is what the price included:

17 centerpieces

8 boutineres

3 corsages

5 bouquets including mine which was cascading

2 floral baskets for the church

A daisy arrangement for our sweetheart table

Flower girl basket (basket with rose petals)

I have included pix to show you. Also note, the type of flowers are a big factor in the price. I had a mix of roses, calalilys, hydrangeas, and orchids, and those tend to be high in price and we got a great price.

1st Pic are the boutineres

 

 

 

2nd pic is my bouquet

 

 

3rd pic: These are our centerpieces

 

 

4th & 5th pic are my BM’s bouquet – the top one is my MOH–i made hers a little different than the BMs

Post # 13
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309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@LilySarah:  where are you in NY? I have heard lovely things about Wegmans for weddings! I’m actually going to look there soon!

Post # 14
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615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LilySarah:  is it because its new york?

Im having ceremony flowers,

chuppah adorned with flowers on all 4 sides,

a stream of flowers coming off,

spiral orbs containing dyed flowers hanging off the inside of the chuppah

rose petals for 50 chairs in a spiral ceremony

+ centerpieces (really dense low ones) and

multiple centerpieces per table since we are doing long tables rectangle tables/family style,

cake flowers, (peacock tail made with flowers coming down the cake tower)

3 bridesmaids, 1 bridal, 1 throwaway bouquet, 4 boutonierres, and a corsage for 3k.

Post # 15
mswallabyBee
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@LilySarah:  I think it’s a regional thing – NYC weddings are much more expensive than the average American wedding. But there are so many other factors that will affect your pricing for florals – things like the type of flowers you choose, whether or not the flowers are in season, how large arrangements you want, wheter you need to vent vases to hold the arrangements, etc. 

Here in Houston, weddings are more expensive than average, but not as pricey as NYC. We paid $800 total for our flowers, and that included 7 bouquets, 6 boutonnieres, 3 corsages, and arrangements for 12 dinner tables, as well as the floral delivery and taxes. I chose flowers that were in season in November, so that helped a lot with the price, and I provided my own vases and requested small arrangements. Here’s a couple photos to give you an idea of what we got for our money:

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I’ve seen TONS of bees post flowers they’ve ordered from Whole Foods and I think we could’ve saved even more money by going that route. My husband has bought me bouquets at Whole Foods before and they’ve always been gorgeous. The only little logistical thing is you’d need someone to pick up the bouquets the day before the wedding, or the morning of – but really I don’t think that’s a big deal!

Post # 16
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551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@LilySarah:  it’s AWFUL! i’m DIYing and ordering in bulk from Sams. I may lose my sanity..but at least i won’t be poor!

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