Post # 1
Hi Chicago Bees,
My wedding is in mid-September and I’m running a bit behind interms of planning. I don’t currently live in Chicago and would appreciate estimates of what I should expect to spend on flowers for the wedding and a wedding cake that will feed 200.
Post # 3
Our DOC is doing our flowers for $2,000. We looked at several florists in this price range, and the quality varied widely–one shop wanted to change us 450 for the bridal bouquet, and another charged 200 for the same flowers. If you can find a florist who works out of their home, they seemed to offer the best prices.
What type of flowers/style are you looking for?
Post # 4
4 bridesmaids bouquets
6 groomsmen and usher bouts
3 dad & grandpa bouts
2 mom corsage
2 grandma corsage
will come to around $600
My cake is a very small one and will be $60, but my dessert table for 150 guests will come to $383 total with the cake.
Post # 5
I paid over $5,500 for my flowers and although I really wanted orchids, which are some of the most expensive flowers, I feel like I was over charged by the florist, looking back. I went with style + to be honest I didn’t price around too many other florists due to out of state planning/time constraints… but I should have. Typically, you save more money by going with a florist in the suburbs…and of course going with less expensive flowers/flowers in season or flowers that give you ‘more bang for the buck’ like hydrangeas. The cake was included in our food + bev fee so not sure of the breakdown.
Post # 6
hi there, i’m also a september chicago bride–we recently shopped around for florists, and it seems like $3500 was the ‘average’ price we were quoted between four florists for ceremony and reception flowers. however, this also includes the price of renting a backdrop and 6 pedestals for our ceremony since it’s at our hotel. we interviewed two suburban florists and two in chicago, and wound up booking a chicago-based florist because she was most familiar with our site and seemed to ‘get’ us the most. we have 5 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen, and are expecting to use about 15 centerpieces. to be honest the suburban florists weren’t any cheaper, and the ones we found were a lot less creative than the chicago ones. good luck!!!
Post # 7
My sister is a florist in Chicago (Scarlet Petal) and she says typically her clients spend about 8-10% of their wedding budget on flowers.
Post # 8
our cake is included with our catering (total around $12,000 for 100 people, including linens, tableware, servers, etc). our flower should run us $1200 max – this includes ceremony flowers, 5 bouquets, cocktail and reception decor. i’m having bouts made by elleFdesigns on etsy for $100 (for 5).
Post # 9
hi bees, well i’m a september bride and we just got our cake ordered. We went a few places and were looking for a pretty simple and elegant round cake with 3 or 4 layers (we are expecting 180 people) and the prices ranged from $500 on the low end and went as high as $2000. The consultant at the bakery we ended up choosing made a wonderful suggestion-have a 3 layer cake fully decorated for pics and cutting and then a full sheet cake in the same flavors w/out full decor in the back kitchen area. We went for it, a beautiful 3 layer round cake-atomic cake (tastes soooo good!) and a full sheet feeding 200 people for under $700! Def shop around and if your decor on the cake includes flowers or ribbon, sometimes the bakery will cut you a break if you get it yourself