Post # 1
-The florist is in downtown Dallas, just 5 minutes from our venue.
-We will be picking up the flowers so no delivery charge.
-$225 for the bridal bouquet
-$150 for 2 bridesmaid bouquets total
-$45 for the cake topper
-And our wedding is in 4 months
I told her her I was flexible on the flowers used, but I want a larger bouquet, minimum green (or filler) with lots of depth and a nice variety of flowers with some tiny detail flowers.
This was the only florist we went to, but I feel like we really clicked. I had a list of keywords written down about the bouquets and she said them all before I could within the first 5 minutes of the appointment. She was extremely friendly and knew exactly the feel I want. If the bouquets are over priced, about how much do you think I could save at another florist… and would it be worth it since I think she understands what I want? I dont want to sacrifice the look of my bouquet for $ since we arent having any centerpieces done by them and I really love flowers…but we are on a budget and cant walk around paying for over priced things.
Two inspiration bouquets and then the cake topper:
Post # 3
Just a quick bump for some comments/ more votes. $450 is a lot of money so I think I might just need so reassurance. I’m thinking about sending in the deposit today after I call with a few questions.
Post # 4
It depends on where you live. Here where I live, that would be expensive, but I don’t know about Dallas. We got 10 elaborate centerpieces, two buffet centerpieces, one DJ table centerpiece, five bouts, and four coursages for $700.
Post # 5
It really depends on the type of flowers used.
The Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets seem to be reasonable (mine were $65 each), but your bouquet and the flower topper seem a bit much to me. I paid $45 for a whole basket of flowers and my bouquet was only $125.
I would ask her what types of flowers she plans on using and go from there. If she’s using lots of lillies, roses, peonies, hydrangeasm then $225 might be reasonable.
Post # 6
@RunsWithBears: Yesterday she showed me some flowers and I remember the peonies being massive flowers. She mentioned using those and garden roses (which also looked massive) so I’m going to call her back and tell her that I dont think I want such big bulky flowers. I know that peonies take up a lot of space so idk if removing them will make the estimate go up or down.
And I completely agree with the cake topper and my bouquet… but if its only like $40 more than I want, I think I *might* be okay with that since they have such a wonderful style.
Post # 7
@sheepandbear: peonies tend to be on the pricey side. If you you less expensive flowers, such as carnations, it will make the price go down.
Post # 8
Here’s my take: it’s what you want, and while expensive, doesn’t seem to be so over budget that you’ve walked away yet, so I think you should stick with this florist. You can’t walk around over-paying, totally agree, but sometimes nice things cost more money than we’d like, and if we decide to get them and decide they are important, then you just gotta fork it over. You never regret paying for quality with important items, right? Sounds like with this florist, you’ll get what you want.
Post # 9
@sheepandbear: I would definitely ask about using other flowers. You can also give her a total dollar amount of what you want to spend and see what she can do – that’s what we did.
Post # 10
it doesn’t sound that unreasonable to me, really
Post # 11
i think it depends on the flowers she’s using. you sent her the inspiration pictures. has she listed the types of flowers she will be using? i think it’s reasonable. i think i paid just a little more for just my bouquet because i wanted red peonies. my bouquet had over 24 peonies. the flowers for my cake was about $50. i also paid qutie a bit for setup, delivery, and all the other surcharges.
Post # 12
@PolkaDotLaceBride: So true. I think this is exactly what I needed to hear. FH isnt exactly excited about the cost so we are probably going to drop the caketopper so we can stick with this florist. I was so nervous about finding a florist that matched my style. I think I would be crushed if we went with another florist and they gave me something I dont want so, in that aspect, it would be worth it.
Post # 13
I’d just DIY the cake topper. Florists do tend to egregiously overcharge for those, when many times you can just go down to Whole Foods and buy the same flowers to stick on the top. Unlike bouquets, bouttenieres, and centerpieces, it really takes about zero skill as long as you have a decent eye for composition and color.
That quote does sound a little high to me. But it all depends on the flowers they use. Did you tell them a budget beforehand, or are you just letting them go with whatever? If you emphasize that you’re trying to stay within a budget, they may be willing to negotiate, or figure out ways to use different flowers to save you some money.
Post # 14
Just to give you an idea… I just had my consultation with my florist. We are doing all Red and White Roses with hypericum berries. We are getting My bouquet, 7 bridesmaids bouquets, 14 bouts, 6 corsages, flowergirl basket and corsage, and 3 larger bouquets for the alter for $1300. That was with a 25% discount. Without that it would have been close to $1700. Yes, we have a LARGE wedding party!
Post # 15
@EffieTrinket: Wonderful idea on the cake topper. Just as long as I dont fall on the cake, I think it would be something I could do for sure.
I didnt want to put a budget on the bouquets because I didnt want to end up with something I didnt like, but I did tell her I wasnt picky about which flowers we used. I guess she could have taken that to mean she could use whatever she wanted regardless of price. I’ll sit down and give her a call and see if there is any wiggle room, I want to remove the peonies and maybe the garden roses she talked about though. They are big and bulky which is something I’m not in love with. I think also the fact that I wanted a larger variety of flowers may have increased the price. Hmmmmm.
Post # 16
@sheepandbear: “ I guess she could have taken that to mean she could use whatever she wanted regardless of price.”
This may be very true.
I’d say if you’re going for a nice bouquet, even in a major city, you should be able to get a bridal for $200 and maids for $75. So you’re just a hair above average on your bouquet. See if you can talk her price down just a bit without sacrificing your vision. It’s definitely worth having the conversation.
For me – this style of bouquet was not worth it. You can definitely go way cheaper (my bridal bouquet is $90) but you kinda have to throw your vision out the window and say “What can you make me for less than $100?” This strategy is not for everyone. 🙂 I think you should keep the florist you found because you like her so much. That bouquet is gonna be in all your pictures so you better love it!