Post # 1
I live in a metropolitan city (Pittsburgh) and got my first flower quote from a suburban florist that is supposed to be more affordable (according to other local brides) than city florists. Overall the cost comes to around $5000 which is about double my flower budget! I’ve heard from other brides that flowers are expensive, but I really thought that it wouldn’t cost this much! Is this quote about average, way too much, or a pretty good deal? Here is the quote she gave me.
Bride’s bouquet all peonies in dark pink (rasberry) approx. 9″ diameter: $225.00
MOH + 5 bridesmaids: green hydrangeas, purple rose, pink peony, lilac drooping down, hand tied, approx 9″ diameter: $175.00 each
Toss bouquet: $40.00
Corsage’s for 2 mothers: $35.00 each
Boutonnieres for groom, 6 groomsman, 2 fathers, and a brother: $6.50 each
Pew pieces for the chairs,(8 pcs.?) Amaranthus, vines and grapes: $45.00 each
Tall centerpieces: amaranthus, green hydrangeas, purple roses, bright pink and lavender tulips, pink peonies, full look with amaranthus hanging down (7 tables or just two head tables) 235.00 each
Shorter centerpieces, not to obstruct view but in a shorter pedastool dish and smaller in size same flowers and look $135.00
10% delivery + set-up fee: @ $500
Grand Total: $4, 988
Post # 3
I don’t know if it is average but did you tell her your budget? Maybe you could tell her your budget and see how how that would change what you have now.
Do you really want all of those specific flowers? Are they in season? My bouquet was just blue hydrangeas and it cost me $80. I got married in West Chester, PA, though.
Post # 4
The only thing that seems rather high to me is the bridesmaids bouquet. I am having straight peonies for mine, and they were only $85.
If you’re looking to cut more, try to get your centerpieces down a bit by using less expensive flowers.
Other than that, your pricing looks pretty average to me.
Post # 5
I’d talk with your florist about what your options are if you think thats too much. 5k doesn’t surprise me but they may be able to work with you. I know mine did.
Post # 6
That seems a little high to me (esp the delivery fee). Florists also usually give you the toss bouquet. You’re theoretically spending 5k but she can’t spot you $40 for a toss?
Post # 7
To me this seems very expensive. I am in the Seattle area and the max bid I received was about $1500 – included all centerpieces(22), bouquets (5), toss bouquet, corsages (3), boutonnieres (8), and 2 arrangments for the bar/guest tables and $150 setup/delivery. I would keep looking around, in the end I ended up finding the same flowers for $600. Look for florists that don’t have a store front, that cuts a lot of the overhead costs. Good Luck!
Post # 8
That seems like ALOT! My bouquet costs $100 (with hydrangeas, roses, curly willow etc) and my bm’s bouquets cost $50 each with the same flowers. Pew bows w/hyrdangeas for me cost $8 each, and my altar pieces were only $50 each. I think boutenieres and cosages are $10 each. I only spent $850 ($1600 if you include my DIY centerpieces for the reception)….My toss bouquet was free.
Post # 9
I agree – your bouquet seems high, and I’m surprised they aren’t including a toss bouquet.
I know tulips and peonies can be quite expensive depending on where you are and where in the season those flowers are.
I would make sure she knew what your budget is. She should be able to come up with something in a similar style/fashion within in.
Post # 10
@ttn133: She never asked and for some reason it didn’t occur to me to tell her. Two friends used her for their weddings and both had about 100 more guests than we are expecting and larger wedding parties. Both brides said she was super cheap b/c she works from home, so that’s why I didn’t think to mention my budget. The florist told me the flowers we chose are middle of the road cost and in season for spring wedding.
Post # 11
I think it’s a little high, but honestly, you picked some pretty expensive flowers too. If you’re looking to cut the number down, choose different flowers. I agree with LGenz about the toss bouquet. Mine was free.
I’d also talk to more than one florist, compare prices and see what you can haggle the number down to.
Post # 12
My total is about $2,000, but we are only using rose petals from the florist for our dinner table centerpieces. The BMs bouquets look a little expensive. My BM bouquets are all roses and are $58 each. And I’m in a pretty metro area. I do think that with the pew flowers and centerpieces, $2,500 is possibly too low. But $5,000 is above average.
I agree with PP that you need to tell the florists your budget up front and they need to work their way into it. Otherwise I feel like they try to sell you on some of the more expensive flowers instead of keeping it reasonable.
Post # 13
I think it’s a little high, especially the set up fee. And I agree with Zippylef, the flowers you chose are a little expensive. You can try looking for another florist, and make sure they know your budget. Then go back to this florist and see what they can do within your budget too so you have something to compare.
Post # 14
It seems like a lot to me. especially the bridesmaid bouquets! Are you deadset on using those specific flowers? Does your toss bouquet have to be real flowers? Because you could easilyt make your own, and the same with boutonnieres
Post # 15
Way more than I’d be comfortable paying, but it’s all relative. I think your bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquest are kind of outrageous.
Actually, scratch that… I think every single one of these quots sounds outrageous. But hey if it’s what you want, go for it!
Post # 16
@KristenGotMarried: If I could have my dream wedding flowers I’d go with this, but I definitely do not want that price! I have zero experience when it comes to flower costs. I mean I know that carnations are far cheaper than peonies, but I didn’t think amaranthus and lilacs would be super expensive as well.
I agree with everyone so far that the BM’s bouquets and mine seem pretty high. Is it more a matter of downgrading the size of each bouquet or more of getting rid of all the flowers and starting over? I also think the tall centerpieces are expensive, but again have nothing to compare these prices to.