Post # 1
I’m having a small intimate wedding . . . please look at this cost and tell me what you think I can do to lower the price! Sorry for the formating, it is from a pdf file.
Bouquets: Bridal Bouquet 1 Bridesmaids 2
Corsages: Mothers 2
Boutonnieres: Groom 1 Groomsmen 1 Fathers 2
Dog Collars: 2
Pale Pink Peonies 15 stems $334.20
White Clematis 2 bunches $160.25
Café Au Lait Dahlias 5 bunches $146.75
Pink Astilbe 6 bunches $208.25
White Veronica 6 bunches $154.25
Amnesia roses 2 bunches $190.25
Lavender spray roses 5 bunches $244.25
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus 3 bunches $77.75
Gardenia foliage 2 bunches $82.25
Maiden Hair fern 3 bunches $122.75
Flower Total $1,720.95
General Supplies $24.00
Rental Items $0.00
Set up/ Delivery $250.00
Grand Total $2,237.32
Post # 3
2 BM Bouq.
1 Sweetheart spray
My daughter is having roses, lizianthus and a few other things I dont recall.
Total is a bit over $800
Post # 4
Well, the only thing you can do (short of going to a different florist, which may not even work to lower your cost) is to pick cheaper flowers or to have fewer of them. We didn’t have flowers as centerpieces. You could maybe also arrange for someone in your wedding party to do the pick up and set up so you don’t have to pay $250 for that.
We had all hydrangea for the bouquets (1 bridal and 4 bridesmaids), calla lily bouts (6 total), and delphinium and orchid corsages (4 total) for about $500 including tax and delivery.
Post # 5
I was considering a few different things to lower the flower cost. I ultimately have chosen silk flowers (and am very glad I did), but here are some thoughts:
– Order the flowers and supplies wholesale and make them yourself the couple of days before the wedding (tons of info on this on the web, videos, etc). I hear it is more time consuming than you think it will be but with that size of order it shouldn’t be too bad.
– Different centerpieces that don’t use so many flowers – I am doing submergibles. They look awesome.
– Non-floral centerpieces
– Cheaper flowers (I LOVE carnations all bunched together, or baby’s breath is pretty stunning) for some people or all things.
Post # 6
Oh, one other thing. I’ve asked every vendor if they’ll give me a discount for paying in cash/check rather than credit. Saves them the processing fees. Most of them offered one – as small as 3%, one as large as 10%.
Another one of my vendors offered a 10% discount if I paid up front rather than just a deposit. Since pretty much all the vendors require final payment before the wedding, not after, I didn’t have a problem with it. It’s not like I’m waiting to see how their services are before paying them, that’s not an option.
Now, your wedding is still awfully far out to do that. But I was comfortable with it.
OH – and I’ve been able to barter with some vendors that are smaller businesses. I do professional marketing and helped them with logos, flyers, websites, etc. Think about if you have any tradeable skills to offer a smaller/new business.
Post # 7
@NAvery: I would love to do it myself but this is a destination wedding. I’m not going to have time to do the flowers myself. Believe me, there are a lot of things I’d prefer to do myself but because of travel and timing, I just won’t be able to.
Post # 8
You seem to be paying a lot for very little flowers. Even here (in Canada), where flowers (and pretty much everything else :P) is way more expensive, this is what I am getting for $2,000:
– Bridal bouquet and bouquet for toss
– 5 Bridesmaids bouquets
– 1 flower girl bouquet
– 16 boutonnieres and corsages
– 2 large arrangements for ceremony
– 3 smaller arrangements for cake table, signing table, and guestbook table
She is also providing vases for the bridesmaids bouquets so I can use them to decorate the head table.
ETA – Also includes set up and delivery
Post # 9
I would pick cheaper flowers… that price is crazy. and I know peonies are $$.. they are what i wanted.. but not what i wanted to pay. So im using garden roses which look similar…
my grand total is $750.. for
Brides Bouq.(with toss bouqet)
Post # 10
Is your wedding really in January? Because if so, that’s why the peonies are so much. There’s a ton of garden roses that look just like peonies, and the smell amazing!
Post # 11
Have you contacted any other florists for quotes? Or have you talked to this florist to have some other flower options that might cost you less? My guess is it’s the type of flowers that are making everything so expensive.
Post # 12
That is what I was thinking. I am going to a couple of other florists to compare prices. I mean i know peonies are expensive, but damn everything else. CRAZY! I didn’t think some of the flowers I chose were that expensive . . .
Post # 13
@Peony007: It’s going to be March 1. We even discussed how peonies are a spring flower and to use the Dahlias instead so I don’t even know why she added them into the proposal.
Post # 14
Could you maybe nix the flowers for the dog collars and make those yourself from silks? Also, that’s A LOT of money for two bunches of gardenias… Is that January date correct as your wedding date? Gardenias are summer flowers, so ordering them out of season would be expensive. If I were you, I’d check the growing season of all of these flowers you want and see if maybe a few of them are being ordered out of season. That may be contributing to the high costs. Maybe you can switch out some out of seasons for eaqually as beautiful in seasons and reduce your overall charge?
Post # 15
This sounds like a lot to me, maybe shop around and check out other florists. If she’s not listening to you already, just imagine as the wedding gets closer.
Post # 16
Holy crap! My flowers were $800 for 6 centerpieces, 2 boquets, a bunch of bouts, 4 corsages, and 5 other little arrangements. Our was at the end of May so peonies were in season (even though she used far less than I asked for), we had lots of hydrangea, garden rose, spray rose, and lilies (that were supposed to be stargazer but were just white and pink oriental lilies).