- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
My godmother graciously offered to pay for our flowers, up to $1600. Since we knew that wouldn’t be enough to cover everything, we thanked her for her generosity and said something along the lines of it was too big of a gift and why don’t we just limit it to the centerpieces, or just the bouquets, etc… Maybe you could do something like that? She ended up offering to pay for the centerpieces, but still go with the original #, so we got the elaborate centerpieces we wanted and will be paying for the rest of the florals ourselves, and both of us were happy.
Maybe when she accompanies you to the appointment she will get a more realistic idea of what wedding flowers cost. Just make sure to take charge of the appointment when you get there and say what YOU want everything to look like, instead of her giving the budget first and seeing what you can get for it. Good luck!
I think it’s perfect that you’re going to the florist together so that she’ll get an idea of what things cost right along side you.
I would probably show her before you go what you have your eye on, and then see what the florist says.
I agree you should take charge at the appt. Maybe you should even call the florist up beforehand and explain the situation and let the florist know that you want to look at all of the possible floral choices, not just what is in your budget. I don’t know, that might be a little overboard, but at least you don’t have to have your MIL controlling the situation then when you go together.
I think it can be done, you just may need to shop around for a florist. I am using one that works out of her home and I’m paying $813 for bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets, ,7 boutonnieres, 2 mom corsages, 10 centerpieces, arch flowers and rose petals to heavily line the aisle and use on the tables as well. However my centerpieces are quite simple. A short arrangement of roses, gerbera daisies and lilies in fuchsia and orange in square vases. I am also providing the vases. All my flowers will be roses, gerbera daisies and lilies in those colors. If you want huge tall centerpieces or all peonie bouquets it probably won’t happen with your budget. It just depends on what you want.
I bet with some bargaining, some resourcefulness, some serious shopping around, and MAYBE a little DIY you could get it done. I mean, if it’s really impossible to get the flowers in under $1000 then I give up here and now. 🙁
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