OH HELLLLL NO…… I just had my first wedding planning shock.

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Would you spend $8,000 on flowers.
    Nope! Those flowers will be dead the next day! You'll regret it if you do. : (54 votes)
    90 %
    Yes! Stop being cheap and buy the damn flowers! You'll regret it if you don't. : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    52 posts
    Worker bee

    LOL flower sticker shock! Your choices are to cut back on the amount of flowers, choose blooms that are in season, DIY with fakes…..so sorry that you are going through this! I would definitely have to draw the line at the $8000 price tag for something that doesn’t last a day. Spend the most money on your bouquet and cut waaaaay back on the other flowers. A year after the wedding will you be sorry that you didnt have a zillion dollars worth of them?

    Post # 4
    Member
    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    What does that include? How many centerpieces, bouquets, bouts, etc are you looking at?

    Post # 5
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    33 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Missrm:  You are too funny! I had a similar experience. The first quote I had on flowers was about 7500, the second 5000, and eventually (my fifth florist) I received a 3500 quote which I was okay with. It’s funny though… I actually think I like her work the best! The first florists I visited were recommended by others and the one I decided on I found on my own.

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @Missrm:  It isn’t necessarily normal but it is a reasonable number for some brides. We spent $8,000 minimum on our flowers. It was always a very important aspect of our wedding. 

    Post # 11
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    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Missrm:  Yeah, honestly, that doesn’t seem like an unreasonable quote for all of that. Flowers are EXPENSIVE. If they are not a high priority to you, you could look into getting your flowers done by somewhere like a grocery store. We’re buying ours from Sam’s Club. 

    For example these styles are $130 for 7 arrangements, could be used as bridesmaid bouquets or centerpieces:

    Then they have a pack of 12 corsages and 12 bouts for $185:

    Then a big bridal bouquet for $60, just remove the vase and add some ribbon:

    Anway, you get the idea. They won’t be as glamorous as what I could get from a florist, but we’ll probably spend about $500 and still have lots of pretty flowers.

    Post # 12
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    3010 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Missrm:  My friend gave me great advice about wedding planning. Pick 3 things you don’t want to compromise on. Sounds like your dress was one. Then compromise on the rest. So have your amazing dress, delicious food and party starting dj. And then let go a bit on the flowers, favors and cake. 

    Post # 13
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    1482 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    This is not unheard of but flowers is most certainly not one of my priorities. I much prefer non-floral centerpieces so to me, $8000 is like, yea right. Still, keep looking around, someone may give you a cheaper quote

    Post # 14
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    170 posts
    Blushing bee

    There are many websites, such as afloral.com, where you can find quite real-looking artificial flowers. Years from now, when you look at your wedding photos, you won’t be able to tell whether the flowers were real or not (unless you got them at the dollar store or something). Or, like a PP suggested, if it’s important to you to have real flowers, you could look into getting them at a grocery store.

    Post # 15
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    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Missrm:  I solved this issue myself by not having any flowers. You don’t need them!! I swear!

    BMs and I will carry decorated parasols instead of flowers.

    Venue and altar will be decorated with paper cranes and sparkly garlands and paper lanterns, but no flowers.

    Centerpieces will have flowers… made of paper. And just a few, sticking out of test tubes in racks filled with colored water. 

    As you said – they’ll be dead the next day. To me, there is no more frivolous and overblown expense in a wedding than the florist, so I just cut it out totally. 

    Post # 16
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    2614 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Missrm:  Wow! That’s expensive! And I thought what i was quoted was too much. I decided not to spend any money on something that would die in a day. Decided to buy felt flowers on etsy ( they were called munclefred art). They were fab!!! Plus, they now sit on our coffee table. I DIYd the button holes. That cost approx €25

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