Post # 1
So I just got out of the meeting with my wedding planner. And we were going over centerpieces. She looked at my tables, my venue, and the look I was going for and said to expect $700-$800! I thought I could knock those out for around $200. Apparently I don’t know how much things actually cost. Anybody else hit with some major sticker shock?
Post # 3
Yes they can be very expensive.. what look are you going for?
Post # 4
This is why I’ll be doing my own. I’m collecting vintage bottles (to complete a set of a bunch my dad had) and will do lots of little arrangements intead of big expensive ones.
Post # 5
Yes. They can get expensive! The way I cut a little bit on those was to do submerged orchid centerpieces. they look very elegant and you will need less flowers than with a regular centerpiece design
Post # 6
Couldn’t agree more with you! We are making our own centerpieces, too, for that same reason. I’ve been buying vases at Michael’s with 40 and 50% off coupons each week and my mom is growing flowers and we’re buying some wholesale to supplement what she is growing and arranging ourselves.
Post # 7
I think the florist was what I under estimated too.
I had sticker shock about bouquet. I remember thinking I bet I can get these at the grocery store for $30. However, no grocery store even sold what I wanted.
Post # 8
@peacockchris: I’m planning to do the same, as well as losts of candles in vases (various sizes) and loose petals. Are you having a florist do these for you or are you DIY? I’m thinking to DIY.
Post # 9
What is going to kill us is that our venue has 2 story ceilings and so short centerpieces wouldn’t look as good. So we are using the hurricanes and a vases we got for like $10 off craigslist and building off of those. What is going to kill me are the flowers. I don’t like the look of silk. But that is on me. Plus, we are doing tall and short which helps with the cost a whole heck of alot.
Post # 10
Yeah. The little things really add up! We have a $150 budget for our centerpieces, so we’re pretty limited and are DIYing it. No flowers, that for sure! We’ll be using vases that go with our theme and having floating candles with them and then getting some fake rose petals to scatter around.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I guess it depends on what you want, and whether or not you DIY. I thought about doing DIY to save money, but ultimately decided that I would rather pay someone else to make my vision come to life. $800 was what I budgeted, and my florist estimate came in on the nose. We are having 8-10 all white floral arrangements, at least 75 candles of varying heights, and 20 feet of mirrors as a table runner, all placed down the center of a single long feasting table. Having someone pull all of that together so that I don’t have to worry about it is well worth the money, IMHO.
Post # 12
@HueysLuda: I really wanted to DIY, but I wont have enough time, so the florist will do it. I got quotes for regular centerpieces and submerged flowers centerpieces and the difference is huge.I live in Dallas, but my wedding is in Puerto Rico (where I am from). I will get there just a couple of days before the wedding, so I didnt want to take on all that stress.
Post # 13
That makes sense. No need for the added stress.
Post # 14
They sure are expensive! I thought I could do all of my flowers for a thousand or less but no way, about twice that.
Post # 15
Yeah, I had major sticker shock when it came to flowers! Have you concidered clusters of candles for some tables?
I’m using live potted flowers with little votives scattered around for a gardenish look. But it sounds like that wouldn’t work for the venue and vibe you’re going for…
Post # 16
lol yeah they are expensive! That’s why I did my own!