(Closed) Ouch Florist quote arrived!

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow! That is a crazy amount of money!!! I’m keeping mine under $1,000 which I still thought was a lot… granted we’re only doing a few (2-3) small arrangements at the reception.  Another way I kept the cost down was shopping around florists. I got a quote from two who were “in the city” and one who was way out in the ‘burbs.  The lady in the ‘burbs is about 30% cheaper and she delivers the flowers anyway so I don’t mind where they start out!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

That is a super high quote!  Your DIY sounds like it will turn out beautifully!  We are goign to Whole Foods the day before for all of our bouquets and doing our own Bouts.  It will be well under $500

Post # 5
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

That is a super reasonable quote – sounds like you have good, expensive taste ;-). Lounge furniture and lighting really take things up a lot – we had them at our wedding!

Looks like DIY will save you a ton of money, but make sure you have the resources to deal with the florals. Peonies are incredibly delicate and all the flowers require refridgeration until an hour or so before you take them with you to start pics/ceremony. It’s a TON of work in the 3 days leading up to your wedding – on top of all the other crazy stuff you’ll be running around doing!

One more place you could cut back: the farm tables. Regular tables would be cheaper (assuming you will have tablecloths on them)

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You could definitely shop around.  I don’t think the rental $ sounds too bad. 

You could always have all the bridal party flowers done and then just order the other flowers to do your own centerpieces.  Without that $500 design fee…$2320 for all of that doesn’t sound unreasonable.  I’ve never really heard of a design fee for flowers.  

I am getting quotes around $700-$750 for just bridal party flowers (my bouquet, 5 BM, 10 bout, 4 corsages).  I think depending on your centerpieces they can go from $25 (very simple, flower in water in vase for example) to more elaborate ($75-$125).  Since you have 12 centerpieces, that is where most of your money is probably going. Centerpieces are really easy to DIY though and save money.  I personally don’t want to spend the day before my wedding making the bridal party flowers, so it’s worth the $700 for me to pay someone to do it.  I saw one florist who wanted to charge $300 for setup and one who only would have charged $50…so it might be worth getting another quote!

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