Post # 1
Essentially, when I started planning I was DEAD SET on doing my own flowers. I knew it would be a LOT of work but I thought I would be saving thousands of dollars. Now, I have gotten a quote from a woman and I’m not so sure. $800 for 5 bouquets and 15 centerpieces with roses and hydrangeas. My wedding is a year away but I do need to decide soon. Not only is she cheap but she has loads and loads of amazing reviews, needless to say she books up fast. Originally I thought I could DIY for about $350, but I’m realizing I was totally wrong and it would be more like $600. Basically, can anyone who did this many flowers themselves or who have priced it confirm for me that I really wouldn’t save much money in this situation?
Post # 2
goldgoldgold: I DIYed and paid about $700 for 7 bouquets, 10 bouts, 2 corsages, 11 centerpieces and several other random small arrangements. That included vases, supplies, flowers, everything.
I used roses, hydrangeas, garden roses, and ranunculus. If you can get them that cheap, I wouldn’t DIY. In my case, I probably saved at least $1000.
Post # 3
kb7: Thank you so much, that’s what I needed to know. Originally, when looking at floral shops I realized I would save loads but in this case it’s nice to hear what other brides paid.
Post # 4
I am paying like $3k for what you would get for $800. Do not DIY. That is a great bargain and who wants to be stressed out and working the days before your wedding. You will be so much happier!
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2014 - Loft
goldgoldgold: what about bouts for groomsmen and bouts and corsages for parents?
Post # 6
You’re getting a really good deal. The materials cost for DIY flowers would be close to that, so the savings wouldn’t be as worth it here. If she’s well reviewed and you feel good about working with her, go for it.
Post # 7
I am DIY-ing the centerpieces……$600 for the flowers and like $200 and change for the table numbers, gold mercury votive candle holders and the candles. So under $900 for the whole reception basically.
I am on the fence about DIY-ing the bouquets, boutonnieres, and wrist corsages. We were getting quotes for $1500-3000 just for those items NOT including anything for the reception.
If you are getting everyhting you need for the wedding for $800, its worth it to use the florist and NOT diy it!! For me, if I used a florsit the flowers and decorations I wanted would cost well over $3,000 for just the reception so I am saving over $2k by doing it myself. It seems like in your instance you’re only saving a few hundred so its worth it to use the florist and save you some stress and headache.
Post # 8
If you can save yourself the time and hassle and stress… PAY someone!! I also wanted to do my own flowers: my bouquet, 3 bm bouquets, and 1 bout, and planned on it the night before. About a month out, I just decided to call a local florist (destination wedding) and had them do it all for about $170! I’m really glad I did because I wanted to do nooooothiiing the night before but just relax and hang out with all our familly and friends.
Post # 9
Thanks guys you convinced me and I need to show this to FI who thinks DIY is no big deal (for him of course not lol)
Post # 10
goldgoldgold: I orignially thought I would DIY flowers, until I started pricing the flowers, vases, candles, etc. It was going to be just as much as if I were to have them done. I am so happy I got a florist. My flowers were gorgeous, I did not have to worry or stress, and they were fresh, and not droopy. I know if I did it all I wouldnt have the fridge to put all 25 centerpieces in to keep fresh. Do not DIY. You should enjoy your day to the fullest. And the wedding day goes by so quickly without worrying about anything. So dont add stress to anything.
Post # 11
I would not do it unless you have a ton of friends and family that are willing to do it for you. You are going to be so busy the week of the wedding, that honestly once it comes you are going to laugh thinking you had the time. We dropped a lot of week of projects thinking that.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I was in that same exact situation. I was planning on doing DIY bouquets and centerpieces, but I found a local florist who quoted me $800 for bouquets and 14 table arrangements, cake flowers, etc. I hired her and have no regrets – saved me SO much time, and I don’t think it cost much more than what I would’ve spent myself buying the flowers! If it’s a matter of saving $100 or $200, then definitely pay someone else to do that for you.
My back-up plan was to buy pre-made bouquets from Whole Foods. I’ve seen tons of weddings where that’s worked out well, and I have no idea how much the cost of doing that would’ve compared to the $800 that I spent for a florist. I assume it would be a little cheaper.
Post # 13
goldgoldgold: I think your florist is giving you a great deal and it will be worth it to not deal with all the hassle and stress. During the early stages of wedding planning, I was all about DIY-ing a lot of things, but I quickly learned that it’s not always as easy or money-saving as it may seem. Choosing and ordering flowers, sourcing items, and price comparison shopping was so stressful for me that I gave up and hired a florist.
We’re paying a little over $900 for 3 bouquets, 6 boutonnieres, 2 corsages, a flower crown for the flower girl, and 2 large arrangements with rentals for pillars and trumpet vases for the ceremony. Granted, I picked the more expensive flowers, and sure, it’d be less expensive to DIY, but for the area I live in and to have someone make, deliver, and arrange everything for me is definitely worth it.
Post # 14
goldgoldgold: I’m doing my own, but we’re only having three bridesmaid bouquets plus mine, and two boutonnieres. I feel like I can handle that, and the “flowers” we chose are ferns and hypericum so it makes it super easy. I don’t think I could ever handle doing all of the centerpieces and such though! Like others have said, it would cost around $3000 where I live to get what you are getting for $800 so I think in your case it’s worth it!
Post # 15
I did my own and just unpacking and prepping the flowers when it was delivered took me about 5 hrs. I spent about $650 for 12 centerpieces (hydrangeas, roses, fillers) and 12 Hanging mason jars (babys breath) and my bouquet (all cream roses). If I had to do it over, I would spent the extra money and hire someone. It was so stressful putting it together the night before, transporting, and setting up before the wedding. I wish I didn’t take on the few diy projects that I did….. as I was on edge the whole time before the reception.