Post # 1
I know a lot of brides REALLY care about the flowers, if you’re one of them this won’t interest you.
I just went to the website of a reputable, affordable wedding flower place in town. Under the “what’s your budget,” option, the MINIMUM is $1000. We’re having a 40 person wedding. Two bouquets, a couple of boutonniers and 8 simple centerpieces are going to cost $1000?!?!?! We could have a modest honeymoon for that price.
I can’t get my head around spending $1000, or even $500 on things that will die and be thrown away 2 days later. I suggested silks, and they were deemed tacky. Maybe they are, but at least they can be donated to another bride. I can go cheaper by DIY’ing the bouquets, and I will, but the flowers alone are going to cost a few hundred dollars.
I don’t even know that there’s much advice to give- I’m mostly just venting this here so that FI doesn’t have to hear it when he gets home.
Post # 3
holy bananas!!! i’m same situation, just some bouquets, some bouts, and flowers for the aisle. the centerpieces are gonna be with fake flowers.
Post # 4
@bells219: I spent about $500 dollars for my flowers and supplies and made my bouquet 7 smaller bouquets, 4 boutineers, and I had a vase left over and plenty of pedals. DIY is definately cheaper, if you feel comfortable doing them.
Post # 5
Even when we know they are expensive, the price does come as a bit of a shock. The flowers themselves are bad enough- what with the cost of growing and shipping, but the labor is what really drives up the cost.
Post # 6
Hah vent away! Some people really have some crazy floral budgets, and I’m sure the florist will give you a quote for less considering what you’ll be ordering. I share your feelings though, I met with one florist and had exactly one meeting with her about 7 months before the day. That was it, I had no “vision” and didn’t have any special flowers I wanted included.
Post # 7
Check out costco.com. They have different floral wedding packages that are very reasonable and the reviews are wonderful!
Post # 8
I know, some poor farmer is working their ass off so that we can have wedding flowers. And someone went to school so that they could arrange them in ways I can’t fathom. I think I’m just resenting the fact that they are a must in the first place. 🙁
I’m just being a whiny, cheap brat, that’s all.
Post # 9
If you do non-floral centerpieces (think candles, books, branches, etc) and only use in-season local flowers you should be able to get the price down to a more reasonable number without going “tacky”- although I personally see nothing wrong with silk or paper flowers if done well. Good luck!
Post # 10
I had budgeted for lots of flowers and even that didn’t prepare me for the thousands of dollars it will cost. Fake flowers weren’t for me so I had to bit the bullet but I have seen beautiful bouquets and arrangements using silks so I know it can be done.
Post # 11
I am not using any flowers for centerpieces, just candelabras and candleholders. My total cost of flowers is less than $300, which includes the bouquets, bouttoniers, and corsages. I am pretty confident that I will be able to sell all of my centerpieces and recoup the money as I think that they look gorgeous. How about non floral centerpieces? There are many options online.
Post # 12
That’s ridiculous. Honestly. I can’t beleive it…we got quoted $1300 for it…I don’t dare believe it. Now, we are planning to have each BM carry one long stem calla lilly to cut back on costs, I really can’t justify spending all that money when the flowers are going to get set down after the ceremony and never touched again!
Post # 13
Ok- can you guys post your non-floral centerpieces? Maybe that’s the answer.
It was FMIL who deemed silks tacky. She’s been an angel, totally hands off until this one thing- which she seems vehemently against.
I get it, but even if she offers to pay, which she hasn’t yet, that’s still a lot of money.
Post # 14
@bells219: I feel ya. A florist in Columbus Ohio wouldn’t even speak with you unless you told them you would spend at least $2000 at your event. W. T. H. !!!!!!!!!!!!
I DO care quite a bit about flowers… but we’re having a 50 person wedding, and found a better-reviewed (probably because more people can afford her!) florist who quoted me $1200 for 8 centerpieces, 5 bouquets, and 10 bouts/corsages.
(ps: I can’t believe I’m even spending that much, but it turned out to be one of those things I was willing to throw money at, in order to make it not my problem) 🙂
Post # 15
We have 0 floral for the whole wedding. I made our bouquets out of potpourri and our centerpieces are large laterns. We also considered doing wine/champange buckets for the centerpieces, as well.
Here is my bouquet (it has since been altered a bit):
Post # 16
I worked with a girl who ordered her flowers from stop and shop. She said it was really inexpensive and they shipped them in so they were super fresh. They turned out just apretty as mine…and they cost at lot less.