Post # 1
I had consult last night with another florist- this makes the 3rd and hopefully the last! But still waiting on the estimate. However, I loved this guy!
I wanted to do half the tables with submerged centerpieces and the other half with the traditional centerpieces. For submerged- I ruled out orchids b/c although they are pretty I could not justify the cost (since my sister used Cymbidiums for her bouquet). The 2nd florist (who is know to be a little expensive) was going to look into using gladiolus, calla lillies or stargazer lillies submerged.
But last night, low and behold… Dendrobium orchids are cheaper than the other 3 flowers!!! I was completely shocked!! And I love them!! I even did a price comparison on fiftyflowers.com. He even gave us all the flowers that he pulled out to show us. Here is a pic of my DIY with the Orchid he gave me. The vase will be much taller though and will have about 3-4 orchids in them with a floating candle. Excuse my navy shirt- I used it as a makeshift tablecloth since I want navy linens!!
Just thought I would pass along some info b/c I know a few other bees like the submerged look.
Post # 4
I was totally surprised by this too! I was working on a tight budget for flowers (around $1,000 for everything). When I went to see my florist she initially suggested Callas because we wouldn’t need that many stems to make the centerpiece have an impact, so that would keep the cost down. I’m not a huge fan of Callas, so she brought out the Dendro orchids. She said she could do 10 stems of white Dendrobium orchids with Curly Willow branches for $45 dollars per centepiece! Sold!
Post # 5
Yea! Dendrobiums are on the same page as hydrangeas and roses. However, the prices will climb if they are used for a full center piece tall display since you would need so many stems for it to look good.
I brought this picture to florists and got quotes from about $180-200/centerpiece. A tall ball of hydrangeas and roses are about the same.
Post # 6
Hi Bees –
Orchids vary and here’s why:
Cymbidiums are packed in cotton and boxed individually (similar to how gerberas are shipped). They last for weeks and weeks. Generally they are shipped from California. You’ll pay a premium for lime green or chocolate during the fall and a premium for white and pink during the spring (mothers day, easter, weddings).
Dendrobiums are a different story. Dendros that come from Thailand are extremely inexpensive in comparison to their Hawaiian counterpart. For example, you can get thai dendros from Thailand for less than those from hawaii -even though Hawaii is in closer in proximity to the U.A.
Note that the biggest difference on thai orchids vs hawaii – they are shorter stemmed and the blooms generally do not go all the way to the head of the stem. They also do not have scent generally but to be fair, you’re going to be so busy on your wedding day you won’t even notice 🙂
Post # 7
Here is my submerged orchid. The etchings on the martini glasses are actually palm trees.
Post # 9
The florist I’m using in Chinatown charges 50% more for calla lily bouts than cymbidium orchids. I’ve always thought of orchids as expensive. Good news for brides I guess!