What did a $4k-$5k Flower budget get you?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

saritacg7:  My estimate is $2200 and it is nowhere even close to looking like a flower shop exploded in my reception. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I had originally budgeted $1500 for flowers and I ended up at $2200 and still didn’t get everything I wanted. And that is for things like Daisies and Roses and Hydrangea – not a peony in sight. I hope you are able to achieve the look you want . . . 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we paid about $100 -120 per centerpiece and they were ok… I was hoping for some more “special” flowers (picaso cala lily, aenomies, garden roses etc) but they ended up being a lot of stock in the end (though it was in my colors and they looked totally fine) because I cut the budget by $500 in the end.

The only other flowers we got from the florist were my bridal bouquet (about $150) and the bridesmaids ($100) and guys (very low cost like $7 each or something)

I ended up DIY (or rather a family member who was a retired florist DIYed) the rest of the flowers for the ceremony location for about $500 (mainly hydrangeas, lilac roses, picasso cala lily and some orchids) so that I could keep in that $3000 budget (she gifted me all the work/flowers she did)

I would say that $4000 is a good size budget but if you have a lot of tables or a lot of girls that can go fast…. I think for the flower shop threw up in here look you will likely need to like double it as I picked the least expensive florist, added in a whole lot more on my own (included all my own vases / candlabras etc that aren’t counted in that total) and I don’t think that I came close to that look. I liked my flowers (especially my bouquet) but I wasn’t blown away by them and could tell close up that I had skimped a little

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had a quote for $3500. I didn’t even ask for a ton of flowers. Here is what my quote was for.

I wanted:

7 bouts

3 corsages

1 brides bouquet

1 MOH bouquet

1 bouquet for the flower girl

6 vessel centerpieces (small)

4 birdcage centerpieces (medium) 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

saritacg7: No! I didn’t want that much and I felt that price was way to much for what I was asking. Crazy thing is I got two quotes for almost that amount, but eventually found someone to work within my budget.

My advice is to get multiple quotes – especially if you want a ton of flowers. One place might quote you one thing and another place who does the same quality might be able to give you more for your buck! Some might charge more and give you less is what I mean. Make sure you know what you’re actually getting from them because it sounds like flowers are important for you. With such a large budget someone might try and take advantage. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

In our area, that amt is not enough to have the flower shop threw up on the reception effect from any florists I liked for our 120 guest reception, but for the lower end of that range, we’re getting: gorgeous wired bridal bouquet, approx. 6 smaller bridesmaid bouquets, 9 bouts, a couple corsages, petals for ceremony aisle, a few small centerpieces for cocktail hour, good-sized centerpieces and candles/votives for 14 reception tables, nice vase rentals, and a couple other small items. That includes delivery, setup, and tip. All w nice looking, quality flowers and no “filler”. 

I was initially hoping to get all that for $1500-2k but quickly realized that wasnt happening with the florists I liked. 

I have seen florists in some areas that could give that effect for they price range, but it also depends on how many reception tables you have and how many bouquets you need. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

saritacg7:  We paid almost $4000. 

16 Pew flowers

2 Altar Arrangments

7 Bridesmaids Bouquets

1 Bridal Bouquet

10 Bouts

Flower Girls Petals

5 mother/grandmother crasage

8  tall centerpieces

8 short centerpieces

6 goblet centerpieces

4 cocktail tables

cake flowers

toss bouquet

and 1 bridal portrait bouquet

Bridal Portrait Bouquet

Day of Bridal Bouquet

Post # 9
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165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re paying $264.83 for:

1 Bride’s bouquet

2 Bridesmaid bouquets

6 Boutonnieres

2 Corsages

5 Birdcgae arrangements 

5 Arrangements in teacups

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We set a $5000 floral budget for my engagement party but my mom added enough to make it a total of ~$7000 (tip for delivery and set up included). 

We wanted it to look like a flower shop too! We chose tulips, and since it was around Valentine’s day (that was the theme), we had a LOT of cream, pink, and red tulips. We didn’t have any other type of flowers or any fillers.

I’m trying not to share any photos on the bee (since we can’t remove them anymore), but I’ll try to explain it as best as I can. The florist wrapped each cluster of tulips (in one colour) in a long tulip leaf, and put it in a tall vase. Some of the tulip clusters were in single bases, some were in long rectangular vases, and some were cut short and wrapped with twine in short spherical vases.

Vases were scattered all over the venue, and the tables had an ombré effect (red to pink to cream to pink to red). There were 4 bouquets of tulips (about 10 tulips in each bouquet) in front of each place setting in ~8 inch high square vases, and they ran down the table in an ombré pattern. We had long tables, with a runner across, and the tulip bouquets ran down the entire table.

Tulips are relatively cheap around this season, so for our budget, we were able to get a lot of flowers. For any other type of flower, we probably would have needed to double the flower budget. 

To really maximize your budget, ask your florist what’s in season, and what they can source really cheaply. I wanted a pure floral design with no fillers, but choosing lots of greenery can also maximize your budget.

I suggest you look at inspiration photos but judge your florist on what they have in their porfolio. I wasn’t super happy with my florist, and won’t be using them for my wedding. I took in a photo I found online and the team said they could do it, no problem. What we ended up getting vs what we had asked for was a disappointment, but guests all commented on how it beautiful the flowers were.

Obviously guest don’t know what your inspiration is, so work with your florist to make sure they can do what you’re asking of them. Don’t accept one mock up as proof of their competence, because when they need to make 50 arrangements, they may cut corners.

Post # 12
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3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

saritacg7:  I visited a potential venue today which would need A LOT of flowers to get the look I’m going for, and it’s so much bigger than our engagement venue that my floral budget may be entirely blown.

I thought adding greenery would be cheaper than flowers, but just revisited the quotes we had gotten for the e-party and realized that the price for all tulips vs tulips + greenery is actually about the same. I’m sure adding greenery will get the lush floral look for a smaller budget if your main flowers are expensive, but if you’re only using cheaper/in season flowers like I did, then adding greenery as filler may not help with budget.

I’m back to square one with the wedding now, looking to see what type of flowers will be cheap and plentiful in the summer months. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

saritacg7:  Thank you! How many people are you especting? My wedding was for 220. So if you have less tables then you should be able to get more large centerpieces. I would suggest reusing your bouquets. On 8 of my tables my bridesmaids bouquets went in a vase in the middle and three vases of white hydrangeas surrounded them. For the sweetheart table I put my bouquet in a vase. It was a way to have mixed arrangments and not waste the bouquets that I had. The pew flowers I also repurposed and had my wedding coordinator place them in different places around the reception. I also put my altar arrangments up on the stage of our reception too. My ballroom was very large so unless I had flowers hanging from the ceiling it does not look life flowers threw up everywhere. But for as much I as paid (just under $4000) I think I got a lot of flowers. My florist was Antebellum Designs they are amazing and so fun to work with. She took my budget and made it work to get as much as possible. Also get hydrangeas, hydrangeas, hydrangeas. They are much cheaper, beautiful, and big. Using hydrangeas and mixing them with other flowers really helps with cost. :)Hope this helps your wedding will be beautiful!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

saritacg7:  I don’t think I’ll go with the venue because I don’t want to budget so much on decor again. For the e-party, our floral budget was supposed to be under $5000 inclusive of all fees. Changing just a few elements (different containers for the bigger arrangements), adding a flower crown for me to use as a prop in photos, plus taxes, fees, and delivery upped the amount we had budgeted significantly. Watch out for that. 

I didn’t know about being over budget until afterwards, and I was pretty upset about that. I also wasn’t 100% happy with the florist, and my wedding stylist and planner both said they would not work with that vendor again because her team needed to be micromanaged. When you get a quote, make sure everything is clarified, and your floral designer is aware of the max amount you’re willing to pay. Give her/him a lower budget so you can account for the tip as well.

I really want to have a lush floral atmosphere again though. I wish I could just find a beautiful greenhouse to be married in! I know I will be using some hydrangeas and greenery for sure for decor, but not for my centrepieces. I’m thinking peonies for the centrepieces, which is why greenery will probably be a cheaper filler for the look I want.

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