Post # 1
Hi all! We’ve done everything major (not including registry, invites) for the wedding except book with our florist, so the 20th of this month we have our first appointment. My fiance and I are wondering how to go about our budget for a florist. I have tons of ideas for what I would like, but not sure what a safe budget to walk in with would be! If you could enlighten me on this topic so we don’t walk in blindly I would GREATLY appreciate it! FYI our wedding is in Poughkeepsie, NY. We live in NYC and assume everything here would be way more money compared to there, but we could be wrong about the florist! Our impulse was to say $3,000, but is that foolish to walk in with? Thank you SO much in advance XOXO
Post # 3
Hmm. I have to deal with this soon too. I am thinking of saying, well, I’m looking for xyz, show some ideas, what would this cost? And then go from there? I feel like I have a reasonable understanding of what flowers cost, but at the same time, it seems like it’s easier to negotiate when you start with what they can offer you, you know?
Post # 4
@JMM13: Never give any vendor a budget because they can always use the total budget and then assume you can probably go another 10%. The easiest way to blow your budget.
Show them the inspiration and say this is what you have in mind. Then tell them the numbers, bridesmaids, table centres etc. and see what they come up with.
If they ask you for a budget, just say that you are very limited. If they are really pushy, some can be, try your hardest not to tell them your full budget, so say, if you have $3,000 to play with, start at $2,000 so you have some safety zone. It is hard to give you an estimate because we don’t know how many flower arrangements/bouquets you want.
Post # 5
Thanks so much for your input ladies! I think you’re both right as far as not starting out with a flat out budget, at least not right away. As far as our wedding we are guaranteeing 150, but have 220 on the list. We’re hoping we end up with 175-200 total guests at the wedding. I have my maid of honor and 4 bridesmaids and my fiance has his best man and 3 groomsmen. I picture tall full centerpieces similar to these (sorry they’re so big):
Post # 6
@Aussiemum: Thats very helpful!
Post # 7
Do you think these type of arrangement are way out of our league with our original impulse to say $3,000 for flowers? Consdering how many guests we’re expecting… I feel so clueless and I’m worried to one be ripped off/two to not be satisfied lol
Post # 8
@JMM13: mine were 2000 and ours are fairly simple? That was frenter centerpieces, 6 BMW bouquets, mine and flowers for the boutineers. Oh and toss bouquet. Just depends on what is in season etc…
Post # 9
@JMM13: I second to choose the flowers that are in season. This will save you heaps of money.
REMEMBER: No one is going to remember your centerpieces!! It will be the overall look of everything that will impress, so match colour and don’t make them too big that people can’t have a conversation across the table.
Enter the conversation with confidence that your budget is adequate, remember you can also add money if you start below your maximum and you want something extra.
Speak to a few florists to get a general overview before you commit to on specific florist and then go in for the bargining.
Relax, remember you are the customer, they want your money
Post # 10
Jmm, those are gorgeous lush, full arrangements you posted. 🙂 Costs vary by region, but your $3000 budget is probably not sufficient to include 20 of those centerpieces in addition to the personal flowers. Most wedding budget guidelines say to allow 8 to 10 percent of your budget on florals. It’s very helpful for the florist to know your budget so that you can be on the same page and she can provide you with design ideas that you meet your design and budget expectations. Good luck, and have fun!
Post # 11
@JMM13: Have a budget. If you have a good florist, they will work WITH your budget. Go with photos of your ideas so, they can tell you exactly how much it may cost.
Flowers are expensive! My FI and I just had a second meeting with our florist yesterday to change our flowers and in turn, raised our budget. My new budget of $1800 is still small compared to others and it’s getting me a small centerpiece in a mason jar for 18 tables, 2 bouquets and 4 leis.
My FI’s new hobby is cutting liquor bottles so, my florist suggested placing 2 of his bottles with a floating candle next to the mason jar with flowers. I think it’s a wonderful idea and I am so excited to see how it will look. It’s so unique…and so us!!
Post # 12
My suggestion would be to do half the tables int he lavish large tall flower centerpieces then the other half of the tables with smaller less expensive ones. Depending on where you live you will not be able to do 20+ table with those centerpieces. Also, consider using large hygrandgas, they are good for taking up a lot of space in large centerpieces like that then use small fillers. For 1 large hydranga, you could use up to a dozen roses. So you get more from hydrangas.
Post # 13
Those arrangements you posted are very expensive. When I asked for a quote for a similiar arrangement, they wanted to charge me $350 each and we were only using local flowers. The photo I showed to the florist was not as lavish as yours BUT I did get married on an island and the florist doesn’t have competition so that is partly why it was so expensive as well.
You could just show her what you want and see what they quote you. Also bring some less lavsih photos just so you can see the price difference and can decide what would work within your budget.:)
Post # 14
Whoops forgot to add, my budget was exactly the same as yours (3000) but I had only 38 guests. This is what I got for that money!
1 x bridal bouquet (medium- roses and a few cymbidium orchids)
1 x boutonniere ( single cymbidium orchid)
2 x bridesmaid bouquets (roses, small)
4 x boutonnieres for parents (single rose)
1 x guestbook table arrangement (very simple, a vase with like 6 roses haha)
1 x altar arrangement (2 vases of flowers- incidently, smaller than those flowers in your pictures- mixture. roses, lilies, cheaper dendrobium orchids)
1 x long table (for 40 people, miniature vases of various flowers. Each about 1-3 buds. roses, phalaenopsis, dendrobium orchids)
1 x just married sign and a small arrangement for the golf buggy
Now, please don’t let this scare you. I was in an expensive area and many bees have gotten more for their money.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
Definitely bring pictures! And I agree with a PP – any good florist can work with your budget. Realize too that when you’re looking at pricing, the florist is going to charge for labor, delivery, and tax, so you’re not paying just for the flowers. I would also decide ahead of time what’s most important to you – the size/volume of the centerpieces, or the particular flowers that are in your inspiration photos. Would you be okay with smaller arrangements that still have orchids and calla lillies (both expensive flowers), or would you be okay with the florist using a mix of expensive flowers and cheaper white filler to achieve the size that you want?
I also think the PP’s idea of order a mix of small and large centerpieces is a really great idea. Honestly, some of the prettiest reception areas have a mix of different centerpieces – I think it adds more depth and interest.
You may also be able to save money by requesting smaller bridesmaids’ bouquets (I think a lot of bouquets are oversized where you can’t see the details of the girls’ dresses, and we saved a lot of money by ordering smaller bouquets) or by providing your own vases for the centerpieces. And, of course, by ordering flowers that are in season.
Good luck! And definitely get several quotes – only then will you know if you’re getting an average price for the area, or if you’re getting highballed!
Post # 16
Hi everyone, thanks so much for your input on this topic! We went today to a florist that was recommended by our venue and we booked! I brought the photos of the types of centerpieces I had in mind (that I posted up above) and she was able to give me the vision I had for the budget I wanted to stick to! For…
20 FULL centerpieces (half high/half low)
7 bouqets (mine and 6 maids)
4 corsages (moms, grandmas)
7 boutineers (fiance, dads and 4 groomsmen)
ceremony decorations (trellis, aisle runner, bows on chairs)
we are paying about $3500, which is perfect and what we were expecting to hear for my style and amount of everything. That was our final big payment and decision to make so it’s a big relief to have that done! Best part was at the time when the florist came back with our amount my parents told us they were taking care of the flowers for us, so if there were changes we had to make from here on out to feel free and not worry so much. (we’re a young couple who want a beautiful wedding, but are also realistic about the cost and want a house next!)
THANKS SO MUCH GIRLS XOXOXO