Post # 1
Girls I really really need advice!! FI and I met with out florist in March after being engaged. we went over things and she told us eveything would be around $3,300. Now we are realizing there is NO WAY we can afford that!! I called her last week and asked if we cld set up an appointment to come down and talk to her because our budget has changed and she told me we could just discuss it over the phone. she narrowed somethings down and took away things I LOVE like the petals down the aisle and it only brought it down to $3000. she is just so expensive and if we tell her our budget has dropped to around $1000 she would probably say there is nothing she can do. Her work is beautiful but I dont want to have to take a loan for flowers… so i am wondering if I should do everything myself? it would be much much cheaper but then that means I have to do all the work and be stressed out the day before! Is it worth the stress to save all that money? I can order the flowers and do it with my girls… but that means having to put up the arch ourselves, everything! i am so confused on what to do 🙁 what if…what if….what if
Post # 3
If she’s not willing to work with what you want and is out of your price range, find someone else asap.
Post # 4
I’m not sure what all you’re getting done, but 3000 seems like a lot. Did you get other quotes?
Post # 5
Is there someone else you can go with? We only spent a few hundred dollars on flowers and they were still beautiful.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t do my own flowers because they have to be done so close to the event. I recently helped out with a wedding where they did a TON of work themselves, with so much to be done the day before and the morning of. I vowed not to do that because it’s tiring and stressful. If I were you I would find someone else or majorly reduce what I’m looking for.
Post # 7
You can definitely DIY and have your flowers still be beautiful. Depending on how intricate the floral designs you picked are…you can save thousands by DIY-ing. It honestly doesn’t take very long to put it all together if you have help. You can set it up like an assembly line…provide drinks and snacks…and knock it out in a few hours. If 3K is out of your budget, this is definitely the way to go. Another option is to have the florist do the arch and DIY everything else.
Post # 8
I had DIY flowers for about $200. But that was because we couldn’t afford the $800 florist bill. Is there no one else in your area that could meet your $1000 budget? While I’m very happy with the outcome and cost of my DIY flowers, if I had the money I would definitely not have DIY’ed it. There is quite a bit of stress involved because everything has to be done on the wedding week, if not the 2 days before.
ETA: I like the PP idea for partial DIY and partial florist work.
Post # 9
Have a look through Mrs.Cola’s blog posts: her wedding was a Saturday, and I’m fairly sure she did up all her flowers on the Thursday and kept them cool til Sat, and they were fine.
Depends where you are on the time vs money scale. You could do a flower arranging course to have some extra confidence: you could try to rethink some of your decorations – with ribbon poms on pew ends, ribbon boutonnieres for gms, etc – to allow you do some of the work well in advance, then enslave/hire a floristry student to help with set up on the day, maybe?
To be honest, there must be lots of ways to shrink that figure without killing yourself with work. That’s crazy money.
would you give us a quick rundown of what you were getting for that money? and there must be somewhere you could hire the arch from, other than her?
Post # 10
I would suggest that you contact a few florists and see what they can do for you for $1000, then use that as a point of negotiation with your current florist.
My floral budget is $2500 for 5 BM bouquest, 1 Bridal bouquet, 5 corsages, 9 bouts, 10 table arrangements, and 2 ceremony arrangements. I know I could get my quotes below $2500 by changing all the flowers to those that will be in season/local and reducing the size of the table arrangements, all while still achieving the same overall feel for the wedding, so I’m sure you could get good flowers for a reasonable price in your area. If you don’t already have a detailed quote for how your florist arrived at the numbers, you should get one that includes per stem pricing so you can see where your money is going and what you can get rid of reasonably.
In my opinion, anything you could DIY without a great deal of stress, you could probably have a florist do for around $1000 and avoid the stress of doing it yourself. As a BM in a lot of weddings, I haven’t enjoyed the day as much when I’ve had to help set up/break down.
Post # 11
My sister works at a Floral Boutique and she does the consultations with brides. Her biggest word of advise is to always tell the florist your budget. Can your budget affect the flowers you can afford, yes. It will also affect how many and how big stuff is also. But if you go in with a picture and say I want this made out of peonies, roses, and lilies that is what they are going to give you a quote for. There are many less expensice options that you may not be aware of. They can’t read your mind so you have to let them know you are flexible if that is the case.
Post # 12
I’m not sure what you’re getting but $3000 sounds excessive! And you shouldn’t have to take out a loan for flowers! Our florist made our budget work for us and gave us most of the flowers at cost so my advice would be to keep shopping around until you find a florist you can work with.
We paid like $400 for my flowers, 4 BM bouquets, 8 bouts, 3 wrist corsages, and a throwaway bouquet.
Post # 13
$3,000 for flowers sounds like an awful lot. Our whole floral budget is $500 and thats giving us everything that we want. I would assume you would be able to find someone cheaper with a similar caliber of work.
Post # 14
If you’re not too picky about the flowers, you can save a ton of money without going full DIY by ordering floral wedding packages from Sam’s Club/Costco/BJ’s or other online vendors. The flowers arrive already arranged in bouquets/bouts/corsages/centerpiece arrangements (just drop in vases).
Post # 15
There are so many other wonderful florists that can do just as beautiful a job. I would start looking around and seeing what else you can find. She does seem kinda overpriced.