Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m going to start interviewing florists next week since my aunts friend who was going to do our flowers for at cost has backed out! EEEk! So now I have to figure out what a realistic floral budget is for large cities (i’m in Los Angeles). I’m hoping to keep this under $3000 (i don’t want expensive flowers or anything) but since i have such a huge bridal party (8 bridesmaids, 8 groomsmen, about 10 miscellaneous sponsors, and all the parents and grandparents and godparents) I don’t know if this is reasonable!
Thanks for the advice!
Post # 3
I’m not much help since I’m ordering mine wholesale and doing them myself. I’m only planning on spending about $500. I’m sure more people who went the more traditional route will chime in soon though!
Post # 4
Typically the flowers are 10% of your total budget, so maybe that can give you a jump-off point? I was excited for flowers so I met with florists right away and said my budget was the standard 10% of our total. Well, fast forward 10 months, and I am wishing I’d waited a bit to see how everything else would shape up. I am realizing that flowers aren’t as important to me and I wish I had some of that money back, haha. There are tons of ways to stay within your budget – use flowers that are in season/local, be open to the florist’s suggestions for flowers, etc. If you want peonies in December, you’ll either pay through the teeth or choose another type of flower.
Post # 5
you can do real nice flowers for $3,000, even in cali! I spent $200, LoL. Plus $140 for centerpiece flowers….so under $350!
Post # 6
Our budget is $1500–and we are using a florist in downtown Boston. But our wedding is on the smaller side–90 or so guests, 3 bridesmaids, etc. Best thing is to go in and talk very honestly with your florist about your budget, and see how they can help you out.
Post # 7
mine is below $200, I’m just going to buy a dozen roses and put them together, then buy some baby’s breath and put them together maybe some roses, I’m having my reception at the Waldorf and dont want to spend mroe, the venue is already fabulous to begin with
Post # 8
my budget is $600. And I made it – bouquets, bouts, corsages and centerpieces. All for under $600!!
Post # 9
We are in the midwest, with a 150 person wedding, 5 BM and 5 GM, plus bride and groom. Our floral budget is 2k, and I think we are coming in right at 1900 right now. Woo hoo! Hoping for some garden roses, ranunculus, and hydrangea!
Post # 10
I spent around $480 for this:
- 3 mother corsages: White tulips, white stock with galax leaves and ivory ribbon.
- 2 father bouts:White tulip with galax leaf.
- 4 grandparent corsage/bouts: white stock w/ blue ribbon
- 2 ushers/6 groomsmen bouts: White stock with leaf.
- 6 bridesmaids bouquets:White stock hand-tied with aqua ribbon (pretty full looking)
- 1 bouquet for me: 18 white roses, with 12 white tulips, white stock throughout bouquet, hand-tied with ivory satin ribbon.
- 1 bout for groom: white tulip
no arrangements…don’t really need them where we are and our reception won’t allow many fresh flowers, so we’re doing other stuff instead. It is a good deal around here (midwest).
Post # 11
We are giong to purchase the larger flowers (hydrangeas, orchids and the garden roses) along with the vases, and a local florist will supply the rest and put them all together.. Sost will be around $2000 (Bride, 11 girls, 12uys, centerpieces and corsages)
Post # 12
I’m sticking to roses and my florist is charging $1200. I thought it wasn’t too bad. That’s for the bridal bouquet, 5 BM bouquets, 6 bouts, corsages, decorating our gazebo and our centerpieces!
Post # 13
mine was $1500, which we might come a little bit under. we found a great florist in the philly area…which isnt very helpful for you in LA but its possible!
Post # 14
Hi Ladies! thanks for the info! I really don’t want to diy my own flowers, i’ve been fiddling with making my own bouquets at my house and they never turn out as pretty as the ones the florists make! i just don’t have that special touch! But i’ve got some great ideas, especially the fact that i can just buy the ribbons and vases for the flowers, that may knock off a few $$!
Post # 15
I think using your own vases can save a ton of money and then you can always sell them on the Classified pages here after your wedding! What types of flowers are you thinking?
Post # 16
I really love love ranunculus, kale (yes the colorful Kale), freesias, hyacinths, lisianthus, gladiolis, amaryllis, hydrangeas and peonies. I am really hoping to be able to find a couple of flowers that are from my parents country. Mainly Jasmine Sambac (thats proving to be impossible to find right now!) I know that traditional flowers are less expensive but i haven’t been able to change my views yet. (maybe when i get quotes i’ll change my mind if the prices turn out to be outrageous! )