Why are flowers so darn expensive ?!?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I do not know but I can totally relate. It drives me nuts and I don’t want to spend more than a couple hundred on that. Even that bothers me. It’s not edible,not drinkable, not wearable…can’t dance to them. Lol

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Florists are expensive, flowers don’t have to be if you DIY wholesale.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Have you checked Costco prices? (I’m starting to realize I pimp Costco a lot on these boards, for which I apologize, but seriously, their prices are great and their flowers are SO beautiful.) I went to a wedding last summer that did Costco flowers and they were just gorgeous and perfect. 

 

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

PS – sorry for the double post but I just checked the prices. They have 9 mini-centerpieces for as low as $119 (tho these are teensy); 3 centerpieces (roses) for $150 (these look gorgeous), 6 centerpieces for $380 (these look huge and gorgeous and if you have around 20 tables it’ll add up to $1520, still a lot of money but half off from other florists), and 10-40 piece bridal party flowers starting at $220 (available in roses, calla lillies, a few others, and includes bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, boutinnieres, etc.) 

The downside is that you can’t get EXACTLY what you want (though you can probably buy ribbons/florist tape yourself to kind of rearrange or do finishing touches), but the upside is, even if you go with the $380/6 pack centerpieces, you’re spending around $1500 for the tables, leaving room for $500 to spend on the bridal party, and STILL be $1000 under budget from what a florist quotes you. 

(Yes, Costco requires membership, but the cheapest level is like $50, totally worth it, especially since you can possibly get other things there…their booze is very cheap.) 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Kammykakes:  Best of luck! I think you can get away with not DIYing for Costco flowers–they’ll be mostly arranged and everything. It’s just if you want finishing touches like ribbons and lace, and that’s something you can delegate to a friend or relative you trust the day before 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

 

Costco would be a great option! You don’t have to be crafty to do them – they come arranged and like a PP said the only DIY you would do with them is if you wanted specific ribbon color around the stems, but that’s super easy. Just plot them in some water for a few days before the ceremony and they’ll be perfect. I would also compare with flowers from Sam’s Club because they have nice flowers, too! 🙂

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - The Fox Hollow

I’m getting married on long island so I feel you on the cost 🙁 we’re booked at fox hollow in woodbury and can’t wait!  Check out flowers by Brian in Huntington or flowers by burton in Melville. I’ve heard they have the best prices of anywhere on the island for flowers. And I know Burton’s doesn’t charge different prices for different flowers. Check them out, and definitely check out liweddings.com they have boards just like these but all LI/queens/Brooklyn brides! Good luck! 🙂 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I feel like $119 is waaaaay over priced for a small centerpiece. Perhaps its your area but I would definely shop around and get different quotes. You can also consider non floral centerpeices with candles and rose petals perhaps which can really bring your cost down.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Kammykakes:  Just to give you an idea of pricing, I did 2 altar arrangements, mini aisle bouquets (8), 2 nose gay bouquets (moms), 2 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 bridal and 1 toss, plus flower petals for my tables for $320.  I used fifty flowers and Costco.  I did a lot of DIY and this was hands down one of the easiest (however, I do craft quite a bit).  Here’s a youtube video tutorial that I used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJfFE7hqUR8

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

WOW that seems unreasonable. I’ll be spending less than $1000 on centerpieces and flowers for the wedding party. All my flowers are going to be in season and a mix of fresh flowers and dry fillers to fit in with our Rustic theme. Maybe its the area you live in, but I could never spend $3000 or more on flowers for one day.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I ordered my bouquet and centerpiece flowers online and put them together myself with the help of my creative/artistic sister. For 80 white lillies, two bunches of baby’s breath, and a bunch of carnations, I spent $320 (with free overnight shipping). I spent another $10 on flower tape, ribbon, and flower pins. 

For the boutonnieres, I went to my local semi-upscale grocery store. For nine alstromeria/baby’s breath boutonnieres, I spent $109. This included the flowers, complementary ribbon, and pins. They were actually really gorgeous!

I was quoted a maximum of $1800 from a florist; we did all of my flowers (nine boutonnieres, seven bouquets, ten centerpieces) for $439.

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