(Closed) Am I a ridiculous Flower Whore?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I was very conservative on my flowers (though I did want a few calla lilies).  So for very small centerpieces and bouquets I was quoted at 1500.  Sooo…. we DIY and they turned out great.  We probably spent a good deal still, maybe around 600 but had lots and lots of flowers.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think you ought to look at estimates from other florists.  We’re having 20 centerpieces (6 large, 6 medium, and 8 small), my bouquet, 6 bridesmaid bouquets, 7 boutenierres (sp?) for Fiance and the groomsmen, corsages for the 2 moms, boutenierres for two ring bearers, flowers for the flower girl, flowers on my cake plus a couple of other arrangements for around the unity candle, the gift table, etc. for ~$2000.  We are using mainly red and white roses and white lilies (with some other filler flowers).

I think your florist sounds very over priced for what you’re looking to do!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

That seems like a lot for what you’re getting!  We’re spending $3k and we have 25 tables and 8 bouquets.

Do you have any other florist options?  get a couple of quotes to see if it’s the area or if it’s just unreasonable.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am for sure not the person to be asking this…we spent waay more than you. But we also rented Chiavari chairs from our florist, and we have about 15 tables and four bridesmaids…but it can’t hurt to shop around some more, especially since it seems like the flowers you want are on the less expensive side.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

How many centerpieces?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Take the orchids off and you’ll probably get within your budget. And also simplify the set up.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I think it’s pretty reasonable. I had flower sticker shock too…I had over 30 tables to cover, so the majority of my bill was centerpieces. It ended up being over $4K! So, if you’re a flower whore, that would make me queen of them! LOL!!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That sounds like lots.

My sister had 4 Bm`s with med sized bouquets, 4 Groomsmen with 4 small bouts, + a bout for the groom + a HUGE waterfall bouquet for herself.

She also had 5 arrangements for the church that were brought to the reception.

She did not do floral centerpieces (that I recall) but her overall cost was UNDER 2k. And she had lots of hydrangeas & cala lilies, so not ultra cheap flowers or anything.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My flower total is $570 which includes product and set-up fee. All of my flowers are roses. This is for 4 bridesmaids bouquets, bride bouquet, groom bout, 4 groomsmen bouts, 4 flower pins, 3 bouts for dads and grandpa. I am also getting two flower arrangements for the ceremony area that will be repurposed in the reception. I did not order centerpieces.

I looked at mainstream flower businesses, but their prices were really out of our budget. I ultimately worked with my DOC and she reccomended our florist who does floral work as a side business. She basically does 1 wedding a weekend, is very creative and gave us a great price. You may want to consider a florist who does not have a storefront because that will save you money. I also agree that orchids are expensive, but I can’t imagine that they are driving your cost up too much if you are not using a lot of them!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

that seems high!  check around at other florists.  I have 11 tables, 6 bm, 6 groomsmen, no ceremony decor and we’re spending $1600.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I got a very similar quote from 3 different florists. And there were no orchids with my flowers, just garden roses, spray roses, spider mums, and craspedia. I only have 4 maids but they are carrying clutches with one flower attached, and I will be having 12 tables. The quotes were $1800, $2400. and $2100! Waaay out of my flower budget!

So now I am DIYing, using wholeblossoms.com, fiftyflowers.com, and Costco! I ended up purchasing 100 craspedia, 72 garden roses, 30 hydrangeas, and a couple of dozen spray roses and spidermums. Cost – $502! Well wihinn my budget!

I can’t say how it turned out yet, but I am very optomistic since each company has called to verify my order (except Costco, but I buy flowers there all the time), and I am pleased with their customer service so far.

Just a thought.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

RUN!!!! $2000 for 10 tables and 3 bouquets is outrageos!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That’s a hell of a lot for flowers. Wow. Sure you could buy a honeymoon for that! Lol! Def look into other florists, is it still a destination wedding? Could you get away with bowls of floating candles and fewer flowers for centrepieces maybe?

Hotel provides centrepieces for us, so I only have to worry about church flowers. We’re ordering from flower market, and I reckon I’ll get out on about 300-400.

It might be worth talking to your venue – they might have a competitive offer. Worth a look.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think that is really ridiculous. I would try BJs or Sam’s Club where you can order flowers and put the bouquets together yourself. Both clubs have great reviews and it is a TON cheaper. They even have fair trade and rain forest alliance flowers.

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