(Closed) Am I “bee”ing cheap?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Should I increase my floral budget from $600?
    Yes, you will regret not spending more. : (14 votes)
    12 %
    No, they are not worth more expense. : (105 votes)
    88 %
  • Post # 3
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I think it really depends what you want.  I was also floored by florist prices, and ended up DIYing my flowers.  If you want something simple that might be the way to go.

    Post # 4
    438 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    600 is a small floral budget, but if they aren’t important to you then it shouldn’t matter! Look for flower alternatives. I went to a wedding where each bridesmaid carried one large sunflower, it was very tasteful. Also, a lot of bouquets and arrangements can be reused at the reception. For my wedding, I didn’t want floral centerpieces to save money- we are doing 8″ cakes in the middle of each table instead. Each table has a different cake, hopefully gets people mingling to try all the flavors! I think you’ll be just fine with that budget!

    Post # 5
    5221 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I was VERY up front with my florist and basically said over the phone when trying to nail down a consult time that if she couldn’t work with my $XXX budget, then I wasn’t going to waste her time.

    She said as long as I am flexible on what it is I want, she could work with me…


    So go into it open minded and I think you can find something nice!

    Post # 6
    1446 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Mine was $300 and I was fully prepared for florists to laugh at me, but everyone was respectful of my budget. I’m getting my centerpiece flowers from a wholesale flower shop in the area and doing them myself, while having bouquets and such done by a florist. I would stick to your budget and see if you can DIY some of it. If not, do what you’re comfortable with!

    Post # 7
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee


    I would suggest looking for people who have taken floral design classes, SRJC has a few classes and one of my friends took a class there. Or you and a friend can take the class and DIY. There is a flower market in the city or you can find some growers in the area. There’s a dahlia’s grower on Adobe Rd. between Penngrove and Petaluma. If you want something reallly different you can go by California Carnivores in Sebastopol and find some carnivorous plants. 

    Post # 8
    4676 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Have you looked at getting your decor/ centerpiece flowers from a wholesale place and just having simple bouquets done professionally?  DO you know anybody who can grow flowers for you (assuming you have enough time for this?)  I am under the same budget.  But we are either growing are own or getting the flowers wholesale and a friend of my mom’s who used to be a florist is putting together the bouquets.  

    Post # 9
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    My sister is doing our flowers for us and what we’re paying is even lower than that, something like $400. The wholesaler she is buying from requires her to be a small business owner to purchase from them though, so she had to go through setting all that up. It took some time and effort on her part and there was also some cost associated with that. That price is for the flowers for 2 bridal bouquets, 2 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 grooms boutonniere, 3 groomsmen boutonnieres, 7 corsages, 6 other boutonnieres, 2 altar arrangements, and 14 centerpieces.

    Post # 10
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I DIY’ed my flowers and had tons for $800. We ordered off of online websites, had them delievered two days before the wedding and put them together ourselves. We probably had too many flowers. We did a mixture of roses, button mums, rannunculus, two other flowers and some bells of ireland. Worked out perfectly.

    Post # 11
    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think you should do what is comfortable with your budget. I will be DIYing ours by buying flowers most likely from Costco. Their prices are wonderful. They also have floral packages you can check out. They take custom orders and will make sure to set aside the best flowers for your wedding. 


    Last time I checked a dozen roses were reasonably priced. You can get 100 stems for $89.99.  I hope this helps. Happy planning!

    Post # 12
    746 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My flower budget is $500, and I went to two florists who quoted me in the $700 range. One thing that I think is helping bring down the cost is that I bought all my vases at thrift stores and garage sales (which I plan to re-sell after the wedding) so that I won’t have to rent vases. I’m also considering buying the flowers wholesale, except for the bouquets. Maybe you could use thrift store vases to bring the cost down? There have also been a TON of great blogs about Bees DIYing their flowers, you might want to check them out!

    Post # 13
    281 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My budget is $5,000 for 50 guests, and so far it looks like I am actually going to be able to come under that. Flowers were so important to me but budget issues made it so I had to really scale back. ( i went from 10,000 budget to 5,000 because I have to do everything by myself and lost my job!) So now I am using fake flowers, but some of the stuff I’ve been seeing that’s done with silk flowers looks beautiful! So don’t count that out. Good luck!

    Post # 14
    77 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    One way to save on centerpieces is to use potted plants instead of cut flowers …  they could also double as favor people could take home.

    Post # 15
    7693 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    My daughter’s wedding cost $5K, and I spent $70.00 on flowers.  I took her to an amazing dahlia farm and she picked seven dozen stems of dahlias that were gorgeous. She choose the colors/variety from hundreds of dahlias, and we ordered them.    And she had left over ones that we didn’t even use!   Only pay for what you want.  If you are okay with some simple diy, or if you want to order flowers from an online source do that. 

    Post # 16
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Our budget for flowers is only about $200. Then again, I don’t think we’ll have flowers in our center pieces at all. All of the girls are going to be walking down the aisle with a bouquet of daisies (about $5 a piece) wrapped with ribbon or twine. I’ll get a nice bouquet for myself. Then we need boutinerres for the guys and that’s it! All that to say…if you are creative $600 for flowers will go a long way!

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