(Closed) Am I getting ripped off by the florist?!

posted 13 years ago in Beehive
Post # 17
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629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

I don’t know about whether you’re getting ripped off or not, but Hydrangeas are notoriously finicky flowers. They die like crazy and can’t really be relied upon.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

I think it has to do with the islands…for Bermuda, I got quoted for $40 for a single rose.  Yup…ridiculous.  Ask them what cheaper options they can recommend.  $350 is a lot for U.S. standards…but who knows on Bahamas.  What stinks is that you can’t really shop around.   

Post # 19
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008 - Ceremony in a historic church, tented lawn reception at a golf and country club

hydrangeas are SUPER expensive flowers, that may be it

Post # 20
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Worker bee

i dont know about the bahamas but here we had to pay an extra 200 for the girl to deliver and take back the vases at the end of the night, but we didnt want to deal with storing them for the night, then returning them without breaking. also, maybe you can order some cheap beads and send them ahead or take them with you? ask your florist to break down the cost per centerpiece, you never know if you are paying $50 in beads, when you can get a bag at ikea for $4.99! im not a flower expert, but swapping or using half what u want and half "filler" flowers might reduce it! 

Post # 21
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2020

It sounds like a simple centerpiece arrangement that maybe a friend can do for you. I used to work in a flower shop for 5 years and learned about flower arranging along the way. I’ve done the centerpieces and personal flowers for several friends for weddings and other events. If you have a picture of the centerpiece to send me I can tell you how much the florist is paying ( they usually charge you double what they pay for the items needed).

 If there is a wholesale shop in your area that sells to the public it can really help reduce cost.

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