(Closed) Am I overpaying?

posted 4 years ago in Money
  • poll: Are we overpaying?



  • Post # 16
    6909 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I also live in the Chicago area. $1500 for all that is a steal!

    Post # 17
    505 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m planning a Chicago wedding and when I recieved a few quotes my jaw just about hit the floor. I’m about to ask everyone I know to save their wine bottle so I can make them into centerpieces lol. 

    May I ask what florist gave you the 1500 quote? 

    Post # 18
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Sounds like a good deal to me! I’m in the D.C. area and we paid almost double that for less flowers. The thought of it makes me a little sad lol

    Post # 19
    1199 posts
    Bumble bee

    My flower quote started at $4200, we brought it down to $3500, and I’m in the midwest as well, so no, you are not overpaying. I’m convinced that flowers are an invention of the devil to make us brides spend ridiculous sums of money on things that are just going to die.

    Post # 20
    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

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    chandlerbing:  Are you in the northern suburbs? I am in McHenry County with an excellent florist! 

    Post # 21
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    So this kind of conversation happens with my grandma a lot. Having grown up and lived for so long when things cost less, she cannot believe the prices on simple things, from dinners at restaurants to movies. And she is SUPER with it mentally and a very healthy, logical person. She is just used to hearing smaller numbers (inflation sucks haha). Maybe it’s just something like this coming into play?

    I think you are getting a great deal!

    Post # 22
    73 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

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    chandlerbing:  I’m a NYC bride and this sounds like a steal! 

    Post # 23
    23 posts
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I would say that’s VERY reasonable. I spent close to $6000 for florals in OC, CA. So I would assume it’s very similar price wise. So yes, I say reasonable! 

    Post # 24
    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    sounds like a reasonable amount even a good deal esp for 21 centerpieces and 8 ceremony arrangements. until people actually know what things cost, they think its expensive. I myself have been shell-shocked at what things cost, but only you know what is a good deal in your area when you’ve shopped around for a while. 

    Post # 25
    1206 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I think $1500 is very reasonable. I couldn’t find any florists for less than $2K and I wanted pretty simple flowers and half the centerpieces of you. There were some that $5K minimums and I got married in CT half way between Boston and NYC so not in a city. I think that would be good for Chicago. 

    Edit: I accidentally voted wrong in your poll thinking I was voting “yes, that’s reasonable”. 

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  Curlycupcake.
    Post # 26
    2889 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

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    chandlerbing:  I’m in the Chicago area too and $1,500 for what you’re getting is not a bad deal, especially from a florist and especially because it includes delivery and set up.

    I would look into Costco or Sam’s Club.  You can order the flowers already in bouquets so all you have to do is put them in vases.  Jewel also sells flowers in already made bouquets.

    When my friend was pricing flowers she got quotes anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for the exact same number of centerpieces and bouquets.  You’ll generally get better prices in the suburbs than the city.

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