(Closed) Bees who did NOT DIY

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: If you did not DIY and used a traditional florist, how much did you spend?
    $1-$500 : (5 votes)
    9 %
    $501-$1,000 : (6 votes)
    11 %
    $1,001-$1,500 : (10 votes)
    18 %
    $1,501-$2,000 : (7 votes)
    13 %
    $2,001-$2,500 : (5 votes)
    9 %
    $2,501-$3,000 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    $3,001-$3,500 : (4 votes)
    7 %
    $3,501-$4,000 : (5 votes)
    9 %
    $4,001-$4,500 : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @fingerscrossed:  We are paying $1,700 for:

    1 bridal bouquet

    4 bridesmaid bouquets

    15 bouts groomsmen/ushers/officiant/fathers/grandfathers

    9 corsages moms/grandmothers/readers

    rose petals for flower girl

    14 centerpeices

    1 very large alter arrangement for the arbor

    2 buckets at alter


    we are mostly using large and mini calla lilies, day lillies, orchids and yellow roses.. but I think we are getting an EXTREMELY good deal here

    Post # 4
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    That sounds very reasonable compared to the prices that I recieved. I will certainly have to be the pay-the-stranger type because I have NO skills for diy.

    Mine is looking to be around $3500 for bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaids, several large arrangements for centerpieces, guestbook/entry table decor, and several low centerpieces, delivery, setup and tax.

    Do you have any inspiration pics for your lush and gorgeous bouquet? Inquiring minds want to see!

    Post # 5
    3731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @fingerscrossed:  I was very frank with my florist. I told her I had $1,500 to spend and I didn’t need TONS of decor here and there. A multi-purpose swag for the trellis that will decorate the sweetheart table, bouquets, boutineers, centerpieces, etc. I told her I wanted what was in season so we are going to have lovely dahlias, green dots and other fun botanicals. 

    It is possible NOT to spend a fortune if you are flexible and realistic.

    Post # 9
    9578 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My estimate is about $1400 for my bouquet, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 10 bouts, 8 centerpieces, 2 “altar” type pieces.

    I’m actually going to do 10 centerpieces instead (and something different-more florals though) and no altar pieces.

    Hopefully my estimate (tax and delivery included) won’t change too much.

    Post # 10
    3731 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @fingerscrossed:  5 BMs, 2 GMs, Groom bout, FOB bout, MOB corsage, bouquet for me, toss bouquet, arbor decor, 15 centerpieces… I have less people than you in my wedding party for sure!


    Post # 11
    905 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We’re looking at $1100 for:

    1 bridal bouquet

    4 bridesmaids bouquets

    8 boutenirs (groom, groomsmen, fathers, reader)

    3 corsages (2 mamas and a reader)

    2 large floral arrangements for the church and the rental on their vases (they will come to the reception)

    10 reflexed roses for decorating the bar at the reception




    Not fabulously cheap, but totally reasonable for the DC metro area.

    Post # 13
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    That sounds about right.

    We’re paying just over $1300 for:
    – My bouquet (ranunculus, poppies, italian ruscus, monte casino, and something else…) – it’ll be fairly large, too

    – 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets of hydrangeas and italian ruscus

    – 1 groom bout of ranunculus

    – 3 Groomsmen, 2 dad, 4 usher, 1 officiant, and 1 reader bout of some greenery and monte casino (or something…I haven’t decided for certain)

    – 2 nosegays of bridal bouquet flowers for mothers

    – 2 pin on corsages of white roses for grandmothers

    – 1 wrist corsage for our reader/guest book girl

    – 6 large, low hydrangea arrangements

    – 8 cocktail table arrangments of white irises packed in a vase

    – a throw bouquet or an entery table arrangment (this is their “gift” to the bride)

    – tax and delivery to two locations


    We get a 5% discount for paying in cash, and for each vase we bring back we get $5 back (and I looked into buying the vases – the cheapest I found was $10/each so this is definitely worth it). With the discounts I think it will be around $1100


    It drives me crazy on here how if someone posts a question about a florist quote/budget everyone is like “Just do silks!” or “DIY it!” or, my least favorite “flowers are such a waste of money for something you can use for just one day!” – um, as oppose to your wedding dress, venue, groom’s tux, and a million other things you spend money on for a wedding that’s only one day? Some people don’t like silks and don’t want to DIY – it’s great if you have the skills/desire, but for those of us who don’t, quit giving advice we’re not asking to hear!

    :: rant over ::

    Post # 14
    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @fingerscrossed:  Is the florist amazingly talented? It seems a little steep considering you will be re-using all of your ceremony flowers for the reception. I hired a highly sought after florist, so our flowers will cost a little more than $3500. However, this includes my bridal bouquet, the groom’s bout, 9 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 7 groomsman bouts, 7 bouts/corsages for special guests, flowers to adorn the chairs and the arch during the ceremony, centerpieces for the head table, centerpieces for 15 large guest tables, arrangements on various food/gift tables throughout the reception, flowers to adorn our wedding cake, all vases, delivery, and the design fee. Also, we are using a lot of garden roses and she is going to try to obtain some peonies which are out of season, so we’re using more expensive flowers. Hope this helps!

    Post # 15
    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @StL.Ashley:  Totally agree with your rant 🙂 I absolutely LOVE flowers and rarely ever buy or receive them. I saved money elsewhere and this might be the only chance I will ever get to justify spending this much money on beautiful fluffy flowers!

    Post # 16
    2448 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We’re at a little over 5K, and that’s with a lot of haggling on the part of the Fiance (he’s so good at it!).


    1 Chuppah


    Aisle Flowers


    3 bridesmaids bouqets


    2 corsages for moms


    1 bridal bouquet


    8 boutonierres (sp?)


    12 round centerpieces for reception


    3 smaller centerpieces for pre-function area


    Estate table flowers (recycling the aisle flowers for this, and adding to them)


    6 potted palm trees


    1 pre-function centerpiece


    2-3 bunches of flowers for guestbook and dessert table




    I feel like we’re getting a lot for our budget, our designs are quite complicated for the chuppah and estate table.




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