(Closed) Bees with big floral budgets… tell me why!

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 32
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Bumble bee

ALSO for OP: Try finding flowers that are in-season to help with your budget! I absolutely love peonies (like the PP), and luckily I was able to afford them for my bouquet since they were in-season for my wedding month (June) ^_^

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@bRooklynRocks:  My post is no more self-righteous than yours. I stated that it was my opinion and mine only. How one chooses to spend their money is their business, you are correct. However, when they comment about their large floral budgets in a forum, then they are allowing comments. To each his own. Everyone else was providing input and an opinion so I did the same. There was no disclaimer that said we all had to agree. Get over it. 

My first florist wanted to charge me over $2000 which made me rethink all of my flower species and arrangements. The second florist I went with told me I have expensive taste but I cut out all flowers from the decorations and just went with bouquets, bouts, and corsages. My flowers only cost $350 and they consist of hydrangeas, calla lilies, and orchids. 

Post # 34
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@Calybug:  Yep, it did sound rude.

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@fishbone:  I really like your explanation of being a good hostess.  Just like serving a good meal, my family always picked fresh flowers/bought a bouquet when guests came over.  Its all just part of the celebration to me.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@MrsBroccoli:  I have done those and honestly, I don’t think you need 6 per…it’s really striking with one or two if you want to save some more loot. Let me know if you want some more info although it all sounds gorgeous!!  🙂

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@Calybug:  Well, the same can be said about a wedding dress, can’t it?  And I don’t think any of us should be advising others how to spend their money and that someone else deserves their money more than they do.  *blink blink*

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We didn’t have a set budget for flowers and initially we were shocked by how much it cost. In fact, my Fiance seriously debated about DIY-ing it ourselves because it was so expensive. We had a ton of quotes from various florists of all sizes and all but one quotesd within a few hundred dollars of each other. There was one that was WAAAAY cheaper, but she seemed really sketchy. Then we realized we didn’t have the energy/time/resources/space to DIY all these arrangements ourselves, so we just picked a florist we liked. We are at $3000 for one bridal bouquet, one groom’s bout, 10 centerpieces, small aisle mini-bouquets, a mini centerpiece for the guestbook table, and a tiny vase for the bar. We are reusing our aisle flowers for the dessert table and/or sweetheart’s table and my bouquet will accent the sweetheart’s table too. We are re-using our centerpieces as aisle decor. My Fiance is really into flowers as decor so for him, it was a priority to have a big, tall, and opulent centerpiece. To cut down on costs, we eliminated parent flowers (as they didn’t care either way) and eliminate a bridal party altogether. I also wanted brooches in my bouquet and I’m sourcing those myself (probably came out to an extra $150). Our venue is pretty but lacks a lot of greenery and the reception space is totally blank, so we definitely needed to dress it up a bit. My FI’s family is also very much into flowers so it seemed right to him to get the pricier, prettier flowers.

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@BooRadley:  I’m totally okay with that. 

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@WillyNilly:  Like I said, to each their own. It’s my opinion and it makes sense to me. Never said nor required that it be understood or accepted by anyone else. 

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@Calybug:  I can understand wanting to encourage people to be pragmatic, but the fact of the matter is this: Without the more “frivolous” brides, floral wholesalers and growers would take a huge hit. I actually think it would be helpful for MORE brides to spend a crapton on flowers, and the reason is because floral growing/arranging is one of the last remaining industries where work has to be done primarily by hand in most cases. It’s not easy to get a machine to do it efficiently and well, and many operations are too small for that anyway.

It might be helpful in the short term to give the poor and hungry that money, but I think it’s more helpful in the long run to spend that money on flowers, because that creates demand and demand creates jobs (again, since you can’t just run your machine for 10 hours instead of 8 when demand goes up, like you can with a lot of manufacturing.) It’s sort of a “give a man a fish” vs. “teach a man to fish” argument.

As much as people like to argue that the wealthy “create jobs”, it’s really demand that creates jobs–and the more brides who “demand” halls filled to the brim with flowers, the more positions open up for unskilled and skilled labor, and the more leverage those employees have to negotiate for higher pay and better working conditions.

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@orchid84:  Thank you! We’re getting married in Durham. The ceremony is at the Duke Chapel and the reception is at The Cotton Room. RDU is such a fun area 🙂 

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@Calybug:  If you didn’t want it understood or accepted, then what was the point?  Typically forums such as this are for sharing ideas and respectful discussions.  If you didn’t want to be understood, that tells me that you just comment bombed…which yes, is in fact rude since you came here merely to insult everybody elses choices.  That’s kind of crappy, don’t you think?  Not trying to attack you, but your post it just coming out of left field and seems rather hostile.

Edit – In addition, you have no idea how much they have already spent on charities.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My wedding budget is 400.00 I will buy everything and my Mother-In-Law will arrange my flowers. She worked at a flower shop.

Post # 42
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

We’re DIY-ing the flowers, and will probably spend under $500. We’re keeping things simple (MOHs will just have calla lillies, my bouquet 3-4 types of flowers)- partly because my venue doesn’t need it. Our reception’s in an industrial museum, with our ceremony on the water- I think that our surroundings are better decor than any flower could be. But there are other venues we looked at which were “plain” spaces, which would have needed a larger floral budget to look good. (Our venue cost more than those, so it’s probably a wash.)

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@WillyNilly:  I did not come here to attack. I came to comment. The OP obviously doesn’t understand the need for such a large flower budget or this thread would have never started. I stated an opinion just like everyone else. Just because I’m the one person (that I know of – I haven’t read this whole thread) that stood up and gave an opinion that went against what the masses thought, which is evidently what everyone’s issue is with my post. There is no rule to commenting in the forum that says we all have to agree, or even disagree. All that I remembering reading as a rule was that we not call each other names or use vulgarity. I have done neither so I am well within my right. Do you think everyone that posted on here “wanted to be understood”? Most just comment to provide an opinion. They don’t give a crap if people agree or not, and they shouldn’t. And yes, this is a great site for brides to come together and support one another and share ideas. I have found it very useful myself. 

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@rebwana:  Ooooh pretty!! 

Post # 45
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our budget was $1500, but we went to Whole Foods, and it’ll be less than $700! Definitely look around at places you wouldn’t expect.

Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ahhh forget it.  Totally not worth it.

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