Post # 1
My flower budget: $475
Here’s what my flower order includes:
1 Bridal Bouquet (sunflowers, delphinium)
2 Bridesmaid (1 large sunflower, 2 small ones)
3 Corsage pinned (or wrist)
Rose petals for flowergirl
90 sunflower stems for DIY 3 bloom mason jar arrangements
Quote from bunchesdirect.com: $329 with free delivery.
Florist quote: $599 and she wants to do echinacea or rudbeckia for the corsages and boutonnieres instead of the sunflowers because she thinks they’ll be too heavy.
Am I complaining too much about the florist quote? The problems it solves are storage of the flowers (we’d have them delivered the day before if we ordered online) and we’d be sure that the flowers weren’t wilted when they arrived. But we still have to put together the centerpieces and she doesnt want to use my chosen flower for the corsages/boutonnieres.
Has anyone else used bunchesdirect?
Another option would be costco for the raw stems, but I dont like their bouquet / corsages, etc.
Post # 3
@Alilmagick: That quote from a florist is way less than anything I ever received! So I think it’s a pretty good deal. For peace of mind, I personally would just go with the florist, but that’s me. 🙂
Post # 4
@Alilmagick: I’m purchasing my flowers from Costco, then making my bouquets myself. I’ll probably be out $200 for my bouquet, 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 2 mini bouquets for moms, 10 aisle decor bouquets, and rose petals for my tables. I plan on wrapping everything the night before and just letting them sit in water until the wedding day. I did boutonniere alternatives, since those would have to be made the morning of the wedding and I didn’t want to bother with that. Anything more than $400 is too much for flowers IMO.
Post # 5
I actually think that’s really reasonable. I’m not having real flowers (having bouquets/bouts/corsages made on etsy) but mine are costing much more then that. I’d go with the florist.
Post # 6
In this case I would go with the florist rather than online. However, if you are looking to save money is there a farmers market around you? Seems like sunflowers would be easy to get there for cheap. My cousins did that in Seattle and saved a ton.
Post # 7
Florists are sooooo expensive. Where are you getting married. All you have to do to keep the flowers from wilting is keep them in water and cold. So in a fridge. You could make a room in your house cold with fans or use the fridge at the church for the ceremony flowers. Hope that is helpful.
Post # 8
Sometimes paying a pro saves time and money in the long run. I was going to go the DIY route, but when my florist quoted me under $400 for my flowers, I realized it was a great deal. It saved me time and I didn’t have to worry about storing or arranging flowers and just got to relax. Your quote from the florist is very reasonable for what your getting.
Post # 9
I actually think that you can get all that by ordering your Bridal party flowers from the florist (should not be more that $300 once they are delivered) and then going with Shoprite/Costco/Wholefoods for the free standing blooms. Be careful with them though, as august tends to be really hot and wilty.