(Closed) Budget brides: what to do about florals?? SO EXPENSIVE!!

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 31
975 posts
Busy bee

I found a florist that works out of her home. She works on brides budgets.  Worth asking around town to find someone like that.  I’m getting:

1 bridal bouquet

2 bridesmaids bouquets

4 boutineers

10 centerpieces



Post # 32
572 posts
Busy bee

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SCBee:  Exactly what we are doing too!!


we got our silk flowers from silkflowerfactory.com. And they were an unreal price, specially compared to real flowers. We are making them the night before, and babies breath is very sturdy so we dont have to worry about them drying out, coloring, nothing! 

The other benefit of silk flowes is that you can sell to recover some costs! I have sent a pciture of my flowers to others and they couldtn belive there were fake!

Post # 33
7 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

I ordered my bouquet and centerpiece flowers online and put them together myself with the help of my creative/artistic sister. For 80 white lillies, two bunches of baby’s breath, and a bunch of carnations, I spent $320 (with free overnight shipping). I spent another $10 on flower tape, ribbon, and flower pins. 

For the boutonnieres, I went to my local semi-upscale grocery store. For nine alstromeria/baby’s breath boutonnieres, I spent $109. This included the flowers, complementary ribbon, and pins. They were actually really gorgeous!

I was quoted a maximum of $1800 from a florist; we did all of my flowers (nine boutonnieres, seven bouquets, ten centerpieces) for $439.

Post # 34
292 posts
Helper bee

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glasskey:  Yeah, not to mention they have bouquets and boutineers (sp) premade already too I think.


Post # 35
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

I just verified this with our potential florist – they will be making my bouquet, my MOHs bouquet, a wreath for our flower girl, 7 corsages, 7 bouts, and wholesaling 12-13 10-stem sets of flowers for about $650. The wholesale flowers 120-130 stems (incl. dahlias, delphinium, Bella Donna, tweedia, Queen Anne’s lace, and others) are priced at $150. The individual prices for the flowers are half the cost of even the wholesale florists online! So, I highly recommend looking around near you for a wholesale shop. We are planning to do five bud vases (found at thrift stores around for $0.50 to $1) with a couple of blooms at each table. So for flowers, centerpieces, and decorations we’ll come in well under $1000 – and we’ll have 14-15 tables with about 100 guests.

Post # 36
599 posts
Busy bee

I have a florist and she’s charging me $650 for 3 corsages, 5 bouts, 10 centerpieces, and 3 bouquets. Our centerpieces range from $25 to $35. I’d say shop around and be open to changing the types of flowers you want. I had quotes for $2500 for the same amounts listed above —- 

Post # 37
5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you have a costco near you, they have pre-made bouquets… 10 for $99 which is insanely cheap.

You could always order the babys breath and whatever else and make your own!

White Mountain Bouquet (Grower's Choice)- 10 Bouquets, 150 Stems

Post # 38
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ditto to the others. I’m doing mixed stems from Sam’s club. Here is my practice Jar. I won’t spend more than $200 for my flowers. 

Post # 39
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BurlapnLace:  Chiming in on this late, but it sounds like you and I have very similar wedding decor.  I am also doing mason jars (wide mouth, which fit more florals than a regular mason) and providing them. I am going for a natural, more wildflower look within a certain color spectrum, and I was open to greenery too.   I was flexible in the type of flowers used and colors, and my florist is charging me $22 per jar.  I will also be setting up the dining room the day before (with the help of family and friends) so it is ready to go the next day.  All my florist has to do is deliver the flowers and place them on the tables.  

As a non-DIYer (ESPECIALLY with floral arranging….panic inducing!), I feel your pain.  I do not have a knack/desire for arranging flowers (I get the same sense from you, perhaps?), so I am having someone do it for me to avoid the questions and potential stress of DIY.  That alone was worth the money.  

Here’s a cool article about DIYing flowers:


Post # 40
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BurlapnLace:  Hey Sweet Burlap!

I DIY’d my own flowers and had a GREAT experience.  I spent well under $1,000 and got exactally what I wanted.

After looking at Sams and Fifty Flowers, I ended up going with Flower Moxie ( http://www.flowermoxie.com ) because they sell by the bunch so I didn’t have to buy an ENTIRE BOX of one type of flower.

One thing that made it easy is they calculated how much I needed….like I told them I need 6 bouquets and 16 centerpieces, gave them the vases size and my Pinterest board and said ‘good luck!’ lol

Hope that helps!  My friend used them, as well.


Post # 41
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We did DIY centerpieces.  My cousin did them- there would have been absolutely no way I would have had the time the couple days before the wedding.  She had a friend that was a florists and ordered the flowers wholesale through her about a month before, but Costco works too.  She spent the 2 days before the wedding working on them non-stop.  It actually was a big project that took her tons of time- but she is also a perfectist and went way overboard.  But that budget for everything you want is definitely either have to DIY or lower your expectations (like maybe have less flowers).  

Post # 43
34 posts

A lot of the local junior colleges have floral programs and they will do a wedding for the cost of flowers. These are students learning a trade. My cousin used the local junior college and everything was beautiful. They just had to pick them up and put out. It was great and affordable. 

Post # 44
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

I want a ton of flowers at my wedding, but my budget is $400 and that includes vases. I am ordering my vases from the dollar store and then ordering 300 roses. I am getting 100 lavender, 100 white and 100 pale pink roses from Global rose for $243. These are a mockup of my centerpieces, these are the vases I will be using. We are doing 8 foot long tables, each table will have 4 of these running down the length, along with candles.


Post # 45
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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BurlapnLace:  I don’t have the exact $$/flower #s in front of me, but we had about 100 people, long farm tables, and I provided all the jars/vases.  With all the decs, BMs, GMs, bouts, my bouquet — everything — we kept it at $500.  And the flowers were gorgeous — I was pretty picky.  What I did was, after many frustrating convos with florists (who were awesome, but I just couldn’t afford them), I called Whole Foods and asked which location had the best floral dpt.  Then I met with the floral dpt director, gave me budget and inspiration photos, and she made sure I had everything the way I wanted for my wedding.  My brother and SIL used the same Whole Foods florist, and they kept their budget at $1000 for amost 200 people and a two story ballroom, and the flowers were ridiculous (in a good way).  If I were you, I would ask around your local grapevine to see if there’s a “budding” star at your local Whole Foods/grocery store!

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