Post # 1
So I’ve contacted a couple florists and they are over my budget (can’t find anywhere cheaper). I thought I would be able to pull off a bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, simple centerpieces for 6 tables and sweetheart table (2 per table plus 1 for sweetheart table), and 6 boutonnieres, and an arbor for the ceremony for about $500-700.
Turns out it will all cost around $1100.
I’ve looked at one florists pictures with prices. And even with in-season hydrangeas being the main flower, this is how much it will cost.
I’m trying to figure out how to cut costs. Can I really save money if I offer to purchase vases for the florist to use? Has anyone done this? How much does it really save?
Post # 3
@maganda: So one florist I went to said I was welcome to bring my own vases and she would reduce the cost of the centrpieces and charge only for the flowers. Another place I went to said no, because I was already paying for the cost of the flowers and the vases were “complementary.”
I found the easiest way to make it cheaper was not go with floral centrepieces, or what I was going to do (before I caved and just paid the higher cost) was buy orchids as centrepieces which I found at some local stores for 15 a piece. They were pretty, came in their own vase/pretty pot, and nobody needed to DIY anything the morning of.
Post # 4
I had a few florists say that I can bring my own containers but there are some issues that arise with that, namely transportation. We just didn’t want to deal with hauling vases (safely and securely) to our florist and back. Unless you are doing super simple vases, I’m not even sure how much that will save because vases are at least $10 each for a nice, medium-sized one. Our florist didn’t charge us for the vases we used since she has them in stock and uses them for all her brides. Had we wanted these other ones we saw in a magazine, we would’ve had to pay extra since she had to rent those from a third-party vendor.
Post # 5
Why not do the flowers yourself? It doesn’t sound like you want anything too complicated, except the arbor. I am doing all my own flowers and it’s costing <$500.
Post # 6
@maganda: vases can be up to more than $5 to rent and up to $100 if you want to buy, depending on the size of the vases. I would definitely offer to use your own. We have someone providing them and it’s taking a huge weight off our shoulders.
Post # 7
Our florist gave me the option of buying or renting vases for the centerpieces, and I opted to just buy them because she was only charging $15, and I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of trying to get rid of the flowers, clean them, and get them all back to her the next day while we were relaxing and preparing to go on our honeymoon.
What I did to cut costs instead was to do only half floral centerpieces, half clusters of vases filled with acorns and lit candles. You have to factor in the cost of buying the vases and the materials, which can add up quickly even without flowers, so I went to thriftstores for glassware between 0.25 and 1.50 to keep costs down.
Have you considered renting an arch instead of paying for a real floral arbor? There are some very pretty wooden ones with trellises or even drapery out there that look very pretty, and the arch seems to be what’s eating up most of your budget here. You could get just a few flowers to put on it or even buy some fake flower gardlands.