(Closed) Concerned about florist cost

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 16
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464 posts
Helper bee

flowernoob:  My mom is an excellent florist and one of the best in our (mid size) city and she doesn’t charge half that! Your centerpieces are extremely high, especially with baby’s breath. I can’t speak to the hanging flowers because I don’t know what you are envisioning there. Do they already have an arch that they are renting and just swapping out flowers for? Also, their delivery charge is insane. I think my mom’s rate is around $100-200 depending on how involved the set up is.

Now, to be honest, my mom said that my wedding would have probably been $13-15K in flowers if she were to charge someone else, but I had expensive flowers and they were EVERYWHERE. My cake alone probably had over 100 roses on it.

Post # 18
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464 posts
Helper bee

flowernoob:  A recommendation would be to tell them what your budget it, tell them what you are looking for and ask them how they can help you achieve that.

The first question my mom asks is what the budget is. Shame on that florist for trying to take advantage. My mom asks so she knows what she has to stay under and tries to get them as much as possible for that cost. 

Also, don’t tell the other florists that you were quoted high, because they might think that as long as they come under $13K it will be fine. I honestly can’t believe your florist quoted you $10K and then $5K over your budget. $8K is a pretty large flower budget!

Post # 19
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1441 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

No!! WAY too high. Keep looking. 

Post # 20
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4036 posts
Honey bee

This is what $200 gets you, as a centerpiece, in central PA. They were over 2 feet tall (even though they don’t look it, in this photo) and lit up inside. The cylinder vases, and what was in them, were on rental. The top was made-up in a plastic dish, that could be lifted off, so guests could take them home.  

 

Post # 22
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555 posts
Busy bee

We got married in Westchester County, too (New Rochelle) and had to use a florist that works with the venue and your price still seems pretty high to me. We didn’t have the hanging flowers, but very similar center pieces to yours and they were around 250$…and we used a lot of lilies and orchids, which are a bit more expensive I think. Our florist recommended to us to reuse the flowers from the ceremony as the center pieces (it was set up during the cocktail hour and no one noticed) which reduced the price. We paid around 8K, which included centerpiece similar to yours (16 tables), an arch, the bridal bouquet, two bridesmaids flowers, two flowergirls “baskets”, flowers for the Mother-In-Law and MOB (those things around the wrist) and about 12 boutonnières. 

I think you need to just shop around (among the florists that you can use). We had to chose between only two options, and there was still a significant price difference, although they did the same thing. We chose the cheaper one;)

Post # 23
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393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

greensunglasses:  That’s ridiculous. We are pricing 10x tables, 8x highboys, 6x bouquets, 7xboutineers, 3x wristlets, 2x larger arrangements, entry arrangement, bathroom arragement, 8x pew hangers, hair barettes for between $4.5 and 5k. 

Post # 24
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446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m in Houston, Texas and our florist quoted just under 3k for all flowers, including 3 separate spaces at Our venue. We didn’t reuse/relocate flowers after we left a room. And ours were all roses and hydrangeas, no greenery, lush tall centerpieces (6 tables), with smaller bauble vases of roses around them. We also had every other table decorated and had trees with fresh flowers hand twisted around them for our alter. It seems like your florist is trying to get the most out of you, especially if you’re going with cheaper flowers. They seem to want to make it worth it. 

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MissJulianna:  sorry, accidently replied to you :/ 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by  dz830.
Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

flowernoob:  This seems really high. We had 20 tables, 20 people in our bridal party (10 bridesmaids & 10 groomsmen), my bouquet, bouts for my husband, his dad and my dad, and then his mom’s corsage. Also, we had a chuppah that was decorated with flowers. We got married in northern NJ which is pricey, this all came out to 7k. Our centerpieces were tall, full, had flowers inside the vase, etc. I would be reluctant to sign until you compare with some other florists. Where is your wedding located?

 

Post # 27
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2969 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

dz830:  its okay 🙂

Post # 28
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300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

flowernoob:  Wow what a scam! I guess it depends on where you live. My flowers, vases and chandelier’s are going to be pretty elaborate, but I live in Denver and they quoted me a little under 2,000 for everything including set-up and take-down. It’s too bad you can’t shop around.

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

flowernoob:  I’m in westChester too. A friend of mine had flowers from a place in Pelham I think called west jester florist or something and it was 2k for everything..

Post # 30
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378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

flowernoob:  This seems very high – even for Westchester County.

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