Post # 1
Yikes. That’s about all I can say right now- I am TOTALLY panicking about the cost of the flowers for this wedding. Fiance and I are paying for most of the wedding ourselves, so we are trying to keep costs down where possible. We met with a florist yesterday and while I understand that designing arrangements for a wedding, etc is time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail/extra labor, I found her price of $125 for each wedding centerpiece to be a little high. We are expecting close to 200 people, so at 10 people a table (estimating), that’s 20 centerpieces. You do the math…it ain’t pretty. And that is JUST for centerpieces! Add another $900 for ceremony flowers and all bridal party bouquets/bouttonieres/corsages.
Having said all this, I am not exactly what you would call a DIY kind of gal. The idea of putting together wedding centerpieces the night before my wedding is not something that sounds appealing to me. Anyone recently married or already set with their arrangements for flowers, willing to share how they were able to keep costs down with regard to this aspect of the wedding?
As an aside, I recently attended a VERY over the top country club wedding (funded by the bride’s very wealthy parents) where the centerpieces were about 3 -4 feet high, very full/lush/elaborate and quite literally the size of small trees. To each their own, I realize that- but I think that has somehow clouded my perception into thinking that my guests will actually be thinking about or somehow form an opinion or judgment about my centerpieces (whether they will be big enough, fancy enough, “lush” enough, elaborate enough”, etc). I am concerned that if I opt for something smaller (and therefore less expensive), people will actually notice (and care) and be thinking things like “wow, that’s kind of a small (simple, etc) centerpiece for such a large table. WILL OUR GUESTS ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT THIS STUFF??? Or am I being overly paranoid?
As a couple who is also in the process of looking for and buying our first home, I can think of a few more practical things we could be doing with this $3400 than buying flowers that a.) won’t last more than a day, and b.) we’ll be done with after ONE DAY. Any insight or words of encouragement/advice is desperately welcome.
Post # 3
No one really pays attention to the flowers. Honestly. We had small floral centerpieces with mirrors and votives, and got lots of compliments on how nice they were. They were small and tasteful, and not ridiculously priced like the larger ones.
We didn’t have ceremony flowers (my ceremony was in a large, ornate, marble rotunda so they weren’t needed). We had simple bouquets and bouts for the boys.
Buy in-season flowers. Buy wholesale. There are ways to cheapen the floral budget.
Post # 4
People wont care about flowers or centerpieces. They should care about your love.
Sams Club or Costco have pre-arranged flowers are cheaper.
Hope this all works out! 🙂
Post # 5
I still am not sure how to hyperlink names, but-
engleman10513 thanks for the Sams/Costco suggestion, are you going this route? If so, how are you handling it (ie are you picking them up yourself/do they deliver/etc?) Definitely not against considering them as an option, have a couple fairly close by.
abbie017- we have been thinking about the mirror/vase (maybe with a single submerged stem) type of thing, but I don’t think our venue allows candles 🙁 so we’ve thought about having some fun with those submersible battery operated votives at the bottom of a vase, some stones/marbles/gel cubes in a tall vase with a simple arrangement at the top. We’ve been thinking about the multicolor LED votives…but not sure if that would be tacky. Our primary color is dark blue, touches of green, and all flowers will be white/ivory.
Post # 6
Hit reply under comment. For some reason its not working for me right now.
Im not doing this but have heard of other brides doing it. Im sure there are threads about it.
I met someone at the local farmers market who said they would supply me with the flowers at a nearly wholesale rate and I am having my aunts arrange them the day before. I remember getting frustrated when I went to traditional florists with a $300 budget. Some literally laughed at me.
Post # 7
I don’t know what your wedding theme or vibe is but ours was rustic and we went with potted plants. The guest s got to take them home and we spent $60 for 25 centerpeices!
Post # 8
@ALAin2014: i feel your pain lol i found a very small mom & pop florist and got a great deal for ceremony and my whole bridal party including moms and grandma. 6 are in my bridal party we got it fir $699.00 and i got the calla lilys i wanted 😉
Post # 9
I can relate. The first comprehensive, detailed quote I received was for $5,000. I knew I needed to scale back somewhere. Thankfully, I was able to find a floral events company that came highly recommended and that was able to do my wedding for about $3,500, which is almost exactly what your floral estimate was.
Post # 10
I’m planting my centrepieces too -I got ivory urns from a wholesaler and I’m planting cyclamens in them with a table runner (rectangular tables) and a candle either side. Sooooo much cheaper. My florist flowers (3 bouquets, 5 buttonholes) came to $480. I’m ordering loose bunches from them too to stick in vases and jugs etc.
Post # 11
Well I did DIY and I was able to do all of my flowers for $320 (including tax, shipping, etc). This was for my bouquet, 2 BMs, 2 nosegay (for moms), a toss, aisle arrangements, 2 altar arrangements, and rose petals for my tables. I ordered from fiftyflowers and my local Costco.
Post # 12
We’re picking up flowers the morning of the wedding, probably at a grocery store or Costco. I really do not care about them!
Post # 13
Wow, I’m with ya, that’s a LOT to spend on flowers. I would say that the guests won’t care about the centerpieces, and will probably appreciate them more if they’re not huge so they can actually see each other across the table! If you don’t have your heart set on a certain kind of flower why not ask the florist to use what’s in season that fits with your color scheme. That’s what I did and it kept my flower costs down quite a bit.
Post # 14
@ALAin2014: If you are not a DIY’er , you could still get a florist to do the bouquets and do the centerpieces yourself. Centerpieces do not have to involve cut flowers. There is nothing as elegant as an orchid in a pot. Add a few votive candles or LED candles and you are done. Home Depot and Lowe’s always have decent prices on orchids.
Post # 15
Try florists who are either new or work from home! Our florist is just starting out on her own and works out of her home and she quoted us almost 1/3 of what some other florists quoted!
Post # 16
You are wedding centric right now and noticing details about other people’s weddings that you normally wouldn’t. You don’t need elaborate and huge to have a nice looking centerpiece. I don’t have any DIY skills, yet I was able to make nice looking centerpieces for my daughter’s reception and plan to do the same for mine.