Post # 1
Our decorater just got back to us with the quote for our wedding. We had budgeted about $6000 for decorations (this includes flowers). She quotes a la carte, so the total amount was over our budget ($13k, yikes!) but we can pick and choose what we want. We have managed to get the cost down to $8k by only choosing what we really feel is necessary. However, this price includes some service fees.
I noticed that at the end of the quote, she has listed:
- Delivery and late night pick up $450
- Set up (5 staff for 5 hour call) $875
- Late night take down (4 staff for 4 hour call) $640
- Design + Production Fee $650
Now all of that together is $2600, leaving only $3300 of our budget for actual flowers and decorations. Are all of these fees normal? Or should we be looking at other decoraters?
Post # 2
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
I think all of those fees are to be expected – she’s going to have to pay staff for all those things, so it’s logical that the costs are passed on to you.
Post # 3
Paying for labour is expensive. Those set up fees equal to $35-$40/person/hr which is pretty cheap for a company charge out rate. Based on how many hours you require for set up and tear down, I would expect this to be a lot of money. If you want to save money, I would look into more simplified decorations.
Post # 4
Those are unreal expensive to me. My set up fee is like $250.
Post # 5
I think it’s pretty normal.
Our set-up, delivery and removal fee was $2,334 but our budget was 4 times more than yours so I’m not sure if you’re getting charged more in that aspect.
Post # 6
Ok, thanks bees! I guess it does make sense, I just didn’t expect labour to be quite so expensive! Maybe this will have to be yet another thing we go over budget on. When will the spending end??? Haha
Post # 7
Well, how extensive is your decor? My florist had a 10% delivery fee, so $170 for $1700 of just floral. She only set up (it was likely just herself and 1 other person though, I was getting hair/makup done when she was there) and we had to take down.
For all my other decor, my day of helped some, but I had 4 girls help for 2-3 hours the morning of, friends help set up dessert during the reception, and my husband’s friends help us pack up and load our car. So yup, if you don’t have a group of friends doing this, you’re gonna pay for it.
I imagine though if you’re spending FAR less, you’ll need less people/labor? I would look into that. Now if you have crazy set ups with individual crystals hanging off in wierd places and then packing all that up, that’s going to affect it too.
Post # 8
the only thing that strikes me as abnormal is the “design and production fee” – this seems like something that would be built into the margins of the flowers and decorations. Is her pricing for the flowers literally the wholesale prices? That would make sense…otherwise it seems like she’s charging you markup on the items AND an extra design fee on top. But delivery and set up/take down all is totally normal.