Post # 1
Quick question. I have set up appointments to look at flowers and one of the florists that I have an appointment with sent me a generic list of their prices but said the pricing is loose depending on what arrangements (flowers/size) we want.
This is what they sent:
Bridal Bouquet- $175 and up
Bridesmaids bouquets- $100 and up
Boutonnieres- $15 and up
Low arrangements- $150 and up
Tall arrangements- $150 and up
Is it unusal for their to be a “minimum” price? The “and up” next to all of the prices makes me think it’s a minimum. I just thought it was odd because I can’t imagine that all prices must start in this range! What if for my shorter centerpieces I just wanted hydrangea and a few roses? I can’t imagine those centerpieces costing $150!
Also, I always thought that shorter centerpieces (assuming they have fewer/less expensive flowers) would be less expensive than taller centerpieces. Does it seem odd that they both start in the same price range?
I know flower prices are subjective based on things like location/city/size/flowers used, etc. but I’m just wondering if it is strange to have a minimum price and for the minimum price for tall and short centerpieces to be the same?
Post # 2
Personally that looks normal to me. I think they won’t have an “and up” after you meet with them to talk specifics, but that just gives you a general idea of what to start with. I didn’t get that kind of thing because I had a picture in mind and showed it to the florists and said I want that with the similar colors and flowers, what would it cost – so I was given exact amounts.
I don’t know about centerpieces since I am not using the florist for that.
Post # 3
meke: Thanks! I sent them some inspiration photos, and that’s the message they sent after. I guess I just assumed the smaller centerpieces would cost less!
Post # 4
crackktheskyy: That looks right to me. I would get quotes from a couple different florists in your area though so you have something local to compare it to.
Post # 5
Looks right to me! My floral prices are almost the exact same. My florist is based in San Francisco though…so more expensive potentially.
Post # 6
crackktheskyy: I think the Bridesmaid or Best Man starting cost is a bit high- I’d think they’d start closer to $75 and up. Also the low centerpiece cost seems a little high, but it would depend what it entails. Everything else looks in line with what I found.
Post # 7
I got nearly the exact same range from our florist, but our centerpieces (just big bundles of white hydrangeas) are only going to be $50/each. I think my Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets also ended up being less than the range they quoted…but my bouquet was higher (which I knew it probably would be. I had very specific and expensive ideas for my bouquet).
Definitely shop around, though – I went to four reputable florists – one who has a shop, one who works out of her home, one who only does event design, and one who shares an office loft space with other wedding vendors but arranges out of home. My quotes (for the exact same thing) varied in a range of a couple THOUSAND dollars. As in one person quoted me just under $1k and another quoted over $2.5k. So silly.
Post # 8
crackktheskyy: I think those prices are high, and where I live, costs are pretty high for weddings (I live and had my wedding in Brooklyn, NY)
Are those prices just a general price?
I paid $150 for my cascading bouquet and I had roses, calalilys, and dendrobium orchids. My BMs bouquets were $65 ea. and I had a mix of calalilys, hydrageneas, and roses. Boutonnieres were i believe $8 or $10. Corsages I paid no more than $25. We had tall arrangements and we had a mix of roses, calalilys, dendrobium orchids, and hydragneas and they were $125 ea. We had 17 tables. They threw in the decor for the church which was two baskets and tulle for the pews, and they also gave us a dais arrangement for our sweetheart table, all together we paid $2800 for flowers
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Looks very close to what mine are costing, my BMs are $80/ea though so I can understand PPs saying that’s a little high.
Post # 10
crackktheskyy: I live in a major city and those prices seem a bit high
My bouquet- 125 (calla lily, rose and hydrangea)
Bridesmaids bouquets- 75 (calla lily and roses)
Boutonnieres- 10 dollars (calla lily)
Corsages- 30 (calla lily)
Table centerpieces- 60 dollars
I chose flowers that were in season…… flowers in season generally cost a lot less. Also, you many want to consider adding filler flowers (carnations, snap dragons, and greens) to decrease the cost…..
Post # 11
hotpinkbride: Thanks! We are going to get 4 quotes total. I mean if we want just the baseline price, it’s going to be around $3,700. I’m actually okay with this if we can get what we want for that price…but if that’s the price of like, babys breath bouquets or something, I’m going to be ticked! And I’m in Philadelphia so I have already acknowledged that it’s going to be pricey! But I just thought they would give me numbers based on the flowers I want…not a minimum of what they will do!
julesbeeb: Oh good to know! I’m just worried that those prices are the MINIMUM! I mean if those are the prices based on what I want from my Pinterest account, I would be THRILLED lol. I’m in Philadelphia so I’m not sure how that compares, but we are fairly high here too.
MissMay3003: Those are the two that sent up red flags in my mind, as well. I expected less from the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets (at least as a starting point) and less from the low centerpieces (at least as a starting point).
StL.Ashley: We are definitely going to shop around…if we go with this place we are already at $3,600 for the minimum arrangements lol! I think I’m going to do white hydrangea for my small centerpieces, too! That’s why I was shocked that I have to spend $150 on them, lol. But maybe it’s more negotiable. I was thinking of adding some roses in there, anyway.
Daizy914: Yeah, those are just a minimum price for this one shop. At least that’s what it looks like. You got a serious steal! If I were any closer, I’d be asking for a recommendation. If I could get away with what you did for $2,800. I would kill for tall centerpieces with all of those gorgeous flowers at that price! We are in Philadelphia so I don’t know how that compares to Brooklyn but holy smokes. I have 18 tables, too! (At least that’s what we will have at the maximum.) I am so so so jealous!
Ms_Purple: Yeah, I was thinking the same. Thanks!
Post # 12
californiabride2013: Thanks! We live in a major city too. We haven’t even gone over flower types — I was totally planning to do in season flowers and big bloom flowers to reduce the cost! But if this is the minimum, I worry about what the actual prices will look like!