Post # 1
We got a quote from our florist today. Oh. Em. Gee. I’m having a panic attack. I thought I was being really smart DIY-ing the centerpieces, but its still going to cost us double what we thought. Here’s the breakdown… Does it sound reasonable to you guys?
Bridal bouquet: $275
Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet: $65
4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets: $260
Groom’s bout: $24
4 groomsmen bouts: $76
4 bouts for dads/granddads: $76
2 corsages for moms: $70
1 corsage for grandmother: $25
1 altar centerpiece: $150
4 small pew arrangements: $100
Arrangement for cake table/cake topper: $65
After tax, this comes to $1245.45. Does this sound reasonable? We chose all in-season or low cost flowers, nothing crazy. I guess its the bridal bouquet price that I’m getting hung up on – everything else sounded pretty ok. The only expensive flowers I have in mine are a few cabbage roses, and they won’t be in any of the other bouquets or arrangements. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Post # 3
Ehhh, I also think thats a bit overpriced for a brides bouquet, cabbage roses arent very expensive. The few florist I looked at were about $150- $170 for a bridal bouquet consisting of Dahlias ranunculous and cabbage roses! Are you able to DIY the bouts? Those are pretty simple to make yourself!! That would save you $175!
Post # 4
I would shop around, or DIY with somethings… or take away from the budget in another area to suit the flowers you want…
Post # 5
I’m thinking about DIY’ing everyone’s bout but FIs, and I’m definitely going to get quotes from a couple more florists to be sure, which makes me feel all-the-way stressed out. I also think I could DIY the four pew decorations!
Post # 6
Please check out Sams club wedding collections under floral. I am doing my ceremony flowers through them for under $300, and that includes my bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, corsages and boutinnaires. I am going with the Pink collection, but they have it in red, white and fall colors. They also have bigger packages that include centerpieces and additional flowers. I’ve talked to a few brides who went through Sam’s Club, and they all seem pretty happy with what they got, and the price is definatly better!
Post # 7
Here are some of the flowers involved to give you an idea: stock, lisianthus, hypericum berries, white roses, cabbage roses, dusty miller. Nothing super high dollar. I’m still scratching my head!
Post # 8
im no expert, but that does sound a little high. Location might have a lot to do with it too. I would shop around for different quotes. Did you sign a contract yet?
Post # 9
I am having the same amount of stuff, but with 2 alter pieces and my total was a little over 700.00 What kind of flowers are you using?
Post # 10
That sounds pretty high. I think you shop around more, and try florists that are based in supermarkets too. You’ll be amazed.
Post # 11
So my grandparents were florists for 47 years and i worked at their shop for 10+ years. This is a pretty high quote IMO. Your bouquet depending on the flowers is a bit high to me. You are saying that you are using all in season flowers so Im not sure where the cost is coming from. to charge 35 for a mothers corsage seems overkill to me. Maybe 20 even 25 IF they are full and have a lot of detail. But that is just rediculous. Your bouts for the guys like groomsman are about 18.50 a piece thats about right. Is the grooms bout different.. why the difference in charge by 6 dollars. Anyways I would talk to another florist or a few more and just see what they would quote you. Talk about major sticker shock geeze!!!
Post # 12
I think this is a lot to pay for ‘all in season’ flowers. I had peonies for my bouquet and even though they were very expensive, I didn’t pay what you paid. Much less actually. It doesn’t say where you are. I think if you are doing all in season flowers, they shouldn’t be that expensive. I would shop around more. Also, this is what I told my florist ‘I don’t want to spend more than X amount per bout’ and she came under. Also, the altar pieces, what is she doing? You can do hydrengea bunches per pew for $15 or so each…white hydrengeas, she can use a nice ribbon in your wedding color to tie to the hydrengea. Also, for the cake table, repurpose your flowers from the church or even your Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets and set around the table. Ugh, I paid a lot for floral but I could easily have paid much more!!
Post # 13
@misschickpea: I just noticed your reply again – I was told I couldn’t even HAVE dahlias, or ranunculus because of ridiculous cost and lack of availability. Last I checked dahlias were pretty inexpensive? I was so upset because those are two of my favorite flowers.
We are planning our wedding in only 3 months so I’m really stressed about going back to the drawing board with a florist. We are now 72 days out and flower-less! I thought this was totally do-able for $600-800.
Post # 14
My prices from my florist are similar, except my bridal bouquet was $180. Flowers are expensive. I went to a wedding recently where the bride made DIY bouts for all the guys out of paper cranes (it was her theme). Maybe you could think of a way to have bouts that are not flowers? That might cut the costs a bit.
And, you have to remember, even if the flowers are nominal value (I’m using stock too), you have to pay them for their services, delivery, etc. It takes a lot of time to put flowers together, so that is added into your quote too. I budgeted $1800 for flowers for our entire wedding (200 guests) with a gorgeous centerpiece on every table (25 tables) and we are right on budget.
Post # 15
I agree with most pp’s this seems high for in season flowers. I would shop around more. Your bridal bouquet is probably the most high but you will get the best idea about pricing if you call several places because your location will affect costs….
Post # 16
This sounds about right at least in my area except for the bridal bouquet. Originally, my bouquet was around the same cost as yours for an all-peony bouquet, but I had the florist add greenery and less peonies and that dropped the price by half! My Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, corsages, and bouts are also around the same general cost as your quote, but were originally double before we negotiated with some flower changes. I posted a thread questioning all of my original costs listed, if you are interested in comparing costs. It may depend on geography too, so as a sidenote I live in the Pittsburgh metro area and I am using an at-home florist, which was a more reasonable quote that I could find in my area. I would like to DIY but I decided not to since I don’t want to stress about buying, storing, and arranging my flowers the day of the wedding. I guess you have to pick your battles and decide what’s most important to you. Good luck!