Flower budget?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 16
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Helper bee

Shop around! Find a smaller local store that can offer you better prices. Also, see if you can find a local florist who perhaps doesn’t have a shop/storefront. I know a few that work out of their home and as such, you’re not paying for their overhead of running a store (whicih means a fridge running 24/7).

If you’re prepared to do work yourself you can do them the night before but I do NOT recommend anyone who’s not a florist do this unless you’re prepared for a late night, hard work and ruined hands. My Bridesmaid or Best Man is a florist and she did all the flowers and it was a lot of work for her. I paid $2700 for all my flowers, bridal bouquet, 3BMs, bouts for all the guys and our dads, corsages for moms and centrepieces for 11 tables, two stand alone arrangements and smaller arrangements for around the room. That being said, I got flowers at cost because I know a shop owner and my Bridesmaid or Best Man did the labour for free.

You’re getting married in the summer when most flowers in most colors are in season. The majority of flowers come from Mexico, the rest from Holland. 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We’re spending roughly $1500 on flowers.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

I think that’s below average in my area to be honest. I know people that have spent $5,000 and I know someone who spent $20,000 really depends on what you want.

I only spent $650 on flowers for 9 bouquets, 10 boutineers, 5 corsages, 15 centerpieces, and accent pieces for decor. Since we got married on earth day, we did everything eco friendly, so I ordered the bouquets, boutineers, and corages from ecoflower.com and also ordered flowers that I made my own centerpieces with from there too!

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I can’t remember the exact amount we spent on flowers but my goal was to keep it around $1,500. We used a local grocery store chain and they did an amazing job! Way better than I expected. lol

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We spent about $8000 on our floral and decor lady (plus $7000 on other decor). Flowers were pretty important to me.

This was less than 10% of our budget. It includes my bouquet, 6 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 grooms bout, 7 groomsmen bouts, 2 bouts for the fathers, 21 centrepieces, our sweetheart table, our backdrop, our ceremony decor (aisle and cherry blossom trees), entryway, candles all over the room, and our receiving table. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee

They say to budget around 10% of your wedding budget for flowers… however I didn’t feel comfortable spending $3,000. SO I shopped around for a florist and we worked within a budget I was comfortable with!

I am paying $1,200 for my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, 2 wrist corsages, 12 boutonnières, 2 flower crowns, 1 large arrangement, 4 small arrangements, greenery for centerpieces (12 tables), arrangement/garland for sweetheart table, and a eucalyptus garland. That being said, I am doing a lot of greenery with a mix of white flowers. (The type of flowers you want will greatly effect the cost.)

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Our current estimate is about $16,000 for the wedding; below is the quote we picked. this is in Wester New York.

Worth noting I am getting the majority of the centerpieces stuff on my own -candles, cake plate thing- and the florist is just going to add a little greenery. The “swag” is just a little flower thing for the gazebo where we are having our ceremony. and I did not choose buttonieres nor corsages for the parents; I think I might get pins (like metal stamped, classy ones – probably custom from etsy).

Bouquet (bride) $184.00
Bouquet (other)(each) $33.00
TotalforMaids $99.00
Groom $11.00
Boutineer (each) $8.00
TotalforBros $24.00
Swag $86.00
Centerpieces(12) $168.00
Delivery $54.00
Tax $54.78
Total cost $680.78

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

ktrv927 :  I’d keep shopping

The first florist I got a quote from, whose work I loved loved loved from seeing her on weddinggawker, was minimum $4500.  Yikes

I looked a little more, for less known florists whose portfolios looked like my cup of tea, and found a florist that I’d recpommend in a heartbeat.  She charged us under $2k, she “got” my vision from our first conversation–we were totally able to do a “yes, and!” conversation which was awesooome, and the final work was phenomenal.

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this is a pic of the reception, but she also did our bouqs, my hair flowers, a big bouquet for the guestbook table, two big vases of flower arrangements to make an arch for our ceremony, the mens bouts, and two corsages for the MILs.  Oh and a few flowers for the cake. 🙂

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

Following! Would love to see pictures if you guys have them 🙂

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

I don’t know if I count because I’m making all my own flowers out of silk. But I spent about $90 for the silk, and another ~30 for the other supplies. That should make my bouquet, all the corsages and boutonnieres for family and my fiance as well as the table decorations. So a total of about 0.5% of my budget

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper

There is such a wide range of prices, selection, and design talent and ability when it comes to flowers. It can be a real art form. There’s really no way to tell you if 4500 is good value for what you are getting or not. 

What is true is that you can do a beautiful job on virtually any budget. My advice is to interview a wide selection of florists in your area. 

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