Post # 1
What is the average budget set for flowers? We’re having a fall wedding and thankfully, I don’t have a favorite flower so I’m 100% cool with whatever is in season. My ONLY request is no carnations, daisies or babys breath (basically, no filler flowers). I am guessing we will have 10-12 tables (excluding our sweetheart table which will not have a centerpiece), 10 members of our bridal party, my parents and my fella’s mom, my bouquet & his corsage and possibly a spray for the mantel that is behind the sweetheart table.
We are having a very hard time setting a budget since we have no real idea as to what various things cost. I’m 99% certain we’re having the reception at Old Field Club on the North Shore of Long Island and we will be having a church wedding – I’m estimating our reception and church costs to be around $17k – this excludes DJ, flowers, photography and favors. I’d love to keep it between $25k-$30k. Is this possible?? Is a flower budget of $2k insane?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
$2K will buy you a lot of flowers here in Florida but I am not sure about NY. I am sure you could get something for that price but it’s not going to be David Tutera crazy flowers everywhere.
I spent $300 on 8 centerpieces, a bouquet, three corsages, and five bouts (all deep burgundy roses with hypercurium berries, no filler); they threw in a huge bag of rose petals for the tables as well. Everything was very simple but elegant because I picked a single flower. It was so cheap because I used a small local shop in the tiny town my mom lives in and we picked up the flowers ourselves and transported them to the site.
Post # 4
flower prices vary by region… my flowers were under 1k- we had 3 cosages,9 boutiners, 5 bm bouquets, toss bouquet and my bouquet. no floral center pieces, 2 alter center pieces.
Post # 5
Ours were around $3k for a similar quantity. Why don’t you just get a few quotes from local florists?
Post # 6
We have about the same amount of flowers needed and I have my florist booked already. My total is 1500 without the candle rentals which will be given closer to the event and im from the NJ/NY area, good luck =)
Post # 7
$2K will get a lot of flowers in Iowa as well. I am getting 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man boquets, 2 corsages, 2 mom corsages, 8 bouts, 2 dad bouts, flower girl boquet, my bouquet, and a few large plants for $700. I did not have any “must-have” flowers either, and am also getting married in the fall. I was able to give my florist our budget and we picked flowers that would fit what we wanted as far as looks and price.
Post # 8
Thanks for the replies!! I have started contacting florists BUT I got a quote from one for around $1,900 and another for nearly $2,700 – how can their be an $800 difference?!? I had the feeling I was getting hosed which is why I posted here. I am an analyst by trade so I love figures and wanted to know what to expect before getting the run around.
Post # 9
I spent $300-$350 and I had tons of dreamy flowers. Even a couple bunches left over. I ordered from Sam’s Club and they were gorgeous and delivered fresh from Colombia. I had flowers decorating cocktail hour, reception, and even a bit at the ceremony. I had half as many tables as you at the reception and no bridal party. Made my bouquet with them too. If you pick and choose your DIY battles wisely and go this route I would budget $800-$1000.
I hope this puts things into perspective. If you go through a florist $2k seems a bit low. Especially if they require you to get their vases and have delivery/set up costs. Shop around and get estimates so that you budget properly. Remember estimates are just that. Not guaranteed. It’s better to budget a little more than to under estimate.
Post # 10
As others have said… I would expect flowers to be quite high in New York. We spent about $700 which included 10 centerpieces (single, submerged orchids), my bouquet, four bridesmaids’ bouquets, five corsages, two boutinere’s (I made them for my groom, the groomsmen, and the dads), and three big arrangements. My venue had a ton of character so not many flowers were needed.
If you want to save money you could try scaling back a bit. Did you ask the florists what flowers were in season for your wedding?
Post # 11
@MrsBudz2Bee: I don’t know about NY but $2K should definitely give you something to work with.
Here’s what I have:
- 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet
- 2 “altar” arrangements-branches with flowers (we have no altar in reality)
- 8 centerpieces (branches with hydrangeas)
I had prices ranging from almost $1400-$1900 including delivery and taxes. I am using standard in-season flowers but I don’t mind carnations so I think I’m going to do a few dark purple carnations mixed in. No daisies or baby’s breath though.
I think $2k budget is good to work with. You’ll really have to meet with florists to get a quote. You can also tell them your budget and see what they can come up with. But I think that should be a good budget to work with.
Post # 12
$2K won’t get you a great floral package in an expensive area. Where my wedding is, it would be all short, small centerpieces with only in-season flowers and minimal ceremony decor (no structure to stand under, reusing pieces).
To give you an idea, for 120 people I am having 4 tall centerpieces, 4 short, and 6 tables with candles and small floral pieces. The centerpieces are all being used in the ceremony first and then will be transferred to candleabras for the reception. We are having a wrought iron structure with some vines and a small chandelier for the ceremony, all things that are owned by our wedding coordinator so we don’t have to pay for rentals. 5 bridesmaids with bouquets, 5 groomsmen with boutonierres and some family with corsages/boutonierres. This is all going to be about $6500.
Post # 13
$2800 for us.
– Spray arrangements for wedding arch
– 2 large ceremony arrangements for 4′ columns
– centerpieces for about 8 tables
– 3 boutinerres
– 4 corsages
– 3 bouquets (mine is $175)
– small buds and vase rentals for escort table
Post # 14
The budget for our fall wedding flowers was $900. That included a bride’s bouquet, toss bouquet, 3 bridesmaid bouquets, nine boutonnieres, five centerpieces with glassware we kept, and full delivery and set up.
The flowers were dahlias, roses, safari sunsets, hypericum berries, and purple cabbage, all in season for fall.
Post # 15
@MrsBudz2Bee: Hey! We are venue twins! I’m getting married at the Old Field Club on September 12, 2014 🙂 I just started looking at flowers now. The first quote I got was $2800 and that included a lot of baby’s breath, which is supposed to be cheaper. My budget is even lower than yours (1K), but I think that you should be able to find a satisfactory floral package with a 2K budget, even on Long Island. I think I might have to consider some DIY or increase my budget because from what I’ve been hearing, they are super expensive around here. I have received a lot of recommendations to check out Flowers by Brian and Flowers by Burton.
Post # 16
@MrsBudz2Bee: we are having 150 people…with ceremony and reception flowers and of course all the flowers for the bridal party and family etc we are paying around $4K