Post # 1
I have $3,300 set aside for flowers for a 200 person wedding but I can’t seem to get a quote anywhere near this! They have all been $4000-$5000! Is my budget too small?? I have 12 people in the bridal party and need 20 centerpieces: 10 tall 10 short.
This is so frustrating!!
Post # 3
Are you using seasonal flowers, or do you have very specific flowers in mind that may increase your budget? Short centerpieces usually cost less, so can you go with all short centerpieces?
Post # 4
I think you need to go about it in another way. When you meet with florists, tell them your budget is $3000, and tell them the numbers of items you need (6 bouquets, 6 bouts, etc.)– and let them come up with floral suggestions that fit within those parameters.
Post # 5
I agree with PP – tell them the budget and what you need and work around that. We had about 150 people at the reception, 12 in Bridal Party plus corsages for about 6 people (moms, grandmas, readers) and we spent about $1750. that included 16 centerpieces, 6 bouquets plus labor on mine (I got the peonies elsewhere) 8 bouts, 6 corsages, 3 flower girl mini-bouquets, and two large altar arrangements. It does also depend highly on the flowers you want and what season you are in. Mine were mostly hydrangea, with some delphinium and spray roses, so not expensive flowers. Plus my peonies.
Post # 6
I agree with what others have said. I can’t imagine no florist in your area would not be able to work with that budget. It seems more than reasonable to me. Be upfront about your budget first, then see what they can do.
Are you requesting specific flowers? Maybe it would be better to tell them what you like, and because they’re the expert, let them recommend flowers that are similar if what you want is pushing your budget over. I wish our florist had been more vocal about substitutions. I had no idea how many flowers look a lot alike, and are less expensive that other versions. I big example would be peonies vs. cabbage roses.
Post # 7
I agree with the other ladies. Give them your budget, and the number of items you will need. Then go through photos, tell them what you like and don’t like. My florist was able to look at a photo of what I would like, and tell me what we could substitute to make it work with my budget. Good luck!
Post # 8
some things i am doing to cut costs for florals are: re-using the bridesmaids bouquets on the guest tables, and also mine (since it will be large) as the main focal point of the room in a tall dramatic vase. for my other tables i am doing floating flowers in bubble bowls. i also gave my budget upfront and my florist was willing to cut her fee in order to get my business- which i really appreciated!! she has also been good to help me stay away from the more expensive flower types, since i was totally clueless! if you need to, maybe you could come up with a candle, or other decorative option for your shorter option. good luck- florals were more expensive than i was expecting too. that and photography!
Post # 9
Truth be told Calisun I think for the amount of people and centerpieces done your budget maybe too small. I have seen where the brides bouquet alone was $200. It really depends on the type of flowers you want for your wedding. If they are in season or not. How big of a bouquet you want for your BMs and yourself! I suggest that you look into seeing if you can purchase the flowers wholesale and see if a florist will design them with what you provide them. Don’t know if that would work but it is worth a shot.
Post # 10
i have almost exactly the same requirements as you and my budget is $1,500. I’ve gotten quotes pretty close to it but that’s because I think flowers are one of the lower priority items. I don’t really care what kind of flowers are in the bouquets or centerpieces and i don’t mind if the centerpieces are just a bunch of branches with a couple stems of flowers. so i think if you want to keep within $3,000 it is very well possible.
Post # 11
I am having a 200 person wedding, and I opted to not have very many flowers. I am having a May wedding and my bouquet will be peonies and roses, BMs will have peonies, and roses for bouteniers (sp?), corsages, etc. For centerpieces, I decided to go with more candles and vases as opposed to big topiaries and floral arrangements. I am having pillar vases with 1 strand of white orchids immersed in water. My total is 1300 for everything. That is AFTER we got our original quote which was about double this number and started subtracting. It is really tough to plan for a lot of flowers and stay within a low budget. Hope this helps?
Post # 12
Flowers are really expensive! I am going to be doing mine myself. I think it will be a fun DIY project for me and my bridal party. I’m going to get my flowers from Fifty Flowers and they are at a great price. Right now, I am getting cala lilies and carnations, and they are only costing me $250 for all of them (wedding of 100). But if you don’t want to go that route, let the florist know your budget and what you would like, and see what they can offer. Most are going to be willing to work with you, especially with the economy the way it is!
Post # 13
If you are looking for alternative ideas. I am using floating flower candles as my table centerpeaces (the same colour and flowers as the displays) to cut down no my flower budget with out haveing to comprimise on the flowers I do have.
Post # 14
I just found my florist and my budget was 2,000 for 200 person wedding and I have 8 bridesmaids. My florist got the total to 2150 which is ok with me. My suggestion is find an independent florist who does not have a store front and also tell them your budget so that they are aware of what they are working with and if you are open to using flowers that are in season during your wedding they should be able to do plenty with your budget!!! Also to keep cost down I opted to do half of the tables vases with submerged flower stem and the other half a small floral arrangement!!! Good Luck