Post # 1
Hi everyone! I met with a couple of florists yesterday for the first time, and I was a bit shocked at the preliminary cost estimate. We are not using a lot of flowers for our wedding or reception. We are having 5 bridesmaid bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 5 corsages (mothers/grandmothers), and 8 boutonnieres. Our centerpieces are simply sunken orchids in a vase and candles. At both places, we were given an estimate of $4500-5000. That seems a bit excessive given the small amount of flowers we’re using. Is this typical?? Thanks!
Post # 3
Well, I was given an estimate of $24 a stem for orchids.
Post # 4
i went to a florist on Friday and here was the breakdown of her quote:
my bouquet – white hydrangeas and wax flowers – $100
5 bridesmaid bouquets – white hydrangeas and freesia – $50 per
1 groom bout. – white hydrangea and wax flower – $8
5 Groomsmen bout. – freesia – $7 per
5 corsages (for moms) flowers to be determined – $12 per
2 father bout. – various flowers – $8 and $7 per
1 ring bearer bout. – freesia – $5
1 flower girl – flower bracelet and flowers for hair – freesia – $15 total
8 high centerpieces – tall glass vases with river rocks, candles, bear grass, and 5 large white calla lillies – $50 per
12 low centerpieces – short glass cube vases with white hydrangeas, river rocks – $45 per
we also are getting pillars to display the arrangements at the ceremony (in lieu of additional ceremony flowers), and an aisle runner, and delivery charges, and maybe something made for the escort card table… but for JUST the flowers, the price is above.
i live in northern NJ, just outside of NYC.
Post # 5
How many centerpieces are you having? Orchids are typically more "expensive" than most.
Post # 6
My flowers are CHEAP compared to everyone else! (although I am using less)
My flowers all together for my bouquet, a Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, a bm bouquet, 2 mother corsages, 5 boutonnieres are $285. All roses.
My centerpieces are a floating rose in a square vase with "ice" beads and 2 submersible candles – these are not included in the flowers but in the decorations and they are $14 a piece.
Granted I do live in the Detroit area (not IN Detroit, but close).
Post # 7
There will be 18 tables, but literally just one stem per table, since it’ll be in a water filled vase (the sunken flower thing). I had just hoped to be saving money in the flower dept, but based on these estimates, we’ll be going over our budget.
I have thought about just doing them myself. If the main cost is coming from rentals, then I can probably find it myself for cheaper, don’t ya think? I just worry about having the time to do it.
Post # 8
I would shop around a little. If you are in the NY area, I definitely have recommendations for less expensive florists.
We’re using asian lilies, roses and cymbidium orchids in all our bouquets (3 total) and centerpieces (12 total) plus alter decorations, bouts, corsages for $1500.
Ask the florist for a breakdown of their quote. Is the high cost due to rentals of glass cubes or the orchids themselves?
Post # 9
I would vote to assign a responsible family member or willing friend to help you put together those extremely simple sounding centerpieces. Ikea, Walmart, Michaels are all great sources for inexpensive vases and there are tons of affordable bulk flower wholesales online. I have personally selected http://www.growersbox.com but I am sure you can get tons of recommendations on good vendors.
Post # 10
That price seems very high. But I really don’t know much about the cost of flowers because I have decided to get my flowers from a wholesale store and create my own arrangements.
If you’re creative at all, you can easily create your own – especially considering you are having a "small" number of flowers.
Post # 11
lilneko69 – i’m in the NY area and am looking for less expensive florists. I’ve already met with three that gave me quotes, that weren’t that unreasonable, but were not within my budget constraints.
LNickle – that price does seem very high for what you’re getting. depending on the stem of flower you’re choosing that could raise the costs but again, one stem should be at most $20ish (i can’t imagine you chose a stem much more epxensive than that?!) I would definitly shop around more.
Post # 12
That sounds really high. We paid $6,000 for our wedding, and that was for full-blown arrangements for 17 tables, etc. from a very reputable florist in L.A.
Your sunken flower idea is fantastic to keep costs down. Assuming that you want cymbidium orchids (a long stem with big blooms) to submerge. It sounds like the florists you got quotes from are doing the typical, "It’s a wedding, so mark the price up" routine. The quote you got seems very high for 18 simple arrangements and just a few bouquets/bouts.
Keep checking around, and good luck.
Post # 13
Hi Peanut, The most highly recommended florists are Flowers by Emil (Carmine is the owner’s name) and Designs by Rose.
In fact one of the other brides posted on the board today that she fired her florist 11 days before her wedding and hired Rose instead!
We’re using Carmine instead, not only because he is incredibly affordable and made great suggestions on different blooms to use, he came in under his original quote. We’re using flowers in season to cut costs. And he threw in the bouts and corsages and petals for ceremony aisle for free.
I don’t think you can go wrong with either florists though!
Post # 14
We are planning on diy’ing the same centerpieces, but have slightly revised it because I had a difficult time finding inexpensive vases that would be wide enough to fit the orchid. Instead, we are using mini-cymbidiums (fiftyflowers.com has them for about $20 a stem) and three vases of varying height (12", 6" and 4", Save-on-crafts.com, they are really inexpensive.) We’ve done a test run, and one stem will fill up all three vases and last about a week. Total, our centerpieces will probably run about $35, but after talking to a florist who informed us that cymbidiums are really expensive in the summer because they are not in season, and that she would probably charge $125 a pop for them, we think we’ve got a pretty good deal. Hope this helps!
Post # 15
That quote is very high. I’m in Southern CT and my centerpieces had 8-10 stems of orchids (there were also hydrangeas and roses), 30 tables and the total was under $4000.
Post # 16
if your venue doesn’t require you to use specific florists, i would def shop around. just as an example, my venue makes me pick one of six florists. after meeting with all six, i got quotes ranging from $4.000 to $30,000. granted the higher range included a bit more "stuff" but in general, my concept was the same from florist to florist so definitely shop around if you can!!