(Closed) Flowers & Event Design: How much is too much??

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Depends on what you want, and where your Destination Wedding is:

$2000 is just fine for a floral budget. $6500 is just fine for those whom likely have a higher than average budget. Stick to your budget. 

But you want to add event design? and other types of decor/design? That is going to be more. IDK how much more, but definitely more. 

just because its a Destination Wedding, doesn’t mean it’ll be cheap. most people i know spent just as much if they were in town only a lot less people.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

The trouble with Destination Wedding is there may be very little competition, jacking up the price. In town you can probably buy all florals and centerpieces and have it delivered for $1000 plus set-up but thats in big cities with tons of florists who all have easy access to product. For 6500 though they likely include a lot, they just arent into doing small packages because they dont profit enough.

Post # 4
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Newbee

I think that may be too much since they say their packages start at $6500 even before they know what you want. For instance, you may want 10 voltive candles and a small vase of carnation on each table and a bouquet of daisies. That would be anywhere near worth $6500. Did you ask what exactly is included in that price and what the break down was?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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anonbun :  Flowers are pretty and all but they’re not super important to me. One of my good friends advised me not to spend more than $1500 on flowers, and that’s exactly what I am doing. For that, I get all of the bouquets/boutonnieres/corsages I want, plus aisle and arch decor that my florist will then repurpose as centerpieces. Additionally will have free flowers to decorate our cake.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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anonbun :  Even though I am known for my green thumb and love gardening and flowers I kept to a very small budget for flowers since you only see them for the day and they wilt pretty fast. I think we paid around $1,300 and that included my bouquet, bridesmaid/junior bridesmaid bouquets (3 large & 2 smaller), flower girl petals, boutonnieres (6), altar flowers, and 10 centerpieces. 

My centerpieces were three votives (varying heights) with flowers inside and floating candles. I live in NYC so I think I found a great deal. Can you tell me what your vision is? Maybe I can help you scale it back.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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anonbun :  It’s really hard to say without knowing what is included in the price they gave you? In the wedding world $2000 doesn’t really get you that far depending on how much you need and your expectations. Where is your destination wedding? There’s a common misconception that DW’s are going to be way cheaper, and yes they might be when you think about the fact that you’ll have fewer guests. It doesn’t mean that the actual vendors cost less than they will wherever you’re from. If anything Destination Wedding vendors can potenitally be more expensive due to the high cost of living and running a business is a vacation destination. I speak from experience as a Destination Wedding wedding photographer. Simple things like my business insurance are way more than my photographer friends in other areas simply based on my location.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

We are paying $3500 in Boston for six bouquets/boutennieres, 18 centerpieces, and two large floral arrangements. The stuff for things like the dessert table would run us another $50/arrangement. But, if you are asking for things like runners, table cloths, decorations I can definitely see how it would get up to $6000. I would shop around a little bit just to make sure. New Orleans should have a ton of florists since it’s not a secluded, tropical sort of destination.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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anonbun :  I would actually say for everything you’re needing that $6500 is a good deal, and with lighting I’m surprised it isn’t a bit more. I know in my area (which is also a popular Destination Wedding spot) the average bridal bouquet is around $250, bridesmaids tend to be around $150…..a bride + 4 bridesmaids is close to $800 and that’s before you factor in the rest of your decor. It adds up quickly and the thing with floral and decor is that it’s super time consuming – not only in what they had to put together before the wedding but also setting it all up. I know at least where I am, the floral/decor people don’t just drop off they actually stay and are the ones that put it all together in your venue – which is way better than dropping off and making your family do it. Thankfully around here our people tend to have but warehouses/studios with a lot of decor items that you essentally rent – helping with the costs as opposed to buying everything you need to make a centerpiece.

DIYing some of it can be a savings, just depends on how involved you want to be. I had a couple last year whose dad’s were talented at woodworking. They built/stained ALL the benches for their ceremony seating as well as the wooden arch for the ceremomy. Additionally they build two bars (with self-serve keg taps and everything!) and all the wooden boxes used for centerpieces on tables. It was pretty time consuming and since they lived roughly 5 hours away they basically rented a Uhaul truck to transport everything down. I never did ask how much it cost to build vs just renting the stuff. I’m sure the boxes for centerpieces didn’t cost much to build.

When my brother got married his wife found all the tin watering cans she wanted to use for centerpieces and provided those to her florist – and I know that helped a bit.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Do you have the option of hiring an outside vendor or do you have to go through your venue? If it’s the latter then they will charge more…. I think many venues do this so they can make more money on the back end. (E.g., our venue allowed outside floral at the reception but not the ceremony… Sigh.)

DH and I had a destination wedding. In the beginning of planning, I found a picture online of our ceremony space all done up and it was just gorgeous. I asked our planner how much that would cost and about fell over when she said $12k! Yet in the end, we spent a bit more than that. Everything looked *amazing*, we were extremely happy, and I would definitely do it again, but I do think that’s more than most couples spend.

As for the $6500, it depends a lot on what you’re getting (what items, how many, how tall/wide, what types of flowers will they use, are the accessories like stands and vases included, etc.) Ask for specifics and compare it to what they will provide for $2000. If you want more decor than the $2k would get you, consider replacing some flowers with items like mirrors and candles.  And above all, have fun with it 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

How much would depend on your vision and budget.

We spent roughly $21K on flowers.  For event design including lighting…over $30K in total.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We spent just under 5k on florals. We did not need any ceremony decorations so this only included: brides bouquet,  4 bridesmaid bouquets, 9 bouts for the guys/fathers/officiant, 4 corsages for moms and grandmothers, cocktail hour decor (4 small arrangements with votives), 7 low arrangements for guest tables, 6 candle centerpiece with greenery, florals for the cake, and garland with flowers that hit the floor for the sweetheart table. 

We used a florist with her own business and she was much more reasonably priced for the same thing compared to other quotes we received. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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anonbun :  How about you look into rentals? I’m sure there’s companies in New Orleans that do wedding set ups and if you skip florals and just do votives with candles along the aisle/as centerpieces and some sort of arch at the end of the aisle I am sure the price will be much better.

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