(Closed) FLOWERS HELP! Am I being sold a bill of goods??

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 16
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Yea–she’s definitely telling you the truth about the arbor. Those’ll cost an absolute fortune. I’m having a similarly sized arbor for my wedding, and requested an assymetrical floral arrangement for the arbor that is far less floral than that, and it was still over $300 for just that piece. I think even in a cheaper area, that kind of arrangement has got to be at least $800+

If I were you, I’d get more quotes…however, I do think she’s just being honest with you. I, for one, would prefer someone being honest rather than someone trying to pander to me that they can do this or that for super cheap and then I’m ultimately disappointed with the result. Also I agree with PPs, hydrangeas are an excellent go to. They’re super full looking, beautiful, and fairly inexpensive.

Post # 18
19 posts
  • Wedding: Santa Ynez Inn

I think that your florist is telling the truth about the arbor too, but it never hurts to get additional options!!!

It may be cheaper and easier to get a mix of fresh and silks, the fake flowers are also sturdier than ANY fresh flower so that would secure the garland for sure. Plus there are some very convincing faux flowers out there nowadays. We actually did all fake for our wedding to minimize day-of vendors and we were very happy with them.

Here are a couple of pics, including a close up to show you the quality…here’s the link for more pics: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/for/5529237342.html

About your velcro idea…that’s very creative but it may not be able to hold up the weight. You may not be able to tell from the detail pic above, but we used loops of thick fishing line to hold up our garland. It was really easy to set up, I would recommend it.


I hope this helps!

Post # 19
19 posts
  • Wedding: Santa Ynez Inn

O geez I just saw your last message after I posted. I’m not soliciting I swear!

But in regards to finding quality faux flowers for cheap…I would recommend craigslist. Brides are reselling stuff all the time, especially in big destination towns like SF. While Tradesy and Ebay are options too, I think brides should really be able to see and touch the flowers before buying…but that’s just me. Best of luck Bee!!!

Post # 20
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Villa in Florence, Italy

I own a flower shop : )

Grennery garlands range from $18-$60 per foot with flowers you can double those prices.

Most florists would charge $1200-$3000 just for the arbor.

Carnantions do snap…..but I have never heard of that preventing someone from using them. 

Velcro…thats a no. We use floral wire to attached pieces to arbors. 

I would suggest draping some chiffon fabric on the arch and just decorating the top piece.

Also, it’s always a good idea to get 2-3 quotes!


Good luck!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 9 months ago by flowercrown16.
Post # 21
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I agree with others that it seems like she is a bit inflexible—I think you could use carnations, hydrangeas or maybe baby’s breath to fill it out. That being said, I think the arbor you’re asking for would be pretty expensive. We got a quote on a much less elaborate arbor that was $300 or $400 so I can’t imagine what yours would be!

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