Post # 1
We are getting married October of 2013 and unlike most people we are actually not going to do fall colors….my fiance doesn’t want our wedding to look like Thanksgiving dinner : ) We are doing green and grey. I have NO idea what flowers cost and I refuse to spend a ton of money on them. I plan on doing like 3 small vaces with sprigs of flowers in them….suggestions?? Also experienced brides, what are some inexpensive flowers?
Post # 3
We went to Whole Foods and got my flowers the day before the wedding. For all of the bouquets (6, including mine) and bouts we spent $98. But the cost is going to depend on what kind of flowers you are using, if you are going through a florist or if you’re going to DIY all of it, ect.
Post # 4
There’s a lot more information we need to help you out.
Are you planning on hiring a florist or trying to do the flowers on your own?
Do you mean three small vases per table? How many tables — how many of these vases would you need? Do you need arrangements for the ceremony site?
Are you going to carry a bouquet? Will your groom wear a boutonniere? How many bridesmaids/groomsmen do you have? Will they carry flowers? Will you give boutonnieres or corsages to your mothers/fathers?
Post # 5
I will tell you flowers were a LOT more expensive than I thought (although I had more elaborate tastes, but even so) if you want to use a regular florist.
I ended up doing silk and saving at least 60%. A lot of cost will be in those vases though for DIY, so something to keep in mind.
@cmbr: has very good questions. That will help a lot. And do you have any inspiration photos?
Post # 6
Flowers were seriously way more than we thought when we were planning our wedding. We more than doubled our budget for flowers (ended up a little over $3k including labor and delivery) and we didn’t even have a Bridal Party or flowers for the parents (e.g. corsages). We also reused what we could, such as using centerpieces during the ceremony and then moving them back to the tables. Granted, SO thought that flowers were super important, so he wanted them somewhat dramatic.
Post # 7
I JUST received a quote from the florist for a 5-6 inch orb shaped arrangement to go on the top of candelabras for $80 each… Holy cow. I thought doing a single type of flower would be cheaper. WRONG. and its only 5-6 inches big!!!
Post # 8
There was no way i was going to waste money on a crapload of flowers that were going to die/get thrown out.
I bought my bouquet and my girls bouquets and the guys Boutts off Etsy for $750 total… fabric/brooch bouquets, and i like that we all get to keep them after. It would have cost me the same to get those in real flowers.
I used Hydrangeas and spider mums everywhere(9 tables, card table, aisle chairs, bar, guest book table, altar, bathrooms)… and lots of babys breathe as filler. All that cost me $300 from the flower shop across the street from my house. I think i got like 60 Hydrangeas, and 50 Mums, and 2 bundles of babys breathe altogether.
So i spent just over $1000 on that stuff. and that was all i needed. I’m not a huge fan of flowers anyway so i didn’t want too much.
Post # 9
My opinion is quite different. . . I just went to a florist the other day for the first time and they quoted me way less than what I was anticipating. It all depends on what you want. Do some research and see what flowers are in season when you’re getting married. . . If you want flowers that are out of season they’re going to have to order them and that brings up the cost. Certain colors are also harder to get which means more expensive as well.
Do you know what kind of flowers you want? And color? More details please!
Post # 10
I got a 17 piece collection from Sam’s club (online) for $350, and they looked fabulous. They included 4 bridemaid bouquets, brides bouquet, corsages, boutieneres, and a small amt of rose petals. We DIYed centerpieces with 60 hydrangeas (~$80) and white roses ($100), and did 2 larger vases for altar pieces using hydrangeas, calla lilies, and roses as well ($100). We also got flower petals ($150) for the ceremony space/misc placement thoroughout. It was definitely more than I thought, especially considering how much DIY was completed, but they looked great for $800 total.
Post # 11
I went to my local grocery store. I am getting peonies and ranunculus (both more expensive flowers, but I am getting them in season), and I was quoted about 50 for my bouquet and 30 for my Bridesmaid or Best Man. So my flower budget ended up coming to a few hundred. Depending on what you meant for flowers in the vases, individual stems can be very subtle and romantic (like bud vases) and super cheap!
Post # 12
My flowers are projected to cost around $400 all together. My plann is similar to yours. I will have roughly 30 tables. These are roughly half my vases (I am using milkglass the clear ones are to hold candles to line my aisle.}
I am buying my flowers from a local grower so have to be rather open minded about type and color but here is an example bouquet I made from the flowers I found.
I have decided I am not exceptionally gifted with flower arranging so I will pay the extra $40 to let her do them. This $400 also included mine and my DD’s bouquets. Have you looked for local growers?
Post # 13
I got quotes for personal flowers all around $700 (bouquet, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 10 bouts, 4 corsages). I picked some fairly standard flowers, nothing out of season or terribly expensive: dahlias, calla lillies, lisianthus, blue scabiosa, mini green hydrangeas, green spiders and buttons, and some carnations).
Bouquets were about $165-$200. Bridesmaid or Best Man ranged $50-$75 each. Bouts were $8-$15. Corsages $18-$20.
The centerpieces and decorative stuff can vary greatly depending on what you want. You can do candle only type things and just pay for the rental of those or put a single flower in them (and pay $20 or less per centerpiece). You can do no flowers at all and get creative. Or you can do standard flowers. I am doing a type of mazanita branches with hydrangeas at the base and some accented purple and greeen. Or curly willow with the same style of flowers. Those ranged from $45-$75 each for the florists I spoke to.
Altar type pieces for me (which should be flower arrangements of the same flowers mentioned above with a little bit of curly willow to tie everything in and give height) were anywhere from $85 each to $150 each.
I talked to about 5 different florists…so this is the range I found. My totals for all of that went from about $1400 to almost $1900 (including all taxes and deliveries). I only need 8 centerpieces.
Hope that helps.
Post # 14
Wow thanks everyone! This is wonderful. I am doing 6 bouquets, 4 bouts. And think about 12 tables.
Post # 16
Those are just some ideas. Obviouideas have no idea the cost. I just want to use small vaces like the milk jars above so something that will look nice by itself Or with only a few sprigs.