(Closed) Flowers: They Cost How Much????

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Holy ridiculous!

Wellll, I knew I was more of a candle girl than a flower gal in terms of decor in the reception….

That being said I DID NOT want to tackle DIY-ing bouquets. So I broke down and got a florist.

Just the bouquets, bouts, corsages, etc, etc is costing me $525. I almost died at that! I believe I would have straight up pooped if they told me 6k!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@Mrs.tobe: Haha I just snorted out loud when I read your last sentance!

 

Yeah $6,000 is no bueno in my book lol. I would try getting quotes from a few different florists. I know where I’m looking there are a few florists that work out of their home and are a TON cheaper than those florists with storefronts. Also I agree with all the PP, they had some pretty good ideas!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow, $6K is A LOT of money!!!  I suffered from a bit of sticker shock when I saw our quote of $700 – I got married in a small town where all of our costs were significantly cheaper so I was totally not expecting that flower price; however, after reading your quote, I’m thinking I got a pretty good deal.

Ok, my suggestions for keeping costs down:

1.  Only use flowers that are in season – out of season flowers will skyrocket the price.

2.  Consult with your florist – if they’re a good florist, their focus will be on creating the look you want, not milking you for the greatest amount of money possible.  They should be able to offer reasonable substitutes for more expensive flowers.

3.  For your centrepieces, as someone else suggested, use smaller flower bouquets and supplement with candles.  We bought tall-ish skinny vases, which were the perfect size for one stem of hydrangea and then placed votive candles around the flowers, creating a soft, romantic look without spending a fortune on the flowers.

4.  Use ‘big’ flowers.  Hydrangeas are an awful lot of flower per stem – definitely a cost effective option for those on a budget.  Great for bouquets, vases, and centrepieces.

5.  Forget ceremony flowers – no one notices them.  Regardless of where you’re getting married, I personally think they’re unnecessary.  If you’re getting married outdoors, let nature’s beauty shine through.  If you’re in a church, let the architecture of the church shine through (most churches are quite pretty IMO).

6.  Remember big is not always better.  Some of the most beautiful bouquets are small bunches of flowers tied together with a simple ribbon, especially for the BMs.  

 

Those are just a few of my suggestions – good luck getting that cost down!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@Mrs.tobe: Lol, that made me laugh! I’ve been quoted just over $600 for my bouquet, 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, and the corsages and bouts… I very seriously almost cried! I had no idea flowers were that much. But, when it comes down to it, I’d rather eat for the rest of college than spend that much on flowers so I’ll be cutting back ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I really had a specific look I wanted for my bouquet. I only wanted peonies and I was willing to pay for them. All the others, I didn’t care about. I told her how much I was willing to pay per centerpiece. I didn’t care what kind of flowers she put in the centerpieces. I also told her how much I was willing to pay for the altar decor and the aisle decor. All in all, it was still a lot more than I wanted to pay for flowers BUT I went with shorter centerpieces so I got a good price. I gave her colors and she ran with it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would say look up wholesale flowers to give you an idea of the different blooms and their prices, you can often find great substitutes, I used gerber daisies for everything, and I used antique glass medicine bottles with a single gerber in them, 3 to a table, and each table only cost $15, my bridesmaids boquets had only 3 huge blooms, and mini daisies for the bouts and corsages. My entire florist bill for the ceremony and reception was $500. You just have to think outside the box, I know a lot of brides think they have to have peonies everywhere and huge altar and aisle decorations and cake table arrangements and giant multi-level centerpieces because thats all you see in magazines but in reality, nobody really notices flowers, I cant even remember what the centerpieces were at any of the weddings I have been to, and if they had altar decor I never noticed. I personally prefer small, unique centerpieces that dont get in the way of seeing and conversing with the other guests or take up too much space.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you ever considered using silk flowers? I PMed you ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m using costco, my bridesmaid worked for a florist in high school so we’re going to make it work! I’m not doing floral centerpieces though, so that makes it a lot less work!

Also I have a friend who got married and ordered her flowers from costco, she said that the lillies were not open the day before when they arrived and the morning of her wedding they still weren’t open.  She called the floral department crying, and they gave her a full refund, comped her a new bouquet on top of it and gave her a gift certificate for $50 as a ‘sorry’.  I thought that was pretty awesome, they REALLY busted their asses to make something right that really wasn’t anyones fault.

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

sheesh my whole wedding was 5,000 we used sams clubs already made bouquets, corsages, and boutineers. they also larger packages with centerpieces and stuff. for my 17 piece set it was 305.00 and they were drop dead gorgeous!

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got my flowers at Joanne’s! Fake flowers look great and I wrapped the bouquets with ribbons and they look fabulous!

My real flower qoute was over $800 and that didn’t include centerpieces. I got all my flowers for under $50 and the accessories (boutonier pins and corsage bands and centerpiece stuff) for about another $50!

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My quote was about $900 with tax.  It included 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, 7 bouts, 30 centerpieces (each table has three vases of different flowers).  I really didn’t want to spend more than $500-600, but I met with two people, and the lady I chose was SO amazingly nice and helpful and really acted interested in my wedding, so she sold me on it for sure.  I didn’t mind paying a little extra because of her helpfulness.  She met me on a day when her shop was closed, and it was a last minute appointment.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I feel your pain! Flowers have been THE biggest pain in thsi whole process.  Our venue gives us the flowers for our centerpieces and buffet tables but we still need flowers for the ceremony and the personal flowers (my bouquet, 4 bridesmaids, 5 bouts, and 3 corsages).  We got a quote over $1500 and that was the personal flowers and two big sprays for the front by the alter but nothing in the aisle and that was a quote using seasonal flwoers.  I’m looking elsewhere because I thought the 700-800 she quoted me for two things of flowers up front was really high.

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

Six grand?! Sheesh! I knew flowers were crazy expensive but that’s nuts. I’m not planning on having any, even for bouquets and bouts partly because of the crazy cost. That and I like the look of brooch bouquets. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My quote came to a little over $1,000.  That includes my bouquet, 7 bridesmaids, one flower girl bouquet, 13 bouts, 4 corsages, a throw bouquet, and a dozen roses for memorial. I thought it was high, but I am having orchids and asiatic lilies.  I am doing the reception with flowers from Sam’s club to save some money.

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