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

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t know about prices yet, but I’m just planning to use fake flowers from Hobby Lobby or somewhere and some vases/candles or something 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The first florist I went to quoted me over 3k.  I had another florist quote me 1,200 for the SAME EXACT thing the first florist quoted me for and I will OWN the tall vases with this florist instead of renting from the expensive florist.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am getting my flowers from American Floral Distributors and my mom and aunt are making my bouquets and bouts. YAY!

 

$210!!!!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

A way that you can cut back is using candles for your centerpieces.. You can do half of your table with flower and half with candles… 

Using more greenery.. 

Using flowers that are in season and get cheaper options from your florist.  My florist was telling me ways they can “cheat” and make the flowers look way more expensive than they are.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second using flowers that are in season and native to your country to cut on shipping costs for the total. Just switching from a cala lilly to a tulip in our multi-flower center pieces saved us so much money. There are also so many flowers that look like other expensive ones – like a garden rose instead of a peony, etc. good luck!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I read your first sentence and thought- yeah, I saw the price and died.

Then I saw your quote- HOLY CRAP I died when I was quoted $600. Lol. Yay for having a poor college student budget! ๐Ÿ˜›

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

@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

@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.

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