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! 🙂