Post # 23
I also am not a crafty person so flowers were the way to go for decor. Having a 300+ wedding means many, many tables. I was so scared to hear quotes since there will be 25 tables…along with bouquets, bouts, escort card decor…
When I went to one florist and gave her my budget of $1500 so almost fell over. She said she could only fit in my budget with everything but the centrepieces. I found this woman who works out of ther home and is doing everything I envisioned + more for $1800. I really looked around. Go to weddingwire.com and read reviews.
Post # 24
I’ve also found if you give them your budget, they will somehow magically give you a quote at almost exactly that. Tell them what you want (or have pictures and styles to show them) and let them come up with a quote based on that.
Post # 25
Thanks Ladies you are all amazing!!!
A little additional information to answer some of the questions/suggestions posted:
– I am in no way shape or form a DIY bride. I was not blessed with the talent of “do-ing” just “planning/creativity.”
– I am determined to use real flowers. While I know that silk/fake flowers are a financial blessing I have allowed myself the splurge of real flowers by cutting back elsewhere.
– I am using TONS of hydrangeas (they happen to be my favorite and less expensive) in addition to touches of roses, viburnum and “stock/in season” so nothing extraordinary.
-We have estimated 19 tables for the reception so it might be less, we shall see.
– $75.00 for a bridesmaid bouquet, SERIOUSLY!?!
-I am going to try and reuse some of the flowers from the ceremony at the reception, which wasn’t noted in the quote (and instead quoted twice) saving $330.00.
The florist came back with a “requote” this morning bringing the cost down to $4,4439 (still waaaay too much in IMHO). The break down is:
Ceremony flowers (personal)-$597.00
Ceremony flowers (decor)-$815.00
Reception flowers/crystals/candles + cake (decor)- $3,027.00
OY VEY! This doesn’t include the rentals (chandeliers for ceremony, candelabras, linens and chargers) While I hate to cut back as this is my “special day” that is a lot of money for something that grows in my garden. I am debating within myself, we shall see.
Post # 26
Where is the ceremony and why do you need so many florals?
Post # 27
By necessity, I had to use artificial flowers for my centerpieces. (We couldn’t get into the reception venue until an hour before the reception to set up, and real flowers would have wilted if they’d been left in a hot car during the ceremony until they could be taken to the reception.) However, they still looked great (my Mother-In-Law did them):
But I love fresh flowers and did want real ones for the ceremony. The Thursday before the wedding, we went to a wholesale flower market in town and bought flowers for pew decorations, bouts, corsages, and bouquets. We used roses, mini calla lilies, hydrangea, hypericum berries, eucalyptus (a lot of different flowers) and only spent $234 on all of it. My husband’s aunt and her friend put them together the night before the wedding and they looked great!
All said and done, I spent probably $500 total between fresh flowers and artificial. You CAN spend a reasonable amount you just have to be willing to compromise on the types of flowers you use (you get what it’s season/stock) and do some of the work yourself. I’d suggest buying some flowers and looking up how to make bouquets online and do a few practice runs – it’s usually as easy as stripping the stems, arranging them how you like them, then taping them with floral tape and wrapping with ribbon. Not “easy” but nothing a rocket scientist would need to be on hand for either, as long as you had some practice under your belt.
Post # 28
I was originally quoted $5500 + set-up and delivery for my dream flowers! I got back in touch with my florist and she was able to work things back down to my set budget of $3000 including set-up and delivery (I never mentioned my budget during our initial meeting). I wanted deep rasberry, antique purple and green flowers to match my wedding colors. I ended up replacing lilacs, peonies, and tulips with a lot of pink and purple english roses (resemble peonies), green hydrangea, green hanging amaranthus and “filler flowers” hidden in the center of the centerpieces for fullness. I changed peonies to english roses, tulips to hydrangea, and added seeded eucalyptus for Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets. I ended up keeping my original peony bouquet but added eucalyptus. I also did away with rose petals on the aisle runner and a few other minor changes to ceremony decor.
I would definitely contact your florist and let them know your max budget. If they want your business then they will make the effort to find flowers more within your price range w/o compromising your vision too much. Good luck!
Post # 29
We’re ordering bulk roses from Sam’s club (about $270 for 100 white roses and 200 red roses) and our day-of coordinator will be making the bouquets and setting up the centerpieces. We paid her an extra $175 for flower arranging. All in all, that’s $475 for my bouquet, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 8 bouts, corsages for the moms, 15 simple centerpieces, and about 5 miscellanous arrangements. Way less than the florist quotes we got! I thought about using fakes, but at around 80 cents a rose, it’s actually cheaper to use the real ones!
Post # 30
Holy moly 6 grand!? I thought $1100 was a lot! I would also venture to guess the price is much higher in Cali than in upper New York.
My only suggestion (since I thought of it AFTER booking the florist), is to go to a local market or flower market the morning of and getting your girls bouquets there. Get some pretty ribbon beforehand and recruit a crafty friend to make them pretty. Obviously you wouldn’t go the morning of, but someone would volunteer I’m sure! You just can’t be picky. I went to our local market last week and the flowers were gorgeous, for $12. Yes, $12 for a gigantic bouquet of colorful fresh flowers.
Post # 31
My flowers were from Whole Foods and “cheap” in the land of Vancouver.
Got bridal bouquet: $100
3 Bridesmaids: $35 each
4 Groom/ men bouts: $10 each
2 wrist corsages: $20 each
Post # 32
Go for a walk in the woods! I have done a couple of friends weddings where we “foraged” for the bulk of the flowers. One winter wedding was about $300 in flowers – all white roses ordered from sams club and we stripped quite a few spruce, cedar, and pine trees to have the volume. I alway hate skimpy centerpices. I did the same for a beach wedding but focused on pompus grass that we liberated from a local golf course (we asked first!). Also myrtle brances that we stripped and painted coral red. If you live in more of a city environment, hit up a tree trimming or landscaping service for goodies that they are just bringing back to be chipped.
I also threw myself at the feet of our local botanical gardens and scored water lilles that they were thinning! talk about a breath taking center piece. We used contempary low, long glass pieces filled with water for the lillies and floating candles with some very pure white sand in the bottom.
Post # 33
I am doing my ceremony flowers (bouquets, Boutonnieres, corsages, and flower girl petals) through Sam’s Club. They have a 17 pc package for $294.11, that looks exactly like what I wanted. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod1480836' defer='defer
I am then doing my table, pew and alter decorations myself out of silk, and have budgetted $200.00 for that project. Right now I am stockpiling. Every two weeks I take the 40% off one item coupon from the sunday paper and go to Michael’s and get a bunch of flowers. Hopefully my centerpieces will look like what ohheavenlyday had. I have been collecting milk glass vases all summer, and have all my friends and family on the look out. I only need 6 more vases! Anyway, I think I am getting a lot for my $500 budget, and just buying a little at a time for the decor seems much less painful, than a big chunk of money at one time.
Post # 34
i def got a 5-6k quote right off the bat too and i almost died. flowers were never really that important to me, so although we have what i feel to be a fairly generous budget for the wedding as whole, i didn’t bother to leave much for the flowers. in the end i found it helpful to mix DIY and professional pieces. we found another florist that we love and they’re charging us about $1400 for my bouquet, flowers for the ceremony arch, rose petals for the aisle, flowers for my hair and the cake, nine boutonnieres, four corsages, as well as fresh processed flowers and all the materials to DIY five bridesmaids bouquets and 14 centerpieces (6 stems arranged DIY in three wine bottles per table–the wedding’s at a winery, so they’re letting us borrow the bottles for free). the quote also includes 5 votives per table i think, the rental of a gorgeous birch arch, and set-up/break-down.
i think flowers tend to sneak up on us brides, since there’s a lot of little things that add up (ha, like the NINE bouts needed for my groom, five groomsmen, and three dads).
Post # 35
Mine came to $736.00 w/ taxes BUT I should let you know that the venue I chose included the flowers for the centerpieces so this was not included in the $736…this included my flowers, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, 4 corsages for moms and JR attendants, and 8 boutineers for groosmens and fathers….oh yes and he threw in flowers for the cake for free and I ordered rose petals along the aisle…..so YES they were the priciest thing besides the dress….one of bridesmaids said you will always splurge on one big buy for the wedding…this was my big splurge…since I had help w/ the wedding dress from family.
Post # 36
$1057.00: 1 Bridal bouquet, 6 Bmaids bouquets, 14 boutineers, 3 ladies corsages, a pomander ball for the flower girl, all hand tied and satin ribbon, im making my own center peices and not doign any flowers in the church… best part is this is part of a winter wonderland package with my venue so i only have to pay $357.00 of this 🙂 the the florist is amazing!
Post # 37
I was very up front with the florists when I contacted them. I told them I would not be going over 1k for flowers and had so many either never respond, laugh, or tell me flat out they had 2,500 minimums and basically GTFO. I finally found 2 florists that seemed really nice and willing to work with me. Florist one was nice, but I wanted a comparison. Florist 2 had nicer ideas and I liked the proposal, but flowers were over a little (1,100) BUT that did not include tax or, get this, a $400 delivery charge to drive <1 mile and plop vases on the tables.
Florist 1 got the business.
I also completely skipped ceremony flowers. Originally I had requested an aisle runner, but at $125, I had that removed from the proposals before signing the contract. You can buy those suckers on Amazon for $40 if I change my mind, I have no idea how that translates to $125 to rent.