For brides that spent over $5k on flowers

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Busy bee

So for florists, here’s some stuff to take in to consideration about pricing:

1) Flower type (Peonies = $$$) and if they are in season

2) Flower count: More flowers = $$$

3) Types of arrangements (Ie: How many tables you’ll have, variation of table size/arrangement), spaces/rooms you will need flowers for

4) Location (How far is the florist from your venue)

5) Are you based in a major city, during peak wedding time, and is the vendor in demand?

 

Some things we did to cut costs down (in no specific order):

1) Work with a vendor recommended by the venue – often they will want to remain a recommended vendor and can be more open to negotiate to maintain a recommendation

2) Work with a vendor closer to your venue – ours was very nearby and after we told them we wanted the budget to be under XK, they waived their delivery and service fee.

3) Have smaller arrangements on smaller tables/spaces for variety

4) Tell your vendor you want to hit at a specific $ and see what they say about how you can get there. 

4) Use your bouquet as a centerpiece for your table – I did this and saved a few hundred dollars. Just told them I wanted a clear vase and a little ivy on the table to match the other arrangements. This way I used my bouquet more and got to see it a little more.

5) Cut down on flower count/type. If you can get a different flower in the same color you want and it’s less expensive, go for it.

6) If your florist wants to do some big arrangements in a space and wants to charge $$$, look at photos of weddings held in your venue and show them the design as alternative, and ask them to price it out. Or ask for a table arrangement in that space. My florist wanted to charge $800 for an alcove arrangement and I suggested something similar to a table arrangement after seeing other photos of the same thing done and saved about $700.  If you have bridesmaids, you can reuse their bouquets for tables as well.

7) Cut out items or tell the florist you are willing to cut out/down on things and see if they give you anything complimentary. A florist won’t want their work to look subpar so they may give you less flowers for cocktail hour, passed plates, bathrooms but it can be free and still look lovely.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I had an event designer that did all my floral and decor and spent $27K+.  For just flowers, was probably around $21K and included set up and break down.

To be honest, we didn’t get that much flowers for the price we paid.  But I used an award winning designer that’s very well known in my area and I knew from the get go that I wanted her to do my wedding.  She went above and beyond and brought my vision to life.  My reception was beautiful and I was just blown away by my centerpieces.  I still get comments on how lovely everything looked.

So yes…for me, the price was justified.

ETA…we hosted 300 guests.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

I would be happy to send you two quotes I have. One of which I went with. Flowers are very expensive and my favorites happen to be peonies and orchids! Also all those pinterest centerpieces you see are usually not that large so it is an additional upcharge. I vehemently HATE roses and so there will not be a rose to be found. My flowers ended up costing around 7k.

veganica :  

Post # 5
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4756 posts
Honey bee

Souzie :  can we see a picture of the flowers? Im imagining it was amazing!

Post # 6
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2463 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

sweatergal007 :  smile

My centerpieces actually turned out bigger than we had discussed…they were over 4 feet tall but I loved them so much…

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1090

Cake flowers..

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Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Souzie :  May I ask what the tags are coming off the arrangement before your cake photo? I am very intrigued!

Post # 8
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2463 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Olivepepper :  Escort card tags.

My photogs didn’t get any pics but most of them were written in Chinese and hung on the tree to make it easier for the older folks on my DH’s side to find their names..

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

veganica :  We spent somewhere between 7 and 7.5K on flowers for our wedding in June 2015. Honestly, I thought it was ridiculous, but my parents were footing the bill, and my mom insisted on going with a certain florist she loved. Well, I have to admit – she was right. It was worth every penny. We didn’t go crazy in terms of extras, but we had beautifu bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony flowers, etc. Everything was exactly how I wanted it – and they were so professional and easy to work with. Honestly, I think that was worth a large chunk of change – working with a larger florist company, versus a singular person, gave me incredible peace of mind. They delivered, set up, broke down, and collected everything; we didn’t have to do or think about a thing. We had 150 guests (15 centerpieces) and we live in a high cost of living area, FWIW.

Here are a few favorites of our flowers:

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0987_02078_Basile_Rubin

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

veganica :  Our flowers were around 7k. 130 people at the wedding. We had a ceremony arch, garlands everywhere, some big arrangements, a massive bouquet for me, flower crowns etc. It could have easily been more but we focused on less expensive flowers and used lots of greenery because thats the kind of look I wanted- wild and lush. I worked with an amazing floral designer (Jaclyn Journey)

Yes they set up and take down everything. I feel like it was worth it but to be honesty I never would have spent that much if we were paying, my mom was super into it and she paid. I would tell them your budget, and a list of what you want, then they can tweak the flower selection to fit the budget. 

you can see lots of pics here, especially if you click into the gallery https://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/12/29/elegant-floral-filled-yew-dell-gardens-wedding/

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Souzie :  love your flowers! The colors and greenery, everything!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Hi! We paid roughly $6K for our flowers, which included delivery, set-up, candles, vases, and the florist sticking around to repurpose our magnolia garland. We had roughly 175 people and 15 centerpieces, plus greenery garland down the 38 person head table.

 

Here’s a rough breakdown for you in hopes that this helps you compare:

My bouquet: $175, bridesmaids: $75, Boutonnieres: $15, Corsages: $20, cocktail tables $20, Greenery for place settings: $50, then centerpieces ranged from $100-$250 (we had several different styles).

 

We don’t have professional pictures back yet, but here are a few iphone photos. I hope this helps! floralfloral1floral2floral3floral4

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