(Closed) Has anyone went above/below their flower budget?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Did you go above your flower budget?

    Above

    Below

    Stayed within budget

    WAY OVER BUDGET!

  • Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We were lucky to find a great florist just down the street from our house whose pricing was HALF of what other florists/companies wanted to charge us, so we came in well under budget (much to DH’s delight). The owner was extremely personable, and worked with us up until the day before the wedding to make sure every last detail was the way we envisioned.. we couldn’t be happier.

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    that is insane. I brought a few inspiration pictures, and we are getting my bouquet, 7 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 7Groomsmen, 1 Round Brilliant, groom, 3 sets of parents, 14 (VERY SMALL) centerpieces, a few arrangements for the guest book table/escort card table for $1400. As in, one thousand four hundred dollars. We are also in NY. I went with whatever was in season, I wasn’t super strict with the shade of the colors (which was awesome later on, becuase I didn’t have to obsess over the shade of the Groomsmen vests or the shade of the ribbon color for the favors… it all tied together). Go to a different florist, ask how you can have high impact for lower cost- calla lillies are gorgeous, but they are expensive and will be dead within a day or so- NOT worth that much money. Those huge arrangements will not highlight the beauty of the calla lillies, and will honestly just make the room look busier. Any good florist will be able to show you ways to pare that cost down significantly.

    Post # 23
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I went above, but only by a few hundred and I went in there knowing I would spend more. I found that my florist could cut my budget by $500 by adding more greenery to  centerpieces. We also decided to keep the church decor to a minimum because my church is gorgeous without it.

    She also could have suggested less expesnive flowers and simplier arrangements. One way my friend cut her budget was by having every other table have a tall arrangement and then the other tables having a small, short arrangement. 

    Post # 25
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Holy fffff. That’s more than my entire wedding.

    Is there any way that you could DIY the flowers? Purchase them wholesale and do the bouquets, etc. yourself?

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I originally set my budget at $600 because I was planning on DIY’ing and flowers weren’t that important to me. I’m having 3 BM/groomsmen, 20 tables, head table, plus moms & dads.

    LOLLLLLLLL. I was on crack thinking I could do it that cheap. Now, if I’d not done flowers on all of those, I’m sure I could have, but yeah – not happening.

    I ran a bunch of different numbers once I seriously got into planning. For all DIY carnations, it would have come in around $1300. It would have been a ton of work (although I was up for it, I thought). The biggest worrying factor for me was transporting all that stuff 2 hours to the location.

    For a florist to do all of that would have easily been $3k.

    I ended up going with DIY silk, and my total budget for flowers is coming in right at $800, all in including candles, supplies, vases,etc. I’m very pleased with that  – over my original (stupid) budget, but under most flower budgets. I also love the way the silk look (but again, flowers aren’t an area I’m super picky). I’m doing 3 vases with submergibles and LEDs in the bottom with candles on the top. Have corsages/bouts for all parents & groomsmen, a great bouquet for myself, and nice boquets for the BMs. Head table will be a dense strip of silk flower petals with tons of votives.

    I can resell most of it, hopefully – at least the vases. So if I can resell $200 worth of supplies, that does technically take me back to my original $600 budget, right?

    I really made this decision because of stress factors – I wasn’t willing to spend thousands on flowers, and I didn’t want the nightmare of flower problems in the 2 days before the wedding. Even with a florist, you can show up and have terrible flowers the day-of, or something that didn’t match your vision. I’m feeling AWESOME about my choice to go silk. I’m completely in control of what they look like and it’s all done well in advance.

     

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    By the way – what really stands out to me in those two pictures of centerpieces is the lighting. The centerpieces look awesome, but it’s the lighting that makes them pop, particularly on the 3rd picture. I think they both have pin spots on the centerpieces and then there is ambiance lighting. Something to keep in mind.

    I am splurging on lighting – that’s one reason I’m going frugal on flowers. I think lighting is a HUGE impact piece. It’s one of those things that people don’t necessarily pick out as something to notice, but it makes every aspect look better. They don’t necessarily know WHY everything looks so rich and awesome, they just know that it does. Lighting is amazing.

    Post # 30
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    Bee Keeper

    I’m doing real touch silk flowers for my destination wedding. My budget was $500 but it came out to about $685 so definetly over budget. I will be getting 6 bridemaid bouquets, my bouquet. a toss bouquet, 2 flower girl flower balls, 6 groomsmen boutonniere and grom boutonniere and 2 junior grooms men boutonnieres I’m also getting a few flowers to put on the cake

    Post # 31
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX

    WOW….$19k really?? Not worth it IMO.  I could buy a pretty nice car for that! I was able to do it all with $800…yes, that’s both ceremony and table decor. But I did have a designated person move some of the flowers from the chapel to the reception to put around the cake table and our wedding party table.

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