Post # 77
IMO, even if you are lucky enough that money is not an issue, it is INSANE to spend that type of money on flowers.
My suggestion is to create a strict wedding budget. You certainly should find other florists to have a consultation with. TELL THEM what your budget is, and what it would need to include. I would recommend detailing that you want high impact centerpieces, but not specifying the type of flower. That way, it is more likely they can find a budget friendly option with the feeling you want.
The whole budgeting thing is pretty important with approaching vendors. They of course are businesses looking to make a profit. If you aren’t clear about what you can afford, of course many of them will suggest expensive options- it is to their own benefit.
Post # 78
Give them YOUR budget, I’m sure they’d be willing to work with you! You may have to make some sacrifices, though. See if they can use cheaper flowers to fill your boquets/center peices. Or DIY fake flowers 🙂 I bought tons of the nice, full calla lillys from a local craft store for 50 cents a peice! My florist said she will incorporate them into the reception decorations. I will be saving around 7-8 dollars a stem! Adds up quick. $19000 dollars for flowers is just crazy to me. Thats more then my whole wedding budget!
Post # 79
I’m having the same prob over here..but 19k is cray.
So I wanted a lush glam look, probly similar to what you’re thinking… and I also have 6 BMs, 6 Groomsmen, 4 parents.. this is how we’re “cutting back” to get some oppulence without a platinum budget:
1) Reusing Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets for cocktail hour decor (planner will collect bouquets and set them into vases)
2) Ceremony aisle markers made of ribbon (no flowers for aisle markers). Only using flowers at the front and back of the aisle.
3) Non-floral cake decor (metallic paint/cake jewels instead)
4) Mixing in non-floral/practical reception decor (bread basket, grapes, wine bottles, candles)
so far I’ve got our floral budg down to about $6k, not sure how many tables you have though.. my wedding is 140 people
Post # 80
Could you cut the centerpeices down to just hydrangeas? You could still use tall vases and get the same big effect.
Post # 81
About how many stems do you think this is?
Post # 82
That’s a good question. I see at least 10 bunches so I’m guessing 15-20.