Post # 1
I have a 300 dollar flower budget and the only flowers i need are bridal bouquet and 4 bridesmaid bouquets and 4 boutenires for the guys. Everything else is artificial and DIY.
Is that IMPOSSIBLE to do through a regular florist? I’m terrified to DIY because I know absolutely nothing about flowers.
How much did you pay for all your bouquets? Real flowers? DIY?
Post # 3
Honestly, it depends on the flowers you want, the size, the florist, etc… it really varies. DYIing them may be cheaper but a lot more time consuming so I suggest checking out florists first and then deciding.
Post # 4
If I’m remembering correctly, flowers ended up being a bit under $300. However, we did end up DIYing a lot of it. I ordered bulk roses from Sam’s Club (100 mixed white and peach colored roses), several stalks of babies breath from a craft site, and dried lavender stalks (300 stems) from an etsy seller. I also had the same etsy seller create 4 small bridesmaids bouquets and my larger bridal bouquet in dried lavender. There was a seperate seller on etsy that I went through for boutonnieres (7 of them) and corsages (5 of them) that were also made out of dried lavender (the corsages also had dried roses). The flowers all turned out beautifully and honestly weren’t too terribly much work. However, I did have help from a few close friends and family members.
I’d recommend possibly checking out Etsy since you are only needing bouquets and boutonnieres. You would be surprised what you can find! 🙂
Post # 5
I gave my decorator a budget of $1,000 (which I thought was limited in comparison to other florists I looked at), and she did what she could with that budget. We had very very simple basic flowers. We didn’t even have bridesmaid bouquets, just mine. And we made the bouts ourselves.
So, at least in this area…$300 might not get you far.
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s impossible. I’m almost certain that, minus the centerpieces, I spent less than $300 on bouquets (3) and boutonnieres (3) and corsages (2). We only used roses and hydrangeas, though, which I’m sure helped! I worked with my florist a LOT to stay within my budget, choosing cheaper flowers, scaling down bouquet sizes, etc — I’m sure you can find someone who will work with you!
Post # 7
I couldn’t vote in your poll yet because I’m still in the research stage for florists myself.
But I just got my first estimate, and the total for the items you mentioned was $500. That said, I want sort of “fancy” flowers and succulents. Plus that’s only the first place that I contacted. I’m thinking we could both find cheaper options. They want $195 for the bridal bouquet alone, which seems a little high to me.
$300 seems doable as long as you pick flowers that are in season/local, etc. Good luck!
Post # 8
I think you’ll probably have to DIY your flowers. My bouquet alone was like $200 (keep in mind that NY money is like it’s own currency, we overpay for everything). For her wedding, my sister ordered flowers at the grocery store florist, which sounds crazy, but they were beautiful and inexpensive. We put everything together ourselves.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Here are the quotes I’ve received from 4 different florists:
Bridal Bouquet $150-$180
Bridesmaid Bouquets $75-$100 each
Groomsmen Boutonnieres $5-$20 each (don’t forget to get one for your groom too!).
So realistically, you should expect to pay $470-$660 depending on the flowers. But you can always meet with florists and tell them you only have $300 and see if they’re willing to do it. But also keep in mind you’re going to have to pay a service fee and taxes on top of the cost of the flowers.
Post # 10
Everywhere I’ve looked charges around $300 just for the bride’s bouquet alone, so I would definitely DIY if possible..! The florists even mentioned that silk flowers were pretty expensive too, which I found to be surprising.
Buy flowers in mass bundles and assemble the bridesmaid and your bouquets. For the bouts, you can actually get away with using really life-like fake flowers from a craft store. Nobody would ever know 😉
Post # 11
Maybe consider DIY paper flowers if you’re crafty at all? I’ve seen some really cute pics of that on blogs. Or an alternative like balloons, or feather boutinerres? Also some bridal parties just carry single stems. Most regular florists I’ve heard of charge at least $100 for a bridal bouquet and $50 per bridesmaid… that would be the least amount I’ve ever heard of other than someone maybe buying the flowers themselves from the grocery store? Good luck! There are many things you can do if you are creative and flexible about it 🙂
Post # 12
i may get my flowers from costco and do it myself…for centerpeices…I want minimal and clean …and i found fake cala lillies for cheap…so I may get about 3 for each table (12 tables) intertwined in a tall vase… I did half a tester , jut waiting for my vases to come in mail (will sell them after….) but it looks good.
Post # 13
This is my breakdown…My florist said it will cost $650
Bride: three 9” Hydrangas and two dozn roses
(5) Maids: Mix of hydrangas, sweetheart roses, lisanthis (cant spell), roses,carnations
(5) groomsmen & (2) ushers, (2) dads: sweetheart roses, lisanthis
(2) cor. for moms
(3) cor. for grandmas
(3) flowers for grandpas
If you use jumbo hydrangas they are about 9 inches so they take up more space than other flowers. You would need 2 dozen roses packed tight to fit the hydrangas. PLUS, you can spray the flowers to your colors if you DIY…that way you dont have to spend more on specialty colors.
Post # 14
Hmm, mine was $2500 total, but that included centerpieces.
My bouquet is $200, while the BMs are $150 each, and bouts were $12 each-
So my cost for just that was somewhere around $1000
Post # 15
It’s definitely not impossible, but it takes some shopping around. I think my total for all the flowers came to $560. The first quote I got was for $689 but I had shared my budget of $700 with her which I didn’t do on the second one. Anyway, I broke mine out below. I can’t remember exact numbers, but I do remember a few prices.
1 bridal bouquet – $130
1 toss bouquet
5 bridesmaid’s bouquets -$30
1 groom’s boutonniere
5 groomsmen boutonnieres – $15-20
4 dad’s/grandfathers boutonnieres
6 mom’s/grandmother boutonnieres
Fresh rose petals for flower girl
Post # 16
My flower budget is less than $300, and I’m doing my own flowers. Basically, in order for me to have my ceremony/aisle decorated by a florist, it would’ve put me over budget without a any bouquets or boutonnieres. I am doing flowerless centerpieces with a sprinkle of petals, and I’m making the bouquets the night before. I’m not sure what kind of flowers you’re doing, but you could have your BMs just hold a single stem with a nice ribbon around it.