Post # 1
- Wedding: December 2015 - Key Largo Lighthouse
I’m just curious how much people spent on flowers (esp. centerpieces) and if you would do it the same way again or change it if you could?
Our centerpieces are being invoiced at $50 a piece and they’re purple roses and hydranges….I didn’t know if that was a good price (I’m talking short arrangements — not the elaborate tall centerpieces). It seems reasonable to me….but I forgot about flowers for other tables like the guest table, escort card table, we’re having multiple food station tables, etc. and I don’t want a huge floral bill. We have chair arrangements for the ceremony and 2 plam tree arrangements to serve as the backdrop (both which we plan to repurpose during the reception). However, it won’t be enough florals to decorate everything….. Do you think silk flowers would look just as good?
The only thing floral I really cared about was my bouquet and the centerpieces….other than that, I kind of find it a waste to spend a ton of money on flowers that are only really going to be good for that one day (even though they are beautiful!) — but that’s just my opinion (I’ve never been one to favor flowers since you spend the money on them just for them to die…).
Anyways, just wanted to know people’s opinion and whether they’d spend the same on flowers if they could do it all over again
Post # 2
I’ll share! I hired a florist to do our bouquets/bouts, and used FiftyFlowers.com for the centerpieces, aisle decor, and random other arrangements for the other parts of the reception – cake table, escort card table, etc. I know the amount we spent is still high relative to what could be done with different priorities, but I was pleased with what we were able to accomplish on our budget. My bouquet and four bridesmaid bouquets were made with garden roses, astilbe, hydrangea, spray roses, lisianthus, and various greenery; the boys’ bouts (5 total) were lisianthis and spray roses. The florist charged us $600 and they turned out absolutely gorgeoUs. For the centerpieces, we spent about $800 total on enough of the following flowers to (rather lushly) fill 15 15″x15″ boxes – garden roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, spray roses, and lisianthus. Like I mentioned, we also had a bit leftover to disperse thoughout the rest of the tent. Some of my bridal party, family members, and future in-laws assembled the centerpieces ourselves the day before the wedding. I was so worried about this project being more challenging and/or time consuming than I expected (I had no floral experience), but it was one of my favorite parts of the weekend! After the wedding, our coordinator donated all of the centerpieces to the local nursing home, so they didn’t go to waste : )
Post # 3
Mine will be $450. This includes 4 bouquets and all of our ceremony/reception flowers (up to 15 centerpieces, eventhough we don’t really need that many). I’m buying the flowers in bulk packs and arranging myself.
Post # 4
Mine will be about $500. I did the Costco pre-arranged Europen mini boquets: there are 18 bouquets per $120 pack, and I bought 2 packs for a total of 36 flower bouquets for a total cost of $240 for centerpiece flowers. Then I bought the off-white roses ceremony package with bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet, boutonnières etc for another $250.
Post # 5
$500 for a 21 piece wedding party package which were silk and done by a professional, my venue included floral centerpieces in our package.
Post # 6
A LOT!!! We are paying just over $2k. It doesn’t help that we are getting married the weekend before Mother’s Day so flower prices are really high at that time.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t put any flowers on food tables, they’ll just be in the way.
I haven’t purchased my flowers yet, but I have been quoted $750-800 for my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids, 8 boutonnieres, and 3 corsages.
I’m DIYing my centerpieces because we’ll likely need 20-25 (seems like so many!), and they will be 3 hydrangea and 12 roses per table, and through costco it will be approximately $18 per table for the flowers, but the vases and other decorative parts to the centerpieces are being provided through our linen company, because I won a package at a wedding show. So $50 per centerpiece seems very reasonable to me!
I would say just get a slightly bigger version of the centerpieces for the guest book table. How much spare space is there on the escort card table? I would say do something small, maybe 2 small arrangements? Or move the palm arrangements from the ceremony to flank the escort card table? That will help you keep the cost down.
Post # 8
I live in Seattle, so I did Pike Place Market flowers for the centerpieces ($10 each) and I bought roses and hydragena in bulk from the grocery store nearby ($200 for 17 dozen roses and several bunches of hydragena). My extremely skilled mom made the bouquets. My bridesmaids helped put the centerpieces into the vases the day before the wedding and our day of coordinator took care of putting them out on tables, counter etc on the day of. I provided all the vases. It looked amazing and wasn’t very expensive (total of less than $300), but was a huge project! (although it was also fun and satisfying to do… I’d say $50 for centerpieces including vases and no fussing about seems reasonable!
Post # 9
We are paying $2500 for my bouquet, 2 bm bouquets, bouts/corsages, 2 large arrangements for either side of the altar, 3 cocktail tables, and arrangements to go down long banquet-style reception tables. We are having peach garden roses, dahlias, and peonies mostly. Our wedding is in an expensive location, unfortunately.
Post # 10
I used to work in a florists shop that had prices close to cost. If they’re including the vases (rented) for the centrepieces at $50 a pop, that’s not a bad price. Hydrangea is usually priced at approximately $3-4/stem or head and purple roses are at approximately $1 each, depending on the size of the head and the length of the stem. At greens, water treatment and the time of the person who’s doing them and that’s not a bad price. You can save yourself some cash by providing the vases to the florist and picking something up at the dollar store. The markup on vases is absurd!
I wouldn’t bother with flowers for any other tables than your head table (you should be using your/bridesmaids bouquets for that) and guest tables. Anything else is just gravy, so if budget is a concern, cut those extra tables out. Flowers shouldn’t go near food anyways since they’ll wilt. Most people will only notice the flowers on the table in front of them!
Be warned that purple roses do NOT travel well, tend to wilt and bruise easily and are my personal most hated flower to work with.
Post # 11
I spent $1600 and everyone loved all the flowers and centerpieces. If I had it to do over I would not have chosen that florist who was the wife of one of our groomsmen and took advantage of our friendship, in my opinion. But the flowers were beautiful I just wish she had not been such a pain lol.
Post # 12
My prices exclude the costs of vases and what-not. I have to supply those myself and the florist will add the flowers.
I’m in the DMV area and I was able to find a local florist who is able to provide the following:
$370: 1 Bridal Bouquet (roses, mums, baby’s breath, etc.), 6 Bridesmaid Bouquets (Baby’s Breath), 2 Wrist Corsages (baby’s breath), 9 Boutonnieres-dried lavender (6 for Groomsmen, 2 for father & Father-In-Law, and 1 for Groom), 3 Arbor Decorations (wild mix of flowers)
$300 – $420: 12 centerpieces (wild mix of flowers). I provided a range b/c it is dependent on what size vase I choose. I’m not doing any tall centerpieces (at least I’m not planning to at the moment).
I don’t foresee the total costs exceeding $1,000 if I include the cost of the vases I will need to buy. I might add in an extra bout and 2 more corsages since I did not account for my flower girls or my ring bearer. I can’t really see that adding too much more $ to the estimate I provided though.
My costs are low b/c I am using a lot of baby’s breath, but I also told the florist that I care more about the colors of the flowers rather than having a specific flower being used. So my flowers will be a surprise to everyone at the wedding, including myself. We did select specific flowers, but I gave her free reign to do whatever she felt was best.
Post # 13
Btw that included bridal party bouquet and boutonnières, and other corsages and boutonnières, handing plants at the reception, standing plants at thr ceremony, and small twigs with 1 flower each to put in the crystal centerpieces I bought which cost about $30 each for 16 tables.
Post # 14
i’m paying 2000 for –
2 HUGE urns filled with lush greenery and ivy flanking the aisle (about 4 feet tall)
a 12 foot eucalyptus garland for the chuppah
my bridal bouquet (peonies, dahlias, garden roses)
2 bridesmaids bouquets (garden roses, ranuculus, dusty miller)
22 centrepices of dahlias, roses, pitt and hydrangea
8 cocktail centrepieces of roses, dahlias and dusty miller
8 boutonnieres, (spray rose, eucalyptus and pitt wrapped with jute)
2 corsages for the moms of garden roses and dusty miller
edit: that includes the rental of 8 cocktail vases, and the rental of the two huge urns, delivery and set up
then i’m also buying 100 white roses from costco (around 130) to do the rehearsal dinner flowers, and those same flowers will be placed at the bar, guest book table, gift table, the washrooms, etc
Post # 15
We paid $560 for ours. That includes: 5 bridesmaid bouquets, my Bridal Bouquet, 9 centrepieces (with rented vases), and a small hairpiece for me. Our main flower will be sunflowers with greenery, handtied with a picked from the garden, loose look. Also, my florist includes a “flower party” in the planning, for you and five friends to come two weeks before the wedding and make mock-up bouquets and have a good time.