(Closed) How much did you spend on Reception Centerpieces?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

$1450 for:

10 tables with Large Globe of Structured Callas with succulents at base ($85 each)

10 tables with Candle Set up. 7 cylinders and risers of candles, Roses submerged in each with candles on table ($40 each)

2 large and low aragements for the head table ($100 each)

 

This is Detroit, MI pricing. So I am guessing lower than that you’re seeing. Our total came out to almost $2500 when you add in the other flowers (bouquets, etc)

 

Post # 3
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Newbee

Can you post a pic of the centerpiece you have in mind? A few stems and petals vs a tall cluster of flowers will also play into price.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

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mrsreardon2bee:  Holy crap! I think we paid around $50 for low and $100 for high.

We ended up spending around $1700 for 20 low centerpieces, 2 high centerpieces, votives, 4 bridesmaid bouquets, groom/groomsmen/dad bouts, and MOB/MOG corsages.

Like the previous poster, I’m in metro-Detroit. I also worked with an independent florist who works out of her home and imports her own flowers, so that saved us some money.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am getting 6 tall rose, garden rose, hydrangea, ruscus and ranuculus in NY vases for 85 each

6 short same thing smaller for 75 each

24 bus vases of roses and greenery 

my alter flowers are 17″ diameter globes with greenery and they will close 140 each

 

all very very reasonably priced

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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mrsreardon2bee:  in Boston I paid $500 for my bouquet, 6 bridesmaid bouquets, 7 boutonneires, 2 mom’s flower thingys, about 6 modest sized centerpieces, and about 10 small centerpieces for cocktail tables. I did not care about the flower type at all – I asked for whatever was cheapest in my color scheme hahaha. I ended up with hydrandeas and roses and it looked lovely. 

 

Edit: I literally said “do what you can for $500” and that’s what I ended up with. I have no idea how it breaks down. I found that asking them what they can do for a price got me better deals than asking how much they charge for certain things. 

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Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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mrsreardon2bee:  im also in NY, we were given a list of florists as well but it was not mandatory we choose them. 

Do yu mind me asking what venue you are having your reception at? Can you ask the venue why you cant gp woth a florist thats not on the list? Those prices are outrageous and you can definitely get a better deal. They are probably priced so high bc they know if you go with that venue you dont have many other choices

i paid $125 per centerpiece and they were high centerpieces. Ive attached a picture for reference. Also note the types of flowers you choose also increase the price.

in my centerpiece i have roses, calalilys, dendrobium orchids and hydrageas

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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mrsreardon2bee:  I’m in NY (Long Island) too so prices were really high. I don’t remember what they were per table but I think they were about $180 per table including the candles for the guest tables, $100 each for the gift/card table, entrance card table, sweetheart table, and favors, my bridal bouquet was about $225, the bridesmaids (9) bouquets were $125 each, the groom, groomsman, dads, and ring bearer boutonnieres (13) were $50 each and the corsages for the flower girls (2) were $50 each. (they also gave us a discount for paying cash so that also took a little bit off although I don’t remember how much since my parents paid for it).

I had contacted probably close to 20-25 florists. I asked for the same or similar kinds of centerpieces from a few of the “preferred vendors” for our venue and they were astronomical. The quotes I was getting ranged from $13k on the low end to like $30k on the high end AND they weren’t even telling me exactly what I was getting- this was ballpark based on the flowers I wanted but no other information was given. Some of the quotes were so ridiculous that I couldn’t believe they had the nerve to charge the amounts they were charging.

I highly recommend googling or looking up local florists that aren’t known for handling weddings as they don’t have as high of markups as the ones that are affiliated with venues do. I went to a local florist that my cousin had used for her wedding years before. I only went to them because I was fed up with the quotes I was getting and I knew that her flowers were gorgeous and they were super inexpensive. I probably could have gotten something even cheaper than what I paid, but the flowers I had chosen definitely added to the cost.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

NJ bride here so I feel you with the high prices! I am doing all low centerpieces. Our room has relatively low ceilings and we have a large wedding so i didnt want the centerpieces to be overwhelming. We’re getting married on the beach so I actually bought lanterns ($11 each on sale at pier one) with tall candles to go inside them which have seashells melted into them (also on sale – $8 each). I told my florist I did want some arrangements around them so she is doing three small vases with peonies, garden roses and roses which is costing $100 per just for the arrangements. I also bough mirrors to put underneath ($10 for a set of 6) so total my centerpieces are coming to about $120ish per table. I do know peonies usually run a little higher in price. So maybe try to actually buy something else that would be the main focal point for the “low” tables. Maybe some beauitful candle holders or floating candles etc. with just some petals around it. If you buy this on your own, im sure you can find them at a good price. Then you can give them to your florist and have her do just the high arrangments. this way, it will offset the cost of your high floral centerpieces but you’ll still have flowers in your room. And with candles, you’ll always get some awesome lighting in your room!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m not in a pricy area like NY, but my low centerpieces are only about $40/each for flowers because I’m providing my own mercury glass vases. You can bring the price down by adding in more greenery and lowering the number of stems per table. I didn’t like this at first, but then I fell in love with the look of dusty miller! Depending on the look you’re going for, this could be a great option. Locally sourcing in-season flowers is also a great way to bring the cost down, but you’ll need to be flexible with your specific flower choices if you go that route.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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mrsreardon2bee:  They were medium but I had thicker cylinder vases which was an upgrade and I also had all Picasso Calla Lillies (the smaller white ones with the purple inner veining). The price included 6 candles on each table in similar cylinder candle holders as the center piece just smaller. I had them in 3 different sizes to give it a high low effect on either side of the centerpiece (I did oval tables)

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