Post # 1
I’m looking to haggle with the florist who quoted us for our reception flowers but I’m curious what is “typical”. I’m looking for tips from women who bought real flowers, not DIY fake ones, just to help me compare. Our venue requires we choose a florist from their list, so I think they know they can up sell us a bit What we were thinking to do to save was to have half the table with tall centerpieces and half small. We were quoted at $285 for high, $185 for low. Note: we are in NY, so naturally prices are more here than other areas. But I still don’t want to pay that much, lol. What did you girls pay? Any good tips for cutting costs without being “cheap”? Thanks!
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
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
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
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 # 5
I wish that was the case! We have about 6 florists we HAVE to choose from for our venue, so not much wiggle room there.
Post # 6
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
Post # 7
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.
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
That depresses me! LOL! But I like your idea to say “do what you can for X amount of dollars” I think that’s a great tip
Did you have high or low centerpieces for $180? I am in Long Island as well but getting married in Tarrytown, near the Tappan Zee bridge and am finding the prices to be crazy! But again we have
to pick from our venue’s list of preferred vendors, so we don’t have too much of an option there as far as going with a local florist. Thank you so much for writing all that, it helps a lot!
What part of NY? I am in Long Island. I am getting married in Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. They have preferred vendors but with the florists they said from the get go that they were required.
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
That’s a great idea as well. Wow $10 for lanterns?!!? We want to do lanterns to line the aisle, but are getting quoted at $55/ cluster of lanterns. So I may look into buying our own.
Also, we have the option to do this ceiling treatment for $2,500. It really is nice and creates such warmth in the room. I am hoping to get that and all the other floral arrangements for $7K. But not sure that’s possible lol. But I have started the haggling process!
Post # 14
Wow great! What area are you in?
Post # 15
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)