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

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I didn’t use real flowers. But if you want to cut costs my research indicated to use a non-floral centerpieces.  There are some beautiful ones! That don’t cost much.  Honestly, I don’t think people will notice. 

Post # 19
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2969 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Honestly, the flowers don’t last all that long so I already thought I was spending too much. I am glad I didn’t ask my parents to spend an extra $30-$40 per table to do the taller arrangements. No one really cares about them anyway except for the couple. We went to a wedding in the fall that had these HUUUGE tall centerpieces with a ton of flowers and crystals it was like something out of a magazine… Really beautiful when we walked in… Most of them ended up on the floor or put away within the first half an hour of the reception. People kept knocking them over because they were so top heavy and they couldn’t have conversations around them.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mrsreardon2bee:  I totally hear you… When my cousin booked the place I used she didn’t really care about the flowers. She gave them some ideas and colors and asked them to make up some mock arrangements with flowers that were local and/or in season. She added a few pieces of a more expensive flower such as orchids and hydrangeas here and there but mostly they were less well known flowers and it was beautiful.

Post # 21
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302 posts
Helper bee

My florist works out of her home in bergen county. For $2,000 I got:

6 high centerpieces

6 low centerpieces

2 altar urns

6 bridesmaids bouquets

1 bride

1 flower girl

8 boutineeres

2 corsages 

 

I was quoted dpuble for the same set up at a local florist

 

Post # 22
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302 posts
Helper bee

And I don’t think I will have cheap looking flowers  I did pass on peonies because I felt I could get the same fluffy look with a more reasonable flower. I will have Green hydrangeas, white roses, Veronica’s, an italian leaf (I forget the name), and branches on the tall Vases. 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mrsreardon2bee:  I don’t think they will skimp on the quality especially if you have them make up a mock centerpiece and your contract states everything they will be using.

Definitely look up different kinds of flowers and ask them for prices per stem that way you can see what they are charging you and if it is outrageous. If the flowers cost you $80 then they shouldn’t be charging $100 per centerpiece for labor etc… Unfortunately that is what a lot of people do. If you walk in there knowing what you want and do your research then there is very little room for them to screw you over.

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

mrsreardon2bee:  Brooklyn, NY but I am sure theY can deliver to LI bc my cousin had her wedding in LI and she used the same florist we did.

Post # 27
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92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

mrsreardon2bee:  We spent $7,000 on everything together (big bridal party, medium wedding). We had 20 reception centerpieces, 10 bridesmaids bouquets and 1 bridal bouquet (obviously), 10 bouts, decorated chuppah, and a few candles and roses on our escort card table. Our wedding was in Northern NJ so also really expensive and frustrating. Check out http://www.bloomerent.com – you can save money on centerpieces without settling on what you want

Post # 28
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Busy bee

Emm85:  Well crap. This is making me worried for my future… I had no idea Metro Detroit could be $85/table! You may as well buy the table a dinner! lol

Post # 29
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3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I spent $20 on fabric to make table runners. $20 on paint for bottles. $100 on white flowers. $15 on table numbers. Collected various glass bottles from home / friends / etc for free. (for 16 tables + head table + some for around the reception). 

Post # 30
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349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

futuredoctorbee:  I’m sure there are cheaper options… but a number of places I called also had $2500 minimums for flower orders, so we had to walk a fine line between good quality, highly reviewed florists, and minimum order limits that were above what we wanted to spend for the entire day. 

<br />Costco has some great centerpieces too if you want to keep it cheaper–we considered those but decided we didn’t want to DIY at all. 

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