Post # 1
We have our first meeting with a potential florist in the city this Thursday, and I have no idea how much what we want might cost us. I know floral prices are going to vary a lot depending on several factors, but if anyone is willing to share how much their professional flowers cost them in the Chicago area (and what that price included), I would be grateful – so at least we’re going into the meeting with a ballpark of what we might expect!
Post # 3
I met with two florists and both quotes came back around $4000 with tax and labor. We are using flowers that are in season for our late July wedding (including dahlias, David Austen roses, ranunculas, hypericum berries, and possibly peonies).
- Bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 Jr. bridesmaid bouquet.
- 10 boutonierres
- 18′ floral garland for ceremony (swagged from balcony)
- 6 baby’s breath bouquets tied with ribbon to chairs lining aisle
- 7 cocktail hour centerpieces (small…mint julep cups)
- escort card table large centerpiece and smaller floral arrangements surrounding
- 10 reception centerpieces (about 16” wide and 14” tall)
- head table centerpieces (down center of kings table)
- bride and groom floral garland for chairs
Hope this helps! I highly recommend bringing inspiration pics for several categories: the overall look of what you are going for, the color story, and types of flowers you like. It definitely helps if you stay seasonal. And ask if you can repurpose any of the flowers. For instance, the flowers in the floral garland for our ceremony are being reused for the reception (they will actually remove them from the garland and put them in vessels). Also, I wanted to add something to the ceremony chairs, without greatly increasing the cost, so I am doing baby’s breath for pretty cheap to line the aisles.
Post # 4
@gymdive- we are date twins!
Your floral estimate is going to be driven by a couple of factors: number of arrangements, complexity of the arrangements (can they be arranged before hand, or assembled on-site), how many “rentals” you need (you are buying the flowers, not the vases), and if you want flowers outside of the season.
I met with 4 florists before settling on one, and the lowest and highest were a $500 difference.
For 5K here is what I am getting:
1- Bridal Bouquet (150)
8 Bridesmaid or Best Man Bouquets- (50 each)
Boutonnieres- 16 (15-18/each)
Corsages- (20 each)
Cocktail Hour- One major centerpiece plus candles for cocktail tables- 350
Reception Tables- 25 tables (this is most of the cost), three different arrangements (high and low) ranging from 85-125.
**Also be aware that there are additional charges like:
Delivery, Tax, “Strike Fee” (ie: to come and pick up rental equipment after wedding is over), installation fees, etc.
Maybe you can negotiate on things like this? Good luck- PM me if you want more info!
Post # 5
Thanks so much for the help! Seeing what different items may cost is really helpful, although of course I know it all depends on what I want. That’s part of the problem – I know NOTHING about flowers, not even the names of the ones in the pictures I like… I like an overall “look” more than individual flowers… so we’ll see! Fiance actually knows more about flowers than I do 🙂
@Pree, when you mention the “rentals” – do you mean that most places don’t include vases in the cost? I mean, I understand if I’m requesting some super rare type of vase that they have to special order or something… but did none of the florists you met with have any standard vases included?
Post # 6
@gymdive- sorry for the delay. How was your meetng with the florist? I wanted to clarify re: rentals/vases. It’s included in the cost- but that what tends to jack your cost up. The more rentals you need- the more you end up paying! One girl I know bought cheap vintage vases, and her florist is just providing the arrangements because it was cheaper.
Post # 7
@happy924: The meeting was great! We ended up booking them; the proposal hit the nail on the head and was within our budget. I’m really excited about it!
And yeah, I get what you mean now about the vases. We’re just using basic glass vases… there wasn’t a specific price for them in the contract – the overall cost of the centerpiece was just listed – so I don’t know if it’d be much cheaper to try and buy them myself… but I’m just going to stick with the ones from her for my sanity 🙂 We are having a friend return the vases to the florist sometime within the week after the wedding so that we can save on the cost of them having to come back and pick them up, though.
Post # 8
My bouquet- Roses and Stephanotis
3 Bridesmaid or Best Man Bouquets and 1 Jr. BM- Roses and Hydrangeas
3 Mother/Grandmother Corsages- Orchids
2 Rose Corsages- Readers
1 Groom Boutineer- Rose and Stephanotis
6 Groomsmen/Usher Boutineers- Rose
2 Father Boutineers- Orchids
Floral Cake Topper
12 Taller Hydrangea and Rose Centerpieces
This price includes delivery, rental of the 12 tall trumpet vases, and set-up of 12 sets of 3 cylinder vases on the other 12 tables.
Post # 9
I just got engaged, do you have any recommendations for specific florists to look into? Thanks!
Post # 10
@glitterific: I am going with Zuzu’s Petals in Orland Park. I really like Natalie, the owner, and I think that her prices were really fair compared to some of the other florists I looked at. Good luck!
Post # 11
@glitterific: I’d recommend Flor del Monte. We looked at 4 different florists and we LOVED them the best.
Post # 12
We are using Flowers by Color Chicago. Very affordable!
Post # 13
My flowers were pretty reasonable. I went through Divine Design and events www.divinedesignsandevents.com
I got all of my reception decor from there as well. That includeded flowers which was a different cost. She is very reasonable and nice
6 Bridesmaid or Best Man Bouquets
Flower girl roses
3 Mother/Grandmother Corsages
1 Groom Boutonniere
6 Groomsmen Boutonniere
12 Usher/escorts/Coordinator Boutonnieres