Post # 1
Flowers are one for those things that I have no idea what the cost is. I plan on having a professional do my flowers. I know I could buy them online, but I really don’t want to deal with all of that. I’m getting married in the suburbs of Chicago so I assume my cost is going to be higher than some. I was thinking somewhere in the $3K range.
So what did you budget for flowers if you had a professional do them?
Post # 3
It really depends on what kind of flowers you want. If your heart is set on orchids and calla lilies, best give that budget line a wide berth. If you’re willing to sacrifice specific flowers for similar drama in a cheaper bloom (or one that is in season!), you’ll probably be able to cut your budget in half. I’d say talk to a florist as every area is so different, price wise. I would email a few florists with pictures of arrangements and bouquets you like and get quotes. That’s what I did, and it helped me to set a realistic budget for what I wanted.
I’m getting married in the UK, so my budget is in pounds, but for 9 massive baby’s breath topiaries, full-blown room decor (read: TONS of candles and candelabras, twinkle lights on the bannister, rose petals down the table centers, etc.), and 5 bouquets, I’m paying around 850 pounds (around $1360).
Post # 4
Like UK Bride said, it depends on the type of flowers you want. It also depends on how many flowers you want. I’m using mid-range flowers that are in season (hydrangea, anemones, and lisianthus) for six bridesmaid bouquets, six groomsman boutonnieres, four corsages and four boutonnieres for the parents and grandparents, two pomanders and a special arrangement to drape on a wheelchair for our flower girls, two larger arrangements to place on either side of the altar, and a few flowers for the cake, and it’s going to cost just over $1000. If we did floral centerpieces, the cost would go up to astronomical heights.
Post # 5
For my bridal bouquet (anna roses), toss bouquet, 7 bridesmaid bouquets (peonies), one corsage, and 12 centerpieces (peonies and wild flowers) it cost $950.00.
Post # 6
My final amount spent with my florist was just about around $3k. You’re probably in the ballpark, but I would definitely interview florists – you will find that they all quote you different amounts, and there are always ways to cut down costs (using different kinds of flowers, etc)
Post # 7
The one thing about florist quotes that suprised me was the rental costs for centerpiece elements- like vases, stands, etc. I hadn’t really thought about that.
When you get a quote, don’t be afraid to have a little back and forth if you think the price is too high. You can do more greenery, or different flowers to cut costs.
And check for delivery costs too!
Post # 8
Also offer to supply the vases if money is an issue, I am having small centerpeices on half the tables and for those I am going to buy the vases at the dollar store instead of paying $5 or more each table to rent, plus then if a guest takes it home I dont have to pay the florist for it after 🙂
Post # 9
I also bought my own vases from the dollar store (dollartree.com), saved me so much money! I had my bouquet, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 5 Groomsmen, 1 flower girl (kissing ball), 1 ring bearer, 4 bouts for dads, stepdad and grandfather, 4 corsages for moms and grandmoms, 2 arrangements for the ceremony, 14 centerpieces for the reception and about 6 votives with single orchids for the cocktail hour for only about $1200! I had white and green hydrangeas mainly, with the exceptions being orchid bout for DH, 2 ranaculus with hydrangea for other bouts, Maid/Matron of Honor had a few orchids in her bouquet and my bouquet had green orchids, ranuculus and green and white hydrangeas. My florist was great and really worked with us, it was also pretty cheap because hyrdrangeas were in season at the time of my wedding (June 3). My florist warned me of getting out of season flowers, as it would drive up the cost of my flower bill. I told my florist what my budget was and she worked around it. She also suggested hydrangeas because they are a large bloom so they take up a lot of room in a centerpiece or bouquet. Also, I’m not one of those girls that loves flowers, but I definitely wanted them and I wasn’t spending a big chunk of my budget on them. And thinking about other weddings, my sister (got married in 2008) paid around $1500 and my friend (getting married this month) is paying around $3000 but she is gettnig more expensive flowers and more extravagent centerpieces. Sorry for this being so long, hope it helps!
Post # 10
Mine are at little over 3K. Flowers make a wedding in my opinion and I happen to love flowers!