Post # 1
Of course…there is never a good thing that goes right!
i knew that flowers shopping was going to be expensive, but REALLY??? 5-6$ per rose?!?!?!?! this is crazy!
so saturday i went to the florist with my FIs mom and grandma.. they took me to their florist cause they are trustfull people and they are pretty reasonable in price… so we sit down and they started to show me pics… not good cause i got more confused, but anyways… i dont know anything about flowers, but what i know is that i want my buquet to be big and round and definitely i dont want too many kind of flowers in one bouquet.. so i decided to go for roses, simple and elegant…the same for the bridemaids and centerpieces… we ended up with an estimate price of $1180 including my bouquet, 4 bouquets for the bridemaids, 7 bouttoniers, 1 rose each for the mothers, grandma and stepmother, 2 altars and bows for the church, and 10 centerpieces.. the amount includes also the delivery… i would be ok with that, but the only issue is that the girls are going to have only 5 roses in their bouquets! 5 roses wouldnt look too cheap?!?! they told me that the bridemaids dont need big bouquets and it is a waste of money cause they will leave their flowers behind, but really, 5 roses only??? same story for the centerpieces.. the centerpieces are going to be rectangular vases with 5 roses as well… im sure they are going to fill the bouquets and the centerpieces with green and babysbreath, but i always dreamed of a perfect wedding with lots of flowers and this is what i get?!?! im so upset! not to mention that i had to listen to my crazy italian mother telling me that 5 roses in the girls bouquets will look poor and cheap! thanks mother! we are trying to stay in budget since we spent so much for the invitations…my mother in law is helping us with the flowers, which is great but still we dont need to go crazy.. my mom wants me to look around and see if there are better places that can give me better deals…but i dont want to disrispect my mother in law,first because she is helping us out and also because she has an account with the florist so we will be able to pay the florist monthly instead to pay all at once…
what did you guys did for your bridemaids? please post pics!!! and for your centerpieces?!?!
one more thing: did you guys ever heard of chocolate roses??? i really like them and they will look awesome on my girls dresses, but now im having second thoughts about them..
heres a pic..they look kinda like thses but, they have a deep maroon tip that fades into pink..i hope i could give you an idea.. 😛
Post # 3
yedah i can understand your frustration.
have you considered diy? like maybe buy wholesale and put some of the aspects together yourself?
Post # 4
please, i have literally no time, and im not really handy either… and doing it by myself means spending the whole day before the wedding at home at home, and honestly i really dont want to do that..i want to enjoy myself and i have my family coming from florida that i havent seen since december…
Post # 5
I would definetly consider DIY and ordering flowers thru an online wholesaler. Especially cause your bouquets sound easy to put toghther and you could easily pick up your centerpiece vases at michaels, craigslist, ebay, quick candles, knot trash to treasure, bee classifieds…for probably 2-3 a vase
Post # 6
Is there any way that you or your FI could pay the additional cost to add more flowers to the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets ? I haven’t seen a 5 flower bouquet, but I do fear that it may not look very substantial. I think 12 roses are pretty standard. What if you did 8-10 per bouquet? With the centerpieces, I think you have the freedom to add more greenery, like you said, so fewer flowers in them would look fine I think. Or maybe for the centerpieces, your florist could use less expensive flowers in the same color as the rose. That way you could get more flowers for the money.
You could always call florists on your own for a quote to see if you can find a cheaper package price.
I’ve never heard of a chocolate rose, but it sounds really pretty.
Post # 7
Hi bimba. I did DIY through fiftyflowers.com, but the magic part is that I hired someone to do the execution for me– she did allllll the work. So it wasn’t really DIY, but I got DIY prices. Like you, I had a certain look in mind that I wasn’t willing to compromise on, and the only way for me to achieve the look was to order online and forgo the professional florist.
If you’re not interested in that, I would definitely get a few other quotes, from competing local florists. Maybe the other florists would also offer a pay monthly plan?
Post # 8
I’m using carnations, both because I love their scent and because they’re half as expensive as roses.
You can always fill out the bouquet with other things like greenery and less expensive flowers. This bouquet has three roses, two lillies, and it looks like hydrangeas filling the rest of the space. The fact that it’s not packed together too tight makes it look really big even though it has only a few flowers.
Post # 9
Like jenbrandner, I’m using carnations too. My bouquets, bouts, etc are going to be black magic roses, but all the centerpeices and such are carnations. It saved me a TON of money. I have pretty much the same stuff as you (you have 2 extra BMs) and I’m paying $775 w/ delivery and tax.
Post # 10
well i think that carnations are a good option, but you need to be careful with the florists’ pricing. we were originally doing all roses for our centerpieces and the florist and told us we could always use carnations if we later wanted a cheaper alternative… so we went to the next meeting and told them we wanted to save some money and wanted to use carnations instead. well they went back on what they told us and said that the price would be no different, because you need more carnations to fill the centerpiece so it would end up being the same price. i don’t really buy that at all, but so we told them that we obviously wanted to stick to the roses if it was going to be the same price. they sent us the proposal about a week later and they had changed it to carnations even though we said to keep it with roses. i was so mad i haven’t even dealt with it yet. i’m worried that when we go in and tell them “no you got it wrong, it was supposed to be roses” that they will claim that if we want roses it will be more expensive. it is definitely frustrating. if you have the time to DIY that would be great, but i understand the want to relax and enjoy your wedding rather than having to slave away the day before.
Post # 11
I know this seems crazy, but I’d set up a meeting with the florist at your local grocery store. They have pretty great prices on flowers and can meet your budget while giving you more bang for your buck, I think.
Have you also considered having the girls’ bouquets be fake? That would knock off some of the cost.
Post # 12
I did all of my flowers through a local grocery store. Since the in house florist has access to the store’s national wholesale prices, she gave me an excellent deal. It was only $2/rose. For my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, FI’s bout, 5 groomsman bouts, 4 parents cousage/bouts, 5 grandparent’s bouts/coursages, coursage for guestbook attendant, throw bouquet, cake flowers, coursage for flower girl, and 2 bouts for my ushers it was $375ish. I’m using all roses, but my bouquet has about 4 different kinds of flowers (including roses) to keep the weight down.
Check out all your resources, it’s definetly worth it!
Post # 13
thanks all! i think im going to go back to the florist and try to negotiate something different… if i remember thay told me that roses and other flowers are pretty much the same amount, and the cala lilies are the most expensive(like $8 a piece so freacking crazy)… anyways… i was thinking to get rid off of the bows in the church and add more roses in the BM’s bouquets for the same amount of money, but then i would still have the issue of the centerpieces! unless im going for chepaer flowers…if they have some!?!?! if nothing positive comes out then i will def look somewhere else!