- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I emailed a few (highly recommended) florists yesterday to set up some consultations. All three asked for some variation of my locations, inspiration, colors, and budget. I fel tlike my budget was low ($800), but I figured I’m not asking for out of season, expensive blooms (I like carnations, ranunculus, and leaves, for example…plus I want a smaller, airy bouquet). I told them all I have wiggle room (I spent $600 less on my dress than I budgeted).
ETA: Thanks for the suggestions, but silks are not an option for me (not a fan), nor are DIY (I mentioned it below, but I am lacking any skills and I’m a huge perfectionist – the thought of doing my own flowers stresses me out now – that’s just not how I want to feel the night before my wedding. I would MAYBE consider doing centerpieces, but definitely not bouquets. I’m mostly wondering if my expectations are unreasonable. If they are, I shall adjust (my dreams and budget, ha!))
One florist emailed me back with an estimation to see if it was “reasonable to move forward”.
They’re estimating my bouquet at $200, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets at $100/each, a groom bout at $20, 3 Groomsmen bouts at $15/each, 2 father bouts at $15/each, 2 mom corsages at $30/each, with, which tax and delivery, brings our grand total to $825. We would need 6 more bouts and 3 more corsages, too.
In the “reception” area of the proposal it says “no remaining budget”. All I want are low, tight carnation arrangments!
I just burst into tears. Like…I have some extra money, like I said, and I knew flowers were expensive – but SH!T! Seriously. I feel like I want to crawl in a hole and die. Flowers went from being the thing I was most excited about to something I hate in about 2 seconds.
Am I being unreasonable to think I can get what I want for less than $1000 (in St. Louis, a reasonably priced Midwestern city)? In my budget I have my bouquet at $150, BMs at $50, bouts and coursages at $15, and reception flowers at $240 – that seemed reasonable to me (minus the reception thing – I realize that’s a ridiculous expectation)….