Post # 17
You said you would need 6 more bouts and 3 more corsages too…why? I think if you’re on a budget, you need to be realistic that you can’t get bouts/corsages for absolutely everyone. To me, it’s one or the other – spend more $ if you want more flowers, or cut back to just the parents/bridal party, and save money.
Similarly with you stating that you are a major perfectionist….you could spend more money, and have things done “perfectly”, or you could DYI some (and honestly, have it look just fine), and save some money. You can’t always buy champagne on a beer budget 🙂
Post # 18
I found the lowest priced florist I could and I’m paying $3k so I dont see where $800 would have gotten me even in a less expensive area. I agree with PPs on buying them from Costco or Whole Foods and arranging them yourselves if you want low, simple arrangements.
Post # 19
What if you did fake flowers for just the bridesmaid bouquets? I know $100 probably is a reasonable price for a real bouquet, but it’s sooo much to spend on something that really just needs to look good for photos. It’s not like it’s a treasured gift for your ladies or something.
Full disclosure, I’m doing my entire wedding with Real Touch flowers (latex). My Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets were $20/each, premade from Hobby Lobby. We’re holding on to them so my sister can use them for her wedding, too =)
Post # 20
@StL.Ashley: i forget how much ours is bc fiancé’s parents are paying (yay!!!) – but that does seem about right. Ours were def over 2k, I think…
Post # 21
@jasn: we have 3 groomsmen, an officiant (our mutual best friend), our dads, our two brothers, and three of our best friends who will be readers/ushers. The other coursages are for our grandmothers and one of my best friends who will be a reader.
Post # 22
I would keep looking around or consider doing it yourself. Or having a local grocery store do it for you. That final tally is insane for carnations.
Post # 23
I did my own flowers!
Long-stem roses, lillies, astrolomeria, statice, tulips (bad choice, FYI–the all wilted and had to be replaced), hydrangea, and a couple others. No fillers!
It cost $200 for five (massive, three foot tall) centerpieces, my bouquet, and two Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets!
Post # 24
my friend got her flowers from ShopRite and everything looked beautiful. for only $500 !! give it a try
Post # 25
i would cry too! i was dreading choosing flowers/a florist because i know how expensive they are. we went with costco for centerpiece flowers and corsages/bout’s and it worked out great! for the bouquets we chose a local florist who was very reasonable (yay for small town prices!), so we paid a total of around $800 for all our flowers.
definitely check out costco.com. their selection is kind of limited, but they’re pretty and you’ll definitely save money!
Post # 26
I guess it really depends on where you live, because I am spending around $700 to get simple, loose bouquets of in-season flowers for me and 4 BMs, 4 bout.’s for the guys, a basket with blooms for the flower girl, baby’s breath in containers for the aisles, bulk flowers for the reception tables, and to rent 2 votive holders per each table.
We scaled that back from his original quote of $1400, which included mother’s nosegays and bout.’s for the ushers and fathers, a flower girl headpiece, baby’s breath wreaths for the doors of the reception hall, and a hanging flower orb over the gazebo.
If that florist is not willing to help you work within your budget, and will not find ways to help you cut costs, then find another florist!
Post # 27
For those of you suggesting costco – do you have to be a member? And do the flowers come arranged or do they come in all the pieces you have to put together?
Post # 28
You could scale back the # of people wearing bout.s or corsages, and use less floral-heavy centerpieces.
If your florist can’t or won’t sell you bulk flowers, then order then yourself for the reception and let the florist do the bouquets, etc. that will be more difficult.
Or, do non-floral centerpieces.
Post # 29
Definitely do your own flowers. I actually was informed by one florist she didn’t work with anyone that didn’t have a minimum budget of 5k! WTF
Post # 30
@StL.Ashley: i would check out costco or even a floral dept at the local grocery store. i’ve seen some nice flowers from those places.
i got a great deal on my flowers. my bouquet, 1 bm bouquet, 1 groom bout, 1 bm bout, 6 gorgeous centrepieces (a bit bigger than my bouquet), 4 mom/grandma corsages (orchids), 3 dad bouts (orchids), loose orchid stems for signing table, assorted loose gerbers for bud vases. all for $500 including tax. she used to be a client of mine so i am pretty sure she gave me a good deal.
Post # 31
@StL.Ashley: Honestly, if you’re unwilling to do silk or DIY, you have 2 options…
1. Find someone in your family bridal party who can do DIY to your standards and is willing to help.
2. Deal with the florist.
If you go with option 2, just shop around, maybe ask if there are ways to cut costs. But ultimately the power will lie with the florist in just how low they’ll go.