(Closed) I feel like I'm going to vomit (flower cost)

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 32
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822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i would try contacting another florist. my bm bouquets were about $100 each but they had slightly more expensive flowers (red peonies, red cabbage and red garden roses) so i would expect carnations and ranunculus to be less.  my bouts were $30 but i had stephanotis with red spray roses.  i’m not sure if the lower pricing reflected the fact that the florist also did my centerpieces and provided flowers for my cake. i know i paid a hefty delivery and set up fee.

Post # 33
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750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t know if someone said this already… but go to KROGER!!! I kid you not they are super cheap. I want calla lillies bouquets with wax flowers for my bridesmaids and they were quoted at 20 SOMETHING DOLLARS each! For my bouquet I want a ton of different flowers (I am horrible with names and I don’t remember all of them….) but my bouquet will also end up being like 2o something dollars. They are still absolutely beautiful flowers… it’s just that they order them in bulk so they are way cheaper. Just go and talk to someone in the flower department at Kroger and see what they say. Hope that helps!

Post # 34
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882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you do end up doing your own centerpieces, look into white hydrangia. They are big, puffy, and airy (they also hold up well and very budget friendly). This will let you get the look you want with less blooms. 

The inspiration pictures you sent them are very expensive flowers. So, maybe you can ask the florist to give you a quote for all hydrangia boquets/bouts. Also baby’s breath is airy, relatively inexpensive, and easy to come by. You could get some great centerpieces with hydrangia, baby’s breath, and carnations.

Good luck and keep up posted!

Post # 36
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@StL.Ashley:  we are skipping bouts and doing pocket squares, all the same color but different patterns, to save money. I am having a florist do my bouqet but the ladies are doing their own, just simple calla lilies, white berries and hydrangeas. The hydrangeas allow for it to look fuller and arranging them easier. 

I have been to many weddings where they use Hy-vee, I think you have them in your area, for floral arrangements too.

Post # 38
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@StL.Ashley:  Darn, I wouldve gone with Hyvee too it they were closer. Fingers crossed you find something

Post # 39
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1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Reception flowers at $240 is the only number that sounds extremely low to me unless you’re inviting around 40 ppl Or don’t want centerpieces on each table.

How many tables or guests are you having? Even though carnations are cheaper, it takes a lot of them to do a tightly packed arrangement of them only. I’ve been told they can cost $100 depending on desired color and the vase rental etc. 

florist costs have been the most surprising part of the wedding budget to me too. Good luck with it

Post # 42
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63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Those quotes are absurd. I’m doing all my flowers, bouquets, centerpieces, and bouts. The total is $250. Sure it takes about 3 hours, but no way in heck would I pay someone to do what I can do and just as well. 

dont get taken advantage of, just because you said the word WEDDING. I really do send you good vibes…..don’t give up!

Post # 43
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1772 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@StL.Ashley:  if you like the flowers in the pink bouquet, you should just ask that florist if there are white flowers to do the pink bouquet with at $95. Florists cant really price a bouquet just based on size without knowing what flowers you want in it or based on flowers without knowing size and style of bouquet. 

Also it looks like your reception part of florist budget should be closer to $900. And don’t forget to add on setup/delivery charges or tip and tax. 

Post # 44
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1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I totally think that’s doable! Have you tried florists who work from home or who are newer to the industry? That’s what we ended up doing, and it ended up being almost 1/2 the price of a ‘regular’ florist. 

Post # 45
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2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I cried when I got my floral estimates….I was at $3K budget (hoping for like $2k since I am doing candelabras on half the tables and getting that rental totally separate) and most of my quotes came in over $5K even the budget lady that I was sent to by a family friend who had an “in” with a grower so it was going to be “totally affordable

I cut way back and will be DIY a bunch of stuff (luckily my aunt is/was a florist and can get flowers semi-wholesale at the flower market and she said she will do it so I don’t have to stress…though I know that isn’t possible for everyone)

is there a talented friend or family member who could do this for you? can you alternate non-floral centerpieces like a hurricane candle thing for half the tables?

maybe non-floral boutonnieres? I feel like there are lots of cute alternates out there that aren’t as much and not as obvious as a whole fake flower bouquet (since you mentioned that isn’t your thing… no hate for alternatives)

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 46
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1746 posts
Bumble bee

Sams Club also has bulk flowers available.  Lots of carnations 150 – 300 depending on size and color for ~75.00.  I haven’t used them but some pretty good reviews.  

i’m also a perfectionist but if you really only want carnations for centerpieces, I think for the difference in cost I’d have a floral party with my familly and friends a day or two before.  I’d try to think of any imperfections and smile and remember the love shown to me by those helping (and no one else will notice). 

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