Post # 47
@StL.Ashley: you don’t need to be a costco member, but non-members have to pay an additional fee (no idea how much). the corsages/bout’s and bouquets come already assembled. the centerpiece flowers come in bunches and it’s up to you to arrange them (container is not included).
we ended up with a lot of extra flowers, so we were able to use them as decoration around the reception. and the flowers lasted a long time! and their customer service is awesome too!
Post # 48
Why not buy bouquets at the grocery store? They’re usually reasonably priced…
Post # 49
I’m going through the same thing right now and freaking out about sticker shock…but I found a website that sells wholesale flowers and will actually put together centerpieces and all you need to do is trim the flowers and stick them in water. Fiftyflowers.com. And no, I’m not affilated with them or anything, I was just thrilled to see that I would actually be able to afford to buy centerpieces for my wedding!
Post # 50
Bees nearly always suggest diy instead of a florist, but it really doesn’t work for everyone. If your actual budget is $1500 (due to your dress savings), then you can probably get it to work out with a florist. You’d just have to significantly trim some things.
If you DIY, I’d recommend letting go of perfection and having a bunch of ppl on deck and time.
I was in a bridal party where we diy’d all centerpieces, bouquets (except for the bride’s), and bouts. Most of the flowers looked old & dead, but the bride was kinda delirious and isn’t the type to care so that was fine. It took FOREVER to do the bouquets and centerpieces. I was soooo glad to have the excuse of getting the bride home for her beauty rest at 2am. Luckily, she had a huge wedding party (about 13 bridesmaids alone), so there were enough of them and family to stay & finish everything. I have no clue how they did it or how late they stayed up. She was lucky and had her venue (a veterans’ hall or something) starting from the day before. If you don’t have somewhere to store the flowers/arrangements for the day or 2 before, you can’t really do them yourself.
Post # 51
If you don’t want to DIY, you can order put-together flower packages from costco’s website.
Here’s an example for roses:
For $399 you can get a 20 Piece Wedding Collection that includes:
- 1 Bridal bouquet
- 2 Brides Maid bouquets
- 1 Toss Away bouquet
- 6 Corsages
- 6 Attendant boutonnieres
- 3 Centerpieces (vases not included)
- 1 Rose Petal bud
There’s a 40 piece set that has more bouquets, centerpieces, etc and is $749 I think.
Sams Club has similar sets of flowers. I’ve read good reviews on both. I might do this for our bouquets, and we’re going to DIY our other flower decor.
Post # 52
Ugh, you poor thing. Flowers are beautiful but SUCH a ripoff. We’re doing silk for ours and it’ll be about $375 for everything. I did the math for how much it would cost for REAL blue orchids and it came to about $2500. AHH!
Post # 53
yes, flowers are way more expensive than i anticipated as well.
Post # 54
My advice is to keep searching. The first florists I talked to in Myrtle Beach were quoting me prices like what you got (185-200 for my bouquet, etc.). I ended up finding a florist in a smaller suburb who does work that is just as fantastic. My Mother-In-Law is going to pick them up on her way in on the day of the wedding. All of the wedding party flowers (hydrangea, rose mixes)(bridal, 4 bms, 8 bouts, 6 corsages) are costing me less than 600 now! I am having a local florist do my centerpieces and ceremony decor, and I am waiting on quotes for those now.
I had a florist last night tell me he would do all ten centerpieces, 4 bud vases for cocktail tables, 3 arrangements for the reception foyer, arrangement for altar, supply any votives & containers, torches for driveway, glass stand with roses under for cake table, “and anything else that comes up” for 2500 so long as he could also do the bridal bouquet and the grooms bout. hmmm??
Post # 55
This is what we did to make flower centerpieces work for us. All the BMs put their bouquets in vases and mine was used for our sweetheart. I don’t have pics of the rest of our flowers, but depending on how many tables and BMs you are having this could work for you too?
Post # 56
I did my own flowers as well, here are a few guest pics. Total cost for me was $320 for: my bouquet, 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 2 nosegay (for moms), 10 aisle arrangements, 2 altar arrangements, and rose petals for my tables. I used peony roses, ecuadorian roses, spray roses, hypericum berries, and alstroemeria purchased from fiftyflowers and costco.
Post # 57
I’m trying to get my floral proposal down to about 5 times the price of yours, so I’d be thrilled with what the florists said!!
Post # 58
@StL.Ashley My budget was $1200 going into my florist meeting. We went through bridal party flowers then reception centerpieces, and my florist says “you hit the budget” with no ceremony decor whatsoever. The prices for our pieces are very similar to yours. And I even think I’m still on the low end for what people spend on flowers for a wedding. I am cutting mine down by eliminating a few bridesmaids and groomsmen flowers (we hadn’t decided on the wedding party yet) and I’m pretty sure my grandparents aren’t going to make it (they’re old and fragile). My florist also suggested picking pieces that we could use for the ceremony that could be re-used at the reception, so I’m contimplating these ideas still. You didn’t chose expensive flowers, so I’m stunned at how much some of the prices are. Is it too late to shop around for another florist? I would keep looking and getting estimates. There is always room to negotiate! Take the prices you got from this florist and use them at the next one, ask if they can beat it or start with your budget and work backwards. Someone will be willing to help you stay in budget and get beautiful flowers (and they want your business!).
Post # 59
OP: I live in NYC and spent just over $900 on my flowers. To cut down on the cost of the reception decor I purchased the vases myself on a wholesale website so I wouldn’t have to rent the Florist’s vases. The cost went from $65 per table to $35 per table with lavender roses, white hydrangeas and white calla lilies. The 6×6 round vases cost me $4 each and I have 10 tables. Ask your Florist if they would consider doing something like that for you.
Also instead of paying for the delivery I have two friends picking up the flowers the morning of the wedding. Saved me $150 delivery charge.
Hope that helps.
Post # 60
@StL.Ashley: I’m unsure what to do in this situation. Could you ask friends at work, etc for other referrals? There have to be more than one or two florists in St.Louis. We are spending A LOT more than $825 for our florals for Bride, Groom, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 3 Groomsmen, 1 Jr Bridesmaid or Best Man, ceremony florals, guestbook table, and reception centerpieces.
Post # 61
Sooo I was in the same boat as you I think my total for flowers was $700 + something and we didn’t ahve any flowers for the reception.. this was just corsages, bouquets, what have you. I had looked at fiftyflowers and other wholesale places (costco, sams club, etc) and I went with the florist because I wanted them to be perfect, and didn’t want to worry about them the night before, getting the wrong color or something, like you.
Well SPOILER: my flowers turned out less than perfect anyway. I wanted HOT PINK flowers, with mixes of lighter pink. I ended up with “barely pink” and white flowers. Sure it “looked fine” and “no one noticed” but seriously? It totally f***ed up the color scheme, and I PAID for what I wanted!
So, my advice is to DIY. If I could do it again, I would, because honestly, they didn’t even look that great.