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

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 62
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m not even doing floral centerpieces, and I’m close to $1400. And I’m only doing bouts for 2 fathers and 1 grandfather. Flowers are RIDICULOUS and they just die. I hate it!

Post # 63
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I understand how you feel. Even DIY is expensive (and obviously not for you) I’m just not going to get too worked up over it. I know I will have a (DIY) bouquet, but I’m not going to get my mind set on having anything fresh anywhere else (or for anyone else) at the wedding. We just don’t have the money to guarantee it. I’m pretty sure flowers will be one of our last expenses incurred, because I’ll either be ordering in bulk from Sams, or I’ll be making my own from a nice grocery store (same flowers, less expensive if all you want are roses or something)

Post # 64
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Asia:  Good point about the grocery store! We actually met with someone from a local grocery store, which many people don’t think about. They quoted us about half of what the florist offered (but they were very very late in getting us a quote… we had already put down a deposit elsewhere by that point). Even if OP doesn’t want to DIY, she can see if the grocery store will make her bouquets.

Post # 65
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I completely relate to your price shock at the cost of flowers.  We ended up spending about double what I thought we’d spend!  We still managed to stay within our overall wedding budget, but I was pretty shocked at the cost of flowers.  In the end, it was worth it to us since the flowers and linens totally transformed our space.  (And just the thought of having to shop for and arrange flowers on my wedding day made me break out in hives, so there was no way I was doing DIY!)

I agree with others that the bridal bouquet sounds too costly given the types of flowers you’ve chosen, so I’d renegotiate that.  The rest sounds about right to me.  Here’s an idea we did that might work for you.  Instead of corsages for the two moms, we had small nosegays (bouquets) for them, and then reused them to decorate our sweetheart table (together with my bouquet).  So how about doing mother nosegays, and then using the 2 nosegays, your bouquet and your 3 bridesmaids’ bouquets to decorate your reception tables?  That would be 6 bouquets total, which would cover your 6 reception tables.  Then you could just buy some less expensive flowers (like the carnations you mentioned) to supplement, possibly doing some clusters of vases, and maybe some votive candles.  (You can get those for super cheap online — I got 72 votive candleholders and 72 10-hour candles for $40.)

I think you can do this if you’re creative — good luck!

Post # 66
3913 posts
Honey bee

@StL.Ashley:  If you want the type of flowers you’re talking about, then that florist is way out of it with that pricing. I am guessing they were giving you their standard pricing, and not taking into account the types of flowers you suggested. I didn’t put a single thought into what each type of flowers cost, and said I wanted things like peonies, hydrangeas, roses, etc. and in NY where everything is 3 times the price, I paid almost the same amount that you were quoted for what I’m assuming are much less expensive flowers. It is true, your centerpiece budget is kind of unrealistic (I think I spent $1200), but the other flowers shouldn’t be hard to pull off at all with your budget. I would ask if those florists considered your flower requests when giving you the pricing. Good luck, and don’t cry, you will find someone!! 

Post # 67
2437 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@StL.Ashley:  keep checking, ask around for referrals.  My florist is retired from a floral shop, and now does it on the side. Aslo, look into smaller mom and pop type of businesses. 

Post # 68
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@felixfelicis:  +1. And this is why I did fake flowers, it cost me for the bridal party flowers about $200.00 and I got to keep my flowers for keep sakes instead of wilty flowers by end of day.

Post # 69
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My budget was 1k for flowers in the DC area which is very low.  So I had my bridesmaids carry lit lanterns instead of bouquets and we DIY’d our bouts out of old keys and feathers.

Would it be possible to substitute your wedding parties flowers in order to be within budget and have the bouquet you want for yourself?

Post # 71
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

When I was a flower girl for my parents’ wedding we kept my basket of fake flowers for such a long time as a lovely keepsake. I’d love to do that for my own wedding and not spend $100s on real flowers that just.. die.


Post # 72
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Have you ever thought about DIYing? I am DIYing my flowers from BloomsByTheBox.com. They are super cheap and are really helpful because they give great advice on their blogs and have tutorial videos on how to put everything together. You could always DIY your centerpieces and have the florist do your bouquets, or vise versa.

Post # 73
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ugh, I feel your pain.  I was hoping to spend 1k-1500 on flowers, including centerpieces, and quotes I got were 2k-3k.  I also wanted to vomit.  Needless to say, working on cutting things out (ie floral centerpieces are out the window).


Can you shop around?  I found some variation between florists….


I wish I had a better answer, but wanted to tell you that I hear you!!

Post # 74
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you are determined to pay less then do it yourself. 

I don’t do DIY so I’m paying a little over $2k.

Post # 75
20 posts

Centerpieces are a huge challege to the wedding budget. I don’t know how many carnations you’re needing for each centerpiece (and being a green florist I don’t really work with carnations much) but $35-$45 each would be a reasonable price, and depending on how many tables you have that adds up fast. His pricing on your inspiration bouquets is pretty reasonable too.

That said I think he’s a highly reccomended florist and knows it. He’s reached a level of sucess where he doesn’t have the time for the individualized attention it takes to work with a bride to get her vision and her budget to mesh. He didn’t offer any suggestions to help you make any decisions about what you want. I think that not explaining the pricing for the reception is really unprofessional of him. I think you definately need a second opinion. Explain your budget and what you want and that you’re open to ideas on flower substitutions and willing to give a little creative license. Hopefully it will be a better experience for you.

I know I come into the wedding flower industry having my first floral experience being planning my own very low budget wedding years ago. First I went to a florist who had arrangements I loved but there was no way I could ever afford. After shopping around I ended up at a small flower shop with my pace of idea pictures explaining my budget and she made a few suggestions, cut the size of the bridesmaid bouquets in half and made the ideas fit. I knew then that I’d found my florist, and I try to remember that feeling.

Post # 76
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@StL.Ashley; Keep looking for other quotes! I ended up getting my bouquet (all hydrangeas and I bought some starfish to put in) for $65. I can’t see carnations costing more than double that!!

Also, for centerpieces I’m having two bubble bowls on each table with a single stem of hydrangeas. They’re $12/piece.

It cost $905 for 3 bouquets, 1 coursage, 8 bouts, 9 hair flowers, 2 aisle stands w/ giant a basket of flowers, and 28 bubble bowl centerpieces! If I can find this during busy season on Cape Cod Im certain you can find it in St. Louis!!

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