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

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 77
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Fake/silk flowers are a great option. This what I did and no body believed they weren’t real plus I have my bouquet still. I didn’t buy mine online so I was able to go see samples of what I asked for halfway through the process.

Post # 78
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Hopefully you can find a florist to work with you, but honestly I think your budget is on the low side for the amount of flowers that you want.  I get that flowers are expensive, but they are expensive for the florist too. 

Post # 79
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@StL.Ashley:  Are there any local floral design schools or friends or family members that are good in this area?  I think its a little in the high end from what they estimated.  Perhaps you can get some students from the community college to work for cheap and you can order the flowers wholesale??

Post # 80
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@StL.Ashley:  I may be the only one but I totally get why you don’t want to DIY.  I am not a perfectionist, but it would drive me crazy having to do that the night before. I’m already doing my own hair, makeup, nails, etc now I have to do flowers?? LOL. I’m going to stick with bouquets and boutineers.  The venue already has enough decor so I don’t think flowers will be missed as much as I love them.  I’m going to get a quote from my local Whole Foods and Fred Meyers (child company of Kroger).   

Post # 81
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@CARA1978:  I didn’t have any flowers at my venue and no one noticed. We put our bouquets in vases on the head table. The venue provided floating candle center pieces that looked really pretty on the tables. I almost let my mother buy flowers for the tables but I held firm that they wouldn’t be missed and they weren’t.

Post # 82
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Some thoughts:

  • I would say $200 for a bridal bouquet and $75-$100 for bridesmaids bouquets is about average.
  • My own bouquet (with nothing exotic or exciting – i.e. expensive) is $135, and my bridesmaids bouquets are $75ish.  All my personal flowers totalled around $650.  My entire floral cost is around $1500.  I’m getting floral centerpieces, flowers on our cake, and an extra bouquet for my portrait sitting.
  • My florist works out of her home, and doesn’t have a storefront.  This helps keeps her prices down.
  • Ranunculus is way, way more expensive than carnations, even in season.
  • There are way more florists in my area than any other type of wedding vendor.  It never hurts to ask around.  I got quotes for things that were all over the place – $225 for a bouquet for example, or $135/centerpiece instead of the $90 I’m paying.

 

Post # 83
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129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oh wow thats a lot! My bouquet is $75 and my bridesmaids are $35 each and their going to look something like this..

 

Post # 84
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ashley- Try Walter knoll, they have a huge office in downtown stl,and were only paying about 600$ for all of our flowers. we are not needing centerpieces tho!

Post # 85
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854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@stephcthomas:  That’s good to know they were not missed! I think between the lighting, decor, candles, etc it won’t be missed. 

Post # 86
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107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Arranging flowers is really not very difficult. Even with two trial runs, my entire flower budget is about $800 for: 

My bouquet

4 Bridesmaids bouquets

1 Flower Girl posy

6 Bouts

4 Corsages

2 Altar arrangement

7 centerpieces

1 head table centerpiece

DIY all the way!

Post # 88
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2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

What about getting just the bouquets and bouts done professionally then doing wholesale for the centerpieces? I was really frustrated with florists too so I ended up doing silk and paper flowers for everything. I think it turned out great and it was 1/5 the quoted price. We paid $700 total for all flowers in the entire wedding, but I did make it all myself.

Post # 89
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Wannabee

Just spend a few minutes wattutorials rials on how to make your own boquets…I was nervous at first..bit it looks super easy.  We’re planning a casual wedding so it works for us.  

Post # 90
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Worker bee

Wow…Go to a wholesale website such as http://www.fiftyflowers.com/ or http://www.bunchesdirect.com/  

My personaly favorite, Fifty flowers has cheaper carnations, which I’ve always found very easy to arrange.  They also have a search by color option, free shipping on bulk flowers, and have a special on flowers each week.  The amount sold depends on the flower.  For example, lilies can be ordered in groups of 40 or 80 stems, carnations in groups of 100, 150, or 300 stems.

Bulk flowers charges by the stem and is therefore a more expensive option if you want lots of flowers, cheaper if you want much less.  And you have the option of ordering a precise number of flowers.

Both sites offer premade bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, corsages, and petals, as well as detailed instructions on how to care for the flowers.  However, only Fifty Flowers (a very deceiving name, lol) has customizable options for bouquets, boutonnieres, etc.  Bulk Flowers does not have custom options.

You can always type into google wholesale flowers and find other websites, but I think these are the best two.

Post # 91
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m in STL too! Flowers is on my list of being a low priority…that said, I don’t want silk. I will plan on getting arrangements that are smaller, simpler, and going with a provider who’s a bit cheaper. I’m also picking flowers that are in season and therefore much cheaper.

I have heard wonderful suggestions about Whole Foods and that they will arrange for free! I’m going to meet with the florist in a week or so and will try to update you on how that goes and a better idea of the costs. From what I’ve heard, it’s very affordable, of course depending on what kind of arrangements you want. Feel free to message me on here to ask 🙂

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