Post # 1
When should I start looking for/book a florist? My wedding is September 15. How much did you ladies spend on flowers? I don’t even know what to ask a florist or how to determine who is reasonable .. I haven’t decided what I want the bouquet and centerpieces to look like!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2011 - Greenville Country Club
I would try to book a florist within the next month or so. If you have someone in mind, contact them sooner to see what their schedule looks like. My friend (and bridesmaid) is getting married at the end of September and we’ve been encouraging her to book a florist soon!
You don’t need to have your flowers figured out when you book. That’s something you and your florist can work on together as the date gets closer. Searching for pretty pictures of flowers is one of the best things about planning. Any photo of flowers I liked got saved to my desktop. Certain flowers, colors or themes kept reappearing. This is when my florist’s expertise really came in handy: uniting what felt like dischordant ideas into a lovely, cohesive vision.
The best way to figure out what is reasonable is to speak with several florists, get some quotes, and even ask local brides for recommendations and general pricing. Pricing is hard to pinpoint… so many things come into play! Type of flower, flowers for venue and reception, venue itself, size and number of arrangements, etc. I’m sure you know all this already! With that caveat in mind, our total floral budget was under $1,700… which felt like an amazing deal! We had a bride’s bouquet, 2 smaller bouquets, 6 bouts, 3 wrist corsages, 9-10 centerpieces with 3 vases, and bonus arrangements on the cocktail hour buffet tables.