(Closed) Is anyone else disgusted by floral costs???

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: What was your floral budget?

    Under $500




    Over $3000

  • Post # 16
    7298 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I was quoted $2500 for gerberas and rose petals. I figured out I can order the same amount from fiftyflowers.com, get some floral supplies from afloral.com, and sqaure vases from IKEA and spend less than $600. Even those rose petals were crazy. I think it was $5 for every 100. When you want $6000 that adds up. I think ordering online is $150 less.

    Post # 17
    1235 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    That is why I am getting as fre real flowers as possible. OUr centerpieced wont have flowers and our ceremony wont have many if any… Pretty much we are going to have flowers for the Wedding Party and me of course!

    Post # 18
    3311 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We paid $171 for my bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, 7 bouts, and 6 corsages, plus 5 bunches of hydrangea that went one each in 5 of our centerpieces, and 2 dozen white long stem roses for my flower girl to hand out as she walked up the aisle.  We paid an additional $40 for 240 wooden roses that we used in our other 5 centerpieces and other reception decor.

    Post # 19
    457 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I was not pleased at how expensive flowers are, which is why I decided to have hardly any flowers! I did not have any centerpieces, floral or otherwise. My ceremony/reception venue was very well-decorated on its own, and so I did not feel the need to have anything on the tables. I did end up having bouquets and bouts, but almost passed on those, too. I ended up paying less than $200 for two bouquets and two bouts. Since I know little about flowers, I am also glad that I did not go the DIY route and did not have to put together bouquets the morning of my wedding!

    Post # 20
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

    I thought the same thing. My girls are carrying custom parasols and we are not doing boutineers. The only flowers we ordered for the ceremony was my small bouquet for $80 and a few flowers for the front table.

    Then for the reception we are going to do submered flowers with rocks in the bottom. This way you usually only pay for a single stem per centerpiece.

    Post # 21
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re trying to keep our flower budget around $1,000.  If you have an outdoor venue look into using potted plants such as begonias and/or gerbera daisies on the tables.  They’re $10-$15 cheaper, which adds up if you have a lot of tables.

    I think our flower budget is ridiculous, but for us, DIY and transportaing the flowers ourselves would be way too stressful.  I thought about DIY other centerpieces, but I’m not very artsy, and no matter what idea I thought of, the pieces were still $20-$30.

    Post # 22
    5839 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Our floral budget was 1600 and I’m going to end up going over a little bit (prob around 1900). I am having 0 flowers at ceremony. Its on the beach so we’re doing a bamboo arch and starfish on the aisle. We’re also going to DIY cocktail hour and I bought nonfloral bouts on etsy. Thankfully I only have 10 tables at the reception to worry about.

    Post # 23
    9024 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yes this is why I’m not using any real flowers. My BMS will carry fans instead, my FGs will have pomanders  made from silk flowers and my bouquet will be made from real touch calla lillies. All the other decorations for the ceremony will incorporate tulle, ribbon and other non floral items. I simply refuse to spend all that money on flowers that wont even survive the week.

    Post # 24
    6659 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I was totally taken advantage of by my florist. I was really busy adn just mailed a deposit to the same florist my sister was using for her wedding (6 mos before mine) and realized the hard way that the prices were so ridiculously inflated that I was barely going to get anything for my $. First of all I had to demand an itemized bill to even find that out, which I’m sure was creatively done.

    Needless to say that was the biggest $ regret of my wedding. The flowers we got were beautiful, but I feel like such a sucker paying all their inflated prices and extra surcharges. We got terrible customer service in exchange for the $ we paid too and I can’t imagine they got many clients who spend more $ than we did on flowers..

    Post # 25
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I got a quote for $2100, it was for my bouquet, 3 BMs, 14 Bouts, 3 corsages, random room decor and 10 centerpieces of 3ft candelabras wrapped with Ivy.  She called yesterday to discuss the proposal and i said it was outrages to charge $125 per centerpiece with NO flowers!!

    Post # 26
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My floral budget is $2500, but we will probably end up spending about $3000.  I feel like we are getting a lot for the amount.  And I LOVE my florist.  She is very creative and has tons of suggestions on ways to make the space even better.  I’m getting 1 bridal bouquet, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 9 bouts, 5 mom/gma corsages, 2 ceremony arrangments, aisle decor, 8 round tables, 2 ‘feasting’ tables (arrangments run the entire 16 foot length of the tables), mantle decor, and additional lighting/decor elements for the room.

    One thing I did make sure, was that all the arrangments are picked up and repurposed for surrounding area nursing homes, hospice, hospitals, etc to make sure all that money didn’t just get thrown in the trash the next day.

    Post # 27
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    @CorgiTales:  Same here.  I got all of the flowers – my bouquet, Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, best men (2) bouts, Father-In-Law bout, mom and Mother-In-Law coursage, and my grandmother’s coursage for $265.  Groom and Dad didn’t wear bouts because they were in military uniform.

    I found other ideas for centerpieces and didn’t need flowers to decorate.  My wedding and reception turned out beautiful without all of the extra flowers.  I would have loved them but not the price!

    Post # 28
    299 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m not disgusted as much as I just accept that fresh flowers are very pricey and those prices are not worth it to me.  I want to have my bouquet and the bout’s made, but if that cost too much I’m sure I’ll end up DIYing.  I’m working on find non-floral centerpieces for all my tables.

    In the end, the decorations are not important enough to me to spend lots of money on; I feel my guests will appreciate the evening more if I put my money toward open bar and good food, and that is what is really important to me.

    Post # 29
    324 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    ours cost about 1000 for everything.

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