Post # 16
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
ours cost about 1000 for everything.
Post # 30
Thanks everybody! I really appreciate the feedback! Its nice to know that I’m not the only one that feels this way.
I was quoted $3000 for a canopy and aisle decorations for the ceremony. 4 large centerpieces for my feasting table and 5 large centerpieces for the smaller surrounding tables. Lots of floating candles were included as well to go around the large centerpeices. The crazy thing is I am not doing THAT many flowers. A lot of my decorations include curly willow/manzanita branches and feathers!
I am going to reduce the aisle decorations and I will probably get rid of the 5 centerpieces and just do the floating candles at different heights.