Post # 31
we started with our wedding designer far before we even thought about checking out florist. we worked with her on our vision and design, and once we had that, she helped us budget appropriately. i REALLY wanted a TON of flowers, and based on what i had in mind, she gave me a heads up on how much i would be spending and i had some time to wrap my head around it prior to getting an actual quote. i knew by wanting a ton of flowers, it was going to cost us, so i wasnt too surprised.
Post # 32
flowers on the whole disgust me so I made up my mind that I just wasnt doing them.
I have a feather bouquet.
My girls are carrying fans.
The centrepieces have NO flowers.
The only place theres flowers is on the 2 small tables at the side of the altar. I had nothing to do with that, my mother insisted on at least having flowers at the church, have no idea how much it costs but I know that I must have save tonnes by having a flowerless wedding.
Post # 33
I haven’t had any quotes yet, but I refuse to spend more than $800. And if I decide to DIY my non-floral centerpieces, that budget is going to drop SIGNIFICANTLY.
Post # 34
When we went to visit the florist (I went to school with her) my mom had a $200 budget in her mind. We were only getting my bouquet, Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, coursage for my mom, 3 boutonneres and 2 basket of flowers for the church and it came to $450 and i thought my mom was gonna crap. Then i added a bridesmaid and that was another $75. I knew she was nowhere close with $200…hell she thought i should be able to find a wedding dress for $300.
Post # 35
@Topolino: Pshya! It’s ridiculous!! I wanted to cry after my first floral consultation. Our floral budget was about $2500 for the entire wedding (ceremony, reception, bouquets, bout’s., etc.) and we found out that everything I wanted was about double that. Sooo.. we are sticking with the $2500 budget and having our designer do everything but the ceremony flowers, which we’re now going to go DIY for.
Post # 36
We spent way more than I had originally budgted for flowers. But that’s because they also provided our chuppah (which itself cost $1500!) and we rented our Chiavari chairs from them. I did love the way our centerpieces turned out, so all in all, it was worth it for us.
Post # 37
@noritake22: What size did you make your pocket squares? I bought fabric to make my own but I can’t find what size to make them!
Post # 38
I did so much research on flowers. I knew how much I wanted to spend and I told her ‘work with my budget, tell me what’s involved and what wouldn’t be’ and went from there. Even though I don’t know flowers, there are two types of flowers I can’t really stand and I don’t want them anywhere in my arrangements. Maybe because I am in NYC where a 3k budget is ‘small potatoes’ I just knew what I could or couldn’t afford.
Post # 39
For $900 I’m getting a bride’s bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouquets, 3 corsages, 7 bouts, and 10 centerpieces. The florist wanted another $750 ($250 each x 2 plus $250 set-up fee) for 2 “altar arrangements”. So instead I bought 2 columns at Garden Ridge ($15 each), 2 pots ($15 each), and some floral foam and fake flowers for our altar arrangements. I figure that no one’s going to be that close to them that they will notice that they are fake. Plus, I can do the arranging now and not stress about it closer to the wedding.
Post # 40
I’m planning to spend $600 by using this site for my july wedding, hope I don’t go over budget
Post # 41
I had non-floral centerpieces (pillar candles in $5 hurricane vases with some sand and starfish) and my BMs carried parasols ($6 each). I ordered bulk flowers from Sam’s and fiftyflowers.com, and my mom, sisters and girlfriends made 2 bouquets (mine and MOH’s), a few bouts and corsages, and a bunch of arrangements in vases I owned to scatter around the buffet tables, guest book table, bar, etc. I liked that my bouquet was not “florist perfect,” and the parasols made for awesome photos! Check it out:
Floral arrangements made by girlfriends and family members (and MOH’s bouquet in the middle)…
More arrangements on the buffet table…
My mom made my bouquet…
Parasols instead of bridesmaid bouquets made for great photos…
Post # 42
My floral costs $4,300. This includes the all of the surcharges, vase rentals, and all of the typicals. I have three long tables (which require more flowers than a round), ten rounds, four cocktail tables, and the escort card table. My ceremony flowers will only consist of a super thick blanket of red rose petals down the aisle.
I thought about ordering online or going to the flower district downtown, then I realized how much work goes into DIY flowers – at least how I want them. I decided against that because I don’t want to be frantically working to make centerpieces and such just days before our wedding.
I lucked up and found a budding floral designer that has WONDERFUL taste and she practically begged me to book with her because she was so excited about the bouquet design that I wanted. Because of this, I am getting what is typically anywhere from $6-$8K worth of flowers for a fraction of the price. All she asked in return is that I provide her with a “killer” review on the bridal websites.
I basically wrote her a check and said, “I trust your judgement, do whatever you want.”
Post # 43
Everything related to weddings seems over priced. My fiance wasn’t happy with the price of photography and being charged a cake cutting fee when he could cut the cake himself lol. I can only imagine is reaction when I tell him how much flowers are going to cost when they’re going to die in a few days. We’re doing a lot of DIY flowers (bouquets, corsages, boutonniere, aisle) and maybe simple flower centerpieces.
Post # 44
For those that have a misconception of the longevity of flowers, it really depends on the flower. Roses and carnations are two flowers that last the longest and can last for more than two weeks if you take care of them. Other flowers do not last quite as long, with the most exotic flowers being the first to die – some of them not lasting more than a week; you can keep them preserved by hydrating them daily.
You want to use fresh water to preserve your fresh flowers. If you change the water daily, you will find that your fresh flowers stay in bloom for a longer period of time. Cutting a bit of the stems each time can also increase their life expectancy. Taking care of your flowers on a daily basis will let them stay in bloom for much longer than if you just ignore them; keeping them in a cool environment will also extend their shelf life.
If maintaining the flowers isn’t your forte, you can always donate your centerpieces to a hospital or nursing home.