Post # 1
Reception flowers only…. Quote is $980
I am torn b/c when I began planning I priced out DIY flowers and it was about $400. As the big day approaches I have decided I do not want the added stress of DIY’ing the flowers. Mostly b/c of logistical issues (transporation/storage).
I went to a few florists and the best quote I got was about $980. This is ONLY for reception flowers. Basically 18 centerpieces. I will be having one medium sized arrangement (think size/style of a bouquet) and then 3-4 bud vases with 1-2 blooms on each table.
I am in the Baltimore, MD area.
Sooo ladies.. is this reasonable for flowers??
Post # 3
I think it’s reasonable. We’re only doing person flowers: 5 bouquets, 7 bouts, 3 corsages and it’s costing us $600.
Post # 4
I’m having the same internal debate. I originally wanted to DIY flowers but it logistically wasn’t going to happen. My floral quote is $2100 for everything (which is a good price), but I keep thinking that I could do it cheaper. I’m still signing the contract this week.
In the end, its a few hundred dollars. Don’t stress out about it.
Post # 5
I think that’s a decent price. Flowers are stupidly expensive. Realistically you’re not going to get much more than a hundred or two off of that price but only you can decide if the time you spend looking around longer is worth the potential (not even definite) savings of a few hundred flowers.
Post # 6
@sn2bmrsmntgmry: I think it’s reasonable, assuming it includes tax & delivery charges. I think I paid around $50-$60 per centerpiece and my wedding was in Baltimore.
You may want to check out Flowers by Audrey – I didn’t use her, but her quote was very inexpensive and my caterer highly recommended her work.
Post # 7
I was origianlly planning on DIY’ing my flowers to and quickly decided I just didnt want to deal with that on top of everything else. I am actaully ordering all my flowers from Costco. I ready some really awesome reviews and the prices are great. You could look into that.
Post # 8
What kind of flowers did you discuss with your florist? I think that’s a lot, since it doesn’t require much work on the part of the florist! But I know some flowers can add on a lot to the price. If you are on a tight budget I think it’s definitely worth researching a couple more options – the most economical florists seem to be ones who do their business out of their garage, and they don’t necessarily have websites, some of them just get business by word-of-mouth. Maybe keep talking to other friends and women at work for recommendations!
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
That seems like a pretty reasonable price– my florist is charging me $30 per center piece, 18 total, $75 for my bouquet, and $55 for each bridesmaid’s, then $100 for an arch decoration– plus tax & set up, I’m paying $1,000 even. That gets me:
1 bridal bouquet
3 bridesmaids bouquets
1 ceremony arch garland
12 qt. size mason jar vase arrangements
6 pt. size mason jar vase arrangements
extra blooms will be put into votive glass and placed around tables.
Post # 10
@MsVoyageur It’s only sometimes true that from-home florists are cheaper! The last florist I spoke with was running her business out of her garage and the quote from her was about $800 more than the quote from the very highly recomended, books years in advance florist that I ended up going with. Plus the types of flowers she could get were more limited in comparison to the actual shops I spoke to. I really didn’t want specific flowers, just a “look.” Lots of whites and textures. Depending on what your wants are though, it can be a good avenue to look into.
My actual cost for the reception is $775 for 10 tall (2ft vases!) and 6 short centerpieces. Total flower cost is $1860 after delivery, etc. I think $960 is reasonable especially if you will be renting several bud vases per table plus the larger arrangements.