Post # 1
I know price is a touchy subject for people, but I can’t help thinking that the price my florist quoted me was a bit high. Maybe i’m wrong, but i don’t really know I guess.
I am getting married in Upstate NY(Albany-Saratoga area) in August. My bridesmaids bouquets are going to consist of a hand tied bouquet of 9 hot pink roses(Orlando is the color) and 3 white asiatic lilies. The florist quoted me at $75/each and $85 for my maid of honor because i wanted to add stephanotis to hers. I know roses are in season all year, and i’m pretty sure the asiatic lily’s are in season in August. I know i’m paying for a service also, but $75 for 12 flowers seems really high to me. Am I just not acclimated to wedding prices—is this a normal price? Should I look for a different florist?
Post # 3
I’m based on Long Island NY. That seems about right for florist charges for a bridesmaid bouquet. You could pay less if you did it yourself but part of the cost includes service, delivery etc.
Try shopping around to other florists and bring that quote with you. Many vendors will negotiate a better fee since things are slower right now.
Post # 4
i can’t help you really, because to me that seems outrageous. i can’t possibly afford $75-$85 for 5 12-flower boquets. for that reason, we’re buying our flowers from a local wholesale market and tying them ourselves. we’ll be saving substantially, and i think it’ll be some fun quality time with my mom and aunt before the big day. if you think it’s outrageous, homemade is always an option.
ps: both my mom and aunt have floral arranging experience, but i have none. there are a ton of videos online though and i’ve already learned how to do it. i’m sure you could do the same!
Post # 5
JanieLeigh- yeah, it seemed high to me for 12 flowers. I have 6 Bridesmaids so although i was considering making the bouquets myself, I don’t think i’d have time to do it. I have looked up videos on it and it totally looks doable, but I really don’t want to stress myself out on the day of. Although I may still change my mind.
Cheala- I may just do that with the price quotes and other florists.
Post # 6
It does seem a bit high to me- I am getting married in Chicago and althoguh I did not specify what *type* of flowers they are to use for the bridesmaids (I just talked about color)- she quoted me $65- and those are Chicago prices (which is still way more than I ever thought I would spend, but whatever…..)
I would suggest that you push a little harder to get to the bottom of this price. Ask her if it is the roses in particular that are so expensive and what the cost difference would be if she offered those to you in bulk and you made them yourself. Especially in this economy she may reduce your prices for fear that she may lose the sale all together.
Post # 7
That sounds about right to me.
I only had roses for my Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets and I think they were $50…I don’t know how many flowers in each, but we agreed on the general size (I think 8 or 10 inches in diameter). Also, I’ve heard that lilies are pretty expensive.
Does she have a portfolio for you to view…some florists just do a really amazing job not only arranging the flowers, but adding embellishments and beautifully tied ribbon…I think they are justified in charging more b/c there is no way I could do something like that myself.
Post # 8
Flowers are so expensive, isn’t it nuts. My florist makes mock-ups during your first visit. He tells you what he would spend in a perfect world to achieve what you’ve described and then you get it to your budget. I have eight bridesmaids so I can’t afford to spend a ton on their bouquets. He quoted me at $75 to $85 and with some creative work we got down to $60. I am spending quite a bit on my flowers but it is more the size of my wedding and bridal party then the type of flowers – all of mine are in season. I’d try talking to your florist to see if there are similar flowers you can substitute for to drive the price down. Usually they are willing to work with you. Hope that helps.
Post # 9
I think I was in such shock from the prices that I wasn’t thinking to ask such questions. Thanks Ladies. I thought it was a high price only because I’m not in a big city, and I guess I was expecting it to be more around 50-60/per bouquet. Also i was just reading an article the other day about not ordering flowers right before valentines day and mother’s day, so I almost wonder if the "prices" were driven up for roses being that it IS right before the V-day… I will def. discuss options with her after Valentines day. Thanks for all the suggestions!