Post # 1
I have 2 questions. But first, here is my situation:
I’ve been in contact with a local florist who has multiple awards from The Knot and things of that sort. We are located in a large city with a high cost of living on the East Coast, but we are having a pretty small (50 guest) wedding. When I first spoke to her, she said she was happy to work with any budget. We gave her a rough budget of $800-1000 and I said we definitely would like to keep it under $1000. I did tell her that I definitely want peonies in my bouquet, but that we are flexible with other centerpieces and things of that nature. I told her what kinds of flowers I like, which are admittedly very popular and thus expensive (peonies, ranunculus, roses, etc. ) Her current quote is just under $2k including the delivery fee and it includes…
- My bouquet and 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets
- 5 Groomsmen bouts, brother bout, dad bout, and the groom bout
- 2 mom corsages
- 3-6 table arrangements (we are having long tables, so that is 1-2 centerpieces per)
- 2 bar arrangements
- Cake flowers
- Coffee table centerpiece (there is a small lounge area at the venue)
First question: does this price seem reasonable? I realize we are requesting more high-end flowers, but the florist did specify “peony accents” for the table arrangement and we have discussed using queen anne’s lace and tea roses.
When I told the florist that we would really like to try and stay under budget and asked her if there was a way to get costs down, she said that the labor and materials are a set cost. I assumed she would at least make a suggestion or two about how we could decrease price? Or even say something like, “to do that we would have to eliminate xyz.” Second question: Am I being unreasonable to assume she would try to stay within our budget?
I realize we are in a city and flowers are expensive, so if I am totally living in la-la land thinking we could stay around $1000 then please tell me! I’m just trying to decide if I need to be contacting other florists.
Post # 2
This seems like a very good price for my area (Boston).
Post # 3
xo_futuremrsbear : you are not unreasonable for wanting them to stay in budget! Depending on what you ask for there might not be much wiggle room though. I’m in Boston and told my florist “I want what $500 buys me – do whatever as long as I have X number of each thing” and she made it work. However if I said I needed a particular flower then that wouldn’t work. I ended up with mostly roses and hydrangeas.
Post # 4
If I’m remembering correctly, $2k is on the low end of what we were quoted for similar arrangements. I think we ended up paying $2800 in DC. We had small centerpieces, but mostly generic flowers and nothing fancy in them.
I don’t think you’re unreasonable in expecting that the florist work within your budget, and I do think the florist should have been realistic with you up front when you gave her that budget. If she won’t negotiate, you’re more than within your right to get a quote from a different florist.
Post # 5
I think that price seems prett reasonable. Remember they’re also setting up and delivering and that time costs $$$.
I think you could try and have some of the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets be used as center pieces for tables if you want to save money. To also save I would cut the cake flowers. Not really needed, have a pretty little cake topper instead!
Post # 6
That would be low for my area (downtown Chicago). Usually the bride’s bouquet alone is several hundred dollars.
Post # 7
Horseradish : That’s where we area! Good to know. I wasn’t sure what was a decent price here since we are new to the city.
LilliV : I love hydrangeas. Maybe it would be better to switch to those for the centerpieces.
JiminyCricket : This is helpful, thank you. She seems extremely busy, so maybe she just doesn’t care to negotiate since she has enough business.
Post # 8
That price seems reasonable for how much you’re asking for. But you told her your budget up front, so I think it’s fair to ask what the set costs are and how you can make the rest work. I really really doubt that $1K for everything you want plus peonies is doable at any florist in a high COL East Coast city, though.
Post # 9
I’m in the Boston area and I didn’t go to a “real” florist for my florals. Those quotes were double for the exact same thing I got elsewhere.
My bouquet and 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets: $280 total from Whole Foods
15 centerpieces: $600 from local farmers supermarket. (my friend guessed these were 75-100 a piece from her own experience with a florist shops!)
About 10 bouts DIY with roses from Costco I think they were $16 for 2 dozen. And the rest for flower petals.
Post # 10
That seems crazy expensive to me. I just did a tally by my quoted prices for what you’re asking for and only got to $650. And my florist is an average big city prices one.
I’m getting bride bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets, 2 flower girl posies, 3 flower crowns, 5 bouts, 7 centrepieces and 3 ceiling garlands for $940.
Sure peonies would up it a bit, but to 2k? Nah.
And yes, even weirder she won’t negotiate.
Post # 11
depending on the look you are going for, can you incorporate foliage/ greenery and cut down on the flowers to save money?
Post # 12
I think $1500 to $2,000 is pretty reasonable for the amount of items you’re getting. I totally agree that it’s weird she won’t negotiate or offer fewer/different items to meet the budget.
I live in LA, I was quoted over $2500 for 10 small centerpieces, and 3 bouquets (no bouts, no corsages).
We ended up DIYing our flowers. Instead of 10 small centerpieces, we had 55 small centerpieces. BIG differencse! It cost us about $650 on flowers, and another $300 ish on candles and little vases/votives (which we got for .99¢ at ikea!). For just about $900 to $950 we were able to DIY our own. But we had free labor from bridesmaids and friends. It would be tough to get professional flowers for under $1,000.
We had 55 of these small centerpieces – 5 on each dinner table, plus the bar and sign in table, etc.
You can always try different flourists? And you can try asking for centerpieces only, and telling them it’s for a corporate event – and see if that produces a different price than wedding flowers? But then you’d need to get the bouquets / bouts / corsages from someone else. Just an idea…
Post # 13
Flowers are so expensive. Her quote sounds about right, as pp said, you have to factor in labour and delivery costs too. Could you possibly pick everything up yourselves and save $ on delivery costs.
If you’re having under 10 centre pieces, perhaps you can assemble them yourself and just have her do the bouquets, bouts and corsages?
Or keep shopping around and find someone who can meet your budget.
Post # 14
nowthisistaken : Totally! I definitely realize there is a lot of work involved and so that’s why I wasn’t sure if I was being unreasonable or not. We are planning to use mine and the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets for our head table.
fredthebasil : That’s good to know. My bouquet was quoted as $250.
pinkshoes : Honestly, DIYing my flowers makes me nervous and I feel like it would really ramp my nerves up. I’ll keep this in mind, though.
littlebuzz : If you don’t mind, what flowers will you be having?
afindlayay1859 : We actually already are incorporating foliage. The bouts will be rosemary and other greenery except for the groom’s (white flower.) The bouquets will have seeded eucalyptus and the rest will have “soft flowing greenery.”
skylar84 : Thank you for confirming that it was weird she wasn’t willing to discuss. Your flowers were so gorgeous! I love the idea of saving money by doing DIY, but I feel like I would get super stressed out. All of my BMs and family members are flying in and I’d hate to burden them with doing flowers. It’s a good idea, though! Where did you source the flowers from? Did you do mock-ups?
Post # 15
seems about right to me… usually bridal bouquets are about $250 and Bridesmaid or Best Man are $150 and table centerpieces are $100 each so if you take that and add it up you are pretty close to the $2000
I wasn’t clear if you needed 12 table arrangement total (2 x 6 tables) or if that is why you said 3-6 but either way I would say that sounds like $1500 – 2000 worth of flowers
my advice is drop the peonies except for your bridal bouquet and tell her to do whatever flowers are seasonal as long as they are your color for the rest of the flowers (BM, guys, moms , tables etc) that will likely cut your cost is about half