(Closed) Is this a reasonable price? Florist not willing to negotiate

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
6573 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This seems like a very good price for my area (Boston). 

Post # 3
9321 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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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
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
519 posts
Busy bee

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
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That would be low for my area (downtown Chicago).  Usually the bride’s bouquet alone is several hundred dollars.

Post # 8
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1585 posts
Bumble bee

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
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

depending on the look you are going for, can you incorporate foliage/ greenery and cut down on the flowers to save money? 

Post # 12
868 posts
Busy bee

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
1180 posts
Bumble bee

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 # 15
1720 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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

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