Post # 1
We just got the quotes for day of decor and flowers from our wedding coordinator. In total, it’s over our budget, so before I go back to our planner to "haggle" down prices and / or or cut stuff out, does anyone have any input / personal experience on whether these prices are above or below average?
These prices include the manpower to set all this stuff up, and our wedding is going to be in Mexico. Thanks!
Brides bouquet of white calla lilies – $150
Bouquet of red roses to present to Virgen Mary during ceremony – $80
Tossing bouquet of roses – $60
Bridesmaid bouquets of white calla lilies – 5 @ $50 each
26 Centerpieces at $95 each (13 short with talavera bases, 13 tall with pewter candelabra bases and small vela candles. Flowers are peonies, gerber daisies, roses, and tea roses)
White lights to wrap the base of 8 gigantic cotton trees for our evening outdoor reception – $150 each.
Approx. 50-75 Candles of varying heights to line a long, thin rectangular outdoor pool during the reception – $400.
Candelebra torches to light path leading from cocktail area to reception area (approx. 20) – $260
Post # 3
The prices seem resonable to me. In fact, it seems like you got a pretty good deal. Maybe in order to lower the prices on the flowers, some suggestions:
1- Bouquet of rose to the Virgin Mary (this can be scaled down to maybe a smaller bouquet of roses or use daisies instead). You aren’t going to be able to enjoy these flowers anyways so you don’t have to spend a lot on these flowers. You would rather use this bouquet for the toss instead because it’s more visible and can be enjoyed.
2- Centerpieces (You are having peonies & english roses). English roses almost resemble peonies when they are in bloom, so perhaps you can just not have peonies (they are pretty pricey) and just opt for the english roses with your gerber daisies & roses arragement.
3- Torches (how about if you use less torches to light the way. Instead of 20, maybe you can just cut down to 16; every little bit helps).
Wow! Sorry for the long post! Good luck with your wedding plans!
Post # 4
I too think that sounds super reasonable from the prices I was quoted. (it was still out of my price range too)
I ended up going with a local grocery store- since I wanted something super simple and flowers were not where I wanted a lot of "bang"
Post # 5
yeah it sounds reasonable to me too…sorry! i think swapping your blooms for something a little less pricy would help in the cost, like ms jadey mentioned.
Post # 6
thanks for the hints – at least i know our beloved wedding planner is not ripping us off! it’s hard to price compare since he and all his vendors are based in monterrey, mexico!
Post # 7
Sounds reasonable for a florist. I could not afford what I was quoted and ended up going to the Downtown LA flower district instead.
Post # 8
Wow, I guess this goes to show how out of it I am, because I read that and thought "$150 for lights???" Please tell me that it’s like, millions of lights and that they’re amazing somehow.