(Closed) Just received my floral estimate- so depressed!

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Your quote sounds about right.  Perhaps you can keep the 6 tall centerpieces, maybe 10 low centerpieces, and the rest a candle centerpiece without flowers?  Also, see if you can downsize the number of tables… that would certainly help.  And, try to double your centerpieces for use at the ceremony too.  My florist is using some of our reception flowers at the ceremony to save $$ and is only charging a $50 transfer fee to move them to the second location. 

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Amy43026: ugh! That is really annoying! Could you ask your wedding planner why she wasn’t more realistic and/or honest with you?

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d get quotes from a few different florists – we live prety close to Toledo, so pricing is most likely about the same as in Columbus, and I was able to find a much better deal and I loved my flowers.

My bouquet plus 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets (ranunculus and garden roses) plus 2 corsages

17 centerpieces – half manzanita branches w/roses wired to them and tea lights, and half a garden rose pomander with tealights

Rose petals for the aisle

And I paid $1100. Granted, you need more cneterpieces, but I’m fairly sure roses and hydrangea would typically cost les than agrden roses and ranunculus, although I’m not positive about that.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think 28 centerpieces is an awful lot for 100 guests.  I’d cut back to 1 centerpiece per table, and then scatter the table with some votives.  Also if there aren’t any flowers involved in the floating candles you can do them yourself – you can get 24 10.5″ vases & 3″ floating candles for a total of $110 on Amazon, and water is free after all :).  Hydrangeas are actually pretty cost effective since they are so large you get a lot of bang for your buck and don’t need as many. 

http://www.amazon.com/Cylinder-Floating-Candle-Vases-10-5/dp/B0030G7O32/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1323190407&sr=8-9

http://www.amazon.com/White-Floating-Candles-Wedding-Party/dp/B001DN0SP0/ref=pd_sim_hg_1

Post # 25
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Sugar bee

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@Amy43026: If you wanted to cut some I would purchase the candles on my own. I know I bought tall candles at Ikea for $10 each so that would save you money there. Also, I do think 2 centerpieces for table is kind of a lot but it would depend on what it looks like. You should show us your inspiration photos as well.

ETA:http://www.100candles.com/pillar_candles.htm

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

Yikes! I hope it works out for you! I’m still blown away by the amount people spend on flowers. Mind you, we kept it fairly simple since we only had 2 people in our bridal party and didn’t use a whole vase of flowers for the centerpieces (only a sunken thistle) so the final amount was around $800.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Amy43026:  save-on-crafts.com has candle holders as well

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

That’s about what our florals cost. We had 17 tables and we used roses, hydrangeas, cymbidium orchids, and vermeer calla lillies.

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