- 9 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
DIY! My mother learned how to make bouquets and bouts from a YouTube video tutorial that a florist had done. She ordered the flowers (Orchids and Roses) from Costco, who gets them delivered from the local florist.
We did not have as many flowers as the rest of you did, but there were three centrepieces, four bouts, three corsages, my bouquet (which consisted of 24 roses and a bunch of orchids), my Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, 2 smaller bouquets for the kids and a throw bouquet and we paid $60 total for the flowers.
If you’re a DIY’er, I strongly suggest it!
listen, don’t be down. You are being tricked into believing you have to pay a ridiculous amount for flowers when they are other options for you.
– make your own arrangements. Buy roses wholesale, rent vases, will save you a fortune.
– get your flowers donated for FREE by friends and family who have flower gardens. No, they won’t look exactly like you had imagined, but won’t saving thousands of dollars be worth it?
– you can make your own bouquet too! bouts are apparently easy, even though I’d be nervous. Someone you know who is coming to your wedding is probably crafty, maybe they can take on this as wedding gift to you.
– silk or real-touch flowers are an option.
-no flower centerpieces, do something creative and original! then you are only purchasing your bouquets, bouts and corsages from a florist.
– SHOP AROUND! it’s a competitive business out there, you can tweak your ideas, and get a better (lower) price.
I haven’t gotten my floral estimate yet, so I might not be much help, but would it cut down on costs if they add more greenery and less flowers to some of your centerpieces. Or even some non-floral elements like feathers or branches? Good luck – that must be so frustrating!
Wow, the budget for our wedding is 5K!
I too was blown away by how much flowers are in the Winter. I knew they would be expensive but not THAT expensive if you know what I mean. Is it possible to only go for low centerpieces? My florist originally suggested doing a mixture of high and low but the high ones cost more so I saved some money by only doing low.
What if you focused on the color of the flowers over the type of flower? I, too, LOVE hydrangeas but I know they are crazy expensive because they are out of season. What if you asked your florist to only do winter blooms? Flowers + Winter = Hard!
So I emailed my planner and told her that I wanted to price out other options, such as only using one type of flower and yes, CMSnails, I would take any white flower lol. There are actually a total of 26 and as of now they break down like this:
-on 4 rectangle tables, three low vases with candles in between
-on the 4 square tables, two low centerpieces, one is a little bunch of roses and the other a little bunch of hydrangeas, with candles around
-6 rd tables, one tall centerpieces with candles around
So I will see about changing the rectangle tables to two low centerpieces and the square tables to one and then looking at getting the Glassware for the candles myself….maye eliminating the tall centerpieces (the ceilings are high and the room is really big and open so I felt like I had to have them…). I am also going after some other quotes from different florists to compare.
Thanks so much for all the advice, I was really down but now I am determined to cut the price and still maintan the style I love! I really appreciate all of the support, I will keep everyone updated.
I can’t see the pictures for some reason, but I think your budget of $1500 is completely reasonable for a wedding of your size. Mine was only slightly north of that and included:
My bouquet (roses, wax flowers, succulents, dusty miller) + toss bouquet
3 bridesmaids bouquets (white hydrangea)
Grooms bout (succulent) + 3 groomsman bouts (wax flower)
3 bouts + 3 corsages for parents
2 large ceremony arrangements (white hydrangea, tall curly willow)
12 Aisle decor (baby’s breath tied to chairs)
6 Cocktail table (baby’s breath in silver julep cups)
17 Centerpieces –
(8 were set of 3 graduated vases with submerged orchids and floating candles
9 were silver vases with hydrangea, roses, wax flower and silver brunia)
I’m surprised that the florist didn’t ask for your budget at the initial meeting – I met with 4 florists and in each case we started with my budget and they made suggestions that would fit within it. But don’t worry, the 2 florists that my planner referred to me both gave me their “average” prices for bouquets, centerpieces, etc and I never went further than that with either of them because their prices were crazy! Centerpieces starting over $100 were definitely not in my budget and I knew it, mine ended up coming in under $50 each… Its definitely worth it to keep looking!
So you went to florists other then the ones reccomended by Your planner? Did she want to kill you haha… Were your quotes from all 4 that far off from each other? I had assumed the florist didn’t ask me about my budget because my planner had told her…..obviously not.
I just told my planner that I thought their prices were on the higher side and then I went ahead and met with the other 4 on my own. I brought print outs of my inspiration pictures to all the florists and was very upfront about my budget and let them know I was willing to be flexible. They each came up with different ideas that could keep the costs down. I gave them a budget of $1500, and the proposals I got back ranged from $1200-$1700, so they all tried to work within it. At the end of the day my flowers were exactly what I had imagined and I’m so glad I shopped around and didn’t spend more than I had to for the look I wanted!
Also, based on the pics on your board, I think you can get away with using your bridesmaids bouquets on one of the rectangular tables as low centerpieces and save some money! I love the picture with all the candles – I also think loading up on candles means you can go with simpler, smaller centerpieces like the roses in the photo. These IKEA candle holders could give you a similar look:http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90167439/
there’s also weddingful.com…. it’s like groupon for wedding stuff.
always great deals on there! check it out.
this is extra funny to me since I budgeted $300 for flowers, and when my Dad saw that he commented that he thought that was an exorbitant amount to spend. (sigh)
Maybe I’m being impertinent here but I don’t think your wedding planner should be offended if you go with a vendor other than the one she recommends. After all, it is your wedding and you are paying him/her to help you with it. You are free to follow or not follow whatever suggestions he or she makes.
My wedding planner recommended several different vendors and we interviewed two of them. While fabulous, I found that they were simply out of our price range. I felt bad telling them “No” but I did it anyway and found less expensive vendors. It was very helpful that my mother and/or Fiance went with me to interviews as it made it easier to say “No” when I had to. I also think vendors understand that sometimes you simply cannot hire them due to budget constraints and are pretty understanding about it.
Also, I love what other posters have said about baby’s breath. It can look quite beautiful when bunched together and I think it’s pretty affordable. Here’s a whole thread on using them as centerpieces:
Our estimate is at $5,500 for:
-30 floral centerpeices (roses, fujis, ranunculus, orchids)
-20 candle centerpieces. Not sure exactly how these will look yet, but there will be at least 4 large candles per table, and some sort of pearl or flower accent.
-Head table arrangements
-2 large entrance arrangements
-Draping at the head table
-Lighting at the entrance
We haven’t discussed bouquets and such yet. Hope this helped, your estimate seems pretty normal though..
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