(Closed) Mr. Coffee talks flowers!

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 6
1756 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We spent $1500ish on flowers with a $35k wedding budget. However, I genuinely didn’t give a crap about flowers, so our floral budget was pretty low, relative to what we spent on the wedding. And that amount included a bridal bouquet; 4 bridesmaid bouquets; 5 bouts; a ceremony arch; small arrangements/petals/candles for the escort card table, cake table, and cocktail tables; arrangements for 3 mantles; flowers on the cake; and 13 reception centerpieces. We went with strictly in season flowers and did a lot of candle-based decor.

Post # 7
1809 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I also think you should take into account how large your bridal party is going to be and how many reception tables you’re going to have.

My florist is charging me $381 for 6 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 1 toss bouquet, 1 groom bout, 5 regular bouts (for groomsmen and father/ grandfather), and 2 corsages.

I will be using relatively inexpensive flowers as my florist directed me to the most budget friendly options. Also, our flowers aren’t super important to me so I don’t care to spend a lot of money on them.

Post # 8
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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@JenniMichele: Good point!  What flowers you are interested in using make a big difference in the cost!  Some flowers just cost more than others.  Also, time of year makes a difference!  I had two different color schemes in mind when I first talk to my friend who arranged my flowers.  I got married in September and she encouraged me to go with the “fall theme” I was considering because flowers that are in season are obviously cheaper.  She was able to get the sunflowers from the local grower, etc. which helped with the cost.

Post # 9
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think ours were around $2800 – $3000.  We had 16 tables with 2 low centerpieces at each,  my bouquet + 3 bridesmaid bouquets, 2 moms corsages, 6 boutonnieres, 1 cake toppers, a little floral swag for the card bird cage, and 6 bows for the aisles.

Post # 10
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are DIY flowers from fiftyflowers.com 

I don’t want to spend more than $900 for flowers, floral supplies (bouquet holders, ribbons, pins, vases) I want gerbera flowers everywhere except the aisle. I am ordering 6000 rose petals from the website and it’s a lot cheaper than the grocery store and the florist.

Post # 11
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re having ours outside just so we can avoid spending alot on flowers 🙂 I just need the bouquet and the boutinere (I can’t spell) for my man and we should be set!

Post # 12
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We spent about $300 on flowers…maybe. Our budget for the wedding was 15K-20K. Just not a priority for me.

Post # 13
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are spending about $750 but that doesn’t include centerpieces. We’re doing those ourselves, so when all is said and done, it’ll probably be 1k for flowers. Our overall budget is 12K.

Post # 14
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It depends on several things:

-Flowers for centerpieces or not?

-Type of flowers chosen, which leads to…

-How far those flowers have to travel to you


Realistically, flowers are expensive.  Our budget for about 30 tables, head table, bouquets, bouts for the guys, a few “gift” type flowers, decorating the cake table, the ceremony which had hanging floral and fabric and “other” decorations that the florist did was >4k.  It was a rather huge chunk of our wedding budget.

Post # 15
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Geezzz, my estimate came to about $5,000.00.  8 people in bridal party (includeing B&G) with guests up to about 200 people.  I think I’m in the wrong city. 

Post # 16
7679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It depends on how many flowers you want, if the flowers you choose are in season or not, and the type of flowers also-some are much more expensive than other types-and also where you get them from. Peonies and Orchids Stephanotis, Gardenias, etc. tend to be more costly than something like carnations or crysanthamums. My daughter had a small semi-casual wedding (65 people) and didn’t care much about the flowers-I bought her flowers directly from a dahlia farm (she got to choose the colors she wanted, we ordered them) and I bought seven dozen stems-plenty for arm-held simple bouquets, and for table centerpieces and an arbor-all for a total of $70.00  She had plenty, and plenty left over! 

Post # 17
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We decided to do floral centerpieces on only half of our tables in order to save considerable money. My BMs are also carrying lanterns and have corsages instead of full bouquets which cut it down a lot. We found a friend of a friend who is just getting into the floral business so her rates were really good…All told, our florals are about 5% of our budget.

Post # 18
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re looking at about $700 total for our floral budget – bridal bouquet, 2 attendant bouquets, 3 corsages, 7 boutonniers, kissing ball for flower girl and pumpkins, wheat & berries for decor. It will all be in-season selections and locally grown which keeps the cost down in a big way!

Post # 19
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I love flowers. I buy flowers every week and I have flower beds around the house and down the driveway. However, I’m only doing eight tables with actual flower arrangements, one bouquet, one bout., and five corsages. I’m not using roses, callas, orchids, stephanotis, or peonies.

For the other tables half will be silver dollar branches and the other half will be these lovely candles that I’m head over heels for. The candles are actually the most expensive part of my centerpieces.

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