(Closed) Mr. Coffee talks flowers!

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Well, it depends on how large your budget is. I think the typical rule of thumb is 10% of the total budget. But it’s really up to you. If flowers are important to you, spend the money. If not, then spend less here and use the money elsewhere. We spent $775 ($10k budget) at first and then upped it to $1k after we realized how far UNDER budget we were.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I spent $1100 on calla lilies from a grocery store florist!

It really depends on what flowers you want. If you want expensive flowers your budget can be significantly more expensive than if you want less expensive flowers!

What type of flowers are you guys thinking about going with?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Good question!  To me, this is a very personal/individual thing.  A lot of it depends on how important flowers are to you.  I love flowers (i.e. we have fresh flowers in our house weekly) and a big part of what my mind focused on when envisioning my wedding.  I have other friends that don’t care much about flowers and would prefer  not to invest much of their budget into them.

As for how much I spent, let me just start off by saying I was majorly blessed in this area before I tell you the number.  I have an amazing friend who is an interior designer and her hobby is gardening.  She has a membership to a flower wholesaler.  She did all of my design and construction for me as her wedding gift to me and charged me only for the cost of the flowers themselves and even that was at wholesale.  She did a beautiful ceremony set up, bouquets, bouts, corsages, reception centerpieces, guest table & gift table arrangements and flowers for the cake for, get this…. $600!  I don’t even want to know what that would have cost at a florist – would have been in the thousands.  My flowers definitely rank up there with my very favorite wedding gifts!!!

Post # 6
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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
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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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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! 

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