Post # 1
So we just got our price quote back from the florist and it is definitely NOT in the budget! We are going with a grocery store florist that has come very highly recommended by several people I know and apparentaly has more reasonable prices than any of the floral shops. However, the quote seems really high to me. Here is the breakdown:
Bride: 310.00 (Hand tied bouquet to include – 15 open coral roses, 5 white oriental lilies, 12 stems white mini calla lilies, 5 white hydrangea, myrtle throughout lightly – wrapped ¾ in ivory ribbon)
6 Bridesmaids: 780.00 (130.00ea – hand tied bouquet to include 5 open coral roses, 6 stems spray roses, 2 hydrangea, 6 stems mini callas – wrapped ¾ in coral ribbon)
2 Mothers: 37.98 (18.99ea – wrist corsage with 5 ivory spray rose blooms, 2 small clumps of hydrangea, small amount of myrtle, white sheer bows)
6 Corsages: 95.94 (15.99ea – wrist corsage with 3 ivory spray rose blooms, 1 small clump of hydrangea, small amount of myrtle, white sheer bows)
19 Boutonnieres: 179.82 (9.99ea – single full size rose with myrtle accents – straight green taped tails) Groomsmen will be coral roses all others will be ivory
Does anyone have any cost-cutting suggestions? I know obviously part of it is having 6 bridesmaids but Idk if we just picked expensive flowers or what! Any help would be appreciated.
Post # 3
Trying going in with your budget and colors and let them suggest the flowers. If you give someone a picture and say here make me this it is always 10x more expensive than if they create you bouquets from what is in season and on hand.
Post # 4
You could also go with simpler arrangements. For example the corasages could be roses/spray roses. Same with bridesmaid bouquets. I have seen some really beautiful baby’s breath bouquets.
Also consider using costco or sam’s club. I’ve heard that can save money. And as always, using flowers that are in season is less expensive as well.
Post # 5
Holy Moly!! Is this really what an average florist cost? I am doing floral roses, navy blue flowers (cant remember what kind they are..) and babys breath and I am only paying 600 for my bouquet, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouqets, 6 coursages, 8 boutineeres AND 18 centerpieces (I am providing the vases). Maybe flowers here in NC are cheap? Haha.
Before I decided to hire a florist, a friend recommended Sam’s. They don’t do them for you but you can easily put your own bouqet together for a fraction of the cost!
Post # 6
Say whaaaat? Try fiftyflowers.com and make them yourself. I plan on doing garden roses and some wildflowers for like $200. I only have like 8 or 9 centerpieces to do, but there’s no sense in breaking the bank over things that will die in a few days. And I just love flowers… but with all the other expenses, why spend so much? DIY. Research a bit. Sure, pro floral arrangements are beautiful but flowers are gorgeous on their own, even with a non-pro putting them together.
Post # 7
That is very pricy, especially your Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets. I don’t think Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets should be more than $100, unless you are wanting to splurge. Can you make the bouquets smaller? I think taking the callas out of the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets will bring down the price a lot. Consider using stock instead of hydrangeas for the Bridesmaid or Best Man. Your bouquet sounds big as well. decreasing 5 hydrangeas to 2 or 3 will help. Also, who are all the extra corsages and bouts for? Other than groomsmen, parents, and grandparents no one else really needs flowers. Have you tried getting quotes from other florists? People say grocery store florists are less expensive than wedding florists, but I did not find that true in my case. Maybe it just depends on the area, but I would shop around.
Post # 8
Honestly, that is not the pricing of a budget florist, especially not one at a grocery store. I would definitely recommend shopping around for other quotes. I hired a florist who does not have a store front and my flowers were a little less than her pricing.
Post # 9
I totally wish I had posted here before going to the florist! haha I think if we go to someone else I will go in with a budget rather than pics!
I had a friend who had great luck with Sam’s Club… I don’t have a membership there but if she still does maybe I could mooch off of that haha 🙂
WOW it sounds like you are getting a good deal (and I am getting totally ripped off) haha I think I’ll look elsewhere after hearing your pricing!
Yeah, I’m DIYing all 20 of our centerpieces so I was hoping to get out of some DIY work here but I think I might be better off doing at least the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets myself!
I’m glad you agree about the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet price! I emailed the florist and asked to decrease each bouquet size and that brought the price to 75.00 per Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet but that still seems high to me! And our other boutonnieres are for ushers, readers, musicians, and the officiant. Do you know if all those people have to have them? I thought everyone involved in the ceremony had to have one so theres like a ton of people! I haven’t looked elsewhere but if you’ve had luck at florists not at grocery stores I may give it a shot!
Thanks for the input! I found out one of our ushers wives used to work in a florist department at a grocery store so she may end up helping me with some DIY bouquets!
Post # 10
$75 is much better than $130. I paid $65 for my Bridesmaid or Best Man. I think anywhere from $50-75 is good, depending on how full the bouquets are. I really don’t think you need all those extra bouts. I mean it’s nice, but not necessary…especially if you are one budget. Definitely keep searching! Good luck!
Post # 11
@Whitney818: Im in Houston, Tx and got three different quotes from flowers. They are quite expensive :(…. The place we are going with came to be the cheapest we found, but the best quality at the same time. My brides bouquet is $250, the bridesmaids $75 each. I would ask your florists suggestions on the flowers you chose, if there are cheaper options and what not. I do have different flowers in my bouquet tho so it could be the type of flowers too. Have you tried to get quotes from other florists?
Post # 12
I don’t consider those prices to be crazy high but I definately wouldn’t call it budget. Unless you live in a really expensive city, then that might be budget. I always think that calla lilies are expensive – is that maybe what’s upping the prices? And who are all those people getting corsages and bouts? Could you cut down that list?
Post # 13
Thanks for your thoughts! Glad you paid about the same price so if we go with them I won’t feel really ripped off 🙂
I was so surprised by how expensive flowers were!! I think we might look into meeting with another florist. The only issue now is time. I’m about to start an internship full time so I had hoped to be able to go with the original florist just due to lack of free time but I think I’ll try to fit in at least one meeting with another florist to price compare!
Yeah If I lived in NYC or something I wouldn’t be surprised but in Missouri I expected things to be a bit cheaper 🙂 And I think the callas are a big part…I need to look into finding a flower I like just as much that is cheaper! It’s too bad they are kind of a unique look! And the boutonnieres are for 6 Groomsmen, 2 Ushers, 2 Readers, 1 Officiant, 2 Musicians, 2 Fathers, 2 grandfathers, and 1 guestbook person I believe. The florist made it seem as if everyone involved in the wedding needed a boutonniere. Do you know if that is the case? I just listened to her because I was clueless 🙂
Post # 14
Yeah, it’s crazy that certain flowers are so expensive, but maybe our florist would have some suggestions of calla alternatives? As far as bouts/corsages, I don’t think they’re necessary for everyone
invovled in the wedding. I’ve never seen an officiant with a bout. Or musicians. Maybe if they’re really good friends, but not if they’re just hired. And readers/guestbook people can go either way – a nice gesture but not necessary.
Post # 15
I’m from Houston too! Who did you end up choosing for your florist?
Post # 16
We ended up going with Dream Bouquet! After checking out 3 florists, we thought dream bouquet was the best. They were not the cheapest but also not the most expensive either. I think the quality of their flowers look better, plus as far as centerpiece options for the reception, they have wayyyyy more ideas to choose from. Cant wait!!