(Closed) NO IDEA: Appropriate cost for florist?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

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quetal87:  Have you considered getting an idea of what you like, then calling three or four florists in your area to get an idea of pricing? That will give you the best idea of what the current costs are, for what you are asking for.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

You Should look up what the recommended percent is for flowers in a wedding budget. I think it’s 8-10 percent of total budget. Then call around and state what you need and (the low end of) what you can spend and see what’s up. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I live on Long Island, too. Prices are insane around here!!!

I ended up using the Costco floral service (I got thr European mini-boquets, but they have many different choices). The flowers were gorgeous, I got lots of compliments, and I saved a ton of cash. Highly recommended, if you would consider something like this.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

Mine was in the middle of nowhere – total under 300 for three bouquets and two corsages. I probably paid too much, but that was the only florist without driving 3 hours, so she wins.  Plus they were lovely.  We used grocery store flowers for our centerpieces, which I made with my mother/mother in law.  Anyway it’s nowhere near NYC but hopefully helpful.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Villa in Florence, Italy

I am a florist and own a shop. A wedding your size could range between $800-$3000. You really need to go for a consultation and bring inspiration pics.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For my wedding (Downtown DC), we spent around $3000, I think.  It was 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, flowers for both moms, corsages for the 2 readers and 2 grandmothers, 9 boutineneres, and then arrangements on 18 tables, the cake table, flowers for the cake, the gift table, and the escort card table.

We had simple arrangements of in-season flowers, and gave our florist wide latitude to do what she wanted.  It worked out great for us.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - North NJ

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quetal87:  I am paying $1200 for everything in jersey city. I am getting them done at Whole Foods. They have a separate wedding department that acts just like a regular florist…arranges, delivers, sets up. Includes 10 centerpieces, bridal party bouquets, ceremony decor. Whole foods is a ton cheaper than a regular florist so if assume that same package would cost 2-3k elsewhere

Post # 12
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Busy bee

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quetal87:  I got the Costco white roses set for bridal party bouquets & boutonierres, and then I got the European mini-bouquets for the table centerpieces. The overall look was very pretty! The white roses set does come with these pearly pins in the centers which I felt were tacky, but they were easy to take out.

Sam’s Club also has some nice florals- their Earth tones bouqs set is lovely and with very high rating, too!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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Shrink-E-Dink:  Do you have pictures? I am considering ordering flowers for myself, the bordal party, and centerpieces from COSTCO or Sams 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

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Shrink-E-Dink:  would also love to see pictures!  and hear more about the experience, eg. what size vase did you put them in, how was the condition of the flowers, etc.  just found the white european mini bouquets online last night and they are my leading contender for table flowers.  $150 is more my price range!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

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quetal87:  We spent about $1,000 on our’s but we lived on the opposite side of the country (in CA). 

The cost will be more based on what you want, the time of year, etc. 

I’d recommend calling 3 florists and asking for a quote, and some portfolio samples.  If you decide you really like one, but it’s too expensive, ask them if they can suggest better seasonal substitutions to reduce the cost.  For example, if you just LOVE white gebera daisies, shasta daisies can sometimes be a cheaper option, or spray roses instead of single stems, etc. 

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