(Closed) NO IDEA: Appropriate cost for florist?

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

UK here:

8 small centrepieces + altar arrangement + 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet + bridal bouquet + 6 buttonholes =£500 (including delivery). 

Post # 17
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Helper bee

I am getting 15 centerpieces, bridal bouquet, 4 bm bouquets, 2 corsages, 4 boutonnieres, a flower arch for the ceremony, and flowers for the cake in Orange County for just under $2k. I looked around for a florist who was able to do everything I wanted and makes sure it works in my budget!

Post # 18
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Busy bee

Do you have a flower savvy person you could bring with you to consultations? I took my Mother-In-Law when I went to look at flowers because she’s “thrifty”, and I love flowers and would have gone way overboard haha. 

Get some ideas of what you like, decide what you want to spend and give the florists that as a guideline to help work within that 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - sandcastle

Where in Long Island? I went to a place called Beautiful Beginnings in Bethpage. I thought they were pretty reasonable. I didn’t have to get centerpieces though. I got them through my venu. They were rentals. I paid around $1,650 which included 6 bouquets with a free toss one for the reception, 9 Boutonnieres, 2 pompadour balls, 3 corsage, 10 pews of flowers and 10 pews of ribbon for the church, And two flower baskets for the front of the church. I’ll attach the link if your are interested.

I hope this helped you

http://www.beautifulbeginningsflowers.com/

Post # 20
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Newbee

My florist in Seattle, Washington states on her website that her clients spend anywhere between $6,000-$12,000 on flowers and floral design. Yikes!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

greenredhead:  that is crazy…I went to one for a quote and they were all about furniture and chargers and linens.. told me I might have to skip church flowers for $2k budget.  We went with someone else who heard our desires…some places are over the top.  I wanted tasteful not extravagent.  

Post # 22
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Helper bee

For my bouquet, three bridesmaid bouquets, 10 boutonneires (2 of which were complimentary from a bridal show), 11 centerpieces, and 4 corsages (again, 2 were complimentary), we were given a quote of $2500. I would personally not spend that much but a close family friend asked to purchase our flowers and they were happy with this quote and I really love the work this florist does. I received three quotes and this one was the most expensive. I will probably have to add another centerpiece but I will pay for that myself. 

This picture is from their show exhibit:

Post # 23
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

quetal87:  Well, there really is no such thing as an “appropriate” or “average” cost for a florist because it all hinges on what YOU want and how much you need. I’m not a florist, I’m a wedding photographer, but I can tell you that all of us vendors talk. The biggest gripe I hear from florists is when clients contact them wanting a quote but really don’t give them much info to go by. The best thing you can do is contact a few florists – send them some inspiration photos of what you like and tell them how many people/tables (basically any info they’d need to know to make a close quote) and see what they say. Most people are shocked to see how expensive florals are, but you also have to remember that the pricing varies so much depending on the flowers you choose. Once you get a quote, you can go back to the florist and ask them to find you similar stuff but less expensive if you find it’s too high. 

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I live in NYC, but hired my florist from CT. The total cost was $2950, and included:

1 bride bouquet

1 toss bouquet

1 groom boutonniere

3 groomsmen boutonnieres

2 SIL corsages

1 FOB boutonniere

1 MOB boutonniere

2 Brother-In-Law boutonniere

6 pew bouquets

Petals for aisle

15 pairs of small arrangements for centerpieces

Extra flowers to decorate wedding arch

It also includes delivery and setup. I booked in 2014, so you should book early, as vendors’ prices increase annually usually. DEFINITELY look outside NY, because you will NOT get a deal unless you order in bulk and arrange yourself, or get arrangements from a chain, which I didn’t want to do.

Another idea is to go to bridal shoes, as they send magazines too, and they have some pretty awesome floral packages in those. Cheaper than what I spent. I’m sure mine will be worth it, though, and writing it all out, it looks like I got a deal, lol.

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