(Closed) Ok Bees – What is YOUR flower budget?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: What was/is your Floral Budget?

    Less than $1000.00

    Less than $1500.00

    More than $1500.00

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  • Post # 47
    792 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m spending $500…… which is wayyyyyyy more than I wanted to spend, but somehow I fell in love with Anemones and I’m paying a pretty penny for it. I’m getting my bouquet, moh bouquet, 4 bouts and 4 corsages…… I think it’s a little excessive…. but a February wedding in Canada can be pretty pricey for flowers seeing as nothing is local. Looking at what everyone else is getting for their money makes me feel like I’m getting ripped off maybe???!?!? 

    Post # 48
    44 posts
    • Wedding: September 2011

    For our wedding, we DIY and spent a bit less than $100.

    We bought only flowers in season so we got awesome deal. Even though it’s less than a hundred bucks, it was enough for 2 bags of rose petals for the aisles, 1 bride bouqets, 4 bridesmaid bouquets, 25 boutonierres, 23 center pieces, and still enough leftovers to decorate six serving tables.

    Post # 49
    33 posts
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I am in absolute awe of all you ladies who DIY’d your flowers! I am all thumbs when it comes to anything even remotely crafty or creative like that. Hence how I busted our floral budget like woah lol.  We paid about $1900 for 1 bridal bouquet, 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 5 bouts, 4 ceremony arrangements (nothing huge, just flowering dogwood branches in tall clear vases, 2 at the bottom of the aisle and 2 at the top) a scattering of white rose petals down the aisle, and 9 centerpieces. I’m trying not to think about how all those flowers are so beyond dead now….

    Post # 50
    2444 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I know this is an older post but I wanted to bump it and see what people have to say.

    My budget for flowers is under $1000.  I’m having a fall wedding and wanted all fall colors (mostly red and orange).  My flowers are all in season which saves money and a mixture of dried grasses and in season flowers.  My original estimate was $400 and I was shocked I was under budget.  This was just for ceremony flowers and no centerpieces.  Since then we decided to add reception centerpieces and we are cutting a few wedding party flowers (death in the family, kicked out a Bridesmaid or Best Man etc) so the price will probably go up but I think we’ll still be under budget.

    Post # 51
    1434 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I might be alone, but my wedding was just about flower free. We had my bouquet, 3 bridesmaid’s bouquets, 7 boutonierres, and 4 corsages for about $300. My Mother-In-Law got the flowers wholesale and did the arranging. I don’t really like flowers, so I didn’t really care. I got married at an aquarium and had nonfloral (awesome) centerpieces, so I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything.

    Post # 52
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m DYI-ing my own flowers. We’re having hydrangeas and white Gerber daisies with black centers. Getting everything from Sam’s for less than $100. When you factor in the vases (from t dollar store), and supplies for creating, it’s all just under $150.

    We are small though, no bridal party, and only about 9 tables. I plan on having some extra flowers to put around the room at the reception.

    Post # 53
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I spent a little over $600 on: bridal bouquet, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets (carnations), 8 bouttonieres, two flower girl flower crowns, rose petals for flower girls.

    DIY-ed my non-floral centerpieces (25 of them): manzanilla branches, hanging votives, moss, styrofoam, birds nests/eggs, flowers and hanging white stuff, flower pot votive holders and votives = approximately another $700 (actually never added it up, I’m curious what it really was!).

    Post # 54
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m hoping to spend under $600 (although I’m okay with pulling in a little $$ from my “Other Decor” budget line if I need some supplementary items), but I am planning to DIY with wholesale carnations. I LOVE carnations when they’re bunched together, they last a long time and travel well, and the fact that they’re relatively inexpensive is a bonus.

    While I love flowers and think they’re beautiful, they just aren’t a major priority to me other than in “everything needs to look nice,” so it’s an area I’m choosing to be super frugal.

    I’m planning on ordering at least 1000 carnations (this may be a crazy plan) to cover bouquets, bouts, corsages for moms/grandmas, plus centerpieces and supplementary decor.

    Post # 55
    44 posts
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Mine was 230 $  DIY fresh flowers:


    2 altar arrangment

    1 head table centrepiece 

    5 bridesmaids Bq

    1 Bride’s Bq

    9 boutonniers

    1 corsage

    2 layers of fresh white rose around 2 layers of weddign cake (about 35 roses buds)

    Post # 56
    183 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

    Im at $1100 for 1 bride bouquet, 3 bridesmaids, 4 corsaiges, 5 bouts, and flowers/willow sticks for 12 centerpieces and 2 alter vases….


    Seemed like alot to me but I really wanted Orchids and Calla Lillies and those are some of the most expensice flowers.

    Post # 57
    572 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Unfortunately, I fell in love with a centerpiece that was quite expensive. I originally planned for $2,000. We are ending up spending $5,200. But I think it will be worth every penny. I am very thankful for my dad as well who decided to pay for the flowers. He actually did a good job talking them down. It would have been close to $5,000 for centerpieces alone but we got EVERYTHING incuding bouquets etc and candles and decorations for the ceremony for the price I mentioned earlier in this post. I have 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen adn 20 centerpieces.

    ETA: Also, I think you can make any budget work. Candles also have a great look and feel. The type of flowers chosen and size comes into play. I know that some flowers are seasonal and trying to get them when they are out of season will be more expensive. I decided to make my bridesmaids bouquets a bit smaller and substitute some flowers for feathers which will cut down in price. We will also be “recycling” some of our ceremony decor in the reception. For instance, we are moving the candles from the fireplace at the ceremony to the bar at the reception and we are using the flowers/feathers we are using on the chairs and the ceremony for our dessert table at the reception.

    Post # 58
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’ve set aside $4000 in the budget for flowers. 

    Post # 59
    1222 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @SandyThePoet:  I second the Sams club route!  Ive read a lot of good reviews for their wedding packages!

    My budget was around $2500… the quote came back from the florist at nearly $5K… Needless to say – I had high expectations!

    So I managed to trim it down to $3000…  You just have to pick and chose priorities!!!  I’m also looking into DIYing my centerpieces… just trying to decide if Ill have enough time!

    Post # 60
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My budget was $1500 but we went slightly over. For $1800 we got my bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, 30 high and low floral centerpieces with hanging votive candles, escort card display, 8 bouts and 3 corsages


    Post # 61
    26 posts
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I initally wanted to DIY, but I figured I would have too much on my plate and I’m not that talented with floral arrangements.  My max budget was $2000, and we ended up at around $1800.  For that, we got:

    my bouquet

    hair flower

    3 bridesmaids

    groom’s boot

    3 groomsman boots

    father of the groom boot

    corsage for 2 mothers

    pomander for flower girl

    2 ring bearer boots

    ceremony decor (arbor, aisle flowers)

    12 centerpeices for reception


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