I was recently quoted $1775 for all of my flowers which include:
3x bouquets (including mine)
2x cermony pieces
Does this seem reasonable? I didn’t want to go over $1100, but the lady said that I would not be able to do all of this for under $1500. I don’t want to overpay for flowers, but I really don’t have a clue as to what to compare it to. My wedding is January 11th 2014 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL.
I also tried to tell her that I wanted to incoporate a lot of babysbreath but she said that all the flowers don’t bloom at the same time and it can sometimes look “twiggy.”
@TehRese: I was just quoted $583 for my flowers and here is what I’m getting.
6 X bouquets
1 x toss bouquet
8 x boutonnierres
4 x corsages
My wedding is September 29, 2012 in upstate NY.
I think a lot of it depends on what your bouquet looks like and what type of flowers you are looking for. And also it depends on how big your bouquet and centerpieces are.
Also, in my opinion I would go around and get some quotes. That’s what I did. I made an email up stating exactly what I want and included a picture of my bouquet and sent it out to pretty much every florist in the area. I found that small, local places did better on prices.
Below is my bouquet. It has mini picassa calla lilies which I knew were pricey going into it, so I expected a higher quote.
@TehRese: I think whether or not the price sounds reasonable would be dependent on where you live and the average cost for flowers from florists. Have you done any comparison shopping with other florists in your area? I alway think it is a good idea to talk to more than 1 vendor when it comes to planning your wedding. Cost is also dependent on when the flowers you are wanting are in season, I know that when I spoke to my florist she said that out of season flowers cost twice if not more times as much. So if you are wanting to save money and be more economical, I would stick to in-season flowers. As for the baby’s breath, that might be a question you want to bring to another florist just to make sure she wasn’t leading you astray to make you spend more money. I have never heard of Baby’s Breath being twiggy but then I don’t know too much about them other then they make a great filler! I am thinking of using them as a way to decorate the pews in the church because they are more economical. 🙂 Good luck and hope you find a good florist.
As a comparison by the way I was able to get my flowers 1300 from my florist for a few less arrangements so that is why I would really do some research into other florists if you and your Fiance aren’t comfortable with the pricing. I find it hilarious that the minute you mention to a florist that you are wanting flowers for a wedding, how much the price goes up! LOL There is actually a youtube video about it. Here is the link:
It is done by a British comedy group but I think it is true nonetheless. LOL 🙂
@TehRese: I am ordering my flowers online from Sams club. They have a lot of different collections to choose from. You would need to look at the 23 piece collections and then for 12 centerpieces, you can just add the extra 6. I am also using baby’s breath and they are VERY reasonable at Sams as well. For all that I will only be paying $660 (not including the extra 6 centerpieces, which if I did add it would only be $282 extra). What are your colors?
For our area, that would be considered average or cheap, depending on what flowers you are gettting and whether you are incorporating greenery or keeping it flowers only. We ordered about what you ordered and ours was about $3k including labor and we incorporated dahlias, hyndrangeas, garden roses, regular roses, freesias, tulips, and dusty miller, and no greenery at all.
Depending on how you are structuring the ceremony, you might be able to reuse the centerpieces. For example, you can do low Roman columns and add high centerpieces to them, which creates two taller columns. You may also be able to cut costs by doing the bouts yourself. Perhaps you can get grocery store bouts and corsages? They do a good job at the grocery store since they get a lot of prom/winter formal orders. Then you can get the rest of the more complicated things from your florist.
It’s also more expensive if you incorporate a great variety of flower types. It’s cheaper if you stick to one or two kinds of flowers, unless they’re expensive flowers like orchids.
The only quote i’ve had so far came from a city florist and was 480 not including centerpiece arrangements 1 more bout and 1 more bouquet, so I think she is overcharging. Also, I spoke to my mom about the babysbreath thing she is really into flowers- if the florist is smart, she’d have them a few days later so they could be arranged to avoid the blooming issue. i think you should shop around.
Mine are less than $950. This incudes my bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets x4, a throwaway bouquet, corsages for Mom, future Mother-In-Law, step-mother, and my grandmother; groom boutineer, groomsmen’ boutineers (sp?) x4, Father, future Father-In-Law, my grandfather, my guest book attendant, 2 church arrangements, and a variety of flower bunches because I’m DIYing my centerpieces.
I chose an in season flower (tulip) for all the bouquets, corsages, and boutineers (sp?). Also, none of the bouquets have filler flowers–I really didn’t want any. I also chose to make the centerpieces myself, which saved money because all I have to do is just buy the flowers themselves.
I don’t know if you know but the type of flower you pick and how big the bloom is affects the price. I picked an in season flower with a small bloom.
@TehRese: I used to work for a wedding florist. We hated putting baby’s breath in anything — it did look twiggy, it was kind of a dated look (really popular in the 80s), and it just kind of visually read as cheap. Even if you got it in early, there was no telling if it would come open at the right time. I hated it. We used greenery as filler, mostly — more reliable, and more visually lush, since the dark green blended in with the stems and leaves of the bouquet.
12 centerpieces, especially if they’re big, can get pricy. I routine did a bridal bouquet and about 3 bridesmaids bouquets for about $600 in MD/DC/NoVA region. 12 centerpieces, 2 altar arrangements, 3 corsages, and 3 boutineers in addition would hit around $1500-$1700, in my estimation. It’s a lot of work, the flowers have to be ordered in, arranged, and taken to the ceremony site to be set up. If you’re doing anything fancy with your bouquet — cascade, lots of jewels, unusual flowers, anything out of season — it’ll drive the price up. If you’re using lily of the valley or stephanotis, it’ll drive the price up since they’re delicate and expensive. If your centerpieces have a glass vase in them or are particularly large and/or tall, it’ll drive the price up. It really just depends on what you’re doing.
Go in to your florist, say “this is my budget, this is what I want, where is the wiggle room so that I can get what I want without going over budget?” Be honest with your vendor. And if they aren’t willing to work with you, then find another florist, stat. But you can’t cat-and-mouse about it. Tell them what you’re working with and what you want, and let them give you options to bring it in at budget.
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