Post # 1
I originally had a budget of $4k for our Destination Wedding for flowers with 40 guest. Now we will only have about 30 guest max . Our budget is under fire and I told our florist that I needed to take it to $3000. This wasn’t a problem for her and she made adjustments no problems. After talking to my friend. She seems to think I should cut it even farther to $2000 as at the end of the day flowers are not what people going to remember. I hate for the florist to be upset with me since she did put in work for us but I am trying to trim my budget at the same time. I have a $1500 deposit with her so if I cut it to $2000 I’d only have to pay $500.. The only thing I really care about is have my flowers, the men’s leis, BM’s flowers and centerpieces. Anything else is extra…but I’m not sure if $2000 will cover that. What do you guys think ?
Post # 3
It’s tricky…if it were me, I’d cut down my flower budget becuase I only cared about the flowers that you listed as well. But don’t alter things just because your friend says you should. If you want the “extras”, and can afford them, then go for it. But if you are really struggling to pay that much for flowers, then ask your florist to work with you at a new budget.
By the way, we are date twins!
Post # 4
I think that you should talk to the florist and ask her how much your “must haves” will cost, and then make a decision on what extras you would like to have, if any. Your flowers will die at the end of the day, but if you are having a photographer, you flowers will be captured for life. Florist prices differ from area to area, so I don’t know if just $2,000.00 will cover just the “must haves” or not. Your florist probably won’t get mad at you, but she might get frustrated from you changing your mind. I would talk to her as soon as possible.
Post # 5
I’m sure the florist has had this happen before. I think that $2000 is more than enough for such a small guest count. I’m have 250 guest and my budget is smaller than that, but the bottom line is get what YOU think you need, not what others tell you you should or shouldn’t have.
Post # 6
We’re having a 75-100 person wedding and spending about $2K after delivery and tax. Maybe flowers are more expensive because it’s a DW?
Post # 7
For that size of wedding, there is no way I would pay more than 2K for flowers! It is already a huge chunk of your budget! They aren’t worth it- we didn’t hire a florist, we just did simple centerpieces with fake flowers and no one knew the difference anyway. We bought $50 worth of flowers at the grocery store (don’t know if that is possible where your Destination Wedding is?) and put a few bouquets together.
Post # 8
Well no way I can do them myself.. the reception is at a hotel. I’m thinking I will email her back and just tell her than I will have to have it cut back to $ 2000. I always did think it was over the top for that small of a reception. I do think the flowers are fairly high in HI…not positive though. I just know I’m being made to cut back on alot of things , not just here. I mean I dont really need all the fancy linen…yes it’s nice but it’s not omg I’m going to die without it… I just hope she doesnt get super upset with me.
Post # 9
MissPlanner – Flowers in HI are indeed priced ridiculously high, especially since you are coming in from elsewhere (and they know it). The floral prices also fluctuate according to what time of year it is… I don’t know when your wedding is, but in May/June for example maile lei skyrocket in price, even buying locally as graduations, Memorial Day, King, Kamehameha day in June and other annual events consume the majority of floral supplies around that time of year. Last year, most suppliers had to import flowers just to meet the demand just for Memorial Day. We also have thousands of soldiers coming in and out of state (deployments and redeployments) that consume a large part of the flower supplies, as well. (Each soldier is provided with an orchid lei upon return).
As an example, your typical orchid lei is going to run @$6.95 – $9.95 for the plain version and up to @$30 for the flat (fancy woven) orchid lei.
Seriously, if you were here in enough time to round up your own flowers, the costs would be phenomenally less expensive. With the natural flora, having a few less flowers for decor, probably isn’t going to be noticeable. Hope some of this helps.
PS I live on O’ahu, so if you are getting married on one of the other islands–prices usually go up considerably on most items.
Post # 10
I’m having an LA ballroom wedding for 135 people and my flowers are costing $2k. I didn’t even really skimp on the flowers that I liked. I cut back a bit on the ceremony isle flowers but that’s about it. 3k for a wedding for 30 seems way too excessive. I would contact your florist to discuss what can be done for $2k.
Post # 11
Well this for linens too, not just flowers. I’m sorry I should have stated that in the post.
Post # 12
if you don’t care about the “extras” i would just not have them and trim the budget.
Post # 13
ok i say talk to the florist/coordinator… tellthm your concerns and have her work someting for you… she may be able to cut cost by using something other than floral centerpieces an also try to use as many native flowers as pssible this will also cut cost again start with the necessities and then go from there