(Closed) Should the florist give you a price per stem or just an over all price ?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

no florist gave me a per stem price because there are a few other factors involved. they usually can’t buy by the stem — they have to buy however many come in a package, so you might absorb some of that extra cost. also, they charge a lot for labor.

tell him your budget for the centerpieces and ask what changes he would suggest to get closer to that number. if you can’t work with him on this, find a new florist.

Post # 5
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I work with a lot of florists for my job, and nobody has ever given a cost per stem.  Kitzy gave a good overview of why not – the florists need to order more flowers than you need to account for breakage/flowers not fully opened/dead flowers/etc.  If you insist on ordering only 12 stems, you very well may only get 9 usable stems.  A per stem price also doesn’t take into account the work that goes into arranging the flowers, etc.  Also, your setup and breakdown likey aren’t “free” – they’re just wrapped into the cost of your florals. 

Also, if you’re using a florist try to pick someone you trust to do a good job for you.  In my mind the whole point is using a pro (and not DIY’ing your flowers) is so you don’t have to think about how many flowers to use 🙂 

Post # 6
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I concur.  It would be difficult to provide a per stem cost.  I think a cost per arrangement is very reasonable.  You might just ask them the average number of certain flowers in each arrangement.

Post # 7
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was given price per stem. And the overall price.

When I went back to the florist a few months later to plan another wedding the same thing was done.

Even in the final contact that information was outline for me

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