(Closed) There’s a reason I’ve been avoiding this. Vent.

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

holy bananas!!! i’m same situation, just some  bouquets, some bouts, and flowers for the aisle. the centerpieces are gonna be with fake flowers.

Post # 4
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3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@bells219:  I spent about $500 dollars for my flowers and supplies and made my bouquet 7 smaller bouquets, 4 boutineers, and I had a vase left over and plenty of pedals. DIY is definately cheaper, if you feel comfortable doing them.

Post # 5
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46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Even when we know they are expensive, the price does come as a bit of a shock. The flowers themselves are bad enough- what with the cost of growing and shipping, but the labor is what really drives up the cost.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Hah vent away! Some people really have some crazy floral budgets, and I’m sure the florist will give you a quote for less considering what you’ll be ordering. I share your feelings though, I met with one florist and had exactly one meeting with her about 7 months before the day. That was it, I had no “vision” and didn’t have any special flowers I wanted included.

Post # 7
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376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Check out costco.com. They have different floral wedding packages that are very reasonable and the reviews are wonderful!

Post # 9
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285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you do non-floral centerpieces (think candles, books, branches, etc) and only use in-season local flowers you should be able to get the price down to a more reasonable number without going “tacky”- although I personally see nothing wrong with silk or paper flowers if done well. Good luck!

Post # 10
Hostess
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I had budgeted for lots of flowers and even that didn’t prepare me for the thousands of dollars it will cost. Fake flowers weren’t for me so I had to bit the bullet but I have seen beautiful bouquets and arrangements using silks so I know it can be done.

Post # 11
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am not using any flowers for centerpieces, just candelabras and candleholders. My total cost of flowers is less than $300, which includes the bouquets, bouttoniers, and corsages. I am pretty confident that I will be able to sell all of my centerpieces and recoup the money as I think that they look gorgeous. How about non floral centerpieces? There are many options online.   

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That’s ridiculous. Honestly. I can’t beleive it…we got quoted $1300 for it…I don’t dare believe it. Now, we are planning to have each Bridesmaid or Best Man carry one long stem calla lilly to cut back on costs, I really can’t justify spending all that money when the flowers are going to get set down after the ceremony and never touched again!

Post # 14
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161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@bells219:  I feel ya.  A florist in Columbus Ohio wouldn’t even speak with you unless you told them you would spend at least $2000 at your event.  W. T. H. !!!!!!!!!!!!  

I DO care quite a bit about flowers… but we’re having a 50 person wedding, and found a better-reviewed (probably because more people can afford her!) florist who quoted me $1200 for 8 centerpieces, 5 bouquets, and 10 bouts/corsages. 

(ps: I can’t believe I’m even spending that much, but it turned out to be one of those things I was willing to throw money at, in order to make it not my problem)  🙂 

Post # 15
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2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have 0 floral for the whole wedding. I made our bouquets out of potpourri and our centerpieces are large laterns. We also considered doing wine/champange buckets for the centerpieces, as well.

Here is my bouquet (it has since been altered a bit):

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I worked with a girl who ordered her flowers from stop and shop. She said it was really inexpensive and they shipped them in so they were super fresh. They turned out just apretty as mine…and they cost at lot less.

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