Post # 1
I’m planning on doing a fairly simple centerpiece – 3 cut glass vases (kind of like the ones below) on each table with just a few flowers in each one, or a loose smallish bunch at most – nothing arranged or fancy – more like a wildflower look. I’ve been collecting cut glass vases over the past 8 months or so and I have a whole collection that would be enough for all of our tables (yay thriftstores!)
I just met with a florist and showed her lots of pictures and told her exactly what I had in mind (simple, not fancy or too arranged, inexpensive flowers) and she gave us the following quote for each table (3 vases/table)…keep in mind this is not including any cost for the vases since I would be providing them to the florist:
Vase 1: with Small bunch of flowers
Vase 2: with 3 flowers
Vase 1: with 1 flower
That sounds like a lot to me! I feel like essentially they would just be taking 1 bunch of flowers and dividing it between 3 small vases. I know flowers are not cheap, but I still feel like $30 is a lot for a small amount of flowers that do not have to be arranged AND this is not including any cost for the vases since I own them.
Am I being too frugal or should I look for another florist? Or should I DIY flowers through a flower wholesale store?
Post # 3
Personally I would DIY, esp since you have your own vases & there is actually no “arrangement” at a guess it will prob cost you 1/2 (but im no florist so its just a guess.)
Look at fiftyflowers.com and other online places to see if they have the types of flowers you want. Or, since they are wildflowers, do you have a farmers market that you could buy them from as well?
Post # 4
I agree – if DIYing is feasible for you then I’d go that route. I can see $30 if they were supplying vases, but just the flowers – no. It’s not like you’re importing Ecuadorian roses here.
Post # 5
Yeah I think it sounds like something you could totally do yourself, with no problem! You can even find wholesalers online that are great and will deliver the flowers at a specific time.
Post # 6
I don’t think the cost is that unreasonable as far as florists go, so I’m not sure how much luck you’ll be finding a lower price, maybe though. But for what you want it sounds like it’d be worth it to just DIY. Why don’t you take a look at some of the online stores or flower shops would be where you’d by just the flowers (not the arrangement from) and see how the cost works out. For some reason I had a very flowery people and everyone wanted to help with the flowers, so it can be a kinda fun thing.
Post # 7
It doesn’t sound like a lot, because keep in mind you are paying for the florist to hand select fresh flowers, arrange them (design) and set up. The $30 is taking into the account the delivery of flowers, design aspect and time it takes to put everything together. It’s not like you’re going to the grocery store and asking for 10 dozen roses, you know?
Post # 8
Yeah, after I met with our florist I decided DIY table centerpieces were the way to go, it cut down like half of what we would have paid with the florist! I like PP idea of fiftyflowers.com or a local farmers market. If you wanted a really inexpensive route and have the time/land you could grow your own wildflowers for the wedding. I would have used flowers from my parents property for mine if it were feasible!
Post # 9
Does the price include delivery and set up? If so, it’s not horrible. However, if you will have the time to DIY and set everything up, then I would just forget the florist.
Post # 10
I was set on doing my own centerpieces until less than a month before the wedding. What changed my mind (among other things like strong objections by other stakeholders) is that even if I had everything ready to go the day before the wedding, there was no one to deliver 20 centerpieces to the hotel and then arrange them on each table during the day of the wedding. Our ceremony started at 4:30, and the hotel said that we couldn’t set the centerpieces until 2:30 because they needed time to put the tables out with the tablecloths. Of coure, at 2:30, we were all busy running around the city taking pictures.
This was something I hadn’t considered up to that point, so I’m throwing it out there.
Post # 11
Agree with allurex112, luckily I have an event coordinator at the hotel who will take care of details like my centerpieces, so I can make them up the day before, they will store and set up the day of. If this isn’t feasible for your venue, then see if there are any family or friends who could help out with this.
Post # 12
I think that even though you are doing three small vases you have to remember the time and other fillers that need to go into each table. The florist is not just arranging 1 centerpiece but essentially three per table.
However, I think since you are looking for something simple you may be able to do it yourself, but remember the same is true if you are arranging, you have to put together 3 times however many number of tables you have.
Post # 13
If you want the wildflower look I would try to look for wholesale flower marts/markets and do it myself and you can do a test run for each size. You’re right, flowers can be expensive but when arrangement and design aren’t involved I think you can get enough flowers to cover at least 2 vases with $30. Also, look up “fillers” greens and small flower stems that can add volume to the flowers to bring down your cost.
Post # 14
I think 30 is definitely reasonable but it depends how important you think flowers are. To me I think flowers are very important. It also depends how many tables you have. My florist was charging 50 and I told him that was too much so he did half 50 and then half 30 and made some of the tables less elaborate and I think it will work out well. You can also do high and low vases.
Post # 15
im planning to make my own centerpieces. my mom is buying small bases in the dollar store and because the im using rectangular tables we are putting also three bases peer table. im using carnations because when you put them together they look pretty