(Closed) Trouble with the Coordinator – Can flowers be cheap?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that the quote she gave you is very reasonable. Sorry.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You are very welcome 🙂

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

i believe I found your exact bouquet here and it’s gorgeous:

http://the6chicks.com/2009/08/31/bridal-bouquets-adding-flair/

I certainly don’t know the pricing in Austin, but here in San Francisco, your list of flowers will probably run up to $2k. Manzanita branches, callas, orchids are typically higher-end flowers. Uluhe ferns cost about $2/each wholesale I think.

With all that said, I find your coordinator rather unpleasant (to put it mildly!). This is not the first time she has treated you poorly I believe, based on some older posts I remember reading. Telling a client that she “won’t work that cheaply” is tactless and unacceptable . A true coordinator she is not. Seems to me that she’s wants to get as much money as she could out of you (same with the exclusive DJ she works with – my guess is she gets a kickback/commisson from the DJ!).

Regardless, your flowers sound awesomely beautiful. 🙂 Good luck girlie.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m only getting bouquets and corsages, but the prices you have up there are almost exactly what my florist quoted me and I thought we were getting a really good deal. We are just getting dahlias though, and I expect that callas are a little more expensive.

Orchids in general are going to be expensive as well as pomanders since they take a lot of extra work.

For the manzanita (sp?) branches, if you bought them off of save-on-crafts or somewhere else and just let your coordinator arrange them, would that save any money? And are you stuck on using real flowers for the pomanders? One of the other bees made awesome ones out of ribbon, and several have made beautiful ones out of silk flowers. Check out the DIY section for ideas.

Hope that helps!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Those sound like pretty good prices to me…callas aren’t cheap. If you want to save money, a lot of people have their bridesmaids just carry a single calla…that would be pretty and save you about 16 flowers and you wouldnt even need monkey tails. I also think you could pretty easily DIY your centerpieces, bouquets and even bouts.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Those prices are the same as ours, and they seem reasonable to me. I would cut way back on table decor. We had centerpieces with lots of babys breath and they were cheap and great. We also picked up cheap and amazing flowers from a gardener for the aisle.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ugh, unfortunately that sounds pretty standard to me.  I think what may help is coming to terms with the fact that something you’d buy in the florist for an everyday occasion can be, say, $5.  But as soon as its known that you’re buy that very same item for a wedding, it jumps to like, $20+.  It sucks, but that’s how it goes.  So, that’s probably why its hard for you to process! 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

THose prices are really reasonable! Callas are REALLY expensive per stem. She isn’t even making that much money off of the bouquets. And manzanitas are very pricey too (especially the shipping charges!) – I know, i’m DIYing my manzanita centerpieces. I think you got a good deal. If you want cheaper, you’re going to have to chenge the types of flowers you want!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

callas and orchids can be expensive. I had mini black calla lilies in my bouquet and it was $250 and I spent well over $4000 for bouquets,centerpieces,corsages ect..and I didn’t do bouts so this seems like a really good price to me.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The only thing that seems a little expensive is the mother’s corsages.  Other than that it reads pretty much like my flowers. 

Instead of fresh flower pomanders for the flower girls, have you considered making your own from artificial flowers?  If your flower girls are anything like I was as a kid, fresh flower pomanders probably won’t make it to the ceremony.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yeah… like others have said – it’s a very reasonable price. I was going to do calla lillie bouquets for my Bridesmaid or Best Man and they were $120 a piece, which is also probably normal for those flowers in MX. 

 

In order to cut some of my flower cost, for all of the men we’re doing faux flowers from EmersonMade (the poppers) they basically just look like super cute little balls of confetti 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Agreed with PP’s. Sounds reasonable to me. I am *praying* that my quote is around that price!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

The prices for someone to do the flowers is reasonable as far as vendors go.  That being said your coordinator should at least be willing to discuss flowers with you….it’s what I would expect part of her job to be.  Calla lillies are expensive so we decided to DIY for the bouquets and a lot of the arrangements.  It ended up being fun and not stressful, ALOT cheaper – though you have to get the callas wholesale or they’ll be like $9/flower, but I still had the boutennieres and corsages made.  So perhaps you can pick and choose, but really hand tying a bouquet isn’t too hard, lots of people on here have done it and you could try it out before you decide for sure. 

If you do decide to go wholesale you’ll probably end up paying around $4/calla lilly but it depends a bit on the color and the place you buy them, even in the same color looking at different sites they could vary by $2/flower.  And remember it might not work out perfectly so you might have to get more flowers than needed, bumping up the cost, and you might have to pay for shipping – so those are all things to consider when calculating DIY costs. 

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