(Closed) Update on Flowers- Orchids are affordable??!

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Looks beautiful! 

Post # 4
19 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

I was totally surprised by this too! I was working on a tight budget for flowers (around $1,000 for everything). When I went to see my florist she initially suggested Callas because we wouldn’t need that many stems to make the centerpiece have an impact, so that would keep the cost down. I’m not a huge fan of Callas, so she brought out the Dendro orchids. She said she could do 10 stems of white Dendrobium orchids with Curly Willow branches for $45 dollars per centepiece! Sold!

Post # 5
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yea! Dendrobiums are on the same page as hydrangeas and roses. However, the prices will climb if they are used for a full center piece tall display since you would need so many stems for it to look good.

I brought this picture to florists and got quotes from about $180-200/centerpiece. A tall ball of hydrangeas and roses are about the same.

Post # 6
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hi Bees –

Orchids vary and here’s why:

Cymbidiums are packed in cotton and boxed individually (similar to how gerberas are shipped). They last for weeks and weeks. Generally they are shipped from California. You’ll pay a premium for lime green or chocolate during the fall and a premium for white and pink during the spring (mothers day, easter, weddings).

Dendrobiums are a different story. Dendros that come from Thailand are extremely inexpensive in comparison to their Hawaiian counterpart. For example, you can get thai dendros from Thailand for less than those from hawaii -even though Hawaii is in closer in proximity to the U.A.

Note that the biggest difference on thai orchids vs hawaii – they are shorter stemmed and the blooms generally do not go all the way to the head of the stem. They also do not have scent generally but to be fair, you’re going to be so busy on your wedding day you won’t even notice 🙂

Post # 7
9230 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Here is my submerged orchid.  The etchings on the martini glasses are actually palm trees.

Post # 8
9230 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ack, it didn’t post!

Post # 9
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

The florist I’m using in Chinatown charges 50% more for calla lily bouts than cymbidium orchids.  I’ve always thought of orchids as expensive.  Good news for brides I guess!

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