Post # 1
How much should I realistically be planning for? Could some of you brides out there post pictures of your bouquets and the ball park cost. I want to budget around $500 Do you think this could be done? Small bouquets for 5 Bridesmaids and a then myself of course. I have talked to someone who said they spent $3500.00 on theirs… NO WAY EVER Would I spend that much…
Post # 3
If you are only want flowers for you and your bridal party then you can definitely do it for $500 or less. It’s mostly the centerpieces and decor that bring you to those high numbers. I can’t post pics from my iPad, but my bouquet is gardenia and roses BM’s are roses, and the cost for mine is $150 and the girls are $50 each.
Post # 4
The total for our flowers came to about $1200. That includes my bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets, 2 mothers crosauges, 6 boutonnieres (groom, 2 groomsmen, 3 fathers), and 20 centerpieces consisting of all hydrangeas. Wedding isn’t until Nov., so no pics yet. Are you planning on having flowers for centerpieces or other decor? I would say that would be a tight budget if you are, but if you are just talking about the bouquets, that’s not unreasonable. Although, I’m not sure about costs in your area.
Post # 5
$500 will do it as long as you want simple bouquets…I think my lowest quote for 4 BMs bouquets and 1 bridal bouquet was $450 (it was closer to $500 when you add in six bouts). That was for hydrangea and rose bouquets.
I was okay with that price, but because they are simple bouquets, we’re going to DIY them instead, and I can save $300 in labor fees and put that towards paying for tuxes (which was not originally in the budget).
Post # 6
I got 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, my toss bouquet, 4 wrist corsages, 10 boutineers, and a couple altar decors and my cost was $647. My flowers are roses, hydrangeas, and gerbera daises.
Post # 7
@tiffani3089: The $3,500 number most likely included a lot more than just bouquets – think centerpieces for dinner tables & cocktail tables, ceremony flowers & aisle decor, arrangements for escort card table, flowers for the cake, corsages for parents, etc. If you are just doing personal flowers for the bridal party (bouquets & bouts) $500 should be more than enough.
Post # 8
Thank you all for the feedback! I am not going to be doing floral centerpeices thank goodness.. hahaha
Post # 9
I changed my mind several times about flowers because my venue is a historical mansion and I don’t need a lot of decoration. Try Sam’s Club/Costco, the bulk flower websites or grocery stores (seriously, they were cheaper than florists) if you want to DIY.
Post # 10
We spoke to a farmers’ market florist and will come out at $350-400 for bouquets, corsages, & boutonnieres. We’re not doing floral arrangements for the church, etc.
In lieu of floral centerpieces, we went to a greenhouse and ordered live ivy plants in little 3″ pots, wrapped in colored foil. They are inexpensive and very pretty, and they are doubling as wedding favors – we’re going to invite the guests to take them home and plant them/have them as houseplants.
Post # 11
I think for my bouquets it was a little over 500 but my bouquet was huge!
Post # 12
I seriously had to shop around and scale back, but I spent about $650 for my bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 mom bouquet, 2 corsages, 4 boutonnieres, and 14 table arrangements. If you’re flexible with the kind of flowers you want, you can save a lot of money!
Post # 13
I’m getting married in North Florida in February, and my flowers were pretty steep (about 20% of my total budget.) I’m having a small wedding (30 people), but really wanted to make an impact with flowers (and I’m just not crafty enough for DIY).
For $1157, I am getting:
- Rose bridal bouquet (large, about 2 dozen roses at least and other flowers)
- Grooms bout
- 2 mothers wrist corsages
- 9 centerpieces – 3 pink hydrangeas, 3 ivory hydrangeas, 3 lime green spider mums (in glass vases accented with silver wire to match other things I have.)
- 20 stems to fill bud vases (favors) I have
- 4 table runners (my florist does all linen rentals, etc for you)
- 38 napkins
- All set up, delivery, taxes, breakdown, yadda yadda – this was about $200 of my budget, so be sure they give you that price – not just the “flowers”
- I’m getting married the weekend after Valentines day, so my flowers were more expensive because of that (and also why I stayed away from TONS of roses.)
Also, I went with a “modern, trendy” style florist because I really liked her work, and that she uses hardly any greens and nothing looks like it could double at a funeral home. I hope this helps someone with a base idea. Basically, my hydrangea centerpieces were $60 bucks a piece, my bouquet was $150, corsages/bouts are about $25 – so you can pretty much figure out your estimate.
Post # 14
- Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA
For $700 I got 4 corsages, 5 bouts, and 11 center pieces for our reception. I didn’t need a bouquet, because we had our reception 8 months after our wedding ceremony.
The trick is to find a local florist. Tell them what your budget is, what you need, and your colors. Then tell them that you you want them to use flowers that are in-season. Don’t be specific on the kind of flowers you want, and you can get some beautiful bouquets and lower cost in the colors you love.
If you are specific on the kind of flowers, you can expect to pay more.
Post # 15
I’m spending under $200. I’m buying bulk flowers from sam’s and designing the bouquets and centerpieces myself. sam’s does have prearranged flowers that are great but a little more expensive. 500 would be plenty to cover the cost.
Post # 16
we are doing what imanw is doing- we are ordering bulk from sam’s club and i will be arranging everything myself. i will be getting enough flowers for my bouquet, 3 bridesmaids, and 20 centerpieces for under $200. i’m making my own boutonierres (6) and corsages (6) with silk flowers and supplies from michaels which only cost about $20.