Post # 1
Ok, Bee’s, I apologize ahead of time. I need to rant about my wedding flower delimma…
Fiance and I went to a local chain grocery store with a floral department who is historically fantastic and produces beautiful arrangements for weddings. This place was recommended to us over other floral boutiques in the area. Fiance dad works at said grocery store. We went with a budget of $1500, and were laughed at, the floral manager literally said there was no way. My mother is paying for flowers and after hearing about this decided on a budget of $2500 – ok. I showed the manager pictures of ideas and told her I was interested in keeping the floral cost low as flowers are neither important to myself or Fiance. She said with the size of our bridal party and reception that it was doable (5 BMS, 5 groomsman, 5 ushers in addition to family corsages/boutineers) and 330 people at the reception, which equals out to be about 38 tables. Well, here we are three weeks later and I receive a quote that is literally DOUBLE what my mom gave her as a budget. Her quote came out to $5300. I understand this is a quote and that she is in sales, however, it seems as though she totally disregarded everything I said about wanting to keep costs managable and included other exorbanent features. I’m pretty upset about this. In addition, even after we told her that my mother was paying for floral, she had the nerve to send the quote to Fiance father (who also works in the same store as her). Fiance parents reached out this morning to ask about it, and very sweetly asked why they receieved it. They shouldn’t have! I feel as she is going around me and what I want because she is trying to make a sale. Very frustrating!
For reference here are some of the costs she gave:
$250 for my bridal bouquet, and over $3000 for all centerpieces. The rest is made up of the bridal party and immediate family’s flowers.
Post # 2
That is a lot! Mine were a total of maybe $2300 and they were HUGE. I reccomend AGA Wedding Decor and she is based in IL
Post # 3
As a florist, she should have told you your alternatives for more budget friendly flowers. She disregarded your budget and your mother who would be footing the bill. She’s super rude to send it to someone she knows ISNT paying for the flowers. I wouldn’t give her my business nor time of day to requote.
Post # 4
I can’t imagine how you’d be able to do 38 centrepieces, 6 bouquets, and like 15 corsages and boutonnieres for only $2500 from a professional florist. You’d be better off checking the online DIY sites or Costco with that budget. We’re not doing professional florals because the cost just seemed crazy for me, so I totally get it, but I don’t think that quote is out of this world for what you’re asking.
Post # 5
Honestly 38 is a lotttttt of tables. You could try to find a lower quote or DIY?
Post # 6
Time to start looking for other quotes…
Post # 7
Oh my gosh I had no idea how expensive flowers are!! My mom is making mine a mix of crochet and silk so I haven’t even priced them!
Post # 8
I’d walk away. You have a large wedding and will need a lot of centerpieces. She knew your budget and should have suggested some alterntives. You could alternate candles on some tables, flowers on others, do large vases with floating candle and submerged flowers, etc. There are lots of alternatives, including lower cost flowers and some really nice filler flowers.
DIY may not be for you, but I DIYd my flowers. It was easy, fun, and I got what I wanted. You have lots of alterntives that won’t cost that much! (and, I’d probably contct the store manager about her sending the quote to fiance’s father- it is unprofessional).
We don’t have any good pictures back yet, but I’ve included some photos of our flowers below.
Post # 9
Oh I’m sorry I didnt see the amount of centerpieces! I had 16 tables, 6 bm, 6 gm, 2 flower girls, and a cascading bouquet for me (that was I think $250)
Post # 10
Are non-floral center pieces an option? Or half floral and half non-floral?
Post # 11
I’d be done working with this florist. $250 for a bouquet, while not unheard of, is over the top for someone who is on a budget. Mine is $175 and the bridemaids bouquets are $50 each.
My florist was very upfront with me about what she could do in my budget and I decided to only use flowers for the ceremony (which is costing around $750). It sounds like this florist is extremely pushy and not willing to work with your budget so find someone who will. You still may have to DIY or cut somethings (have you considered non-floral centerpieces for all or even just half of the tables?) but I’m sure you can find someone who can get closer to your budget.
Post # 12
That seems like a lot! I have a florist whos doing all my flowers (peonies,cabbage roses) and all the set up for 1500 Canadian (and our dollar sucks right now lol!)
Post # 13
That is not okay! Even for a big wedding, this is a grocery store and she was informed of your budget. What was she thinking?
I am certain that you will be able to find someone in your area who can do something nice for less than that price.
Post # 14
$3k for 38 tables seems reasonable, but to disregard your budget is not. A good florist will work with you to stick within your budget and give you alternative options to keep within your budget. I’d take your budget and talk with some other florists to see what options they provide. Good luck!
Post # 15
Those are gorgeous! What is your color scheme if you don’t mind me asking? 🙂