(Closed) What is a reasonable floral budget?

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

hi moneypenny02,

i was quoted from 3K-4K and i’m thinking of going to semi-diy route with the flowers.. i live in ventura county which is 1.5 hrs a way from the flower district so im thinking of doing some myself… so did u go to that florist? commerce florist? i heard they are pretty good with budgets and all.. let me know k? tnx

Post # 19
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

TobeMrsG, $7,000 for just flowers?  That would have been more than the cost of our whole reception!

Then again, we limited the flowers to two bridal bouquets, one Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, one bout, and some freeze-dried rose petals to scatter on the reception tables.  All the rest of our decorations were nonfloral.

Post # 20
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@moneypenny: What about doing them youself? I’m doing mine with fiftyflowers.com or wholeblossoms.com and it’s going to be about $500 for everything including the hydrangea. orchids, and all the glassware and such I’ll need (which I’ve collected along the way and plan to resell).

I know you said you didn’t have a big enough fridge but you actually don’t put them in the fridge because the gasses from your foods break down the flowers…it’s safer just to keep them in a cool place. I did the flowers (calla lillies) for my brothers wedding last Oct. (there is a post about it somewhere with pics) and stored them in the garage, changing the water daily and stuff. They turned out great and saved them a bunch! Just and idea

Post # 21
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I paid 1100.00 for all my flowers. I looked at 3 different florists and went in with a budget. Here is my quote…sorry its long but may be helpful

 Date: 02/02/2010

*** Item# 1 Product#:
Description / Comments: BRIDES BOUQUET
Quantity: 1 @ 150.000 = 150.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 2 Product#:
Description / Comments: BRIDESMAIDS
Quantity: 5 @ 65.00 = 325.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 3 Product#:
Description / Comments: JR BRIDESMAID
Quantity: 1 @ 35.00 = 35.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 4 Product#:
Description / Comments: FLOWER GIRL WREATH
Quantity: 1 @ 25.00 = 25.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 5 Product#:
Description / Comments: FLOWER GIRL BASKET
Quantity: 1 @ 15.00 = 15.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 6 Product#:
Description / Comments: GROOMS BOUT
Quantity: 1 @ 10.00 = 10.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 7 Product#:
Description / Comments: GROOMSMEN
Quantity: 5 @ 5.00 = 25.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 8 Product#:
Description / Comments: FATHER
Quantity: 1 @ 5.00 = 5.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 9 Product#:
Description / Comments: GRANDFATHER
Quantity: 1 @ 5.00 = 5.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 10 Product#:
Description / Comments: USHERS
Quantity: 2 @ 5.00 = 10.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 11 Product#:
Description / Comments: MOTHERS
Quantity: 2 @ 20.00 = 40.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 12 Product#:
Description / Comments: GRANDMOTHER
Quantity: 1 @ 15.00 = 15.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 13 Product#:
Description / Comments: ALTAR ARRG
Quantity: 2 @ 50.00 = 100.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 14 Product#:
Description / Comments: BOWS W / GREENERY
Quantity: 10 @ 10.00 = 100.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 15 Product#:
Description / Comments: FAMILY TABLE ARRG
Quantity: 2 @ 40.00 = 80.00 Taxable: Y

*** Item# 16 Product#: DC75
Description / Comments: DELIVERY AND SET-UP
Quantity: 1 @ 75.00 = 75.00 Taxable: N

Total: 1,015.00
8.75% Sales Tax: 82.25
Quote Total: 1,097.25


Post # 22
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i’m in fl so it’s way cheaper here, but i paid $300 for my bouquet, 2 bridesmaids, 5 bouts, 4 coursages, and flower girl petals. we diyed the centerpieces and aisle flowers for $900 wholesale. not as fancy as your inspiration because, well, we’re not so flower skilled and we thought just cutting and plopping them in the vase would be easiest.

Post # 23
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Tall centerpieces will definitely be more expensive than shorter ones.  You can definitely do purple flowers with shorter centerpieces. 

Post # 25
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have also come to realize that size of your wedding really starts to add up on flowers. Being quoted between 150-175 for low centerpieces, this gets pretty high when you multiply it by 20+ tables. Also, I apparently have expensive Chuppah taste with estimates there around 1000.

Post # 26
250 posts
Helper bee

centerpiece shock hit me tonight


thanks for your inputs, it gave me a reality check

Post # 27
3342 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You’ll probably spend $65-100 each for big pomanders like that.

Post # 28
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I know I’m a little late but I have the same problem.  Flowers are sooooo expensive.  The picture you posted is what I am going for on some of my centerpieces.  I bought tall candle pillars that have that awesome shape.  I found them at TJ max set of 3 for $20.  They are pretty tall.  I am giving the DIY with fresh flowers a go this weekend.  The pomanders were to expensive for me to buy, although I am buying my bouquet from a florist. GOOD LUCK

Post # 29
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Your centerpiece idea is gorgeous but that, I am guessing, is where the bulk of your estimates is coming from. They are very labor intensive, include a TON of flowers and they will be heavy–that whole floral foam ball will have to be soaked in water first. That is not a very DIY friendly project. I would either scale down your centerpiece ambitions and do them yourself or pay the florist. $2,000 seems inexpensive for including more than one of those centerpieces!

Post # 30
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My flowers are about $950. This includes everything. I have 20 centerpieces. 10 are smaller and 10 are 16 inch vases. I am purchasing the 12 16 inch vases because the florist says that I could get them cheaper than she could. This also is the church flowers. I would definitely explore your options!!!!

Post # 31
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Don’t forget, a lot of the price depends on what type of flowers you ask for. I told my florist NO ORCHIDS!

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