Post # 1
I met with one floral designer. His prices are on the high end, but it seems like a lot of “services” are included.
Bouquets for bride, 6 bridesmaids, 2 Fgirls, 10 bouts for guys, 3 coursages for mom/grand moms, 20 centerpieces (highs and lows), ceremony pieces, aisle pieces (re-used for cocktail tables), guest & gift tables all comes to a pretty penny. Competitors seem to price about $1500 less, but they just drop off. His team decorates the ceremony space, delivers pieces to each bridal party member, sets up each centerpiece at the table with any rented vases/holders, and moves pieces from ceremony to reception space (they are however at the same site). His company really seems to be involved in helping the theme come alive (from the consultation at least).
So I wonder what “services” besides flower tying does your florist provide? And are these things necessary? (I don’t have a wedding coordinator, but will have a venue provided day of planner).
Post # 3
My florist will pin the bouts on the guys and re-purpose stuff from the ceremony for the reception and she still only charges $150 for delivery. $1500 seems like a huge gap even with the extra services he is providing.
Post # 4
All the florists I’ve met with provide both delivery *and* set-up of the flowers ($50-$200). Personal flowers will be delivered to wherever the bridal parties are getting ready – and then they will go to the ceremony and reception site to set up the floral arrangements there. And all consultations are included in the cost of the flowers.
Did this florist provide you with a breakdown of all the costs? He should be able to tell you exactly how much of the cost is for the delivery and set-up, and how much is for the actual flowers. ’cause $1500 is a *lot* just for delivery/set-up/consultation.
Post # 5
Our floral budget includes: 20 very tall centerpieces with stands, bouquets for 5 bms, my bouquet, bouquets for moms/grandma, flower girl basket, 7 bouts, a chuppah, 2 large candelabras for the ceremony decor, miscellaneous candles, 2 free sample centerpieces designed one year prior so we can see the seasonal flowers and how’d htey look and make changes, delivery, set up, and removal.
Our contract did include a price breakdown, so I compared by visiting 2 other florists and getting prices for the same stuff. They worked out to be fairly even, the one we went with is maybe $700 more, but they had a much, much better style. The designs they came up with were more modern, the centerpiece stands were better, the chuppah they designed is awesome (a huge thing of hanging candles) so to us it was worth the extra money