(Closed) What should we expect when…

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: How should we approach our first floral appointment?
    Walk in with a blind budget? : (0 votes)
    Show pictures of what we'd like before giving a budget amount? : (20 votes)
    91 %
    Neither, explain further : (1 votes)
    5 %
    I just like polls! : (1 votes)
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  • Post # 3
    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Hmm.  I have to deal with this soon too.  I am thinking of saying, well, I’m looking for xyz, show some ideas, what would this cost?  And then go from there?  I feel like I have a reasonable understanding of what flowers cost, but at the same time, it seems like it’s easier to negotiate when you start with what they can offer you, you know?

    Post # 4
    737 posts
    Busy bee

    @JMM13:  Never give any vendor a budget because they can always use the total budget and then assume you can probably go another 10%.  The easiest way to blow your budget.

    Show them the inspiration and say this is what you have in mind.  Then tell them the numbers, bridesmaids, table centres etc. and see what they come up with.

    If they ask you for a budget, just say that you are very limited.  If they are really pushy, some can be, try your hardest not to tell them your full budget, so say, if you have $3,000 to play with, start at $2,000 so you have some safety zone.  It is hard to give you an estimate because we don’t know how many flower arrangements/bouquets you want.

    Post # 8
    1193 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @JMM13:  mine were 2000 and ours are fairly simple?  That was frenter centerpieces, 6 BMW bouquets, mine and flowers for the boutineers.  Oh and toss bouquet.  Just depends on what is in season etc…

    Post # 9
    737 posts
    Busy bee

    @JMM13:  I second to choose the flowers that are in season.  This will save you heaps of money.

    REMEMBER:  No one is going to remember your centerpieces!!  It will be the overall look of everything that will impress, so match colour and don’t make them too big that people can’t have a conversation across the table.

    Enter the conversation with confidence that your budget is adequate, remember you can also add money if you start below your maximum and you want something extra.

    Speak to a few florists to get a general overview before you commit to on specific florist and then go in for the bargining.

    Relax, remember you are the customer, they want your moneyWink

    Post # 10
    53 posts
    Worker bee

    Jmm, those are gorgeous lush, full arrangements you posted. 🙂 Costs vary by region, but your $3000 budget is probably not sufficient to include 20 of those centerpieces in addition to the personal flowers. Most wedding budget guidelines say to allow 8 to 10 percent of your budget on florals. It’s very helpful for the florist to know your budget so that you can be on the same page and she can provide you with design ideas that you meet your design and budget expectations. Good luck, and have fun! 

    Post # 11
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @JMM13:  Have a budget. If you have a good florist, they will work WITH your budget. Go with  photos of your ideas so, they can tell you exactly how much it may cost.

    Flowers are expensive! My Fiance and I just had a second meeting with our florist yesterday to change our flowers and in turn, raised our budget. My new budget of $1800 is still small compared to others and it’s getting me a small centerpiece in a mason jar for 18 tables, 2 bouquets and 4 leis. 

    My FI’s new hobby is cutting liquor bottles so, my florist suggested placing 2 of his bottles with a floating candle next to the mason jar with flowers. I think it’s a wonderful idea and I am so excited to see how it will look. It’s so unique…and so us!!

    Post # 12
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    My suggestion would be to do half the tables int he lavish large tall flower centerpieces then the other half of the tables with smaller less expensive ones. Depending on where you live you will not be able to do 20+ table with those centerpieces. Also, consider using large hygrandgas, they are good for taking up a lot of space in large centerpieces like that then use small fillers. For 1 large hydranga, you could use up to a dozen roses. So you get more from hydrangas.

    Post # 13
    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Those arrangements you posted are very expensive. When I asked for a quote for a similiar arrangement, they wanted to charge me $350 each and we were only using local flowers. The photo I showed to the florist was not as lavish as yours BUT I did get married on an island and the florist doesn’t have competition so that is partly why it was so expensive as well.

    You could just show her what you want and see what they quote you. Also bring some less lavsih photos just so you can see the price difference and can decide what would work within your budget.:)

    Post # 14
    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Whoops forgot to add, my budget was exactly the same as yours (3000) but I had only 38 guests. This is what I got for that money!

    1 x bridal bouquet (medium- roses and a few cymbidium orchids)

    1 x boutonniere ( single cymbidium orchid)

    2 x bridesmaid bouquets (roses, small)

    4 x boutonnieres for parents (single rose)

    1 x guestbook table arrangement (very simple, a vase with like 6 roses haha)

    1 x altar arrangement (2 vases of flowers- incidently, smaller than those flowers in your pictures- mixture. roses, lilies, cheaper dendrobium orchids)

    1 x long table (for 40 people, miniature vases of various flowers. Each about 1-3 buds. roses, phalaenopsis, dendrobium orchids)

    1 x just married sign and a small arrangement for the golf buggy


    Now, please don’t let this scare you. I was in an expensive area and many bees have gotten more for their money.


    Post # 15
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    Definitely bring pictures! And I agree with a PP – any good florist can work with your budget. Realize too that when you’re looking at pricing, the florist is going to charge for labor, delivery, and tax, so you’re not paying just for the flowers. I would also decide ahead of time what’s most important to you – the size/volume of the centerpieces, or the particular flowers that are in your inspiration photos. Would you be okay with smaller arrangements that still have orchids and calla lillies (both expensive flowers), or would you be okay with the florist using a mix of expensive flowers and cheaper white filler to achieve the size that you want?

    I also think the PP’s idea of order a mix of small and large centerpieces is a really great idea. Honestly, some of the prettiest reception areas have a mix of different centerpieces – I think it adds more depth and interest. 

    You may also be able to save money by requesting smaller bridesmaids’ bouquets (I think a lot of bouquets are oversized where you can’t see the details of the girls’ dresses, and we saved a lot of money by ordering smaller bouquets) or by providing your own vases for the centerpieces. And, of course, by ordering flowers that are in season.

    Good luck! And definitely get several quotes – only then will you know if you’re getting an average price for the area, or if you’re getting highballed!

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