Post # 1
My awesome aunt has offered to put together all our wedding flowers (with help from other family members). We’ll be buying the flowers wholesale and my aunt + others will put everything together the day before the wedding.
The problem is that I have no idea what a reasonable budget looks like for DIY flowers. I was AMAZED by how much florists charge. $120+ for the bridal bouquet?!? Don’t get me wrong, you can make a gorgeous bouquet for that price, but flowers are not on the top of the list of things we want to spend money on. I just want pretty, low-key, non-fancy (it’s an outdoor, earthy wedding) flowers. I am not picky about the type.
1 bridal bouquet (doesn’t have to be much different from the BMs)
4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets
1 flower girl bouquet
9 boutonnieres for groom, groomsmen, dads, grandfathers
4 corsages for moms, grandmothers
If we use a national wholesaler for our flowers AND I am not picky about what types of flowers we use, what’s a reasonable budget?
Post # 3
We’re spending $600 on red carnations, vases, and floral foam for 27 DIY centerpieces and flowers to line the aisle. However, I voted $800-$1,000 because this does not include our altar flowers (which are $170 and NOT DIY) or our bouquets/boutonnieres (which are artificial/brooch bouquets). When trying to figure out how much it’ll cost, don’t forget to add the cost of supplies like floral tape, flower food, pins and ribbons.
Also, we bought our flowers from the Los Angeles flower district for $2.50 per dozen, tax free. A dozen would have cost us $6.85 from fiftyflowers.com and $5.99 from costco.com, so we definitely got a great deal from the LA flower district. Do you have a flower district nearby?
Post # 4
Can you get any for free? We bought sunflowers and greenery for centerpieces from Sam’s Club (they also made some “extra” arrangements and put sunflowers on my cake)….150…spent 500 on the “special flowers” from a florist (my bouquet, corsages that were attached by a magnet to vintage clutches I collected, 4 corsages for moms/grandmas, 9 bouts and hair flowers for flower girls) and then my aunts gathered roses from all their friends, this were arranged in mason jars and hung on sheppards hooks at the ceremony.
Those free roses saved the budget and were very pretty and simple for our vintage, outdoor, naturesque wedding!
Post # 5
I spent about $370 for my DIY flowers and was very happy with the results. Here’s a link to the board post where I broke it all down and included pictures:
Post # 6
My flowers were all ordered from a wholesaler because of work, and I paid $330 for enough flowers for 7 bouquets, 15 bouts, 10 corsages, and loose hydrangeas for half the centerpieces.
Post # 7
We did silk flowers (all half price from Hobby Lobby)
Two Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, and a toss bouquet
Thirteen bouts (groomsmen/fathers/mothers/grandparents)
Lot’s of extra in case I goof
It was just under $250. Not including ribbon or hot glue. Florist tape is like a dollar, so I didn’t really count it.
It just depends on how big you want the bouquets and centerpieces. I would say you could reasonably do $300-$350, if you are very sure of what you want, and only buy that.