Post # 1
Hello hive, <br /> This is my first post. YAAHH!!!
<br /> My fiance and I are having our wedding next year in Queens, NY. We did get a sweet deal on the hall. We having about 230 people attending and as much as I wanted to have 8 people per table, that would mean more centerpieces. So we will be going with 10 per table. My fiance and I have been looking online a lot and trying to firgure out which flowers we love and what will work best with our style, but we did not realize when talking to different floriest how much the cost of these beautiful flowers would be.
We have gone back to the drawing board and firgured that roses, hydrangeas, carnations and a lot of greens would work best in our price range. Typically the floriest want to charge $150- $175.00 per centerpiece and this does not include my girls and my bouquet, groom and grooms men boutonnieres, and the mother and flowers girls flowers. I do not want to spend $3000.00 on flowers. I need some insite, is this the typical price and if you ladies have any ideas on how to keep the cost down. <br /><br />Thank you Beeeezzzzz
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Post # 2
I do not know but I can totally relate. It drives me nuts and I don’t want to spend more than a couple hundred on that. Even that bothers me. It’s not edible,not drinkable, not wearable…can’t dance to them. Lol
Post # 3
Florists are expensive, flowers don’t have to be if you DIY wholesale.
Post # 4
Have you checked Costco prices? (I’m starting to realize I pimp Costco a lot on these boards, for which I apologize, but seriously, their prices are great and their flowers are SO beautiful.) I went to a wedding last summer that did Costco flowers and they were just gorgeous and perfect.
Post # 5
PS – sorry for the double post but I just checked the prices. They have 9 mini-centerpieces for as low as $119 (tho these are teensy); 3 centerpieces (roses) for $150 (these look gorgeous), 6 centerpieces for $380 (these look huge and gorgeous and if you have around 20 tables it’ll add up to $1520, still a lot of money but half off from other florists), and 10-40 piece bridal party flowers starting at $220 (available in roses, calla lillies, a few others, and includes bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, boutinnieres, etc.)
The downside is that you can’t get EXACTLY what you want (though you can probably buy ribbons/florist tape yourself to kind of rearrange or do finishing touches), but the upside is, even if you go with the $380/6 pack centerpieces, you’re spending around $1500 for the tables, leaving room for $500 to spend on the bridal party, and STILL be $1000 under budget from what a florist quotes you.
(Yes, Costco requires membership, but the cheapest level is like $50, totally worth it, especially since you can possibly get other things there…their booze is very cheap.)
Post # 6
Thank you @glasskey, @housebee, I didnt think to look into costco. I will talk to the fiance and see if we would be able to see if this is an option.I think it may be a bit hard to have DYI projects but if it its possible why not. I’m not much of a handy/ crafty person. We are trying to save pennies were ever we can. I love New York but I hate how things are so over priced. <br /><br />@sporty-bee I love the way they look and they way they make the room look but its true there is no way to really reuse them after the wedding.
Post # 7
Best of luck! I think you can get away with not DIYing for Costco flowers–they’ll be mostly arranged and everything. It’s just if you want finishing touches like ribbons and lace, and that’s something you can delegate to a friend or relative you trust the day before 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
Costco would be a great option! You don’t have to be crafty to do them – they come arranged and like a PP said the only DIY you would do with them is if you wanted specific ribbon color around the stems, but that’s super easy. Just plot them in some water for a few days before the ceremony and they’ll be perfect. I would also compare with flowers from Sam’s Club because they have nice flowers, too! 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2016 - The Fox Hollow
I’m getting married on long island so I feel you on the cost 🙁 we’re booked at fox hollow in woodbury and can’t wait! Check out flowers by Brian in Huntington or flowers by burton in Melville. I’ve heard they have the best prices of anywhere on the island for flowers. And I know Burton’s doesn’t charge different prices for different flowers. Check them out, and definitely check out liweddings.com they have boards just like these but all LI/queens/Brooklyn brides! Good luck! 🙂
Post # 10
I feel like $119 is waaaaay over priced for a small centerpiece. Perhaps its your area but I would definely shop around and get different quotes. You can also consider non floral centerpeices with candles and rose petals perhaps which can really bring your cost down.
Post # 11
Just to give you an idea of pricing, I did 2 altar arrangements, mini aisle bouquets (8), 2 nose gay bouquets (moms), 2 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 bridal and 1 toss, plus flower petals for my tables for $320. I used fifty flowers and Costco. I did a lot of DIY and this was hands down one of the easiest (however, I do craft quite a bit). Here’s a youtube video tutorial that I used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJfFE7hqUR8
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
WOW that seems unreasonable. I’ll be spending less than $1000 on centerpieces and flowers for the wedding party. All my flowers are going to be in season and a mix of fresh flowers and dry fillers to fit in with our Rustic theme. Maybe its the area you live in, but I could never spend $3000 or more on flowers for one day.
Post # 13
I ordered my bouquet and centerpiece flowers online and put them together myself with the help of my creative/artistic sister. For 80 white lillies, two bunches of baby’s breath, and a bunch of carnations, I spent $320 (with free overnight shipping). I spent another $10 on flower tape, ribbon, and flower pins.
For the boutonnieres, I went to my local semi-upscale grocery store. For nine alstromeria/baby’s breath boutonnieres, I spent $109. This included the flowers, complementary ribbon, and pins. They were actually really gorgeous!
I was quoted a maximum of $1800 from a florist; we did all of my flowers (nine boutonnieres, seven bouquets, ten centerpieces) for $439.