We have to make a decision about flowers but we’re not sure what to do. We’re paying ourselves and trying to keep costs down and when I heard that people pay thousands of dollars for flowers, I was just like no, we’re not doing that (not knocking other people – if you can afford it, they’re certainly beautiful, so go for it). I figured we’ll get real flowers for bouquets, bouts, etc., and then make centerpieces with candles or something.
Anyway, fast forward to now (aka time to start making these decisions), and we talked to a few florists and a whole foods. The whole foods would be cheaper. However, the florist we spoke to didn’t seem to know much about doing wedding flowers or even offer any guidance about what flowers to use. I asked for an estimate and she said she needs to know which flowers, and I told her that other than sunflowers and a general color scheme, I just want whatever is cheapest. She didn’t seem to really get this and also did not offer any suggestions for what flowers we could use. We finally got an estimate for bouquets, bouts, etc, and were told prices range from $350-$700 for those things. Centerpieces would start at $40 each and when I asked about a ceremony arch, she said she didn’t think she had them and that the estimate on the sheet was for decorating one, which can run about $300. So that means the cheapest estimate would be about $1,050 for everything. And that assumes we do everything as cheaply as possible.
Then we went to a florist. This was an entirely different experience. I told him what we needed as far as number of bouquets, what we were looking for (again, sunflowers but otherwise just colors), and he immediately listed ideas, brought flowers over, etc. He gave us an estimate of $800 for bouquets, bouts, etc., which is obviously higher than whole foods. However, he said he could do an entire arch for $250 (like, including the arch itself and the decoration) and small table pieces for $40 each. This brings the total to about $1,500.
So basically here’s what we’re deciding: do we save a lot of money and use whole foods for just bouquets and stuff and make our own centrepieces, do we just go with the florist because it really isn’t that bad compared to other florists/what people spend in our area on flowers, or do we go with the florist for bouquets and arch and do our own centerpieces? We would definitely love to save money in general, but the fact that the whole foods florist seemed sort of bewildered by my questions is not inspiring a great deal of confidence and perhaps the extra money is worth it to have the florist take care of the whole thing.