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How much is everyone paying for flowers?

Hi All,



Our reception venue is really plain, so I would love to go all out with flowers in there. Along with reception flowers, we are having my bouquet, two adult bridesmaid bouquets, one flower girl bouquet, seven button holes and two mum's corsages. I set what I believed was a generous budget for the flowers of £2000, and was horrified when my first quote came back at £3900!! I'm definitely looking for the wow factor, with lots of bling and crystals and tulle built into the arrangements and bouquets, but am struggling to find a florist in my area who can offer what I want within my budget. I am in the Cheshire area. Does anyone have any suggestions? I want someone whose work is a little bit special, but without ridiculous prices!



Xx

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  • Could you look at having silk or dried flowers instead of fresh for your table decorations, that way you could do it yourself or find a creative friend to help and also sell them afterwards!
  • Mine come in around £600, my flowers, 4 bm's, 14 button holes, 10 center pieces, 1 top table swag and display, 2 bay trees, 3 massive windows with ivy and flowers drapping down! About right I think!
  • n_e_rosen_e_rose Posts: 1,562
    i'm hoping no more than £800, but i do have a bit to get-



    my bouquet,

    5 bridesmaids,

    10 buttonholes,

    top table (which is really simple)

    about 12 tables centre pieces,

    displays for the church,



    and if i can afford it an arch, but we will see...xx
  • We are paying £318 for my flowers, 2 bm's, 7 button holes, 8 table centres and 2 bouquets for our mums. The first quote we got for this was about £800, but then we went to a free lance florist who gave us a much better price.
  • ezz100ezz100 Posts: 1,029 New bride
    I am having

    8 table arrangements

    one long table arrangement

    bridal bouquet

    8 BM bouquets

    7 button holes

    cake topper

    flowers for mine and BMs hair.

    Hire of tall vases

    Total £620 but got a quote for £1100



    My tip is do not use a florist with a shop...source a mobile one from the internet. The flowers are often fresher too!



    Of course one issue is the flowers you choose - some are so much more expensive.Mine are freesia, lisianthus,veronica and bouvardia
  • Fairynuff flowers is excellent, her work is really special imo. Like someone else said a florist without a shop seems to work out cheaper. She gave up her shop to focus on weddings.
  • mine come in at £900-1000 but we have chosen some expensive flowers as i simply LOVE flowers!
  • OzziesWifeOzziesWife Posts: 129
    Mine has come in at £850 and that's for:



    Bridal bouquet

    4 x Adult bridesmaid bouquets

    2 x Teenage bridesmaid bouquets

    4 x Button holes for the men

    2 x Button holes for the moms

    2 x Bay trees dedorated with fairy lights and ribbon

    2 x pillars decorated in fairy lights and ivy

    1 x Top table display

    7 x Candelabra decorated with roses and ivy

    1 x Flower decoration of our wishing well

    2 x Thank you bouquets for the moms

    80 x sashes for chair covers



    I know we have a lot to get but I still think £850 is a hell of a lot of money on flowers image



  • LanneyukLanneyuk Posts: 179
    I used a small local florists that was based at a garden centre - she doesnt do many weddings and was really reasonable. The things she suggested to me for keeping costs down was to have lots of greenery, as this is cheaper than flowers and can make a few flowers into something quite impressive. I used eucallyptus leaves as these are really simple and kind of a gren/grey colour - didnt wantt anything to fussy or 'grren'. also try and use flowers that are in season so they can be bought in the uk - gets expensive when you have to import them. I would advise again using a 'wedding' florist as they have straight away marked everything up because it is a wedding
  • Thanks so much for the replies girls, finding a florist s really starting to stress me now image. Are any of you based in the north west? If so, what are the names of the florists you've gone for? We are getting married in Chester and called one freelance florist from Manchester today who said we are too far away. Do these people not want the business?



    Xx
  • MRCJMRCJ Posts: 225
    My bouquet is £300. Bridesmaids are £90-120 each. Circlet is £80.
  • gin228gin228 Posts: 30
    My flowers ar £80, BM £50 each buttonholes £5 each, Corsages £12 each. Church & Reception flowers are being done by the Church flower arrangers, I only have to pay for purchase of the flowers and a donation to the church so they extimate about £200.
  • ezz100ezz100 Posts: 1,029 New bride
    MRCJ are you serious ? That seems like a hell of a price to pay ...are you having something very exotic ?
  • JoeyClareJoeyClare Posts: 2,737
    I'm not sure yet, but its helpful seeing how much other people are paying. A friend of my aunties does wedding flowers, so we'll be speaking to her first. I'm lucky as I am getting married in an orangery so the place is full of flowers. All I will have to buy is:

    -My bouquet

    -Three bridesmaids bouquets

    -Button holes.

    Not sure what I want yet, but I do really like pink gerberas so I may have those and some cream roses.
  • nomi_1981nomi_1981 Posts: 120
    I'm in the South East, so everything is fairly expensive! I'm having white Orchids so even more expensive! I'm paying £275 for my shower bouquet, £20 each for my bridesmaids wrist corsages (much cheaper than bouquets and also much more practical for Mums having to chase around toddlers - you don't have to worry about hanging on to your flowers too!

    £9.5 grooms button hole (wanted his to be more special!, £6.5 for button holes £2.50 for page boys button holes with magnetic fastner, £12.95 for the mothers corsages, £85 for flowers for our 5 teir cake, and £75 each for 2 huge freestanding bell vases full of white flowers which are hand tied and will double up as mothers thank you bouquets. For our centre peices I'm paying £12.95 for a 2 stemmed orchid (from the garden centre as my florist quoted £20!) which are going into handmade wooden trugs (made by my Dad!) surrounded by herbs (of our table names- my partners a chef!).

    I always knew having Orchids would be expensive, but I love them and my quote actually came in less than we thought, by being more creative you can make your money go further. I can't wait to see them!!
  • Hi

    my name is donna. I am a freelance florist base in manchester. I was looking at some of the work by red florist that when I saw your blog by accident anyway I would love to help. I am such that we can create something amazing with in your bugget.



    Looking forward to hear from you : )
  • warberrywarberry Posts: 431
    Good grief, £3900 is a lot! In total my flowers cost £875, for a combination of tea roses, avalanche roses and lots of gypsophila and foliage.



    That £875 includes...



    * my bouquet @ £90

    * two bridesmaid bouquets @ £45 each

    * two bridesmaid pomanders @ £40 each

    * six buttonholes @ £7 each

    * ten pew-ends @ £15 each

    * one giant display urn @ £125

    * six table centre-pieces @ £35 each

    * flowers for the cake table @ £20



    (plus delivery and set-up charge since my florist is at least an hour's drive from my venue).



    If I'd offered my florist £2000 she would have filled half of our marquee with flowers! image Your budget should be more than enough; £3900 seems a huge figure to me...



    ETA: I just noticed that you mentioned Cheshire. My florist is based in Halifax, so not exactly close to you... but saying that, she's travelling to Cumbria with my flowers for a fee of £75, and she's no further from Cheshire than she is from Cumbria. Just in case you're interested, her name is Fiona and this is her floristry business: http://www.firenzafloraldesign.co.uk/ - she's absolutely lovely, very professional and very keen to make sure you get exactly what you want. image
  • I have a similar budget to you Smittenkitten, we have £1800 for flowers. We're having peonies, roses, hydrangeas, stocks, sweet peas, astilbe, alchemilla mollis, eucalyptus leaves and hypericum berries throughout. Again, as soem of you have probably seen from my other posts, I'm getting married in Devon, and prices seem to be more reasonable there.



    We're getting

    1 x brides bouquet £120 each

    2 x bridesmaids bouquets £80 each

    2 x flower girls bouquets £30 each

    10 x button holes £4.50 each

    7 x corsages £10 each

    10 x aisle end bouquets tied to chairs £15 each

    4 x bouquets for registrars table and grand piano £25 each

    12 x table arrangements £20 each

    12 x flowers in birdcages £20 each

    12 x smaller table arrangements £15 each (having clusters of 3 arrangements per table)

    10 x arrangements in enamel jugs to place around the venue £25

    1 x cake flowers £40 (4 tiers separated with flowers and flowers on top)

    Plus £50 worth of gypsophilia that we are going to use to decorate the staircase image



    Hopefully my venue will look festooned with flowers!
  • I visited 3 florists in the town where I live and am on the verge of booking with my fave who will give us a 10% discount as we saw them at a wedding fair. We also asked if they could negotiate on prices for some items and gave the prices that other florists had quoted me and they have come back cheaper so it's worth asking the question. Yes florists who work from home or garden centres are cheaper but our wedding is a bank holiday and some places have turned us down as they won't be open over a bank holiday weekend (their loss)



    Our quoted prices are:

    brides bouquet £80

    bridesmaids bouquets £55

    flower girl pommanders £40

    button holes & corsages £6.50

    entrance arrangement £45 (from £60)

    flowers in tea cups x 45 £300

    2 x flowers on a 3 tiered cake stand £60



    The church do their own flowers so total will be £627 ish



    We are also having peonies, antique roses, stocks, skimmia, pepita spray roses, veronica, wax flowers and eucalyptus so not all cheap flowers. Other florists only came out £5-10 cheaper on the larger items. But some florists came back to me with incorrect items and some never camer back to me at all, company I'm going with have been prompt, accurate, negotiable and flexable that's why I'm going with them because I can trust them,not because they're the cheapest! Hope this helps x
  • pink4742pink4742 Posts: 1,999
    theres Mat from Red Floral Architecture for fresh flowers in manchester/cheshire i do silk flowers and crystal bouquets also based in manchester xx
  • jellybeans120jellybeans120 Posts: 2,002
    Flowers has been a stressful thing for me! I thought 2k was a generous budget so was disheartened to get a quote for 4.4k! However I took some time out, went to a wedding fayre and found a lovely lady who was familiar with my venue, Great Fosters. My final quote is £2600 and this is for



    My bouquet

    5 x Bm bouquets

    2 x corsages

    10 buttonholes

    flower arch for the ceremony room

    wishing tree

    giant topiary tree for the escort card table

    10 table arrangements - huge silver vases filled with roses and hydrangeaa

    decoration on the minstrel gallery and fire place



    I'm just hoping it looks as good as I have imagined!
  • ...you guys are really scaring me, I only budgeted £300 for flowers as I dont plan on using anything that is too fussy...but it seems I may need to re-calculate!!!
  • £109.88 including p&p.

    thats for my bouquet, 3 adult bridemaids, 1 flowergirls posy and a flowergirl wrist corsage, h2b buttonhole,2 bestmen,2 pageboys buttonholes, our mums, nice buttonholes for h2b's grandparents, 6 tablecentre pieces and flowers for top table. good old Ebay!!!

    and they are all really nice flowers in the colours we are having. think mine may very well be the cheapest so far on here image
  • mrsaa dont panic! it can be done, especially if you're flexible with seasonal flowers. Just be honest with your florist and a good one will work to your budget (ask for pics/examples though so you know the prices arent too good to be true)



    My flowers are working out to be £240. Thats for a rose bouquet for me, 4 rose button holes and 3 table arrangements which will be vases full of roses and tulips. 2 of the arrangements will rpobably go to our mums as gifts.
  • SarahMor84SarahMor84 Posts: 1,493
    I paid £950

    this was for

    1 bouquet (teardrop)

    2 wrist corsages

    2 mums button holes

    3 ladies button holes

    6 mens button holes

    2 pedalstals

    2 table arrangements

    3 martini glasses

    4 goldfish bowls (circle of flowers around the base and a circle on the top with a candle in)

    2 swags for the church

    6 pew ends

    4 bows for bay trees



    I had lots of orchids (Singapore and Cymbidium -sp again!) so that bumped up the price a lot.



    My florist was based in Northwich, Cheshire (Flower Emporium)but probably would not travel.



    My photographer recommended Frog Flowers (google them) his arrangements look amazing,she said he is very reasonable and creative. I only went with my florist as I wanted someone local and she got my ideas (probably better than I did!).
  • I've had 3 quotes for flowers:

    Bouquet (all roses)

    Bridemaids poseys (roses) x 4

    Flowergirl wand

    Corsages x 2 for Mums

    Groom buttonhole

    Buttonholes X 8

    8 centrepieces using submerged roses in own vases

    Top table arrangements- vases, mirrors ect included.



    Quote one- £650

    Quote two- £435

    Quote three- £505



    Believe it or not I'm going for the third quote, I liked her the most and cheapest isn't always the best, the cheapest quote was from someone who does flowers as a hobby so I would rather pay a bit extra for the expertise. Just a little insight I guess, I live in LONDON. X
  • I dont really like flowers much.... so, Im planning on being very very cheap with mine!



    I'm looking to have these - the bigger one for me obviously!








    The big one is £20, the smaller ones are £8.50. So, I'll have my bouquet and all the BMs for under £60.



    Then for table centres, I want wild flowers.... I might order them from a florist but as they will be in season, they shouldnt be too much... something like this:








    So, Im budgetting £200 for my flowers!
  • Quoted:
    I've had 3 quotes for flowers:

    Bouquet (all roses)

    Bridemaids poseys (roses) x 4

    Flowergirl wand

    Corsages x 2 for Mums

    Groom buttonhole

    Buttonholes X 8

    8 centrepieces using submerged roses in own vases

    Top table arrangements- vases, mirrors ect included.



    Quote one- £650

    Quote two- £435

    Quote three- £505



    Believe it or not I'm going for the third quote, I liked her the most and cheapest isn't always the best, the cheapest quote was from someone who does flowers as a hobby so I would rather pay a bit extra for the expertise. Just a little insight I guess, I live in LONDON. X




    Wow!!!! Your quote are pretty good...who is your supplier?
  • Quoted:
    Quoted:
    I've had 3 quotes for flowers:

    Bouquet (all roses)

    Bridemaids poseys (roses) x 4

    Flowergirl wand

    Corsages x 2 for Mums

    Groom buttonhole

    Buttonholes X 8

    8 centrepieces using submerged roses in own vases

    Top table arrangements- vases, mirrors ect included.



    Quote one- £650

    Quote two- £435

    Quote three- £505



    Believe it or not I'm going for the third quote, I liked her the most and cheapest isn't always the best, the cheapest quote was from someone who does flowers as a hobby so I would rather pay a bit extra for the expertise. Just a little insight I guess, I live in LONDON. X




    Wow!!!! Your quote are pretty good...who is your supplier?


    Hi hun, my supplier that I chose in the end is ALLIUM florist based in Raynes Park, LONDON. Sam (owner) is just lovely and really listened to what I wanted, and tried to keep the cost down where possible. The shop is on Grand Drive, SW20. X
  • ...thank you!!!!
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