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blog-brookman.jpgYour flowers and decorations set the mood for your wedding and will be in your pictures forever.  Select a florist who will guide you in making wise choices, taking into consideration the surroundings and not just matching the color of your bridesmaids dresses.  You should choose colors that compliment, not match the dresses, otherwise the bouquets will fade into the dresses. 

If you are getting married indoors, consider the color of the carpet, if there are stained glass windows, and other colors in the room, including wood tones and wall color.   Those purple flowers that look so beautiful in a magazine, where they are set up for photography, can look nearly black and fade away in wedding pictures, unless they are against a lighter background. 

Most of all, be realistic about your flower budget.  Flowers are expensive!  Shipping costs have risen due to fuel price increases and minimum wage increases.  Many flowers are brought in from overseas, so incur special taxes.   Weather affects cost as well as supply and demand.  And, you are not just paying for the flowers, but also design expertise, preparation, labor, and supplies.  

When you find a picture of a bouquet that you like, count the flowers in it.  Most brides are shocked to realize that there are probably 30-50 flowers in that bouquet!

Bouquets and corsages are very labor intensive, so if you want to cut down your flower costs, don’t ask everybody you know to be involved in your wedding!  By the time you buy a bouquet for your bridesmaid, rehearsal dinner, and a gift, you have easily spent $100 per attendant. 

We are amused with brides who want 20-30 centerpieces and have 8-10 attendants, 12-17 corsages and boutonnieres, altar pieces, window and pew arrangments, and think they can get it for under $1,000.   You can’t even do that with daisies!  The average cost for a bridesmaids bouquet is $55-75 and up.  A bridal bouquet runs from $95-$450 and up.  A floral centerpiece is going to have at least the same number of flowers that a bridesmaid’s bouquet does, so do the math.  Weddings aren’t cheap! 

A good florist or event designer is experienced at making suggestions to fit within your budget, but you have to give them one.  

There are creative ways to create the look you want and you can use your favorite flower in your bouquet, regardless of how expensive it is.  You can use less expensive flowers other places.  Planning can be fun, but you have to be realistic. 

Comments on: "Wedding Flowers Are Expensive" (2)

  1. What I don’t understand is why a dozen roses is normally $8-10, but then when I want four dozen roses (unarranged!) for my *wedding*, it’s all of a sudden $300. Apparently the “bridal tax” is more costly than the flowers, shipping, importing, labor, weather, and supply costs all together. Maybe brides could be more realistic about their budget if florists were more honest about their prices.

    • If you are paying $8-$10 per dozen for roses you are buying roses that have no shelf life left, or as we call it, roses for petals. The wholesale cost of roses is much higher than that. A florist can’t purchase a dozen roses. We have to purchase them in packs of 25. They vary in price according to color and variety.

      If you have been quoted $300 for 4 doz roses of the same color, unarranged, this is overpriced, unless you inquired about purchasing from an elite, boutique style florist, in a metropolitan area. However, if you orderd a variety of colors, the florist may have had to charge you for the ones they had to buy to get the ones you needed.

      I maintain that 98% of the population does not understand the work that goes on behind the scenes, and the overhead expenses of a florist. About that same percentage are completely unrealistic when it comes to expectations of what it costs to create wedding flowers. You do not just pay for the flower. That would be like going to a restaurant and ordering a steak, expecting to pay only for the meat. You have to pay for the ordering process, the preparation, refrigeration, the chef, wait staff, dishwasher, seasonings and so on, otherwise you would just go to a butcher and purchase a piece of raw meat.

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