Remember how floral gives me a giant headache?
So, we got our floral estimate from Disney, and even though I was prepared to be shocked, I was still pretty flabbergasted at the price of what little floral we asked for.
Remember that this was my inspiration for the bouquets, which will double as centerpieces:
Here is what Disney’s floral department quoted for personal floral for us:
- Bride’s bouquet of red dahlia, eggplant mini calla lilies, purple hydrangea, purple lisianthis, and hot pink freesia; wrapped stem of ivory satin ribbon: $325.
- Bridesmaid bouquets (smaller version of bride’s bouquet, with black & white striped ribbon): $175 each (x6 = $1,050)
- Varied boutonnieres of calla lilies, roses, and freesia in the color scheme of calla lilies, roses, and freesia, with black & white striped ribbons: $13.25 – $20.25 each (x11 = $760.75)
- Wrist corsages of spray roses & TBD ribbon: $28.25 each (x3 = 84.75)
Did you do the math? That’s $2,220.50 (plus tax) on just. Personal. Floral. I don’t even have THAT big of a wedding party! (If you’re wondering where the 11 boutonnieres come from, that includes two fathers, one grandfather, and the officiant.) Personal floral is the only floral/decor that Disney will allow us to use an outside vendor for, so you can probably guess what our decision was there.
Moving on to ceremony floral. Remember that this is (weather permitting…knock on wood) where our ceremony will take place:
Personal photo—taken in March
It would be SO GREAT if it looked this good (and had this color of flowers!) in July, but I’m not counting on it. Obviously though, there is already a lot of floral and greenery, so this doesn’t need much. We decided to have Disney price some things out though, knowing we’d likely cut most of it. (This is what they actually encourage you to do. They hope that you fall in love and just decide to keep everything you priced out! Those dopes.)
So here is what they quoted us:
- Coordinating floral arrangements in glass buckets, hanging from shepherd’s hooks, on aisles 1, 3, and 6: $120 each (x6 = $720)
- AND/OR floral ’cluster’ tied with black & white ribbon to hang on the side of end chairs: $50 each.
- AND/OR black and white ribbon bows to hang on backs of chairs: $20 each.
Granted, we will not have chiavari chairs at our ceremony, but this was the look we were going for.
We decided to cut way, way down. We’re going to just do two “clusters” on either side of the first row, and then two ribbons on either side of the very last row. That way, if we do get moved inside due to weather, we don’t have absolutely nothing. This brings our total ceremony floral cost to $140.
Photo by Root Photography
To be clear, the upstairs will only be used for cocktail hour. The ’mezzanine’ level, which is where many of our guests will be seated, is just those few steps up from the main floor.
So, we have six 10-top tables on the main floor, plus a sweetheart table—which coincidentally, corresponds PERFECTLY with my six bridesmaids bouquets and my own bouquet! On the mezzanine level, we will have ~15 four-top tables (final tally will depend on guest count, obviously). Here is what Disney quoted us for reception decor/floral:
- Resort to provide black tablecloths & white napkins (WHAT?? SOMETHING FREE?? Amazing.)
- Black & white striped table runners – $10 each (x6 tables on main floor and sweetheart table = $70)
- 62 white chiavari chairs with white cushions = $558.
- 10-inch rectangular vases for bouquets to go in – $10 each x 7 = $70.
- Scatter red, pink, & purple rose petals around vases – $16.50 each x 7 = $115.50
- For 4-tops: 6-inch bubble bowl filled with water & floating rose bloom for 4-top tables – $10.25 each x 15 = $153.75
- Other option for 4-tops: 15-inch Monet vase with floating candle – $13.25 each x 15 = 198.75
- Scattered rose petals on 4-tops – $5.50 each x 15 = $82.50
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Monet vases vs. bubble bowls & roses / black tablecloths with white napkins & chiavari chairs (except ours will be white)
There wasn’t a ton to cut here, frankly. (Though…it’s all relative, and you might disagree!) The one big-cost item we could cut are the chairs, and…I don’t want to. I might change my mind, but for now—I really think they’ll make a big impact. We’re doing so little in decor…and because of the multiple levels in the space, I can get away with only doing them on the main floor.
$16.50 seems like a lot for scattered petals, but I think it will add a little luxury to a relatively simple design on the main floor. It’s not like we have giant tall centerpieces—it’s just the bouquets! We decided to forgo the flower petals on the four-top tables though, because they’re already pretty small—once the centerpieces, napkins, and table settings are there, I don’t think you’d even see the rose petals.
Choosing between the Monet vase and the bubble bowl, it was pretty much a toss-up, but I like that the bubble bowl actually had some color to it. Plus, it was a little cheaper. Bubble bowls it is!
So. Once we subtract personal floral (to be explained in the next post), what we ultimately ended up with from Disney Floral adds up to $1,248.69, which includes tax and delivery fees. It doesn’t sound so bad, really…until you realize how little it is. The chairs take up about half of that, and then we’re getting about $600 worth of decor on top of those. Eh, whattayagonnado. I feel like we’ve cut down to as minimal as we’d like to get. Could we cut everything altogether if we really wanted to? I suppose…but it’s not what I envision.
Up next…what we’re doing for personal floral!