Once I had established that I could comfortably execute the floral arrangements (phew!), it was time to price out the different floral wholesalers. I wanted to assess the significance of the savings, and just know what I was getting into, budget-wise… that planner gene. I must admit I was dismayed that I wouldn’t have access to the LA Flower Market in New Orleans, since it is noticeably cheaper than the online floral wholesalers… like, less than half price…. damn shipping upcharge. Anyways…
I built a spreadsheet comparing prices from Costco, Sam’s Club, fiftyflowers.com, and Potomac Floral Wholesale, a site recommended by a florist I spoke to. I included flowers I definitely liked/wanted, as well as lots of others that play into the yellow/white/peachy-coral game. My plan is to prioritize the floral choices for bouquets, and then just pick and choose an assortment of cost-conscious flowers that will be used in the mixed arrangements. Notes: Prices for Potomac are their retail prices, not wholesale, as we have not yet gotten the discounted price list. Also, you’ll notice succulents are not on this chart. They are grossly (in my opinion) overpriced from the floral wholesalers, so we are growing them from cuttings and overnighting a box of them from LA to New Orleans before the wedding. More on that another day.
My findings were as follows:
My thoughts, as I built this spreadsheet (and by that, I mean plugged in numbers, Mr. Archer helped with the math and highlighting):
- “HOLY CRAP! I can TOO get peonies in October!” Then I realized that I had already gotten over my peony obsession, they are so spendy, and I just don’t care that much. Garden roses will do wonderfully… if only I could differentiate between the strains.
- Designer roses are confusing. (And they die, unlike shoes. Poor investment….oy.) What is the difference between the 15 (differently priced and named) species of yellow roses?
- 1000 mini daffodils? Is that price a mistake? No?? I’m glad I like daffodils…
- OOH! Baby daisies, need those.
- Some of these prices are even-ish across the board, others are hugely different…. how is this possible?
Even doing rough calculations, doing our own flowers is going to save us a FORTUNE. For example, we were quoted $75 for baby’s breath bouquets for my bridesmaids. Generously estimating at $10 each (trial run was 10 stems, which would be $7.99 from Potomac) to account for non-floral supplies, that is a savings of $520 on the bridesmaids’ bouquets alone. Amazing!
Doing all the research and test runs and such was a little time consuming, but it is a huge relief to know that I can do this AND save us some cash. That’s nice, since I have a list of out-of-budget wedding wishes…. that I can hopefully now reevaluate.
Are you taking on a major DIY project to conserve funds? Do you think I’m insane for doing my own wedding flowers?