Dangers of Cutting Back on Wedding Flowers


A custom centre piece by The Victoria Florist

A custom centre piece by The Victoria Florist

Dangers of Cutting Back on Wedding Flowers

I have had brides who have brought me extravagant pictures of wedding center pieces. When I have explained that the image shows more flowers than is found in a typical bridal bouquet and will run seventy-five dollars a piece or more, they have nearly fainted. At this point we try to work out a way to create the same look with in their budget. The smart way to go about things, is to use a trained and experienced florist who has created lasting flowers for hundreds of weddings just like yours.

I personally enjoy finding rental containers and local growers that can help with the budget. We can even recreate ceremony flowers in to center pieces if the budget demands. Every once in a while we haven’t been able to bring the price down enough and the bride has so many tables that she really can’t afford the look she is going after. Again the smart thing is to work with your floral professional and trust their judgment and expertise. The example that stands out for me is a wedding that had twenty-five guest tables. The bride had a picture of a tall vase stuffed with a dozen orchid stems. Again this design needed to be at least sixty-five dollars a piece. Our bride had a budget of only a quarter of that amount! I would have gladly scaled the stem count back and used some grasses to fill out the vases. The client decided to use someone else who claimed they could fill the order and keep the price under four hundred dollars! Two years later I still hear about how it was the biggest mistake she ever made. She did not get orchids, she got three large garden flowers that did not take up the water and wilted before the bride even arrived to the reception. The greenery was also from a garden and withered leaving a room full of dead flowers. It would have been better to have used a large bowl or vase and floated or submersed just a few stems or heads of orchids that to have used something cheaper.

I also run into brides who have been seduced by the low low prices of chain stores. Flowers are like any perishable, grown item. They come from many sources and have grades, a low grade flower will not open fully and often will not last. Even the delivery and set up of your flowers will make a huge difference. A shift worker isn’t about to personally drive your flowers to your event and give stems a fresh cut or top up the water. An independent florist puts their reputation on the line every time they do an event. They are not simply a shift worker who has a limited time to complete orders before their shift ends. I have gained life long customers from the brides and their families who were so disappointed by inexperienced workers in these stores.