Centerpiece #1 in purples and browns with roses, succulents, and fern curls in cast iron urn. $684.
Centerpiece #2 in orange and yellow with roses, dahlias, crab apples, and viburnum berries. $490.
Now you're wondering where I got those crazy prices from! Flowers, baby, flowers! Martha loves her flowers and uses lots of them.
I'm sure the prices I gave can be disputed, but here's how the numbers work:
- Count the number of blossoms of each type of flower. Multiply this by 2 since you can only see half of the centerpiece in the photo.
- Multiply the total number of each type of blossom by what they cost retail per stem.
- Add all those prices up.
- Add in price of container and any other floral supplies.
- Multiply this total by 50% for labor.
- Add labor figure to total for flowers and supplies for final price.
Every florist uses a different formula for their pricing structure, but this is mine and not that unusual. Even using different formulas, a lot of florists will end up priced out about the same.
I know you're looking at that 50% for labor and thinking that's insane, but all those flowers don't arrange themselves, and depending on your florist, any where from 1/4 to 1/2 of the cost of your flower arrangements is the labor it takes to make them, with my 1/3 falling somewhere in the middle. (Yes, 50% of materials costs equals 33% of the total cost of the arrangement - $200 of materials, times 50% for labor of $100, adds up to $300, with 33% of your cost as labor. There's a lot of math when you're a florist!)
Magazine flowers are arranged to make a nice photograph, actually a more than nice photograph, and while I'm sure every photo shoot has a budget, I'm sure the retail price of the arrangement is not a major consideration.
Keep in mind, these are basic round centerpieces, nothing even very tricky construction-wise, which can add to the cost. It's mostly the sheer volume of flowers - that brown and purple piece has easily $70 of fern curls alone!
Repeat after me - flowers in abundance cost more!