Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cost of Wedding Flowers - Centerpieces

Time for another price check on a centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings. This image is from the current issue's "The Well-Spent Wedding", 50 ways to save article.

I have the current mag and the photo is a bit larger than this one from their website, showing 13 individual vases and 6 seats at the table, so those numbers are what I'm going to use for my calculations. I'm also going to assume that since this is the DIY issue, that this is also a do it yourself project and not factor in the usual labor that a florist would charge.

Using the prices for the vases found in the back of the magazine and counting up the number of stems of the various flowers, this look will set you back about $170 per table.

That's definitely less than the Martha centerpieces we've priced out for you in other posts, but still quite a stretch for most budgets. The premise here is that by using bud vases you'll get a big impact for not as much money as a larger single centerpiece. True, but at $170 a pop, far from frugal!

5 comments:

INTRIGUE - floral design & decor said...

Great post! Brides come in all the time with magazine cut outs that they think will be budget savvy... I like the reality check.

Sprout said...

Clients really have no idea that they're being shown top of the line floral pieces in magazines. Combine that with how the general public under values what florists do - no wonder they have unrealistic expectations!

Your average bridal publication features couture flowers, which are priced accordingly.

I really need to make the $50 centerpiece challenge idea happen! Think anyone has time to do it right now??!!

Sprout said...

I also try to get prices out there on her blog where ever I can -

http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/weddings/2009/07/my-entry.html

Janet said...

I saw that lisianthus centerpiece on the MSW blog too and just laughed! Thanks for taking the time to educate brides!

Janet said...

Are you still considering that $50 centerpiece challenge? My schedule opens up after mid-November...

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