Ceremony in the Garden: Izabela & David
When it comes to pricing centrepieces – size matters!
However it is not the only component that factors into the price! Here are some other items to consider when thinking of your floral decorative:
1) Seasonal Flowers
Think 100 mile theory – When you select flowers that are in season, your florist can buy local flowers – which generally are less expensive than ones that have to be flown in from somewhere else on the planet. You are also helping the local farming community – so all good !
2) Quantity of Flowers
Dah ! The more flowers the higher the price. However, think buying in volume – the price per single stem decreases as you add quantity, So a single stem in a vase is in total less money – but not so economical per stem if you get what I mean …
3) Variety of flowers
Florists buy flowers from the flower market in bulk. For instance roses come in packs of 25 stems. This works out well if you are buying 10+ centrepieces and want a variety of flower types in each of your centrepieces. If you are only buying one or two centrepieces – the florist still has to buy all 25 stems. So if you are wanting a minimum quantity of decorative and want to keep to a budget – select centrepieces that have all one variety of flower with foliage – like hydrangea and ferns or rose and salal for example…
Generally the ratio of foliage to flowers effects price. More greenery, less flowers is usually less expensive. However there are greeneries offered these days that are not cheap ! Like eucalyptus, olive, jasmine etc.
5) The type of vase
There is a lot of variety in containers – some very exciting stuff – but the prices do vary. If price is the only factor for your design – then select simple glassware with clean lines – like a square glass or mason jars. Fashionable just now are glass footed vessels or pedestal vases, also mercury crackle glass – but it does increase the price of the overall centrepiece! If value or art is important to you – I recommend stoneware – gorgeous hand-crafted garden stoneware planters and table-top urns are very good value and a treasured item for many years as a gift to your wedding party, parents or other special people.
6) The diameter of the opening of the vase
Height of the vase and the width of the vase is less important than the opening or mouth of the vase. The bigger the opening – the more flowers and foliage required. Hence you can have a very tall vase with a small mouth – priced similarly to a short one. At From the Potting Shed, we loan you tall vases – since most folks do not want to own them after the wedding and as the vase itself can be costly, However a word of caution – if your guests think they are free for the offering or if you break it – You bought it !