Budgets and flower availability

All flower types are not made for all budgets, and not all flowers are available year round (or cost the same if available "out of season"). Below I detail some of the most popular flowers asked for, their seasons, and their price range / budget range. To view a complete list of all cut flowers (without prices, but with seasons) please visit HERE. Also, please bare in mind that just because it is on this list does not guarantee my ability to get it / get it at a price you can afford.

Disclaimer: I DO NOT CONTROL FLOWER PRICES. If I did, I promise they would not be this ridiculously high. I can only go on what my distributors give me. Prices are also subject to change rapidly without me knowing. This is merely a guide below and may not be the exact amounts for what is available at the time of contact. 

This is also information regarding real, live flowers. For silk/foam/real touch latex flowers, those are a completely different thing and pricing. While I do love live flowers, sometimes well placed "fake" flowers can be just as beautiful and a good substitute (as far as price). They now make very high quality flowers that look (and often feel) real.

 

Most Affordable Flower Choices:

These flowers are available year round in many colors at affordable prices for brides. They range from 50 cents per bloom/stem to $1.10 per bloom/stem.

  • Roses (standard. About $1-$1.50 each)
  • Carnations ($.50-$.75 each)
  • Baby's Breath. $10 / bunch 
  • Daisies (both Gerberas - $1.10-$2 each and Daisy Poms $.76 each)
  • Eucalyptus, Salal, Leatherleaf, and other filler greenery

 

peonies

Peonies are by far the most asked for flower as they are beautiful, full blossoms in bridal pastel colors with blooms 2.5-4" in diameter. They are also, however, the most expensive cut flower currently on the market. They ARE available year round, but their prices fluctuate greatly on their season. In order to purchase any flower, I am required to buy a minimum number. For a peony, that is 20.

  • Peak season: April-June (Around $7 WHOLESALE per stem)
  • Off season: March, July-September (Around $10 WHOLESALE per stem)
  • Out of production / limited season: October-February (Around $15-$35 WHOLESALE per stem)
  • Suggested budget range for using these flowers: $2000+

 

DAHLIAS

Second only to the peony, Dahlias are a popular wedding flower that every bride seems to crave. I don't blame them as they were a must for my own wedding bouquet, but they are very delicate and pricey dependent upon the season. There are two types of Dahlia: standard and dinner plate. I will separate them out below.

 

DINNER PLATES

Dinner Plate Dahlia
  • Size: 6"+ circumference. 
  • Colors: Assorted (comes in plenty solids and bi-colors)
  • Peak season: June-November (Around $7-$15 WHOLESALE per stem)
  • Out of production / limited season: December-May (IF I can get them, $25 / stem WHOLESALE)
  • Suggested budget range for using these flowers: $1000+

 

Dahlias (standard)

  • Size 1.4"-6" circumference 
  • Colors: Assorted. Comes in many solid and bi-color varieties. 
  • Peak season: June-November (Around $3-7.50 WHOLESALE per stem)
  • Minimum order: 30
  • Out of production / limited season: December-May (IF I can get them, $15-$25 / stem WHOLESALE)
  • Suggested budget range for using these flowers: $1000+

 

 

Garden roses

The slightly smaller cousin to the Peony, the Garden Rose (2.5-3" diameter when at full bloom), is a large, frilly variety of rose that is featured in many bridal bouquets. Because they do not have an "in" or "out" of season, Garden Roses can stay at a pretty steady price range year round. That range is dependent on color, size, variety, and number ordered. The more you order of any flower, the lower the price goes, and to order any flower I must purchase a minimum number (for Garden roses it's 24).

They come in many colors (which may affect price) including but  not limited to: white, pink, peach, purple/lavender, red, orange, yellow, beige.

  • Wholesale Prices (per stem):
  • "Standard" Varieties in : $3.25-$4.5
  • David Austen varieties: $4.5-$7.5
  • Rainbow Garden Roses: $3.50
  • Suggested budget range for using these: $1000+ (Or $500+ if only using one bunch of 24)

 

Ranunculus

Continuing on the "ruffled" flower look, we also have the Ranunculus. They're smaller than either the peony or the garden rose, with full blooms only coming to 1-2" in diameter. These make amazing focal or accent flowers. 

  • "Year round" availability 
  • Price ranging from $2.5-$4.5 WHOLESALE.
  • Small Flowers: 1"-2" circumference
  • Suggested Budget for using these: $750+

 

Succulents

succulents

Succulents are hearty plants with a rubber or plastic like texture ranging in a variety of colors and shapes from 1" in diameter to 8" in diameter. They are very popular as filler flowers at the moment, and as such, prices have spiked to reflect that. 

  • Year round availability
  • Prices START at $7.50 per succulent and can go as high as $30 per (for large or particular varieties)  (wholesale)
  • Minimum Order: 20

**This is one of those flowers that a faux version can be substituted for $3-$4.50 instead of paying $7.50 per stem. The plastic and rubber varieties of these flowers look very realistic and feel very much the same as live but last forever.

 

Anemones

anemones

Anemones are beautiful delicate flowers with dark black or navy blue centers. Because they are such delicate flowers some may be lost in transit when shipping. If I order 40 anemones, I only expect 35 to make it whole (or to continue to thrive once put in water). They MUST be kept in water to stay alive. They should be left in until the last moment possible to ensure the blooms stay perky for pictures. 

  • Seasons: October-April (peak season), May-September (off season but available)
  • Price: $2.75 (peak season) - $4.50 (off season and certain colors) WHOLESALE
  • Lifespan: 24-48 hours (8 hours out of water)
  • Depending on how "open" they are the circumference of these guys is from: 3/4"-2"
  • Budget recommendation for using these flowers: $1000+
Hydrangeas

hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are large, fluffy clusters of blossoms that come in a variety of colors (most notably blue, purple, pink, green, and white). They bloom naturally in many colors as well as being an easy flower to dye or paint. These are once again a delicate variety that does not do well out of water. I suggest them be left in water until the last moment you can afford, and for anything that cannot be submerged (boutineers, corsages) that they be kept cool.

  • Season: Year Round
  • Price per bloom: $2.50-$5.00 per bloom WHOLESALE (this depends on color, variety, and size)
  • Minimum Order: 12
  • Lifespan: Up to 1 week in water, but generally about 8 hours outside of water (at best). Once they start to wilt they are almost impossible to get back to life.
  • Recommendation for budget: $250+
  • Plusses: Hydrangeas do have large blossoms because they are a grouping of flowers, and they either come in or can be dyed most any color. They are great filler and add volume to most any arrangement. They also can be broken apart into smaller pieces of corsages and boutineers (ie 1 hydrangea may be able to make 3 boutineers). 
Tulips

tulips

Another delicate flower, tulips are a traditional choice for many brides in lieu of roses. They also do not hold up well out of water for long periods of time, and the stems are very delicate so careful handling is a must. They can be paired with each other or additional types of flowers (baby's breath is  my favorite accompaniment). They come in a large variety of colors, but the easiest and most readily available are: pink, white, red, yellow, and purple.

  • Season: Year Round
  • Lifespan: 5 days in water. 8-12 hours outside of water.
  • Price: $1.05-$3 per stem WHOLESALE
  • REAL TOUCH LATEX: There are quality versions of these flowers that look and feel real but are indeed faux flowers now being made. The cost will be equal or more than the real flowers, but many people want the option of being able to keep their bouquets forever. Also, latex flowers do not wilt or break.
Oriental Lily

lilies

Oriental Lilies, Stargazer Lilies and Asiatic Lilies are all focal or accent flowers chosen for their pop of bright color and large bloom. They come in hundreds of varieties of single and multi colored blossoms often accompanied by unopened bud pods. While they are delicate and can break, they are still much heartier than several of the flowers listed above. 

  • Season: Year Round
  • Price Per Stem: $1.50-$3.50 per bloom WHOLESALE
  • Minimum: 40 stems
  • Lifespan: 3-5 days in water. About 12-15 out of water. 

Calla lilies

Callas or calla lilies are small tubular flowers with long stamens that come in a variety of colors and shades(almost anything you can think of they either can be grown or dyed that color). They are commonly used alone in bouquets or boutineers as well as being mixed with other flowers. Most callas that are available are actually "mini" calla lilies. They are much heartier flowers and do not wilt. They simply eventually dry up after a few days of being out of water.

  • Season: Year Round
  • Price per stem: $1.50 - $3.50 WHOLESALE (dependent on color and amount ordered)
  • Minimum Order: 12 stems (but you have to order 100 to get the $1.50 pricing)
  • REAL TOUCH LATEX: There are quality versions of these flowers that look and feel real but are indeed faux flowers now being made. The cost will be equal or more than the real flowers, but many people want the option of being able to keep their bouquets forever. Also, latex flowers do not wilt or break.
Dendrobium Orchid
Cymbidium Orchid

orchids

Prized for their beauty and near impossibleness to grow, Orchids have long since been the creme de la creme of flowers. The Dendrobium Orchid (left) is a spray orchid consisting of delicate flowers and buds cascading down a stalk, used as filler. The Cymbidium Orchid (right) is a single bud flower used as a focal flower (often having bouquets containing solely these flowers). 

  • Season: Year Round
  • Cost per stem/bud: Dendrobium-$1.50 / Cymbidium - $15 WHOLESALE
  • Minimum Order: Dendrobium - 60  / Cymbidium - 10
  • Cost for REAL TOUCH LATEX: There are great reproductions that look realistic but are indeed faux flowers of both dendrobium and cymbidium orchids. They are approximately $3.50-$8.50 per stem. Those versions of these flowers that look and feel real but are indeed faux flowers, and it affords many people the option of being able to keep their bouquets forever. Also, latex flowers do not wilt or break.