I love wedding sites as much as the next person, don’t get me wrong. These sites are great for inspiration, but att he same time they are like looking at a fashion magazine and everyone is a size 0. However, there is a line between reality, and well… gobs of money/fantasy.
So, begins my problem of becoming the dream crusher/reality-checker.
I get girls that have a limited budget. Which, I am fine with. In this economy, we all want the most bang for our buck. Limited budget=challenge and opportunities to get creative. I’m a new business, still trying to prove myself. However, they spend all their time looking at wedding pictures over at Project Wedding and Style Me Pretty, and then tell me they want exactly THAT.
Let’s look at the most recent meeting.
This is the type of centerpiece idea she wants. Vintage style. Lots of little containers, succulents, but FULL. She wants milk glass too.
This is the type of setup kinda she likes for the ceremony:
Total things she wants:
- 17 Tables Needing Centerpieces, minimum 3 vase type things per table of various height. (12 round, 4 rectangle, 1 sweetheart)
- 1 Bride Bouquet
- 5 BM Bouquets
- 3 Corsages (2 Moms, 1 Gma)
- 17 Bouts (1 Groom, 5 Groomsmen, 2 Dads, 1 StepDad, 8 Sponsors)
- 10 Pomanders (2 FG, 8 Ceremony Aisle)
- Cake Flowers
- Petals for the Aisle, thick on either side.
- Ceremony decor similar to pictured above
- 2 Bar Pieces
- Petals everywhere else possible… cocktail tables, guest book table, etc.
- Oh yeah.. AND she wants cones filled with petals for every chair as the idea is to be showered with petals post ceremony.
- Toss Bouquet?
All of this, and the budget is… $1400.
Here’s the problem. Vintage containers average around $5 each. I’m trying, TRYING to jam everything in as much as possible. But, things are only so cheap, ya know? It’s not just flowers you’re buying, it’s gas, transportation, ribbon, pins, floral tape, floral wire, floral glue, buckets for flowers, floral foam, netting, DCD, QuickDip, FloraLife, Finishing Touch, Containers, Tags, Rocks, Sharp knives, fishing line, votives, candles, shears, Etc. They ALL COST MONEY!! Many of those items are NOT REUSABLE. On average, I’ll spend 40-60 man hours per wedding from initial meeting to final wedding. On top of that… all those sales that I make? I EVENTUALLY have to pay tax on them. California sales tax is just under 10% (9.75% to be exact). So, $136.50 of that $1400, that’s the effing sales tax.
I’ve been looking at this thing. Minus the Petal Cones… I can probably do the above for $1425. And let me tell you, that is DIRT CHEAP. It’s those damn petal cones that kill me! You figure two roses gave up their petals per cone, right? A rose costs wholesale around .48 cents per… so almost $1 per cone for JUST PETALS. Now, making the cone out of paper, adding ribbon and glue… there’s another .50. Even if I made 160 of those for cost of supplies only, as in my time is free… that’s STILL going to come out to an additional $240 which is 17% of her budget for freaking petals that are getting thrown at her for 30 seconds while she walks down the aisle for a couple pictures, and then get tromped on by the guests.
*SIGH* Time to go have a discussion with my bride about reality.