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#1 bashigyal

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    Posted 02 December 2008 - 01:55 AM

    I have established contact with the Tai Flora office in Ocho Rios and met with the coordinator at the site visit to my chosen venue, The Ruins.

    I gave the coordinator provided a few pics I had collected to give her an idea of what I was looking for an dpicked a few things out of their brochure, but the prices they're quoting just for the bouquets and ceremony decor has already exceeded my whole floral budget, and she hasn't even told me about the reception decor and centerpieces yet! I'm sure it's cuz I'm choosing expensive flowers (mini orange calla lillies, orange roses, cimbidium orchids...my color theme is burnt orange and sage green)....but I'm at a loss as to what I can use as less expensive filler flowers to reduce the cost, and I'm not sure how to direct the florist as to how I want the reception room to be designed.

    Does anyone have any experience with Tai Flora that can help me to negotiate a better price, or give me any suggestions on how to design less expensive arrangements? I obviously need some HELP!!!! LOL

    Thanks my fellow DW brides! :-)

    #2 2bebridejamaica

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      Posted 02 December 2008 - 01:35 PM

      http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t32668

      I was married at Beaches Negril, and my flowers came from Tia.. you can check out my flowers in my ceremony pro pics.

      This is the thing... all flowers at any destination are expensive no matter which way you look at it. Everything is imported in and if you want something special it's even more because it's not on the normal shipments that come in. I was orig a Real Touch Silk Flower bride and then gave up on that after some issues with who I was going to use and just waited till we got down to Jamaica to pick flowers then. MY flowers were expensive... but well worth it to have what I wanted...

      #3 klopez

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        Posted 02 December 2008 - 02:38 PM

        what about using candles and fake rose petals (purchased at home) for centerpieces? this might help reduce your costs a bit.

        #4 bashigyal

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          Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:17 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by 2bebridejamaica
          http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t32668

          ... all flowers at any destination are expensive no matter which way you look at it. Everything is imported in and if you want something special it's even more because it's not on the normal shipments that come in. I was orig a Real Touch Silk Flower bride and then gave up on that after some issues with who I was going to use and just waited till we got down to Jamaica to pick flowers then. MY flowers were expensive... but well worth it to have what I wanted...
          Your flowers are gorgeous from those pics. I would have chosen those over silk flowers too! When you say your flowers were "expensive", how do I know what is considered "expensive" or reasonable? Obviously my requested orange mini calla lilies, yellow and orange roses, and cymbidium orchids are expensive.

          Can anyone tell me generally how much a bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, and centerpiece arrangement would usually run so I can compare that to the quote I'm getting? My wedding is a semi-formal, non-AI wedding with 100 ppl that consist of both local Jamaican fam and friends, and people from here in the states. So really it's a DW for some, but a traditional wedding for the local guests. So I'm not considering anything but real flowers.

          #5 2bebridejamaica

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            Posted 03 December 2008 - 12:55 PM

            These prices are in conjunction with the resort... soo I imagine they are more because of the resort, and not coming directly from florist.

            Price Rundown:

            My Bouquet - 250

            My Bm's - 175

            The Top flowers on the gazebo - 300

            Side flowers on the gazebo - 200 each.

            I used the flowers for the gazebo as my reception flowers.. they laid perfectly flat and they were just carried over while we were taking our pictures.

            #6 KellyG24

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              Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:45 PM

              Do you all think it's 100% necessary to have the bridesmaids carry a full boquet? how do you feel about a single flower, or something a little less expensive

              I'm indecisive.... go figure!

              #7 panther

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                Posted 03 December 2008 - 02:53 PM

                I think its YOUR wedding do what you like. There will always be people who have an opinion, positive or negative.

                #8 KellyG24

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                  Posted 03 December 2008 - 05:00 PM

                  You're exactly right!

                  #9 Jodyann08

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                    Posted 03 January 2009 - 01:11 PM

                    I think like three long stemmed lillys always looks classy but can be really inexpensive also.

                    #10 YoursTruly

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                      Posted 03 January 2009 - 01:43 PM

                      you need to decide what type of flowers YOU like. calla lilies and such are always going to cost more so maybe you can have TF do a hybrid of expensive with something a little less expensive.

                      Average Bride Bouq - 200 - 300

                      BM - 150 - 200

                      Decoration 200

                      Centerpieces - 75--




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