I e-mailed both places and got a response from each within a couple days. I asked for pricing on bridesmaid bouquets featuring spider mums and dahlias, since I'm pretty sure that's what I want. I also asked for suggestions and pricing on bridal bouquets, since I'm less sure of what I want there.
Next, Maya Floral Design. The e-mail response was very helpful, and they included some pictures of bouquets I might like (although I didn't love any of them). The pricing was made clearer for other flowers, although the amounts are higher. $50 to $65 for bridesmaid bouquets using local flowers; $65 to $95 for bridesmaid bouquets using imported flowers. For bridal bouquets, $125 to $175 using local flowers; $175 to $250 using imported flowers. I asked him which flowers are local and he said roses, gerbera daisies, Asian lilies, alstroemeria, bird of paradise, chrysanthemums [spider mums], mums, and others. He wasn't able to give me a complete list, because availability can vary.
Personally, there's no way I can afford to spend $100 on a single bouquet, because mine is a 2-bride wedding with 5 to 6 bridesmaids (not sure if one can make it). We have to stay under $50 for the bridesmaids and $80 for the brides. I may request bridesmaid size bouquets for all of us and just get different flowers or different colors for the bridal bouquets, so they stand out. Did anyone else use the same size bouquets for bridesmaids and bride? How did it look & were you happy with that decision?
It's strange, because we started out with the plan to pick up flowers at the grocery store, and now we're considering several hundred dollars on a flower order. If we go the grocery store route, I am not very picky about flower type and colors, but if we pay a florist, I am extremely picky, because I want to feel like I'm getting my money's worth. I know getting bouquets from a florist, they will last longer, but I care less about that than I do about being able to afford what we get.
I've considered the many alternatives to fresh flowers, some of which I really love, but I have trouble picturing anything other than fresh flowers at my own wedding. It just feels right to have tropical flowers in a tropical setting.