Originally Posted by maridr2012
Hey ladies. The average cost of floral centerpieces is over $100. There are a few that they sent to me separately in a pdf that were like $60 or so, but I really didn't like them. I can't find that email its archived somewhere but I'm sure if you ask them to send it to you they would. I remember I picked one floral centerpiece and it was $180. I almost fell out of my chair. The one I ended up selecting it $105 + 16% tax (its #168 in the Centerpiece album). I settled on that one because I really wanted actual flowers and I liked the mix of roses and hydrangeas especially since my bouquet as well as my bridesmaid's bouquets are all roses. The orchids were just too expensive and everything else I either didn't like or was too costly. Like I said, roses seem to be one of the more budget-friendly options but yet still beautiful and don't look cheap. I have 7 tables that I need centerpieces for...so the costs add up quickly. My FI and I will be sitting at a sweetheart table, and in an effort to save a few bucks, we are NOT doing a centerpiece for our table. Instead, we are renting 2 vases from them (at $15 + tax each), and taking 2 of the bridesmaid's flowers after the reception entrance and putting them in the vases. That, along with a few candle tealights and votives that I'm bringing myself, as well as our filled sand ceremony vase, will be our table decor. They really charge you for everything. They're charging me $25 + tax for the sweetheart table, another $29 for the escort card table, $18 for the gift envelope holder (the little mailbox guests can put their cards with gift - usually cash/check in). It adds up quickly ladies..so be prepared.
The tough thing with the flowers is you have to pick the centerpiece you're interested in and then ask them for a quote. It'd be so much easier if they provided a cost for each one ahead of time so that way you can filter out what's in your price range. I pointed this out to them and they said they have to get quotes each time because the prices changed based on the season, and because alot of the flowers they need to import it so it can vary from one month to another based on commodities. WHATEVS.
Regarding the decor in the packages, I selected the Aqua package b/c we felt we would get the most out of it - with top shelf liquor, h'ors doeuvres, etc. I selected the Fantasy decor because I loved the simplicity and classic beautiful look of it. They will allow you to pick a different package's decor, but only if it's a cheaper package. For example, you can select the Aqua and decorate it with Fantasy like I did because the Fantasy pkg is cheaper, but you can keep all the things the Aqua pkg brings - chairs, bar selection, etc. Or, you can do Chill pkg with Fantasy decor. BUT, you CANNOT pick Fantasy package with Aqua decor, b/c the Aqua pkg is more expensive. Its kinda silly.
And, also beware that if you choose to customize your decorations alot, e.g. do colored linens other than whats already included in your package OR as I've described above, you will be charged extra. The calculator sheet they gave me indicated it would be $150 to add color/linen to your decoration. YIKES. Not sure if that was per table, or what, but still..YIKES. So if you really want to customize your event with different linen colors, you may be better off bringing your own linens but also know they will charge you for setting it up, or you better have great bridesmaids that will set this up for you on the day of your event.
Lastly, regarding privatizing your event..yes it will be expensive to privatize a restaurant. We considered also privatizing the Gabi Club...until we learned that in addition to the $9k fee, they will itemize EVERYTHING. I mean everything. You can't do a package when you privatize a space; they don't allow it. So, they will charge you for every chair, hors doeuvre, linen, drink, bow, flower, etc etc the list goes on and on...per person. Again, get ready for some big #s to add up if you choose to go that route.
Mari, I am so happy that I found you on this site. Without your help, I would be totally lost, and raped in cost. You have been such a great help. And I appreciate your willingness to share everything so that our planning will be alot easier. As I said before, I have also picked the Aqua package because of everything the package offers. But, I didn't want everything to be in Aqua color, because then I would be forced to have my bridesmaids more geared towards that color. So, with the decor of the Fantasy package....what changes? Just the colors of the everything?
Another question if I may, how many guests are you having so far and where did you choose to have your wedding? I don't think I want my wedding outside, but I seen picks of the Hallroom and I think I really like that. I want a floor for dancing because I'm thinking about hiring a DJ for the reception.