The Most Popular Pinterest Photo Broken Down

Ironically just 2 weeks, Ms. Cingen posted this on her IG page and asked if any one could guess how many roses it took to execute this design and everyone guessed wrong. Including me.  So from the designer herself, it took 1,200 roses to complete this look on 4 tables!! 1,200!!

So let’s do the math shall we?

Hangover Meme.gif

Roses= 1,200 x 3.00 per stem = $3,600.00

Cylinders = 1,200×4.50 per cylinder $5,400.00

Plus tax, labor and delivery of course.

So that's $9,000.00 plus tax, delivery and labor.

My Reaction to Wedding Flower Prices.gif

Disclaimer, the prices were not given by the designer. These are my estimates.

Why labor charges you ask? Because it takes time to execute a design like this.  

Let me take you through the process:

Step 1 - Place order with your wholesalers for roses and materials

Step 2 - Pick up or receive delivery of roses and materials

Step 3 - Process 1,200 stems. That’s stripping, cutting and hydrating

Step 4 - Transport roses and supplies to venue

Step 5 - Execute the design

Step 6 - Breakdown the design

And this is the simple version.  You also have to prepare materials.  Nothing comes ready to use. Everything must be cleaned and made perfect before using it. Also keep in mind, there is also a custom table with chargers, plates, glassware, stemware, plates and candles that is not included in the cost.

I’m going to “guestimate” the process of executing this design. Say it takes 3 to 4  people to complete this task. One person’s job is solely to fill the cylinders and place the on the table.  The other assistants will cut, prep and place roses. This can take about 2 to 3 hours give or take. In order to execute and finish on time, we have to have enough hands on deck to get the job done so let’s hope there is enough time to finish this design with that many designers on hand.

The point is not scare you but to educate you.  Just to give you an idea of how the magic happens.  Most of time I’m contacted about a design and when I give a price on how much that Pinterest picture will cost to execute, I’m always met with shock. Which is expected.  You never planned a wedding before so how would know. But that’s my job to educate you so you can make an informed decision about your wedding flowers.

Single Rose Runner, Estate Table  Rachel Clingen.jpg

Now can you have something similar for less, probably.  But you have to be willing to compromise with your floral designer.  You have to be realistic and level set your expectations.

I hope this helps give you some perspective and a little behind the scenes into the world of wedding flowers.  Do you have a pinterest picture you wish to have broken down like this? Send it on over to and I’ll break it down for you!

Have A Fabulous Day

Deniesha Joseph

Fun Fete Fabulous 

Event Planning & Floral Designs