Post # 1
Hi all! So every bride has a few things that are really important to her that she wants to splurge on, and then areas that are less key where you trim the budget to make up for it. Well, for us flowers fall into that second category. I like them, I think they’re lovely, but for us, we chose to put the big $ into the venue/food/bar, photography, and number of guests. So now we’re trying to get nice but affordable flowers, which I thought would be doable since we also both prefer a very minimalist look (single bloom sunken in a vase, or floating in a bowl, for centerpieces, 6-8 of the same kind of flowers tied together for the bridemaids, etc).
After the first florist came back to us with a much higher quote than I believe is reasonable (over $100 each for a single flower underwater in a vase), I’m now on the prowl for good, simple, affordable florists in the Chicago area. I don’t want or need someone who can do miracles with branches and arches and 10 foot tall centerpieces. I just want a solid, reliable, affordable florist who can help me make my nice, simple, chic, budget wedding flower vision come to life.
Post # 3
Do you need someone downtown? If not, I’m working with Catherine’s Garden’s in Oak Forest, and they have been wonderful! Beautiful flowers and great prices as well.
Post # 4
We’re working with Anna Held Flowers in Edgewater. I’ve been really happy with them so far. She isn’t the least expensive,but I think their prices are very fair and reasonable.
Post # 5
Thank you both!
@DoubleDutch – They definately don’t have to be downtown as long as they’re willing to travel!
Post # 6
this florist did a great job and came in way under my budget. I ordered all custom bouquets, a cascading bouquet for me, 6 bridesmaids, 2 mother bouquets, 10 boutonnieres all for under $400 you might want to check with them…………….www.budgetbridalbouquets.blogspot.com …………….they were the cheapest i found!!! Very pleased with flowers I received. Made with Artificial/real touch/silk flowers. Look just as great as the real without the mess, and that way you can get them ahead of time and not have that to worry with the day before.
Post # 7
We felt the same about flowers. I found that the price for any centerpiece is ridiculous! You might consider doing them yourself. You could buy the vases at the dollar tree, and order the flowers from Costco or a supermarket. Then you would just have to order bouquets and bouts. We did that to save a ton of money.
Another options is trying out a marianos for flowers. I’ve heard that they do them for discounted rates. We used them for our wedding cake- it turned out amazing and cost like 20% of what any bakery was quoting us.