Are there options other than the traditional florist?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Farmer’s market could definitely work if you don’t mind DIY.  Whole Foods is supposed to do nice wedding flowers for less expense than florists.  Also look into ordering online or see if there are any floral schools in your area.

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We did bouquets and small arrangements for vases for my friend’s wedding with wild flowers from Trader Joe’s. Beautiful and they only spent about $65! I’m going to do the same for my wedding!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

There are lots of other options!:

1. Don’t use flowers

2. Use silk flowers

3. Grow your own flowers

4. Order bulk flowers from your local supermarket

5. Collect wildflowers

6. Get flowers from local farmers market

To name a few ideas off the top of my head. I don’t want to use a traditional florist, although I do want to have some floral elements. I’ll be having bouquets, some flowers on the tables, and pots of flowers along the aisle. I’m doing a combination of things to get my flowers: bouquets will be made with bulk supermarket flowers, aisle runners and some table flowers will be hydrangeas collected from the GIANT hydrangea bush my grandmother has, and my mom is going to grow some flowers to use in the centrepieces.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

playdohpants:  If you stick to a bouquet of one type of flower, it couldn’t be easier.  Boutonnieres and corsages are easy and there are lots of tutorials online.

Depending on where you live it may be a little early for hydrangeas, but you can always buy the flowering hydrangeas(they are available almost year round) at the supermarket and just cut off the flowers.

Lilacs are a gorgeous May flower.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

playdohpants:  If you’re collecting wildflowers, I would get them the day before and store them in the fridge with water- in my experience they tend to wilt quickly. If you order bulk from the grocery store, I heard that you should order them a few days before you need them, as they are usually shipped to the store before they have reached their “peak”- ordering them a few days before allows them to finish blooming. Now, I don’t know a LOT about this, it’s something I need to research since I also plan on doing this, but I thought I would relay the information.

What time of year is your wedding? Mine is in August, and the hydrangea bush should be just going from white to blue.

And you’re right, if you want to save money, silk flowers are probably not the way to go!

Aaaaand I thought of option 7, lol- make paper ones! You can make beautiful paper flowers if you have the time/patience.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had a small and intimate wedding and I went with a florist who worked out of her home. She was a lot cheaper than a florist with a storefront because she didn’t have overhead costs. I toyed with DIY, but in the end I realized I wouldn’t have the time the day before or even the day of to put things together. The florist also really worked with MY budget – I had done a mock-up and she was able to give me a comparable price which included delivery and set-up. 

Her price was $650, while other traditional florists quoted me $2500. I even had peonies, roses, and succulents. I was about to give up! I used the vendor tab on Wedding Wire. 

3 – bouquets (bride, moh, fg)

3 – corsages ($15 a piece)

5 – bouts ($15 a piece)

8 – table centerpieces (restaurant reception)

2 – birdcage centerpieces for the sweetheart table

Post # 9
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Newbee

Hi, please do not laugh but i went to Raleys Supermarket floral arranger and gave her pictures of what I wanted. She made a formal cascading bouquet for me. 4 boutneers, 3 bridesmaides bundles of loose flowers in tulle and ribbon, 2 corsages. My Flowers turned out beautiful. They cost me $200.00 and they were able to give me all the flowers I wanted and in all my colors. I felt like I had a miracle happen, what a blessing this grocery store florist was. I could not have been happier.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My FI’s sister diy-ed her bouquets, bouts and corsages. Ordered flowers from costco, and the bridesmaids went over the day before and made them all up 🙂

FI’s cousin got her flowers from a vendor at a local farmers market. She talked to him a couple months before and then kept in touch leading up to it. 

For both weddings, the flowers looked fantastic!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

I used silk flowers for my event and it was a great option! I was able to make the arrangements ahead of time, and did not have to worry about flowers being in season, or wilting. There really are some great options in silks these days. if you are willing to spend a bit more real touch flower are amazing!  I found a huge selection at great prices on afloral.com. They also have DIY supplies and cute decorations! Silks I think are a great way to go! Good luck to you!!  

Post # 12
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Newbee

I originally thought about going to Whole Foods the week of, but I really didn’t want any surprises….and then I looked at Fifty Flowers and Sams, but didnt’ want to buy an entire box of everything.

So…I ended up going with Flower Moxie (http://www.flowermoxie.com) and was thrilled!  I heard about them thru a friend on Facebook.

Basically, they helped me figure out exactally what I needed, and they sell by the bunch.  They send instructions, tools, and they have a lot of DIY videos on youtube.  I was thrilled with the outcome! 

Hope that helps, good luck!!!

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