Chicago budget friendly florists and/or lighting experts

posted 2 years ago in Chicago
Post # 2
40 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

cmc2015:  We used Bunches flower shop in Lincolon park. Extremely budget friendly and easy to work with–I am not sure about your particular vase situation, but you can ask when you call. They were great to work with totally recommend!

Post # 3
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Bottom Lounge

How much is your flower budget?? I just started looking at flowers as well. The florist I’m looking at seem to include vases and candles. Most just quoted me for flower prices.

I was trying to figure out if ordering wholesale and flowers would be cheaper.  Mariano’s quoted be $15 for 1 stem of hydrangeas!! My wedding is June 2015 and they won’t be in season 🙁

I also was looking at lights too!! I’m trying to figure out if it will be cheaper to buy or rent! I’m waiting for a quote from art of imagination.  They were extremely nice and totally nailed my vision. Hopefully I can afford them! 

Good luck!

Post # 6
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

cmc2015:  freckledjasmin:  Hi Chicago ladies!  I got married at the Publican.  We had about 100 people, so I think we had something like 5 BM bouquets, my bouquet, 6 bouts, 15 centerpieces.  I looked EVERYWHERE for flowers, and our budget was $500.  I ended up with Stephanie at the Whole Foods at Halsted/Waveland.  She kept things at budget, there were NO carnations, and the flowers fit my vision exactly.  Stephanie advised me to get my own vases and ribbon, which really cut down on costs. 

Everyone else told me that $1000 was the minimum for our wedding, but Stephanie made it work and my SIL went to her for her flowers (about 200 people, huge centerpieces = $1k budget).  If nothing else, it’s worth it to give her a call, or go see her portfolio.  Good luck and let me know if you have any other flower Qs! 

Post # 8
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

For florists I used Floral Designs by Lesa A Atteo. You can find her on Facebook. She is in Plainfield but is super affordable and does an amazing job. I found her at a bridal expo.

Post # 9
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

cmc2015:  Are you getting married in the city or in the burbs?

As far as lighting I would just buy them and see if the venue will hang them for you

My florist is Prairie basket flowers but she is in the burbs- she might come to the city tho- my reception is in Barrington so I dont know for sure but I told her I dont really want to spend more than 1500 max and she was like thats totally do able.


Post # 10
28 posts
  • Wedding: August 2014

I ended up using Dorothy from Wishing Well. I was willing to spend more on flowers, but for what I wanted, she charged me considerably less than other florists – around $1500-2000. I don’t believe she has a minimum, so I am sure she would be able to work with a budget. Highly recommend her.

For lighting, we used Steve of SC Lighting Design. For $800, he hung up his string globe lights al over our venue, provided uplighting on dimmers, and hung a light up sign we bought on a dimmer as well.

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