Post # 1
I ordered my manzanita centerpieces a month ago from a seller in California who posts here, so I won’t release the username and start slandering him just yet, but I wrote him three weeks ago to ask if he had shipped our order, and it turned out that he hadn’t. The next week he said he had cut our order and would be shipping it the next day. Another week passed…the week before my wedding, and he only shipped the order after receiving a menacing email from me. He shipped it last Monday and my wedding is this Friday. The shipping is estimated anywhere from 2-9 days, and even that is not guaranteed since it was shipped Parcel Post. SO, if my branches don’t get here in time, I need a back-up plan. We have 8-inch clear vases and river rocks already, which were to go with the manzanita, and we’ve got some floating candles as well. Can you suggest some inexpensive ideas? I need to have a plan B in case I end up getting stiffed on my order, which is something I’d rather not think about, but it’s a possibility since this person was very irresponsible in getting the items to me on time.I am 5 days out from my wedding and trying not to panic. I’ve even broken out in hives on my neck and chest over this mess.
Any help would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I just PMed you. Other ideas , check out your local florist , one bloom sunken with a floating candle looks lovely. You can do the same thing with silks and no one can tell. Orchid plants can make simply but stunning arrangements , a lot of citys have hot houses where you can buy them cheap in bulk. It will be OK!!! The end of the day the important thing is that you and you FI are getting married , the details will work out!! *big hugs*!!
Post # 4
Don’t panic, there are plenty of options. Like BunnyBlue said, check out a florist. Also, check local craft stores, they often have lots of floral selection with branches and similar stuff.
Post # 5
I’m sorry to hear you are having these troubles so close to your wedding day! But I agree with Bunny Blue. Since you already have the tall vases ready and waiting for your branches, I would use the submerged flower idea as your back up plan. And if you buy silk flowers and end up NOT needing them, just return them! No extra expenses on your part. 🙂
Post # 6
This may already be too late, but I saw on one of the DIY shows, This couple went outside, and found branches. Spray painted them silver, and used them in their glasses with their red river rocks, and it turned out absolutely beautiful. I hope your original idea arrived on time, tho! Good luck tomorrow!
Post # 7
I’m with mrsself2B, I did a test run with a branch I spray painted silver and it turned out really nice. Good luck!
Post # 8
That really sucks that you were having these problems so close to your wedding! Hopefully they came in time!!
I don’t know if it’s the same person, but I saw a posting in the classifieds section from a guy in CA selling these branches. He put a little disclaimer at the bottom saying that his mother had passed away and that’s why so many orders were sent out late. If that’s the case, hopefully you don’t hold it against him!! I know it sucks, but sometimes there are other extenuating circumstances.
Post # 9
Hmm… I had similar issues with a vendor who also posted here on classifieds. He did tell me about his mother’s death, a break up with girlfriend… I did eventually receive my branches but it did take around 2 months and incessant follow up with e-mails.
During my panic stage, I looked around for branches in backyards and whatnot, which was hard to find. But I did find very tall branches at Ikea that were selling for less than $10 per bunch. You should also try Michael’s, AC Moore and other stores that sell branches. They won’t be manzanita, but you can use them with cylinders and river rocks.
You can also fill the vases with river rocks and water, and then just float candles on top. A fancier look can be to submerge a silk flower stem inside the cylinder, anchored by the river rocks and the candle on top.