Post # 1
I tried posting this on the local board and got no bites…so I’m going to try again on the flower board.
I’m not sure if this is doable, but I’m wanting to do flowers for my wedding for under $500. (Keep in mind I’m in Canada, so no fiftyflowers.com etc.)
This would include –
1 brides bouquet (on the smaller side)
2 bridesmaids bouquets
1 jr. bridesmaid corsage
and centerpieces for 3 x 18ft long tables
I am not opposed to doing the centerpieces myself, and buying the flowers in bulk.
What flowers do you think would be best to keep this under the $500. I’m trying to go for a vintage garden feel.
Post # 3
Do you have a farmer’s market or some sort of flower market relatively close by that you could buy flowers from?
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I am having a lot of flowers for my wedding. I was honestly expecting a HUGE sticker shock but I ended up getting a reasonable price because all of my flowers are in season (sunflower, dahlias, wheat etc).
It’s easy to find flowers in your colors (most flowers can be gotten in a range of colors and shades). So ask a florist what flowers would be in season during your wedding and go from there.
Post # 5
My mom is doing my flowers and knows my budget. She says using a lot of babies breath is a good way to cut down on costs. You also want to find flowers that don’t wilt easily and have strong stems. I recently helped her do a wedding that required a lot of extra time and materials to wrap stems of Gerbera daisies so they wouldn’t flop over. We also had to do single water holders for a lot of the flowers that were prone to wilting, which also took a lot of time and materials.
Post # 6
I’m not sure if you have a sams club there but could you possibly order them from there online?
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Post # 8
I would also think about growing some succulents- they are easy to grow and go with your theme.
I would second baby’s breath and even hydrangeas. You could easily go down those 18ft tables with a stem every foot (so 54 stems of hydrangeas) will at most cost you $400, but I’m sure you can get some cheaper (or stalk people you know with hydrangea bushes!)
I will be painting mini terracotta pots whiteish-gold and then planting herbs and such to put little pops of greenery around.
Post # 9
@carolyn.sp.79: would I put the succulents in small pots mixed in?
also, no Sam’s club here 🙁
Post # 10
Order bulbs and seeds and grow your own! It will cost you way less and you can definitely get some things to bloom by early July. “Plant people” love to talk about their plants, so if you ask a local greenhouse or even someone at a seed catalog company for help, I’m sure they would offer suggestions. Farmers markets would be a good option, too.
Post # 11
@BooRadley: I have considered that, but I have a lot of other DIY projects, and I am the furthest from a green thumb you can get. Also I have nowhere to grow them, we are in a condo and can’t keep flowers inside because our cats would eat them.
Post # 12
I went the morning of my wedding to a Meijer (similar to Wal-Mart but they have a floral department) and spent about $100 on flowers. I bought white roses and lavendar daisies for my bouquet, and assorted flowers for the bridesmaids and centerpieces. I had lanterns on the tables as well, so each table only had a small vase/bowl of flowers but I was still able to put flowers on about 20 tables. DH’s aunt used to be a florist so she put together the bouquets for me (5 altogether- if you DIY I would definitely enlist some help!) and you do have to remember to buy floral tape, ribbon, etc. I think my bouquets turned out beautifully and I’m so glad I didn’t spend a ton of money to get something more elaborate.
Post # 13
@rosesarefree: that’s a good idea. I wonbder if I could buy flowers a day or 2 before and then put them in water until the wedding.
Post # 14
I think carnations and babies breath are usually not to costly, and maybe mixing in a few roses?
Post # 15
not sure if canada has sam’s club but that’s where I will be getting my flowers. they have plenty of choices and even have wedding flowers to choose from. http://www.samsclub.com
Post # 16
I did Sam’s Club for mine. My budget was $300 for flowers and I got 100 roses and 150 giant Gerbera daisies, 5 bunches of fern and 5 bunches of babys breath for $297ish. They delivered 2 days before and my Mother-In-Law and I put my bouquet together and the BMs did theirs. They turned out great! And Sams is great to work with.