Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Forest and Ball Room
Well. I was orginally thinking “Yes! Brooch bouquet! It’ll be so cheap and I can use that money elsewhere!” Boy was I wrong! The brooches are spendy and the premade are even more spendy. Blech. I can’t do it.
We have a Disneyland trip basically right after with the whole family and I would rather spend 100-200 on something there.
So, out of the picture. Then I thought real touch flowers…so pretty! But I am no florist and again, premade is almost the same price as the real flowers. I don’t care to keep them to be honest so the idea behind keeping the artificial flower doesn’t mean much to me.
Now, I’m thinking of having friends and family ask their friends and family and so on for their “wild flowers” or flowers they have growing that they would be willing to donate. I live in AK and we have gorgeous fireweed and forget-me-knots (though Idk how I would put that in a bouquet…maybe a hair wreath?) and other wild flowers. That and maybe buying fillers and a dozen roses at the flower place.
Has anyone done this? Or am I being scrooge with my money and have gone bat sh!t crazy?
Post # 3
I didn’t have any flowers at my wedding. There is no rule that says you have to.
Post # 4
@akkaer1: Are you thinking just for your bouquet? I’d grab a grocery store arrangement and bind the stems with some ribbon! $10 total. Done and done. 😀
Post # 5
@Fizzy8: +1! This is what we were going to do, but I decided on a butterfly bouquet instead.
Post # 6
Love the idea of a wildflower bouquet.
If you are ok with chancing things, try hitting up the grocery store or a flower stnad on the day of your wedding. You can probably find something really pretty for under 50 bucks.
Post # 7
@akkaer1: I didn’t have any flowers. No one complained about it.
Post # 8
If you want flowers, but not the expense what about making them? You can do it out of paper, fabric scraps, pretty much anything. It’s a fun DIY project and you can get free directions on the Internet. Added bonus – they never die and you don’t have to worry about preserving them!
Post # 9
I bought Walmart white carnations, put orange food coloring in the water and let them sit. I tired a navy ribbon around them and those were the bouquets for me and the three BM’s. I also had the FG’s carry those Martha Stewart flower stick things. My cousin wrapped the dowels in orange/navy ribbon and hong blue and orange dried flowers on the ends. I think I spent about 30.00 or 40.00 on the flowers. They guys wore navy suits and orange ties so no bouts for them.
Post # 10
Check out Costco or Sams. They have “wedding boquet packages” where you can get all the flowers for the boquet, bridgemaids, etc, and essemble them yourself. It’s a pretty good deal actually. Maybe a couple hundred for everyone. Otherwise, the wildflower idea is so smart. I’m going to be using wild flowers that I find for the decor at the reception.
Post # 11
I’m not having flowers at my wedding. If you don’t REALLY want them, don’t pay for them!
Post # 12
Costcos and sams will probably be a little more pricey than the OP is willing to spend… 12 piece packages are like $300.
You could get something like this from costco [thanks to a bee who posted them yesterday!]. You get 10 bouquets for $99. You could easily make bouts and corsages out of them as well.
Post # 13
@akkaer1: I’m not having any flowers at my wedding. We are just buying wrist corsages as a “thank you” for our mothers and grandmothers.
Post # 14
@akkaer1: We are having flowers but are doing it ourselves. We are actually forcing bulbs for the centerpieces and just hoping at least some are in bloom for the wedding. I also couldn’t stomach the cost of flowers and wanted something different than the roses/orchids/hydrangeas that so many people do. We are likely also going to just grab some forsythia or other spring-blooming branch in the week or so before the wedding and use those. Whatever happens to be blooming at that time!
I LOVE the idea of bringing wildflowers or asking for flowers from people’s gardens. I would so love to be able to donate bunches of flowers for someone’s wedding and I really don’t think every table or all the flowers have to match. The whole point is that you are having seasonal flowers. You can also let people bring the centerpieces home if they’d like to.
My bouquet is actually going to be mostly baby’s breath. I love the look of a huge, airy mass of baby’s breath and it is super inexpensive and easy to put together.
Post # 15
I spent $100 on flowers from Sams Club for the tables and my “bouquet” was an ivory clutch I purchased on ebay for $5 and I glued a $10 sequin flower applique to it.
Post # 16
@Fizzy8: Thats actually a really good idea. I’m going to have to remember this just in case I decide I do want a bouquet after all.
@akkaer1: I like your idea of the wildflowers and the suggestion about buying a bouquet from the store. If you want flowers then those are good options.
If you don’t want them, you can always carry something else that has more meaning to you instead: like a favorite book.