Post # 1
My wedding is in Hawaii in the beginning of October. My florist just sent through a 2nd revision of my floral proposal and this is what it includes:
White wax flower
garden roses – I have told her I do not want standard roses
lisianthus – if available
craspedia – (because I told her I wanted them) – if available
ranunculus (because I told her I wanted them) – if available
sweet pea (because I told her I wanted them) – if available
Is this really it for flowers in October? my wedding is vintagey, so I do not want any sort of tropical flower incorporated (orchid, anthyrium, etc.) but I specifically picked dahlia and ranunculus because I thought they were available in early fall? She says they aren’t. Which I don’t understand because florist shops are full of ranunculus right now? I’m really dissapointed by the lack of creativity and lack of effort to get me what I am after. I have not given her any budget constrictions.
Any florists out there with advice or ideas?
Post # 3
I think island flowers are very different from mainland flowers, and you should keep that in mind when picking. Perhaps some island local brides can help you more 🙂
Post # 4
Uh oh, I may be the paranoid girl who worries ALL THE TIME about getting ripped off, but it sounds to me like you’re getting taken for a ride by your florist if she’s claiming there are only 3-8 kinds of flowers available… out of thousands that grow!
Check out this article… http://offbeatbride.com/2009/03/wedding-flowers#more-1857 it may be too late to salvage this florist relationship, but have you shopped around yet?
Post # 5
daydreamwanderer, thank you for that link.
#14 was especially enlghtening: “Don’t pay $10-$20 for petals”… my quote for petals (to toss) is $60!
Post # 6
Wait, are ranunculus available in fall? I thought they were a spring flower and I was disappointed, because I wanted them for the fall!
aloweha, I agree with Mrs. G, the growing season is most likely different in the islands. Can you try calling other florists in the area to see what they say? If you hear all of the same things, maybe your florist is right? hth!
Post # 7
60 for thrower petals? You can totally just go buy some flowers and rip them up yourself! 60 is a bit much! Have you called around on different prices for different florists? She sounds like she might be looking for some $$$ above and beyond what you might need to be paying.
Post # 8
I think the fact it’s in Hawaii is going to change a lot of things that are typically standard for brides on the mainland and comparing what you can get to them is like apples and oranges. I’d ask on the local board and see if you can get any insight there.
Post # 9
Although I don’t know much about island flowers, I would say that they are probably different than those on the mainland just due to growing conditions. This means that anything not grown or produced on the island has to be flown in (which makes it ridiculously expensive). This explains why last I heard, milk was $8/gal. Good Luck!
Post # 10
Glad to help 🙂 I’m on a tight-ish budget myself, so even though I’m more than a year out from the wedding, I’ve got all kinds of articles bookmarked about how to save money on pretty much EVERYTHING, haha. The great part of WB is sharing them!
Post # 11
As far as ranunculus being available in fall, I just had them for my wedding and they were SOOO cute, and a big hit. I ordered them from FiftyFlowers.com. The blooms were smaller than I had imagined them (I was thinking 2″ blooms but were more like 1″), but they were still gorgeous.
Can you have flowers shipped to Hawaii and just pay the florist for labor?
Post # 12
I’ve been looking at Dahlias lately and found this website. It may be worth it to contact them to see if they can ship for your wedding. You can always let your florist know you will be providing some of the stems for the arrangements.
Post # 13
I used lisianthus because ranunculus and peony weren’t availabe and they were gorgeous. Not tropical at all. Here they are: .