I only picked a color scheme because I must have been asked 97 times what my color scheme would be after I got engaged...I spent countless hours and came up with this (my venue is the top left corner):
WELL what a waste of life that was...I went to the florist yesterday and within our pricepoint everything is going to be.......
I'm excited for what he showed us but wish there was a way I could incorporate some color... :/....the bridesmaids dresses will still be the same color purple. ANy ideas?
I know a girl who bought white hydrangeas and had them painted by the florist to save money. They looked great.
We did all white flowers. I love the clean look of all white—remember there will some green in there too.
For color, you can have the boquets and centerpieces handwrapped with purple ribbon, maybe fill clear vases with purple glass marbles and/or sea glass?!
You could also use colored pin lighting on the ceterpieces too!
Can you check out another florist? Why are white flowers the only ones? Or colored flowers more expensive?
You could still do purple ribbons, runners, napkins, put colored stones in the glasses, etc.
How about adding in your colors in other ways. Ribbon around the bouquets, beads mixed in with the flowers, colored instead of clear or white vases or containers, something like this?
Like this but in purple
Or something like this but with colored beads and ribbons.
You can definitely add color in with white flowers. Just get creative with it!
there are many seasonal flowers that should cost MUCH less than white flowers. In fact white flowers are harder to care for, arrange and get because their imperfections (any browning or bruising) can not be hidden!
- I see you are having a spring wedding! Spring is a great time for seasonal flowers which are usually very budget friendly!
When all else fails - Carnations- come in almost any color. They are soft anf pretty.
costco flowers for bouquets and arrangements are to die for gorgeous and usually budget friendly! THere are many many whole sale florists who would be willing to work with you.
Go shop around!
You could still use colored ribbons and maybe candles (top center picture). You could consider some faux purple/pink flowers. You might be able to incorporate them somehow with the real white flowers.
Add blue and red food coloring to the water, and you will have purple flowers within a few hours :)
ha! I didn't know white was the cheapest, I'm looking into a florist now and haven't heard back yet...
we are having all white, this is my idea, with stuff we have around the house, it's just trying to replicate it in vein....
@Khalessi3: is that your kitchen???!! So adorable.
I'm surprised they didn't mention spraying as an option...as purple hydrangeas were going to be really expensive in July, my florist ordered white and sprayed them dark purple. It was really well-done and didn't run/bleed. The picture below shows some of the "spottier" bunches...since my MOH's bouquet had white roses, we used the hydrangeas that didn't get sprayed as well as others. The other BMs had hydrangea-only bouquets, and the color coverage was better.
I do like the idea of using colored beads/ribbons/vases. I hope you can find some solution that works!
Some flowers can be dyed by putting them in water with food coloring.
Also, I would look into another florist. The first florist I saw in my price range had limited access to quality flowers and we were looking at pretty boring flowers and then I went to another much better connected florist who was able to give us more flowers, more variety, and something much closer to my vision for the same price. (And then we saw a third guy who laughed at our budget... geez, thanks.)
@KateByDesign: No:( It's my future MIL's. We took anything we had silver/white/cream/shabby chic between both of our houses to figure out centerpieces...I just need five of everything on that table...mostly the vase, the mirrors are easy I saw some at AC Moore... and I have a TON of glass votives for the candles. We have about 10 vintage mirrors between the both of us and or/white distressed frames..., we will literally be taking things off our walls to bring to the venue for decorating.
I need that five of that VASE though...may have to compromise.
WTF? Go to another florist. Seasonal flowers in other colors should NOT be more expensive.
I love that color scheme with white flowers! That will look great IMO!
@soy: I like the white flowers with jewel tone or brightly toned vases. Or can you throw ONE bright flower in each sea of white.
another way that interior designers say to make a big impact with little flowers, are to break up a large group of flowers, and put similiar color flowers in many containers...perhaps you can just get less flowers?
@vorpalette: I agree with this.
Also, have you thought about going wholesale and doing them yourselves? I do not know how elaborate your centerpieces are but it is an option. You can still do the bouquets from a florist and what not but the reception flowers could be constructed by you. You may be like HELL NO DIY PROJECTS, though.
Time to go see a different florist.
A good florist should be able to recommend flowers to you that *are* within your pricepoint while still incorporating your theme. When I told my florist the look and colors I was going for, she recommended several flowers to me that I hadn't heard of which were less expensive alternatives to some of the flowers I'd had in mind.
Ribbons, vases, boxes, candles, netting/bunting, feathers, table linens, chair covers...there are so many ways to incorporate color. :)
Oh, I also agree with ordering wholesale/unassembled and putting them together yourself (didn't mention that in my previous post). I was able to find a florist that was fine with ordering the flowers unassembled, sprayed the flowers for us when they couldn't get the colors I wanted at a reasonable price, and even "upgraded" some of the flowers when they weren't in very good condition (I had wanted baby calla lilies for the ushers' bouts; they replaced with orchids instead after checking with me). I think our total flower budget was $300, but we also used artificial flowers for the centerpieces.
My flower budget isn't that high. I'm not sure what yours is but my florist told me all the different flowers that worked for my budget and the colors I could get that fit in with my color scheme. He also offered to spray paint or dye certain flowers and did samples for me to see.
Meet with other florists ASAP.
Perhaps you could look into dried flowers? I'm looking to order from NHCreations on Etsy and my bridal bouquet and 3 bridemaid's bouquets will run me around $225 with shipping included. http://www.etsy.com/shop/NHWoodscreations?section_id=6222855
They are super nice to work with and will customize and help you color match to your theme.
Best part? You can keep your flowers forever instead of them dying the next day!
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