Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Hi all, I’m trying to cut everywhere we can ’cause we’re way over budget. Flowers is one of those things that should be easy to cut, but I just agonize over it. We’ve already cut all ceremony flowers besides the wear & carry. The reception is expensive, but I feel it’s minimalist.
Our reception hall is called Glen Manor House. It’s gorgeous, but it has a lot of smaller rooms instead of one big room. So the room we’ll be dancing in is a different from where we’ll be eating dinner, which is different from where the cake table will be. Due to its spread out nature, I feel the need to have more than just centerpieces. Otherwise, it would feel like there’s no flowers at all for half the wedding!
We have 9 centerpieces, 1 mantlepiece (out of 3 mantles), 1 foyer/escort card table arrangement, and 3 out of 6 cocktail table arrangements (these are only $25 each and without them, the dancing room will have no flowers at all). That’s it! I’ve cut and cut and cut. I feel like I can’t cut the reception anymore.
This brings me back to the wear and carry. Do parents and grandparents really need flowers? We both have all our parents but I also have an additional step-mom because my parents got divorced. So, that’s 2 bouts and 3 corsages. Then we have 2 sets of grandparents and my only surviving grandmother. So that’s 2 more bouts and 3 more corsages. Finally, we have twin boy ring bearers that will be 5 years old. They’re very rambunctious, and we’ve heard that they will practically destroy their bouts. But that’d be 2 more for them. In total, that’s 6 extra bouts and 6 corsages.
All in all, if we cut flowers for the parents, grandparents, & the ring bearers, we could save $209 plus an additional $48.17 in service fee and taxes. What do you all think? Will parents and grandparents be offended if they’re excluded? What did you do for your wedding? I’d really appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks!
Post # 3
maybe you could do a diy bout ffrom the garden for those that may feel left out, or do the ones from hobby lobby w/a 50% off coupon? we are eliminating all flowers for our family too. they will live and so far, no one is offended, but our wedding is a little more low key and non traditional
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
@babbot: Thanks for the advice.
Post # 5
I dont think that they would be offended! Save your money!
I do think that approximately $22/each (~$260/12) is a little on the steep side for corsages and boutineers. Have you asked if there was a way to lower the price? Maybe carnations instead of roses?
How about non-flowers for corsages and boutineers? You could do a nice “pearl” bracelets for the moms and grandmas.
Fiftyflowers.com offers corsage and boutineer packs in a lot of colors. You could get 16 rose boutineers/corsages (combo pack) for only $159.99 – http://www.fiftyflowers.com/flowers/WeddingFlowersBoutonnieresandCorsages_471.htm
Post # 6
Hi, girls! I am also currently planning my September wedding and have spent days trying to figure out a way to deal with flower arrangements. A friend of mine recommended Flowerbasket . They are affordable, prompt and easy to cooperate with. Maybe you should check them out, too.After you contact these guys, I honestly don’t think you will need to cut back on your flower budget at all. Best of luck!
Post # 7
@Christy42213: Could you try doing fake flowers for the family or feathers or just something for them?
I got all silk flowers for my “Wear and Carry” and when I showed it to my grandmother she was really happy and wanted to keep it that day so for her its more of having a memento to keep in her apartment after the wedding.
I ordered from Tammy at SilkBridals and she did a great job, all my “wear and carry” totaled 201 + shipping and if you just wanted boutineers and corsages it’d be pretty cheap from her (and shipping to the USA is much cheaper, mine was $32 shipping to canada) could be something to consider? Here’s the link to her shop… http://www.etsy.com/shop/SilkBridals
Post # 8
Here’s where I got my flowers from but I purchased the entire BP package (bouquets, bouts and corasages for $294.xx). Here is the link to their bouts and corsages:
Post # 9
To save money we are cutting the flower centrepieces. We can hire candelabras for half the price with candles and a mirror tile to stand on.