Post # 1
This may sound silly, but I really am curious if when I was looking into diy I was looking at the wrong places. I noticed that silk flowers were expensive, and that vases were expensive to buy even at discount places (except for like dollar store) and as far as real flowers, once I would have created them they would have equaled only about $150 less than florist work. I think that if I tried to do something of equal quanitity it would not have been less expensive by much. So is diy only less expensive if you do more sparse centerpieces..thus not being apple for apple..and thus not being much cheaper? I dunno if this makes sense, but if ya’ll can give me insight please do. I totally planned on diying until I realized today it was not much of a bargain (for me and what I wanted) and that it was not worth the stress to save $150. opinions?
Post # 3
For me it was. I was able to make all of my centerpieces (7) for less than $70. And we were able to keep the vases since we’d purchased them.
I think it depends on what you want to do and how complex it is. Remember, your time is valuable too.
Post # 4
It does really depend on the complexity. When I was looking as silk flowers, I was looking at about 28-30 dollars a centerpiece for dahlias, cala lilies, hydrangea, roses & peonies… I decided to go with real flowers (hydrangea) & bought the vases & now I’m at about 20 a table. They are much simpler arangements than before, but should look just as beautiful
Post # 5
agreed, this depends on what you want to do for your centerpieces. mine will cost between 6-15 per table (we are doing two styles), and to get what we want via a florist would be $80 per table. sooooooooooooo….ya, worth it for us!
Post # 6
For me the centerpieces were way cheaper. We decided to go against the cut flowers or fake flower simply because it was a waste of resources in our opinion (we are trying to be as green as possible) so we are doing potted plants. We already has a mixture of pots for the table so all in all it cost about $40 for 15 tables. Not bad just have to take care of the plants before hand. Plus we are giving them away to the wedding guests so they can plant them.
Post # 7
For me, it was way more afforable to DIY. I wanted big vases which would of cost 50% more then what I paid for them.
In my experience, fresh flowers bought in bulk may be less then silk flowers as well.
Post # 8
Yeah I think it depends on what you want to do. Originally I intended to do it all myself, go buy flowers from the market etc, arrange all of the center pieces…but then I got a quote for hydrangeas, and it is working out to not much mroe than if I went and did it all myself. So I figure paying $100 more to save my sanity is definitely worth it 🙂 As for vases, we’re doing mason jars, and I’ve been collecting used ones for the past year, so my floral “vases” cost me maybe $20 for 30 something…so providing our jars with ribbon to the florist also brought our cost down….but yeah, I’d definitely look into pricing out things before jumping into DIY. good luck 😀