Post # 1
So flowers are BEAUTIFUL right?? Well, I’m looking for brides that had beautiful flowers on a budget! I don’t have thousands to spend on flowers and I’d like to see what others did to lower costs.
How much did you spend?
How many arrangements did you get (boquet, centerpeices ect..)?
What types of flowers did you use?
Show me some pictures!
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
prettyinpink11: All of my cousins DIY’d ALL the flowers. They turned out beautifully. We’ll be doing the same for our wedding.
Costco is a good option for buying flowers in bulk, and there are many websites where you can order them. Costco doesn’t have a very big selection, but their prices are awesome.
We’re using roses, carnations, and baby’s breath. I have about $1000 in my budget for them (I LOVE fresh flowers and want to have a lot) but I think I’ll come out under that.
As long as things are relatively simple, it should be easy. Time consuming, and not something you can really do ahead of time, but easy. We’re having short, round centerpieces (probably 11), your average round bouquets (1 bridal, 5 bridesmaids, 1 flower girl pomander), boutonnieres, and a few big, fluffy arrangements of baby’s breath (2 or 4).
Invite the girls over, pop open some wine, and it’s not too painful. Just get your manicure after.
Post # 3
Commenting to follow… I priced out enough mini calla lilies for one bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets, and boutineers for the boys from cosco/sams clue for around $500.
Post # 4
prettyinpink11: My wedding is not until next September. I wanted beautiful flower but i had a budget my florist was able to give us a great quote we will be using a lot of unexpensive flowers such as baby breath carnation etc everything was for 1400
here the link of the threats I posted a couple of month ago with the break down of everything she also sketchs all the floral arrangements
Today we paid off our florist ( pix)
Post # 5
i spent 360 for a whole bunch of flowers but have a friend who is a florist and will make everythiing we need such a good deal!
Post # 6
I was going to use the florist that my church uses in Maryland but they were going to charge me about 900 for my bouquet, my maid of honor’s bouquet, and one bridesmaid bouquet and four boutonnieres and two corsages and two arrangements for the church. Compared to what a lot of people pay, that is a good price. But I am planning a budget wedding. I looked at a lot of stuff online and even thought about doing fake flowers but I really dislike fake flowers. The florist I talked to was professional but I just didn’t get a really warm feeling (it was like she was being nice but only because it was her job to be nice, not because she was actually a kind person) and I didn’t feel like she really got my vision. So I decided to check out a florist where we actually live in PA (we can drive the flowers down ourselves) and am getting the same amount of stuff for about 400 bucks. The woman was also professional, but super warm and easy to talk to and creative and I really felt like she listened to me and got my vision. My flowers are going to be orange roses (including little orange spray roses and some bigger ones), orange dahlias, and some other orange flowers and fillers. I think they will turn out great. We’ll see. I will post pictures in October:) It definitely pays to shop around. Some grocery stores also do amazing flowers. I was married once before when I was still in college. That was a terrible mistake on many levels, but the flowers I got from the grocery store were *amazing*, and they were less than 300 for multiple bouquets, boutonnieres, a church arrangement, and I think corsages for the moms. So check out your local gorcery stores with floral departments, and if you like their work, ask them what they could do for you.
Post # 7
prettyinpink11: there were two things I hated spending money on for my wedding. Invites and flowers. Why? Bc they go right in the garbage.
I didn’t want to spend more than $3K on flowers. And I spent $2700.
I had 17 centpieces, 3 corsages, 8 bouts, 4 BM bouquet, my bridal bouquet. And then he threw in 2 baskets for the church and decorated our sweetheart table. Considering the area I livr in, (NY), this was very cheap. We went to quite a few places and they all quoted me close to $4K
Here are some pics
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery
prettyinpink11: I am definitely a bride on a budget! It was probably a little easier for me to stay on the cheap because my theme is more on the natural whimsical side. Since I’m getting married in September, I chose mums as my floral centerpiece. The florist is sticking curly willow branches in each one to give it the whimsical yet natural feel that I’m looking for. My bouquet will have a mixture of real and wooden flowers. My 2 BM bouquets will be a fluffy looking flowering plant called astilbe. I’m having huge mums lining the aisle. I’m also renting 6 curly willow trees to place in the reception location. I’m doing wildflowers in wine bottles to fill in where needed too. My bill came to just about $1000 for everything we’re getting from the florist (girls bouquets, guys bouteniers, corsages for moms/grandmas, all mums 12 centerpieces and 8 for the aisle, florist is also wrapping all mums in burlap, curly willow branches and trees, and a twig chandelier). I just have to pay $3 extra per however many wine bottles I need to be filled.
Post # 9
I spent $351.14 for all of my flowers. I got real touch calla lillies from hobby lobby and I only bought them during the 50% floral stems sale. I got all of my vases from thrift stores (I picked out a common FTD vase type that was easy to find) and I bought a package of craft water (fake water gel) with a 40% off coupon each time I was there. In total I’ve made: my bouquet (30 callas), my toss bouquet (15 callas), 3 bridesmaids bouquets (15 callas each), 8 boutonnières and 6 centerpieces (28 callas each). I’ll post pictures when I get home tonight 🙂
Post # 10
I was lucky enough to find a place (recommended by my venue) that did floral design and sold bulk flowers. So, I had them do my bouquet, my MOH’s bouqut, 3 boutonnieres (DH, dad, and best man), and 2 corsages (both moms). That was about $300.
I bought bulk flowers with many of the same flowers to make the centerpieces for about $90. We were going for a wild-flowery look and only had eight tables (plus some extra for guest book table, escort card table, etc), so it was pretty easy. My great aunt, her daughter, my mom, and I set the flowers up in about 2.5 hours in the hotel room the night before. One thing that we made sure to do was to choose flowers that would stand up to staying in the hotel room the night before and being outside all day the next day. Once we told the florist our plan, she steered up toward flowers th
We used (to the best of my memory): Orange dahlias, coral roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, Nigella, pink cottage yarrow
A few pics: (sorry, don’t have professional pics of my bouquet or the completed centerpieces yet – these are just the flowers for the centerpieces – there were other parts too!)
Post # 11
I’m planning on DIY mixed color (blue, purple, green, white) hydrangeas in low square vases for centerpieces. Costco has great prices. I’m going to check with my local grocery store for bouquets. I’ve heard excellent things about their work and everything they have on display in store is gorgeous.
Post # 12
I went ended up at two places for flowers. For my centerpieces, I got them at a local farmers market/supermarket type store. They were $30 a piece.
For my bouquets, I went to Whole Foods, they just charge the flower material cost and no mark up for ‘labor’. I probably could have gotten my centerpieces here too, but I had already ordered it from the other market. I think my bouquet ended up being about $80 and my BMs about $35, + some rush fee because I went in only 2 weeks before the wedding. As long as you go in more than 3 weeks prior, they can get it in with their standard order.
Post # 13
AllyCRN: I have definitely heard good things about costco flowers, I’m just hestant to do it all myself as I suck at that kind of thing and I’m not sure I’ll have time. We’re definitely trying to keep it simple though and use cheaper flowers. I love fresh flowers too, but obviously it would suck to spend thousands on them!
Chaedra: thanks! I’ll check it out! My budget is around 600 so I guess we will see what can be done with that!
Nena16: wow!! LUCKY!
sjhanddab2014: its a good thing you shopped around!! That is a huge savings! We are looking at some local supermarkets, I’m just not sure I’d want to get my boquet from them as they didn’t have much variety in flowers (boquets were just roses ect.). I think with enough research I’ll find a great place, I just have to look really hard. Hopefully, I can find someone that is willing to work with me.
Daizy914: beautiful!! I love your centepieces! I think you got a great deal considering how much you needed!
rosegoldgirl: wow thats great! I think you’re right you’re able to get more bang for your buck since you aren’t use quite so many flowers. Glad your theme helped your budget though!
MedicBride2Be: you go girl! That is awesome! can’t wait to see pictures!
DBS5127: very pretty! I think it was good you did some yourself and got the rest from the florist. Your centerpeices are so pretty!!
seeker: costco does have great prices!
pinkshoes: I love your boquets! very pretty! I was thinking about going to whole foods and seeing what they have! Glad someone else has used them! You got a really good deal!
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
prettyinpink11: We did our own center pieces – bought our flowers from the local flower wholesaler. We had over 300 stems of a bunch of different flowers and put them in ~120 bud vases that my MIL found at thrift stores. She painted about 70% of them in 7 different colors. The day before the wedding my MOH, SIL, and I put the flowers into the vases. We had the florist make my bouquet, the MOH’s bouquet, 7 bouts, and a ton of wrapped hair flowers. We ended up with about 12 women with flowers in their hair! The whole thing cost about $800. Everything was GORGEOUS 🙂