(Closed) Affordable flowers for ceremony/reception

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I didn’t care too much about flowers, and didn’t want to spend a ton.  I made a smaller budget, and told it to a few florists.  One in particular excelled in working with me, since I wasn’t choosy with types of flowers.  If you don’t want to try the DIY route (I wouldn’t — too much extra work and stress just before my wedding!), try reaching out to some local florists and seeing what they can do with your budget.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure

My best friend went with Costco for her flowers. They were beautiful and I don’t think she spent a ton. It was a great plan for her. I honestly don’t remember what the price was. 

Post # 4
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Newbee

If you’re doing something simple like putting the flowers in mason jars or vases without needing elaborate arrangement, you should be fine.  Im doing a rustic thing and i dont really see the point in paying an insane markup for someone to stick some roses and babys breath in mason jars.  Look at fiftyflowers, blooms by the box or grocery stores if you just need he flowers themselves.  If you need more direction with the bouquets or bouts look into Bloominous or flower moxie.  Sam’s club/ Costco and some grocery stores will arrange them for you and still be less than the florist.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I worked with Amy at FlowerMoxie.com and had a great experience — and saved thousands! It’s like DIY with guidance!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

COSTCO! I think I’m speding $250 on all my flowers

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I bought my flowers from Costco.  I spent no more than 150$.  I got the blue hydrangea package and put one bloom/vase.  Well actually I just dropped off the flowers at my venue and they cut the stems Ball_Al-Greene_Wedding_2015_(274)_original and put them in the vase so I basically had no work to do.  

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

This is what I ordered, it looks different than the one you posted: http://www.costco.com/Hydrangeas-30-Stems.product.11605219.html

And yes they were much more vibrant!  I think I had read that on the reviews or maybe a friend had ordered them.  I just used them for centerpieces-I skipped bouquets for my girls and was actually not going to have one myself either, but a friend ended up making me one from flowers she got at whole foods.  

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Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Rock Island Lake Club

My wedding isn’t until May, but I will be getting my flowers through Whole Foods.  I looked into Costco and Fiftyflowers.com, but the idea of assembling flowers the day before my wedding seemed like it would be extremely stressful for me.  Whole Foods will be putting everything together and delivering for a quarter of the cost of a florist.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I used a combination of flowers from fiftyflowers.com (FABULOUS to work with!) and costco.com (confusing customer service, and almost a flower tragedy, long story). A friend I work with, who is an aspiring florist, did an incredible job putting the flowers together and caring for them beforehand. I would not have had the time to do what she did before the wedding, even if I had the skill. 

I would highly recommend fiftyflowers, and Costco did OK in the end. I had orginally selected Friday a delivery date (wedding on Sunday), a rep from fiftyflowers called and discouraged that, saying that if there was a delivery hiccup that, a Thursday delivery would give them time to fix. There was no issue with that order, but there was with the Costco Friday delivery and it created some chaos. PM if you want the whole story. 

In the end the flowers were incredible, and many lasted for weeks after the wedding. Here’s some photos: 

My bouquet, I couldn’t have dreamt it any prettier:

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Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m going with Costco but the flower rep is not an actual Costco employee. She is simply a vendor in the store. She told me if I ordered directly from her my flowers would be cheaper. 2 dozen roses $13. Hydrangeas are $10 (5-6 in each bundle). Assorted arrangements if we specified color $15…..one of these can make 2 centerpieces and arrangements in glass square vases are $20. Fillers like greenery and baby’s breath are $3 a bundle. We will spend less than $200. I bought all of my vases 7inch, 9 inch and round bowls from Dollar tree. 16-24 inch trumpet/pilsner vases from hobby lobby 50% at $10-15 each. Luckily I have women in my family who work in design and have experience making centerpieces. It’s not as hard as you’d think!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

My Mother-In-Law ordered a bunch of wildflowers in little vases from Costco for our rehearsal dinner. They were gorgeous and probably around $200ish for 15. I would seriously recommend that brides use them for reception center pieces . The vases were a bone color and the flowers were various pretty colors.

ETA: I was going to DIY our flowers but got tired of DIY-ing so I found a local florist and told her my color scheme and asked her to do whatever she wants that is not expensive. I gave her vessels for the 11 center pieces in advance (1 wine bottle, 1 jar, 1 beer bottle). She made 11 center pieces, my bouquet plus 5 bridesmaid’s bouquets, bouts for groom, 5 groomsmen, 3 dads, and wrist corsages for 3 moms for $700. She works out of her home and bought some of the flowers from Trader Joe’s. Turns out she teaches floral design at the local college. She did an outstanding job.

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