(Closed) Baby’s Breath Centerpieces – Help with Cost

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I hope they are inexpensive too, which I imagine they are since they use it mainly as a “filler” in bouquets. Im so excited to use Baby’s Breath! Its so airy and romantic!

Hope you get some responses!!! xo

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

These are from my 5/28/11 wedding.  Obviously I don’t have the pro pics back yet which I hope make these look SOO much better.  Friends posted these on Facebook.  I ordered “New Love” baby’s breath online from Flower Explosion.  I got 24 bunches (240 stems) for $162.  The flowers on New Love are bigger than the normal Million Star variety–you need the flowers to be bigger.  We had lots of extra stems left over but we had to dig through them since not all the flowers had opened yet.  I had them delivered Wednesday for a Saturday wedding.  I would have them delivered earlier–baby’s breath is very hardy and will last a long time.  These are bigger and looked more full (white) in person then in picture, I’m assuming if the flowers opened more they would have photographed better.  I did not try to make them “perfect” balls–some of them are misshaped just a little and I liked that.

I will warn you–these were time consuming!  Worth it to me–I got so many compliments, people thought they were very unique.  Each stem has to be cut down and placed and it took about 5-6 hours to build 9 centerpieces (with interruptions here and there since I was the bride).  We had 9 of the tall and 7 short hydrangea/roses centerpieces.  There were 3 people on the “flower team” and we worked on them for hours!  I did baby’s breath while the other 2 did the short centerpieces, cocktail table arrangement (simple 1 flower) and bouquets

This second picture has a messy table since it was after dinner and the table had been used but you get the idea

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

To do 16 centerpieces, 10 aisle chair decor, and have some baby breath sprinkled in my altar I received a quote for $1200.  I couldn’t believe it. 

But I then found someone else who did it for $500.  She was just starting out so I gave her my budget and she said she could do it for that.  My design wasn’t overly complicated so I wasn’t too concerned it wouldn’t turn out ok.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@namrhe –Thank You for the compliment.  I’m glad I could help–I did tons of research on mine too and found very little.  Fifty Flowers is crazy expensive and I liked Flower Explosion–just wish I would have given them more time to open.  We had enough left over to use in other places but in small amounts.  The other flowers (hydrangea’s and roses) came from Sam’s Club and they were wonderful too.  The roses were fully open but the hydragea’s could have used maybe 1 more day –they were still kind of green.  They still looked really good though.

Just an easy FYI–our flowers are sitting on stair spindles we bought at Home Depot for $2 each.  My new husband cut 6 inches off each end, screwed a round base I bought cheap at Hobby Lobby to each end and we painted them gold.  I had 1 nail sticking up the top base that I shoved the floral foam on.  They weren’t top heavy but we had to be careful when moving them as the nail didn’t hold the floral foam on very well.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

definately look for someone that will sell them to you by the bunch/bundle and not by stem- also check out sam’s club or a similar store as they sell them super cheap! We’re using babys breath too, i love the look of it

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you have a farmers market near you, let them give you a quote. My Future Mother-In-Law is a florist at a farmers market and her prices are half what any other florist would charge.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Some more inspiration for you…

 

Post # 14
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Newbee

Hi Namrhe!

Were you able to get a quote from the florist? I just started sxploring the idea of using all babys breath, but since I’m planning my wedding from afar wont be able to do it all myself. Just curious to see what a florsit charges!

Thanks

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@namrhe:  any luck?

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hello everyone! 

I’ve DIY-ed my baby’s breath centerpieces and thought it worked out well 🙂

Each centerpiece requires:

1 Oasis bouquet holder (Cheapest: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/bouquetholder.html)

2-3 bunches (10 stems per bunch) of baby’s breath (Cheapest is at Sam’s Club – online: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/gypsophila-million-star-6-bunches/107356.ip?navAction=)

1 eiffel tower vase (24 inches or taller) – I rented these for $5 each, but you can buy them at Hobby Lobby or online websites.

Total was $23 for each entire centerpiece vs. $60 florist quote without the vase! I had to make 25 of them so this saved me over $1000!

 

Please keep in mind that Sam’s club lists 15 stems per bunch, but they sent me 10 stems/bunch. I ended up using 2 bunches per centerpiece, but it still turned out OK, just not as full as I had hoped.

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