(Closed) Bouquet dismay!!!

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Should the whole party have flowers?

    YES! The entire party DOES need flowers!

    No! Bride and groom only!

    Just bride, groom and parents need them!

    Other-Explain.

  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve seen a bunch of bridesmaids carry one large calla lilly! It’s beautiful, simplistic and not that expensive.

    Post # 18
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d look into other options than flowers for your BM’s.

    Clutches? Balloons? A single flower? Parasols? Pomanders made with paper or faux flowers? Pinwheels? Signs with cute saysing? Books? Frames with meaningful pictures? Blankets representing different stages in your life? Paper flowers?

    I’ve seen SOOOO many non-floral options for BM’s and many of them are much cheaper and many very cute or meaningful. A bouquet is NOT a requirement!

    Post # 19
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    Worker bee

    Not sure when or what time your wedding is but I’ve been a bridesmaid where we walked down holding candles which was very pretty. 

    Also, have you thought about hydrangeas? They can go a long way.  One stem is perfect for a bouquet.. just tie a ribbon around it! Also, the flower part of only one stem can be broken into at least about 15 boutineers.. just tie a ribbon at the end of the small stem!

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I don’t think flowers are essiential. Don’t worry about other people not having flowers.  Or pick some mums on your way to the cermony. They should be in bloom when you get married.

    Post # 21
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    if you cant afford them, you cant afford them. but what about making your own little ones with like daisies or something cheap?

    I just cant imagine them walking down and standing there and in pictures holding nothing. What would they do with there hands? lol

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’m only doing flowers for me, FH, BM’s and Groomsmen. No flowers for our parents or anyone else. We’re doing silk flowers too. Depending on who you order them from, they can be super cheap!

    Post # 23
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I was going to DIY my bouquet after going to a big flower company and turning green from the cost of 5 bouquets, something like $550. But I stopped in a flower shop (not a chain but a very small one the next town over) and the woman quoted me $200 for my bouquet, flowers to be added to my 4 bridesmaids lanterns, 5 bouts, a wreath special made for the ring bearer and all the branches for my 15 centerpieces. I would totally suggest checking with small local flower shops. If you really don’t think it’s something that important to you, you can skip it =) I was originally doing a butterfly bouquet and my bridesmaids have lanterns. Lots of cheap alternatives to flowers.

    Also: were not doing flowers for family.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I bought my bouquets for 6 bucks a piece, still selling them if interested, lol.. There are ways to do this.  I bargained with an Etsy seller and she made me a gorgeous one I could afford plus made my husbands bout for free and the groomsemen’s were cheap. 

    I only used the flowers for the BMs and Groomsmen and me and hubby.  No corsages for mommy or bout for daddy. 

    Post # 25
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I like non floral bouquet ideas for your party (excluding you, unless you like them too!)  I’m doing paper flowers myself which are cheap but VERY time consuming.  I’ve seen other people have bridesmaids carry lanterns, fans and pinwheels to name a few.  There should be some fun and non floral options out there in your budget.  good luck!

    Post # 26
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    You can also have each  of them carry something that represents love or qualities for a positive marriage. Example have one carry a honey jar decorated with ribbon for sweetness. Have another carry a candle for fire and passion. Have another carry a photo of a love one that passed away. Have another carry a holy book like Bible or Koran if you’re into that.

    Be creative!

     

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee

    I’m most likely doing artificial flowers, they’re waaay cheaper plus I can’t fathom spending thousands of dollars on flowers that get used for an hour then forgotten about or die after 3 days. Try checking out afloral.com or growersbox.com or efavormart.com they’re all reasonably priced. I think its efavormart.com that has packages of 120 calla lillies and orchids or roses for $200, can’t beat that!

    Post # 28
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I didn’t have time to read everyone’s replies, but I just wanted to mention that you can get a bunch of daisies at the supermarket for $10 and bridesmaids with one flower and single-flower boutonnieres are cute!

     

     

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee

    I agree with someone who suggested baby’s breath as an option – it’s super cheap and gorgeous in a big bouquet: 

    Carnations are cheap but really pretty in big bunches too (and you could probably do them yourself!)

    Post # 30
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I just wanted to say that, like HappilyEverAfter54 said, try and find a really small mom-and-pop florist. I did the same thing she did and went with a very small florist that was run by just this guy and his wife. Not only did I get amazing service because they only booked one wedding per weekend, but his prices were amazing and he was totally willing to work within my very small budget.

    I agree with carnations! We ended up using all roses because we had some extra money in the last 2 weeks before the wedding and we decided to switch it all over, but we were going to use carnations as all of our centerpieces.

    I think we paid $100 for my bouquet and $30 for each girl and my flowergirl’s little bouquet was free. The bouts were $5 a piece and the corsages for the moms and g-mas were $10. He was also willing to let me use all his vases and candles and stuff for all of the centerpieces so that I didnt have to buy or rent them. It saved us SO much money.

    Post # 31
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    flowers can be cheap…  if you are comfortable DIYing your flowers you can get them from a flower wholesaler (Sams Club, Fiftyflower, ect) and have simple bouquets (I LOVE the baby’s breath bouquets or lilies of the valley, so cute and cheap!) 

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