Post # 1
Here’s what I’m thinking would be a great idea. I’m a little strapped for cash so I was thinking about asking all the guests to bring one flower to the wedding. when they arrive, my sisters will gather all the flowers and create a nice bouquet and table arrangements. What do you think of this?
Post # 3
I would guess that there isn’t enough time to do this, even if your sisters are pros. I certainly can’t imagine there’s time if they are not planning to skip the ceremony.
There are lots of budget-friendly centerpiece ideas that don’t involve flowers. I’ve seen some great posts around here about book centerpieces, and I’m using candles in vellum-wrapped vases, which turned out to be about 1/3 the cost of floral centerpieces.
Maybe you could make bouquets with silk flowers or crepe paper, and you’ll know that they turn out well in advance. I would imagine that waiting until the day of, and then working with so many different flowers would be really time consuming and stressful.
Post # 4
hmmm interesting idea but would it work? Knowing myself, I’d probably forget to bring a flower. How many people were you anticipating?
Post # 5
I think this would put stress on your guests, especially those who are from out of town. I think guests have enough to worry about, getting ready and arriving on time, remembering the gift and getting the kids together, etc. You might think about purchasing some flowers from the grocery store or a florist and handing them out to the guests sitting on the center aisle. Then you could walk up the aisle and these guests could hand you each bloom and then you’d hold the bunch as your bouquet for the ceremony.
Post # 6
I’m not going to have floral centerpieces. I"m going to design something wtih the gift favors. Or else, I’ve been to tons of formals where the centerpiece was a candle or a few, ontop of a mirror, if you want to add a strip or ribbon flowing between/ around the candles that would work.
For doing a centerpiece with the favors, we’re looking at giving a few saplings (three or four per table) and then seed packets. So I’d put this in a bowl (that I’ll find either at a goodwill store or a craft/ $1 store) and then get make a ribbon/ bow out of our two wedding colors. I’ll also put some kind of note so people know they can take any piece of the centerpiece (to include the bowl) as a favor. I’ve also see people use beta bowls as centerpieces (that were favors, b/c I took one and so did my brother). So people say the betas have died during the reception, but if they’re in the proper water and temps, they’ll be just fine.
Post # 7
<div class=”clear”>Ga8Gal – I am hoping for a little over 100. The main idea is to get the guests to bring their favorite flower so they can feel like they are contributing to the wedding. The actual wedding will start at 2 but I am hoping the guests will start to arrive around noon.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
I think a better idea would be for each guest to write their favorite flower on the rsvp card. Then you would definately have enough time to pick up some flowers and diy them. Also, unless you state for guests to arrive at noon, they might not know they are supposed to come early and will likely show up at 2.
Post # 9
I agree that this may add some stress to guests and result in some late arrivals stopping last minute to pick up a flower. I know a few brides on here have chosen to go the grocery store route-maybe you could get someone to run by, or go the day before, to pick up some cheaper flowers?