Post # 1
I’m trying to DIY my flowers to help keep the costs down but I think my colors are a bit difficult to find and when I do find them on a website, the price isn’t that cheap. I’m thinking about meeting with a florist to see what she will quote me for this. Here is my inspiration board that I stole from a website to help show you guys my colors and the flowers I want. How much do you guys think this will cost me? Do you know all the flowers used in this bouquet so I can track and mimic this look? I’m not that good with flowers and I never thought flowers would ever be a big deal for me but now it is. Thanks Bees!
Post # 3
Anything with a florist is going to cost more than doing it yourself! Most major cities have a wholesale flower warehouse nearby, see if you can find one in your area. The flowers I see are:
(Lower left): Peach roses, green spider mums, green hypericum berries, and maybe seeded eucalyptus (the small buds)?
(Upper right): Peach and pink roses, white calla lillies, green hypericum berries, and green cymbidium orchads. There also may be some ruscus and salal (both are a type of green).
Calla lillies and orchids can be expensive, so maybe just ask to use these in your bouquet only. Also, ask the florist for potential substitutions that would be cheaper for the April season. Mums are ususally inexpensive, but they bloom in the fall so the cost for April may be higher.
You should still meet with a florist to get as much info on the type of flowers. Then, if you decide to DIY, you know which flowers to order.
I personally got a florist to do all the personal flowers (bouquets, bouts, church arrangements) and I did all the centerpieces myself. If you go this route, remember that your arrangements don’t have to be filled with blooms. A healthy amount of greens can fill out an arrangement and still look gorgeous. Good luck- I LOVE your colors!
Post # 4
I stopped by the florist at my grocery store-and she was super knowledgeable and friendly and helpful, they may be able to give you something decent and affordable-or do bulk, or costco or sams packages, I think I have seen a few bees on here that went that route and even some bought bulk and diy’d from there. Just keep your inspiration board handy when you’re visiting w/the florist, looking online, etc.
Post # 5
@acebride: You named all the flowers I can identify.
If you are worried about cost I would ask a florist if s/he knows of other flowers that are similar colors and less expensive.
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Post # 7
Acebride got the flowers down. If I had to guess on how much that would cost, I would say $85 to $100 for the centerpiece and $150 for the bouquet at the least.
DIY is always cheaper but you need the manpower. Florists make a killing on flowers…at least a 300% markupm but again you need the manpower. You can get most of those flowers at Sam’s Club. They have the best prices.
Post # 8
Thank you all! That was very helpful! Yes, my mother contacted a florist and we hadn’t even named any flowers and she was quoting us about $300 for just MY bouquet! I would like to DIY my centerpieces but I don’t want to screw up the bouquets and the ceremony arrangements. I will contact this florist inside this grocery store (Fresh by Brookshires) and see how much she will quote me. What all do you need to bring for a florist consultation? I know swatches of the colors you are using and a pic of my dress would be good. Anything else?
Post # 9
Was that based on the exact picture? There’s a lot of greenery in there so it should not cost $300. Mine was full of roses, orchids, and calla lilies for $275 (in Houson) and I thought that was a lot already. Talk to a few more florists. I’m sure you can find a better price.
In addition to what you mentioned, bring as many pictures of flowers as possible so they have an idea of what you want.