(Closed) Calla Lillies…ideas and questions.

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Busy bee

calla lillies are stunning but super pricey.  I’m having a black/red bouquet – so maybe I can help you colorwise – the florist is planning to use black magic roses and mokara orchids – i’m having echavarria succulents too but they are usually pricey (my wedding is in a desert climate so they are locally grown). 

my flower budget is tiny so maybe these are cheaper options for you to look into?  mokara orchids come in orange too and are beautiful – not the same shape as callas but same color as the mango ones.  or you could have just a callas in the bouquets mixed with other black flowers (ie dahlias, cushion poms)

we are having black and red flowers at the reception and some of the black/dark ones she is using include deep red cushion poms, chocolate artichokes (these are gorgeous!), antique green hydranges (which has deep red edges) and black/burgundy dahlias.

i wanted the deep red/black jewel tones and tried to get them on a small budget – a full black calla bouquet would have cost too much.

personally not a fan of fake flowers but i hope i helped a little?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

We used callas but since they’re so pricey we just did DIY bouquets.  I’m not sure what artificial flowers are like but even DIY with wholesale price I think we still ended up paying around $3 a flower.  But my bouquet wasn’t all callas either so if you just use callas as the outer layer……maybe that would help cost wise.  Not sure what good substitutes would be.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

i knew nothing about flowers either, but they have turned out to be my favorite part of wedding planning!  if you can diy them, you can probably save tons. for us that was notan option, so i just found an inexpensive florist whose taste matched mine.

that shade of orange should be easy.  def check out mokara and dendrobium orchids – they are not too pricey and look beautiful – I was shocked they were affordable – and come in the colors you are looking for.

 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ok if you live near a Hobby Lobby you can get the real touch calas They run 3.99 for the large stems that you can use in centerpieces and such, the smaller ones run 1.99 a stem. Making your own bouquets are very easy to do. Also at hobby lobby you can catch it when the stems are half off and its even better. Calas are very pretty when put togather and hand tied.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

If you’re going to use fake any flower, calla lillies are probably the best for it, since they are so structured and waxy even when fresh! If you have the time and the inclination, it might make sense to order bulk callas and DIY these.. you don’t need too many to make a beautiful bouquet, and they’re pretty sturdy (plus, no thorns to remove!).

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I made my calla lily bouquet from the real touch ones at hobby lobby!! it turned out so great!! AND they feel like they are real and look so real! Check out my bouquet!

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Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just ordered 20 Calla Lilies for $74.99 (found a discount code on Retailmenot.com and save $5) with free shipping from fiftyflowers.com and will be DIY’ing my bouquet.  I agree with others that of all the faux flowers, callas are the most realistic looking. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Thank you, Jenhasfeet! It turned out great and now I won’t have to worry about flower arrangements the day before. Which is awesome!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sam’s Club sells Calla Lillies in bulk (the mini ones and large ones, though I’m not sure what colors they have). The reviews are mostly positive. If working with real ones, I read a suggestion to tape three of them together and keep taping clusters to the original cluster so they stay in one place. If putting them in a vase, use floral tape and create a grid so they stay in place.  I’m still undecided if I’m using them for centerpices because I’m afraid they might droop too much.

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