What medium did you choose? (flower wholesale, grocery store, real touch
Flower wholesale with some grocery store. I also used a florist for some things.
Why did you choose it?
I LOVE fresh flowers even though I know they die and end up in the trash.
What was the hardest thing about it
TIME and storage. You need lots of help for prepping and putting the flowers together. Even if you are doing simple s arrangements and bouquets like us, there are just a ridiculous amount of things to do before the wedding that it gets overwhelming…even if you prepare ahead of time.
How many bouquets did you get? What size were they (inches)?
I had 7 bouquets: 1 bridal, 4 bridesmaids, 2 mothers. The bridal was probably 8 – 9 inches in diameter, while the bridesmaids and mothers were about 7 inches. These were intentionally made smaller because I had 2 sets of bouquets. I had a traditional tea ceremony that was at my parents’ house on Friday. The bouquets we made were for the tea ceremony. My Friday bouquet later served as a toss bouquet. My BM’s Friday bouquets were also reused as flowers on our cake canopy. My florist made the bouquets for the actual wedding ceremony on Saturday.
How many corsages & bouts did you get, what size&style were they
We made 10 bouts. We used Phalaenopsis orchids for the groomsmen, 2 fathers, 2 mothers, and my brother. For my hubby, we used a Cymbidium orchid with freesia. The rest of the Cymbidiums were used for cake flowers. The bouts were a single orchid with a leaf and a stem of alstroemeria. Maybe 4 inches long?
Would you do it differently now? Why or why not?
My florist made 15 centerpieces, and I did the remaining 9 which were 5 mazanita trees with flowers and 4 smaller arragements. I think if I had to do it again, I would only do the bouquets and bouts. In all honesty, the flowers don’t take that long to do…if that was the only thing you had to do. When it’s your wedding, there are just too many other things to worry about. I had so many friends come in from out of town, and they all wanted to hang out after the rehearsal dinner. I wasn’t able to because I had to go home and finish the centerpieces. I felt like a bad hostess. I only slept 3 hours the 2 nights before my wedding because of the flowers. They turned out great, and we saved a ton of money, but my mom and I were EXHAUSTED.
Can I see a cost breakdown with all materieals (and shipping, if needed)
Sam’s Club: about $400, free shipping
125 lavender and white roses
100 pink spray roses
50 pink calla lilies
30 white hydrangeas
50 purple alstroemeria
6000 Rose petals for the aisle from fiftyflowers.com – $140, free shipping
1 Cymbidium plant $20
3 Phaleonopsis orchid plants – already had them at home
1 bunch of purple mums and 1 bunch of purple button poms 75 cents each
5 3ft manazanita branches with shipping $88
15 meters of crystal strands with shipping $48
Oasis floral foam, floral tape, floral wire Quick dip, and floral finishing spray: sorry not sure as my mom bought them but I estimate around $40