(Closed) Centerpieces from florist, or DIY?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We ended up opting to DIY centerpieces (we’re just ordering the flowers from our florist.) We’ll only save about $5 per centerpiece, but it adds up with our semi-large wedding, and my aunt used to be a florist so she has offered to put them together for us.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

It would be soooo much cheaper to DIY.  Vases from Michaels (or even the dollar store), pretty ribbon.  You can order fresh flowers in bulk from Sam’s club.  Four tables isn’t a lot to do.  I think it would be totally manageable, and you can still give the flowers as gifts to people at the end of your evening.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

It really depends on what kind of arrangements you want, if it is complex then go with the florist.

BUT in reality, with a good trial run, pretty much anyone can make an awesome centerpiece! And I would vote DIY because your only making 4 & it will be waaaaay cheaper then $140-$180

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think for just 4 you may not save all that much money.  You can talk to the florist and see if you buy the vases and provide them if that helps cut the cost.  

I agree with others that if you try to DIY them unless you do something REALLY simple  you will probably only save $5 per centerpiece.   Also, some brides order fresh flowers online and DIY them but if you are trying to stay under $150 then you aren’t going to be able to get a lot of variety.  So unless you want centerpieces made of JUST one type of flower then DIY with fresh flowers probably isn’t a good idea.  

I also like the idea of like potted orchids etc and then using them as gifts.  If any of your guests are coming from out of town they may not be able to take the flowers home with them very easily.  

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The prices quoted seem very reasonable to me. I would ask to see what they look like, and then go from there. If you like them, you could price it out at what it would cost you to DIY, but I am thinking it will be less expensive to go with the florist. You also have to think about set up and transportation. If you are using real flowers, you will need to make sure you have somewhere cool to store them, so they don’t wilt.

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