Post # 1
I am getting married in Chicago in August 2015. I am just starting my florist and lighting vendor search. I am wondering if it is more budget friendly to provide your florist with vases and just have the florist do the flowers versus having the florist rent you their vases, etc. I’d also like to hang lights at my venue (with their permission, of course), and I’m thinking it would be more affordable for me to purchase the lights and hire someone to hang them. However, I’m not familiar with what kind of company you hire just to hang lights. Any information about your affordable decor suggestions in and around Chicago would be soo helpful to me! Thank you!
Post # 2
We used Bunches flower shop in Lincolon park. Extremely budget friendly and easy to work with–I am not sure about your particular vase situation, but you can ask when you call. They were great to work with totally recommend!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2015 - Bottom Lounge
How much is your flower budget?? I just started looking at flowers as well. The florist I’m looking at seem to include vases and candles. Most just quoted me for flower prices.
I was trying to figure out if ordering wholesale and flowers would be cheaper. Mariano’s quoted be $15 for 1 stem of hydrangeas!! My wedding is June 2015 and they won’t be in season 🙁
I also was looking at lights too!! I’m trying to figure out if it will be cheaper to buy or rent! I’m waiting for a quote from art of imagination. They were extremely nice and totally nailed my vision. Hopefully I can afford them!
Post # 4
Thank you so much for this recommendation! I will definitely look them up!
Post # 5
I am really trying to get it to 1500 or less, which I know is very low for Chicago. I honestly wouldn’t even mind carnations or less expensive flowers because I really am interested in lighting/candles, etc. to decorate with! I am trying to do three tall cylindrical vases with water/candles and a bit of flowers or petals for 10 tables and one vase with a round flower/petals and candles for the other 10.
Wholesale would probably be cheaper, but I’m no DIYer 🙂 I would love to if I was more creative and trusted that I wouldn’t get stressed!
Let me know what the lighting folks tell you- I know that I need to start emailing them for quotes, but I’m so scared it’s going to be so expensive and crush my vision!
Happy wedding planning!!
Post # 6
Hi Chicago ladies! I got married at the Publican. We had about 100 people, so I think we had something like 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, 6 bouts, 15 centerpieces. I looked EVERYWHERE for flowers, and our budget was $500. I ended up with Stephanie at the Whole Foods at Halsted/Waveland. She kept things at budget, there were NO carnations, and the flowers fit my vision exactly. Stephanie advised me to get my own vases and ribbon, which really cut down on costs.
Everyone else told me that $1000 was the minimum for our wedding, but Stephanie made it work and my SIL went to her for her flowers (about 200 people, huge centerpieces = $1k budget). If nothing else, it’s worth it to give her a call, or go see her portfolio. Good luck and let me know if you have any other flower Qs!
Post # 7
Check out Carolyn with Bread and Butterfly http://www.thebabshop.com/
She is doing my entire wedding (20 centerpieces plus personals) and my DOC for $2500. She will definitely work with smaller budgets!
Post # 8
For florists I used Floral Designs by Lesa A Atteo. You can find her on Facebook. She is in Plainfield but is super affordable and does an amazing job. I found her at a bridal expo.
Post # 9
Are you getting married in the city or in the burbs?
As far as lighting I would just buy them and see if the venue will hang them for you
My florist is Prairie basket flowers but she is in the burbs- she might come to the city tho- my reception is in Barrington so I dont know for sure but I told her I dont really want to spend more than 1500 max and she was like thats totally do able.
Post # 10
I ended up using Dorothy from Wishing Well. I was willing to spend more on flowers, but for what I wanted, she charged me considerably less than other florists – around $1500-2000. I don’t believe she has a minimum, so I am sure she would be able to work with a budget. Highly recommend her.
For lighting, we used Steve of SC Lighting Design. For $800, he hung up his string globe lights al over our venue, provided uplighting on dimmers, and hung a light up sign we bought on a dimmer as well.