Post # 1
Our original budget for flowers was 500 dollars. The quote the florist gave us is 1,500 dollars. I am now trying to meet in the middle and shoot for 1,000 dollars.
Does anyone from experience have any comments about cutting the following flowers from our wedding day?
No toss bouquet; I’ll throw my little sisters bridesmaid bouquet (she already told me she doesn’t care)
No altar flowers
Get boutiniers at giant eagle (5.99 each vs 15/each at the florist)
No blessed mother flowers or sign of peace flowers
Will I regret any of this???
Post # 3
@jennygrl070: Have you thought about using nice silk flowers? You can get some that look almost real. That’s the route we’re going and without having to actually cut out any decorations and such.
Post # 4
Have you considered DIY? I made 1 bridal bouquet, 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 2 nosegay bouquets (mom), ceremony arrangements, and rose petals for my tables. Total cost was $320 including tax, shipping,etc.
Post # 5
I don’t have the skills for DIY and am trying to avoid silk flowers if possible!
Post # 6
Definitely consider DIY. We spent $500 on our flowers, and made 7 bouquets, 6 bouts, 12 large centerpieces, 12 small centerpieces, and aisle decor.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley
@jennygrl070: I don’t think you’ll regret any of those cuts. Tossing your sister’s bouquet is a great idea. One of the prettiest alters I’ve seen at a wedding had no flowers and a bunch of white staggered height candles instead. Also, there’s a blog post here about non floral boutonniere ideas http://thewedlife.tumblr.com/post/50999340873/non-floral-boutonniere-inspiration-that-i-love
Post # 8
@jennygrl070: I got my REAL wedding party flowers from sams club for $294.xx. Already made up. They were GREAT:
Post # 9
Oh my Goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you two did an amazing job on your DIY flowers! Where did you order your flowers and do you have any tips on storing them before the wedding and how far in advance to make them?
Post # 10
@jennygrl070: Have you shopped around? Asked friends for referrals? I got a referral to a lady who has just retired from a floral shop after 30 years. She was now doing it on the side. I saved a TON of money and had the flowers that I wanted, plus decor and floral centerpieces.
Post # 11
Yes I have shopped around and this is The best quote I got–pretty good considering we need 8 bridesmaid bouquets, 2 flower girl baskets, 8 corsages and 14 boutiniers! But I’m just trying to cut out some of the extras.
Post # 12
@jennygrl070: Do you have any high schools with agriculture depts near you? We got our flowers from a local high school for 350 and we didnt hav to DIY anything 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!!
I’m really just wondering if anyone else elminated these extras and if so did you regret it?
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
Nthing DIY or having a creative friend help out. I had 1 brides bouquet, 4 bridesmaid bouquets, 1 toss bouquet, 7 boutonnieres, 5 corsages, 2 flower girl crowns, and 2 baskets of flower girl petals for $188 after tax from Costco/Sams/Grocery stores (and that price included stem tape, corsage ribbons, and pins).
Post # 15
@jennygrl070: I wouldn’t DIY if I were you… just processing the flowers can be such a huge job before you even arange them. Then you have to worry about storage and set-up (which is a whol other story let me tell you.)….not things I’d want to be worried about on the day before or on the wedding day.
But to each’s own I guess!
I would cut down on yoru centerpiece costs by doing something simple like one floating peony in a glass container and tealights, similar to this:
I was quoted $15 per centerpiece with one peony floating in water and 3 tealights!
Post # 16
@lina010: We live in Orange County, and drove about 2 1/2 hours away to pick up our flowers. We got them from a wholesaler, who sells them to other people. We literally went to the flower warehouse, where they fix them up to sell.
We did all of our flowers around 11am the day before the wedding. With 10 or so people, it took around 3 hours to put everything together. That included de-leafing and cutting all of the flowers ourselves. I would highly suggest if you do this to do a trial beforehand so you know what you’re getting yourself into.
We stored some of the flowers in our fridge, and the rest at the venue in their fridges. They gladly offered. We also spritzed the centerpieces with water to make sure they would be fresh for the reception.
Also, here’s a post about how I went about DIYing my flowers. 🙂