Destination/remote brides especially (but anyone can weigh in): DIY flowers?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Over the Moon:  That has to be possible.  Are you getting married in a city?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m assuming you’ve been to Iceland before, or have family there (or hopefully a friend or two)?  My Fiance and I were just there in November and don’t remember seeing a single fresh flower there… Iceland isn’t affluent in the foliage department in general, but we also stayed in a very touristy area with backpackers, so maybe that’s why we didn’t see any flower shops?  We didn’t notice any flowers in the grocery stores, either, but again were in a more touristy area.  Sorry I can’t help more, I just remember thinking the whole time that Iceland was nothing like any other European country I’ve been to!  

Do you know where you’ll be staying yet?  If so, maybe contact the front desk person of the hotel and ask if they know where a flower shop is near there?  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Over the Moon:  I guess *that* would be my concern.  What about buying Real Touch flowers (I think their callas would travel best) in case you can’t find flowers?

They look pretty dang realistic and wouldn’t break the bank…

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/geretofl.html

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Over the Moon:  Yeah, I’d highly recommend a backup plan.  The other thing to note is which day your wedding will be on… just about everything is closed on Sundays.  Everything.  Even the restaurants didn’t open til at least 11am, most opened after noon.  Finding breakfast was a joy!  =op  Trees are pretty sparse in Iceland, so I’m going to guess that any flowers you do find will have been imported at a pretty high price (and everything there was pretty damn expensive anyway!)  

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Over the Moon:  A Thursday shouldn’t be a problem with them being open, hopefully, but during the week we noticed that a lot of places opened around 9 or 10am and were closed by 6pm.  We quickly learned that we needed to eat dinner by 6pm to have more options!  There are some restaurants open later, so don’t stress about that too much, but regular retail stores were definitely closed down by then.  Where are you going for the ceremony?  We did the golden circle tour and the south coast tour, both of which were very pretty and nice.  We never ended up staying outside of Reykjavik, so I can’t speak for stores outside of that area (but if you need a hotel recommendation we stayed at the Fron Hotel and liked it!)  They did include a small breakfast… mostly yogurt and cereal with toast.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Saving this thread for when I eventually travel to Iceland!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

No prob!  If you plan on doing that (flying from the north side) check into airfares well ahead of time.  They were advertising domestic flights as well as ones to Greenland, but they were crazy expensive!  I just don’t want you to get there and have sticker shock like we did, lol.  Even the car rental, a tiny one for my poor 6’4″ Fiance, was $65 per day.  We were gonna rent bicycles for around Reykjavik but those were $40 per day, so we walked around the city, needless to say.  Definitely go see Gullfoss and Geysir, they are amazing!!!  Of course, you have to go to the Blue Lagoon as well  =o)  

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

As long as you scout out florists online that are nearby to your site, I think its totally do-able.  If you’re not visiting during the planning, maybe call/email a few just to make sure they have loose flowers in stock at that time of year.

I’m thinking of doing the same thing (although with DIYing more flowers and my wedding is only 11 hours from where I live), but am visiting the floral shop in a few months to check it out.

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