- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2016
I bought dried flowers
I bought dried flowers
We did some DIY flowers, but my cousin did them. We wanted real flowers and unfortunately you can’t do them in advance and I had enough to do the day before and morning of my wedding. If you have space and time to grow a garden, that might be worth trying (hydrangea bushes grow really easily, flower back every year, and are beautiful in wedding bouquets). Also look into Costco- they sell a bunch of wholesale flowers designed for weddings.
I’m going the silk flower route. I can’t justify paying a thousand dollars for flowers that will last a day. I love the idea of taking my bouquet home and putting it in a shadow box or some kind of display. Between hobby lobby, michaels, and ac moore there are always coupons. Artificial flowers have come such a long way and really look great if you just take your time in picking out nice ones. Good luck!!
I’m not creative and even unarranged flowers are expensive in Australia. I found a part time florst starting out that advertised on an ad website and her price was about the same arranged and delivered as buying me the flowers at the markets at 4am and having to tackle arranging and storing them and about 80% less than a florist.
It seems both unarranged flowers and prearranged flowers in the US are cheaper than in Au so it may be cheaper to tackle youself. But with the amount you’ll have going on it may be worth paying a semi pro.
I’m doing fake flowers and non-flower decor. My bouquet will be fake flowers. Bridesmaids are carrying fans with peacock feathers and a brooch attached. Under $10 per bridesmaid.
For the guys, I bought beaded boutonniere pins on eBay and am gluing a peacock feather on. Boutonnieres were under $2 shipped and I got 100 peacock feathers for $5, so these are ridiculously cheap.
Centerpieces are fake flowers and peacock feathers in little urns we bought with a gift card.
Decorations just aren’t the big thing for me. I’m sure it will all come together pretty; no one really remembers those details except you, so as long as you’re happy, it’s all good. 🙂
skylar84: Your arrangements look great! Did you do them yourself? How much time, in total, do you think it took? Doing my own flowers really intimidates me, but if Fiftyflowers.com is reliable and I can save money, I don’t mind putting in some leg work. What I think I want is really simple anyway. . .
I used milk glass vases and since I live in Seattle, so I did Pike Place Market flowers for the centerpieces ($10 each) and I bought roses and hydragena in bulk from the grocery store nearby ($200 for 17 dozen roses and several bunches of hydragena). My extremely skilled mom made the bouquets the day before the wedding (took her about 3-4 hours to make 8 bouquets and 8 boutineers). My bridesmaids helped put the centerpieces into the vases the day before the wedding (took about 1 hour with their help) and our day of coordinator took care of putting them out on tables, counter etc on the day of. I provided all the vases. It looked amazing and wasn’t very expensive (total of less than $300), but was a huge project! (although it was also fun and satisfying to do… )
I bought some flowers at Hobby Lobby, 50% off. I’m trying not to do a lot of flowers in order to save money and also I don’t want to create a lot of waste. So I made my own whimsical bouquet of fake wild roses and butterflies. I like it. It’s not done. I need floral tape to tighten the ends and it needs ribbon. I’ll still have real flowers, but just a few around the reception area. Fifty Flowers has great prices on those.
We are planning on ordering our flowers from thebouqs.com! They have reproportioned packages and they have all of the flowers we want in one package for half the price of ordering everything ourselves! I looked into pretty much every site there is out there after several florists gave me a $3k-5k estimate on florals: 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaids, 8 bouts, 4 corsages, 12 centerpieces and 3 other small arrangements.
Now that we added another pair to the bridal party I couldn’t imagine another $100 added to the prices.
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