Post # 17
I bought silk orchids for $1 each from Dollarama! During my search, I found them at Michaels, Wal-Mart, and Pier One Imports for $6+ for each stem. I cut a stem down to fit it into a 10.5″ tall vase submerged and it looks fine! Once I get all the set of vases, candles and table squares I need, I’ll make the mock up centrepiece and take pictures.
Post # 18
You can get real flowers pretty cheap from Sam’s Club or Costco. You select the delivery date, and they overnight them to you. I did this for my brother’s wedding, and more recently for my daughters birthday. I think we paid $100 for 100 stems. We ended up using 3 roses in each centerpiece (got the vases for about $4 each from G&G distributors). Not sure how big your tables are, but we used two 8′ tables together, making 8′ x 60″ tables. The centerpieces would have gotten lost on that size of a table, so we also used individual vases and candles.
Post # 19
@Lydeeyah08: I agree with the above posters and suggest getting a few fakes from a dollar store (ones you like) and doing a few trial runs with them to see if you can get the effect you want. That way, you’ll know what works, what does, and what to look for when you go to buy them in bulk/larger amounts.
I’m making ribbon roses for my stuff, and probably a few fabric flowers, but we’re not doing anything like this, and I doubt it’d work. 🙁
I’ve seen bouquets of flowers at a variety of grocery stores and Costco where I live for FAR cheaper than florists. So maybe look around there and keep an eye on what they typically carry or buy a bouquet or two and do a trial run. The Food Lion, Krogers, and a few of the other places where I live typically keep the same types year-round.
Since you’re having you wedding this time next year, check out what the store has this month (should be about the same as last month) and grab what you like and see if it works! They SHOULD have the same types next year!!!