(Closed) Flower Stress. What to do? Need advice. LONG

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am not a flower person… at all… as in I killed a chia pet… like 3 years ago (not when I was a child)

Anyway, I don’t have a cookie, but I’m sending you an interwebs hug ๐Ÿ™‚

I ended up going with a locally owned florist/nursery who was able to give me a great deal and worked with my budget willingly.  I got 8 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bridal bouquet, my toss bouquet, 8 Groomsmen bouts, groom’s bout, 3 mom’s corsages, 2 grandmother’s corsages, including delivery all for about $380.  I didn’t have to worry about things being assembled or wilting before the ceremony, I just showed up to the venue and everything was delivered.  No muss, no fuss.  I’d suggest checking around smaller florists or even nurseries or greenhouses since they won’t have to outsource their flowers.

I like calla lilies, but I’m poor, so we did a mixutre- there were 3 lilies and the rest were white and yellow roses for my bouquet.  I got my fave flowers, but it was a budget-friendly version ๐Ÿ™‚

Best of luck!!

Post # 4
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

What is your theme, exactly? Were you wanting lotus flower for everyone (BMs, Groomsmen, family). Without increasing your budget, I don’t really think you can do that. How about only having a few lotus flowers in your bouquet? They’re rather hard to find. I saw them on wholeblossoms.com, but they are $141 for 25 stems. That would be enough for you and your bridesmaids if you pair them with other flowers. You can do other flowers for the rest of the party. Roses are pretty versatile though. I think they go with just about any theme. r

Do you like orchids? That would go well in a Japanese garden. You could use them as bouts, but you’d have to DIY. We bought orchid plants from the grocery store, and were able to make all the bouts. I’ve seen them as low as $8 a plant, and 2 plants would be enough for all the bouts. Worst case would be $20 a plant, but those are usually large enough so that you’d only have to buy one. They are delicate though so they’re hard to work with. Still doable!

Post # 5
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Aw sweetie! I love flowers so I can totally understand how this would be difficult. Were the lotus flowers too expensive because a florist quoted you a price higher than your budget, or did you look into buying the lotus flowers from Whole Foods? Since you don’t sound crazy about the roses, don’t do it! Here are my two cents:

1. If you haven’t already, check lotus prices from Whole Foods or an online wholesaler like fiftyflowers.com. Could you do DIY lotus bouquets?

2. Can you lower the price of lotus bouquets by lowering the number of lotus stems in each bouquet – so there is a lot of greenery and some cheaper flowers, with a few lotus stems as a statement? (I did this with cabbage roses and smaller, cheaper flowers, and the cabbage roses really stood out! I saved a lot of money that way.)

3. The groomsmen don’t NEED boutonnieres. Could the men wear pocket squares in their pockets rather than bouts? Nobody usually notices the boys’ bouts.

4. Corsages are so tricky to make, I agree! My mom and my Mother-In-Law both wanted boutonnieres to pin to their dresses, rather than corsages. So you could skip the corsages and do that – it looks just as lovely, and it’s a lot more comfortable for them!

Anyways, I hope that helps!

Post # 6
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

*HUGS*  I couldn’t to the corsages either, super hard.  I’m just doing small nosegay bouquets instead, getting my flowers from Costco ($17/two dozen roses) and doing them all myself (we have a small wedding party).

Post # 7
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Can Whole Foods order other flowers for you with wholesale prices?  Maybe not roses, but not as pricey as the lotus flowers??

@DaneLady:  Amazing deal!!

Post # 8
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

ugh, I’m bummed, I watched some videos and thought the diy bouts and boquets would be easy ish…. I better do a test run, just in case ๐Ÿ™‚  thanks for posting. I dont have any suggestions, other than divying out the lotus to your boquet and getting something that would maybe go w/those flowers for the other arrangments. Good luck. Mmmm cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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