Post # 1
im looking for cherry red flowers for my wedding in oct… i dont want spend more than $400. so ive turned to ikebana for designs. Does anyone have any suggestions? on types of flowers to use? ill need about 18 centerpieces and 6 pieces to go on the columns down the aisle for the ceremony. i like mums, tulips, and amaryllis.. it seems i can only get white or yellow mums in my area and only pink and white lilies it seems like. and the closest i can get to red tulips is like a deep pink color.
i’m not interested in roses, orchids, calla lilies or daisies (yes i know they are in the pictures.. i like the setup). thanks in advance for any one who replies.
this is what the vases look like for the centerpieces. (flat moon vase)
amaryllis (like the red and the type of flower, but concerned it would be expensive)
like these tulips
have vases like this to use down the aisle on pillars at the ceremony. once again, i like this but dont want to pay the price for callas thought of using the following ideas as inspiration:
Post # 3
You have a very modern taste, and I like all the inspiration pictures you found! Your florist is probably the best person to ask what’s available in red that isn’t expensive. Maybe you can ask about red day lilies? Thankfully the inspiration pictures you’ve shown don’t have a lot of flowers in them. A two-flower cernterpiece at $5 a flower is only going to cost you $10, for example.
I think tulips are a great substitution for cala lilies. If you can’t get them as red as you want, you could consider having them sprayed, or otherwise have white tulips and use red elsewhere in your centerpieces (glass beads inside the vase for example).
Post # 4
I’m using some ikebana too! Have you considered ordering your flowers online? If you do your research you can get a lot for your price range. I suggest checking out fiftyflowers.com and search their flowers by the color your looking for to get ideas, then look at other wholesalers to get the best deal. They also have some red tulips and amaryllis.
As far as read flowers what about peruvian lilies? They come in a bright red and are rather inexpensive. They might look nice arranged similar to your calla lilly inspiration picture in that tall vase. Just a thought.
Post # 5
Fiftyflowers.com has the red amarylis flowers in their winter flowers collection. Per their website, it says there are 2-3 large blooms per stem. 20 stems = $159.00, or 30 stems =189.00 with free fedex shipping. (So 60 stems with a minimum of 2 large blossoms on each stem = betwleen 120-180 large blossoms total. See link. I would actually speak with their customer service to make sure that whatever flowers you choose will actually BE available for your wedding day!!!
(this is the one you photo that you thought was tulips)
(these are tall flowers and come in different colors- including red, I don’t know if you like carnations, but those would be very inexpensive – and there are others that fifty flowers has if you type in “red” in their search box) 🙂
Post # 6
Great minds think alike! lol
Post # 7
thanks everyone! so i did some looking around at grocery store florists, since i work in a grocery store,but dont want to make someone drive all the way out there to pick of the flowers the day of or before the wedding… it would take about an hour or two to pick them up and transport them to the venue. so for the red tulips, i found some on sam’s club’s website for something like $102 for 100 which is almost half the price of fiftyflowers.com.
I purchased two books on ikebana and one had a great idea with tulips. On one of the arrangements, the artist turned each of the petals inside out to where it didn’t really look like a tulip. so i might ditch the amaryllis. This is kind of that it looks like:
so now i just need to shop around for greenery… any tips for that? looking for bear grass, steel grass, and aspidistra leaves… might also want white football chrysanthemums which i think would be gorgeous in the tall vase. what do you guys think?
Post # 8
Neat idea with the tulips! I don’t have any tips on greenery, except that you probably want to keep it minimal to match the theme. Actually, you could go with silk greenery, and people would just assume it’s real since the flowers are real. 🙂
Post # 9
Amarylis is a winter flower and you may or may not be able to get it any other time of the year, even if you are willing to pay extra. Talk to several local florists to see what you can get in season at that time of year while staying within your budget. Also make sure that the florist you decide on has not only a price you are willing to pay but shares your vision as far as the flower design is concerned.
Post # 10
omg.. so i did some more ikebana image searches and i found “the one”!:
i dont particularly like carnations, but this is perfect! and they are super cheap! im looking at about $140 total without the steel grass. So i definately will stay in my $400 budget with about $260 still in my pocket! thanks your your help ladies!