- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2018
Geez louise. I’m glad I have a 2 year engagement, because every part of planning that has included choosing a vendor has been a headache for me.
Luckily, I think the only big thing left on my list is flowers (which is something that, apart from cost, my fiance cares precisely not at all about). And, in following with my modus operandi, I am overwhelemed with the options.
I guess first off, my venue is a beautiful ballroom that really doesn’t need much decorating apart from centerpieces and maybe something around the altar (photos below are of ceremony and reception space).
My mom’s bestie is good at/enjoys arranging silk flowers and has offered to do that for me for free, I’d just pay for the flowers and materials. I’m thinking of going this route for centerpieces for sure, but I have N O I D E A how to estimate costs for that because I don’t really have a good idea of 1) what look I want and 2) how many stems would be required to create that look.
I’m also looking at wood flowers from this site, which would come out to $400 for all the bouquets and boutonniers I need: https://www.ecoflower.com/collections/wedding
And I also stumbled upon this DIY flower site. I know there are others like this, and I know you can buy flowers wholesale from just about any grocery store and DIY them that way as well, but as reference this particular site would run me about $300 for everything I need: https://www.kukkaflowers.com/pages/catalog
Then there’s the question of whether or not I need/want a florist, and how much will that cost (in St. Louis, MO). Trying to cut corners wherever possible since we’ve spent a lot on the food/alcohol/venue (our top priority), so I don’t know if that’s the best choice or not or if I really even need one.
I’m realizing how long and rambly this is, so TL;DR does anyone have any experience/advice/recommendations on real vs. fake flowers/DIY vs. florist? Costs? Pros? Cons? Bueller?