(Closed) Flowers on a Budget

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Where in Canada are you located? I can recommend my florist if you’re in the GTA!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hydrangeas are a good idea, a lot of bang for your buck so to speak. Stay away from the pricey flowers (roses, lilies, orchids, etc) and go for less expensive, hearty flowers like daisies, sunflowers, tulips, and mums. Anything bunched tightly and monochromatic looks nice usually (even carnations). Not sure what season or what theme you are going for.
I used to work at a florist and find the prices hard to stomach too. Get creative and you can have beautiful flowers that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m also in Canada, and my flower budget was similar to yours: $500 for  1 bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 flower girl bouquet, and 10x 6″ flower balls for our tables.

I ordered 2 boxes of 200 roses from the Toronto-based company Flowers-direct.ca , and had great help from Pratik over the phone & email. The roses were beautiful, and total cost for 400+ stems was $500.59 including shipping and HST. We ended up with nearly 3 dozen left over.

The process was pretty labour-intensive; but I had a small army working on everything, unpacking, rehydrating, then dethorning, cutting and arranging.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Mrs. Eagle went to a peony farm and picked up flowers for her wedding.  Maybe a flower farm would give you a nice deal?

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@nessa9116:  You could try planting them in little pots, or just have them wired into displays.  ideas:

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i know a lot of brides have gotten their flowers from the floral dept at their local grocery store.  …you might look into this. I know that the groceries in my area will do the bouquets and arrangements for you or you can just order the flowers and do it yourself. this could help you with avoiding another DIY. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@nessa9116:  Maybe ask your florist for ranuculas, they look similar to peonies and come in lots of colors. Also stock looks very pretty as a bouquet (has a nice smell too) and is inexpensive. I just looked up the meaning for stock flowers : A symbol of happy life and contented existence. Pretty sweet if you ask me!

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had the same budget as you.  Instead of hiring a ‘professional’ florist, my mom’s coworker, who used to work as a professional did mine.  She got the flower from flowers we had been growing, a floral shop in town, Sams club, and flowers we got from farmers markets.  She put together my bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaids, 2 jr. bridesmaids & a flower girls bouquet, as well as about 8 coursages and wristlets and 8 bouts, and two fireside baskets for $500 (this included time and tip).  We did most of the centerpeices out of flowers growing in our garden, and friends gardens, as well as left over flowers from the bouquets.  So having beautiful flowers on a budget is do-able!  

I would check with local floral schools and look for a student or someone new to the field who is more willing to work at a more affordable rate.  As other PP’s suggested look into getting flowers from grocery stores, farmers markets, and your own garden if possible.  If you or a family member doesn’t have a spot you could always look into community garden spots.  They are often pretty cheap.  

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

order them from costco or samsclub, good deals

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