(Closed) Flowers on a budget

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 32
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Another vote for Sam’s Club bulk flowers!!  We ordered sunflowers and 2 kinds of hydrangeas, and then we supplemented those with a few cheap supermarket bouquets that we mixed in as accent flowers.  We spent about $250. 

Then check out the dollar store (and/or your recycling bin!) for vases/bottles/jars, google some DIY tutorials, do a practice run for 1 bouquet and 1 centerpiece, enlist some help for putting these together 1-2 days before your wedding and you’ll be all set!  It was fun, easy and much cheaper than a florist.  

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I bought my bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, & 4 boutonnieres on etsy for $405 with shipping, but was then refused $60 for some issues that resulted from communication, but ultimately I loved my flowers & they will last forever! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is my bridal bouquet & my husband’s bout, plus a small pic from the wedding that shows me holding my bouquet. They were all handmade vintage flowers & true vintage skeleton keys which I hand picked ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@ontbride:  Another Whole Foods bride here!  They actually have beautiful premade bouquets for $10 each — love!

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@StephieBee:  beautiful!!

 

Was it very stressful putting them together before wedding? I want to DIY but I don’t want to be totally stressed or have them die before wedding!

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@Boxerlover24:  We did ours the day before the wedding. Yes, it was definitely stressful – but, it was worth it. I saved thousands of dollars doing it this way! It took us around 4-5 hours with 10 people. 

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are saving tons of money on our flowers by only getting flowers for the bouquets/bouts/corsages. Our chapel is beautiful on its own so no need for flowers and our centerpieces are lanterns. We’re spending $500 compared to the $2k+ I’ve seen some brides spend! 

A note on DIY, as some have already mentioned, it can be super stressful! I stood up in a wedding where the morning of the wedding we had to go get the flowers from a market and then put them together that day. She did save a ton of money, but personally now that I’m the bride, I would rather be spending that time relaxing with my bridal party. But if everyone is into it, then it is definitely an easy way to save tons of money and have flowers everywhere (unlike what we’re doing)! 

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@StephieBee:  Thanks for the reply! They seriously look amazing- you did a beautiful job..if this is not your career you should consider it! 

Post # 39
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We are doing a lot of baby’s breath. But I also know Sams club has budget friendly wholesale flowers that have gotten great reviews. 

Post # 40
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely do not plan to do your flowers the morning of your wedding, but you will be OK if you do them the day before, if you have most of your other details done by then and a little help.  For a small wedding it is really easy to take care of flowers yourself.  The timeline we had was, we had them delivered from Sam’s Club to my house 2 days before the wedding (Thursday). This was perfect timing as they generally don’t arrive fully in bloom so you have to allow some time for them to open up.  (BTW, if you do this, whoever you buy flowers from will also give you a guide as to how to care for them, etc.). 

Here were the supplies I bought (check out the dollar store, craft store, home depot!):

 

-Small Floral/garden shears – essential if you have flowers w/woody stems i.e. hydrangeas & sunflowers.

-Floral Tape (really cheap, green tape you use to wrap bouquets, etc.)

-Ribbon for wrapping bouquets

-5 gallon plastic buckets from home depot (about $2 each, we bought probably 5-6 of them)

-Extra flower food – just asked for it at supermarket flower counter and they gave it to me.

-Cardboard boxes & newspaper or other stuffing, for transporting your centerpieces.

As soon as the flowers arrived, we trimmed all the stems under running water about 2 inches and then just left them in their buckets of water w/flower food. We kept them in my kitchen w/the a/c running and they were fine. Then we just went about running other errands while they drank up the water!

Then the next day (Friday – day before wedding) we covered my kitchen table w/a plastic tablecloth, filled up a watering can w/water mixed w/flower food, and set out all of the various jars, bottles, vases I wanted to use so we could easily see what we had to work with.  It was just my maid of honor and I, which I actually liked because it was less stressful working with just 1 other person.  It was a nice bonding experience too ๐Ÿ™‚  We cracked open the wine, put on some music and got into the zone!! I would estimate that it took us a total of about 4-5 hours (not counting breaks!) to do everything.  We made 4 bouquets and tons of little centerpieces (we had long tables, so I did the thing w/long rows of different small arrangements instead of 1 centerpiece per table) in all different types of containers.  

As we went, we placed the finished centerpieces into cardboard boxes and stuffed newspaper & plastic grocery bags in between each one to help them stay steady.  we filled up each box pretty well so there was no tipping on their way to the venue.  The boxes were all ready to go when my mom got there the morning of the wedding.  1 minivan did the job!

It would have taken us MUCH less time to just make a handful of larger centerpieces, 1 for each table, instead of a bunch of small ones, so keep that in mind.  Also if you are just going to do bouquets it will take you almost no time at all, maybe 20 minutes per bouquet!  It’s fun and relaxing working with flowers, they’re so beautiful and smell good, and so it is actually kind of a nice activity to be doing right before your wedding ๐Ÿ™‚  Just don’t do what I did and leave a bunch of other stuff to the last 2 days, too – that will make it a little more stressful!

 

Oh, these table runners came from papermart.com, $10 for a 10 yard roll of burlap 9″ wide, perfect width for a table runner.  I bought 3 rolls and we ended up only needing 1, my mom just cut them to the right length when she got there that morning!

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We ordered about $100 worth of flowers from our local grocery store and made our bouquets ourselves. (Our neighbors also let us pick some of their hydrangeas, which was very generous!) We got a wide variety of things like hydrangeas, roses, poms, carnations, spray, etc. We had enough for my bouquet, 7 bridesmaids bouquets, and 15 bouts (my Brother-In-Law made two different kinds so I could choose which I liked better). It was fun, and the bridesmaids got to decide how they wanted their bouquets to look.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ontbride:  im on a budget as well. Im using silk/artificial flowers. Id have to say they woild be undrr 200 for the bouquets and boutineers.  I was going to purchase some of them at Michaels but they want a lot. Ill be buying modt of them from walmart and online. 

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ontbride:  You might still be able to go the florist route if you don ‘t want to DIY.  I had a cascading bridal bouquet for 100, and the Bridesmaid or Best Man giant hydrangea bouquets for about 75 each, and then we had like 8 corsages which were a few bucks a piece and some extra stems to put orchids on the cake which was less than 10.  I don’t know what your budget is but you could shop around and save yourself the headache.  In my case because of the cascade and especially for the hydrangeas it made more sense to just have a florist do it.  If I was doing carnations or roses or something I would have just done it myself or got it from a store.  If you stay simple DIY is a piece of cake.  If you want something that requires more maintance try a florist.

 

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