(Closed) Flowers Question for Brides and Bridesmaids (POLL)

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Did you hold on to your bouquet after the wedding?

    Bride: Yes, I held on to it after the wedding (MORE THAN 1 DAY AFTER)

    Bride: No, I did not hold on to it after the wedding (OR held on to it for day of and 1 day after)

    Bridesmaid: Yes, I held on to it after the wedding (MORE THAN 1 DAY AFTER)

    Bridesmaid: No, I did not hold on to it after the wedding (OR held on to it for day of and 1 day aft

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  • Post # 2
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    8k is a lot to spend on flowers.  I think when we shopped around, we spend around $1500-$2k total in Southern California, but we went with two different florists: 1 for the bouquets amd boutonnieres and ceremony design, and a wholesale florist for the centerpieces.  I loved my bouquet, but was sad that I didn’t get a chance to preserve it.  That being said, I am borderline between thinking holding onto the bouquet is sentimental and it being weird/stuck on a material item rather thinking back on the memories of the day.  I still have my bouquet on our bookshelf, gathering dust, but it’s still pretty, and my maid of honor has her bouquet in her bathroom, which made me really happy to see.  the flowers were beautiful.  

    Post # 4
    5995 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    As a bride, I kept it for a couple of years. As a bridesmaid, not long at all, maybe days.

    I can’t imagine spending that sort of money on flowers! But I agree you don’t want to spend big dollars to make them last a few days longer.

    Post # 5
    30398 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have never even tried to keep a bouquet, whether as a bridesmaid or bride. None of them ever looked attractive enough 12 hours to even come close to resembling something I would want to keep.

    Post # 6
    1455 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    I think I’d find a better way to spend $8-10,000! I would keep, but wouldn’t try to preserve a bridesmaid bouquet- and, would totally not have cared if the bride re-used them for centerpieces, or if I didn’t have one. 

    I didn’t think I’d be interested in even keeping my own bouquet, but at the last minute, I couldn’t let it go (totally unlike me!). I had DIYd the flowers and after had some of the flowers pressed into pottery (Salt Marsh Pottery in Mass) and dried and put into jewelery (Forever in Time). 

    I think your area is a very different price point than mine, but have you thought of just setting the flower budget, the color/type of design you want, and giving that info to the florist? That way, rather than asking them to cut their estimate, you are telling them what you can afford and asking them if they can design something more in your pricepoint.


    Post # 9
    416 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    I had my planner find a florist who would be willing to repurpose/reconfigure (don’t know the right word) all of our florals (bouquets, centerpieces, altar pieces, etc) into floral arrangements and deliver them to our local hospital. Our quote came in around $5k, but we feel much better knowing they are serving two purposes and will hopefully brighten someone elses day. Maybe consider that. Sometimes based on your city you just can’t avoid high prices. 

    Post # 10
    6239 posts
    Bee Keeper

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    nowthisistaken :  I only spent a few hundred on my flowers.  I was a bridesmaid once and I highly recommend you go with stems instead of one of those weird flower holders – there was no salvaging it, no keeping it in a vase, so when it started dying, that was basically it. I let the petals dry and planted the ivy.  I put the dried petals in the wedding album I made my best friend.  My cat ate the ivy (darn her). The rest went in the trash.

    For my own wedding we had stems.  Everything was easily put into vases for those who wanted to keep them.  It was lightweight the day of – no need to have gigantic bouquets for no real reason.  I also requested succulents, which I pulled from the wires and planted.  Now I have a flowerpot full of them as my flowers are of course long gone (just daisies).

    My suggestions – get things that can be planted after, such as the succulents or leaves that root very easily.  Get flowers that are in season as they should be cheaper.  And get more greenery than florals – I’m just guessing but I bet that’s cheaper too.  Plus they won’t die as swiftly.  And last of all, go smaller than whatever it is you’ve planned that costs 8000 bucks … that really does seem a bit outrageous, though it depends on the flower choices, of course.

    Post # 11
    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    My Maid/Matron of Honor and I dried our bouquets and now I have mine out in our living room (until we figure out where we’ll be permentally and I can build a wedding day shawdow box). I think it looks pretty. 


    I think if i did pay $$$$$$ for flowers I would have dried them in slicia rather than the onld fashion way, but I bought my flowers wholesale at the farmers market lol

    Post # 12
    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

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    nowthisistaken :  I opted to make my own arrangements out of dried flowers I purchased on etsy! They were cost effective (still not CHEAP, but not extravagant) and because they were already dry ALL of my girls took them home and have them on display now!!

    Post # 13
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I kept my bouquet for a while:  I used it a couple of days after the wedding for taking more pictures. Then when we got back from the honeymoon the bouquet was still pretty fresh.  

    We donated our large centerpieces to a local hospital right after the wedding.  This is a good option if you’re worried about spending money on something that you can only enjoy for an evening.  You can check with your venue or coordinator.

    During the reception, we placed all the bouquets on the cake table as decoration. They were heavy, so it was nice to display them without carrying them!

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