(Closed) For the brides that purchase real flowers?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We kept them.  I had purchased boxes and baskets to hold the flowers so I didn’t have anything to return to the florist.  My parents hosted a brunch the day after the wedding so we used them as decorations and then sent them home with people.  They actually lasted a LONG time.  My mom kept a basket and the flowers were still around and in good condition when we came back from our honeymoon 2 weeks later.

ETA: I think the flowers were worth it.  We didn’t go overboard, just bouquets, bouts, corsages, and 7 modest centerpieces, but it was totally worth it.  They were beautiful and we did get a lot of use out of them.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For our centerpieces, guests took them home.  I imagine they lasted about a week.  The big displays were given to our parents, and I took home my bouquet.  I imagine they lasted about a week. 

I think flowers are worth it.  They are beautiful, decorate your venue, and smell nice.  

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Aquaria:  It’s not worth it!

 

We got a florist for flowers for the parents, grandparents and wedding party (not wasting money on the center pieces!)  It was only $400ish but gah I just carried the annoying thing around all day.  It’s gorgeous in pictures of course but I could have gone without and not even noticed.

 

My mom has my bouquet…. it’s dried up and ugly.  *shrug*

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Aquaria:  I encouraged guests to take them home since I provided most of the vases for our centerpieces. What didn’t get taken was taken to our house, and the following day I took some flowers to our neighbors to enjoy. The flowers lasted a long time and they were nice to see.

I threw my bouquet away. I never liked the idea of dead flowers on display in my house.

Yes, the money was worth it. My flowers were beautiful in photos, received compliments, and really added to my reception venue, which was pretty plain.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think flowers are worth it. It was an expense I struggled with at first but after seeing all the alternatives I’m fine with spending a few thousand on them. We will let our guests bring home the centerpieces. I think this is a personal question so you will get all sorts of answers and reasons behind them.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is why i didn’t want to do cut flowers. We are only doing bouquets but for centerpieces we will have potted orchids.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We had ours delivered to a nearby nursing home so that the residents could enjoy some pretty flowers. It was a small way to brighten a stranger’s day. 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Aquaria:  Well, I am in NJ where the average wedding cost is almost $50k so a few thousand on flowers isnt extreme when you factor in everything else.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Aquaria:  Well I’m spending less than $300 for all of my flowers, so I can’t really speak for the brides that spend $800+, however the same argument you’re saying could be said for the entire wedding.  Is it really worth it to spend thousands of dollars for just 1 day when you could get the same result at the courthouse?  For some it is, for some it isn’t.  Do I think that $280 is worth 1 bridal bouquet, 1 Maid/Matron of Honor, 1 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 2 nosegays (moms), 10 aisle bouquets, 5 table bouquets and rose petals?  Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased them.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@lovekiss:  A cousin of mine did that, it was a lovely gesture!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

we had a Destination Wedding so the flowers decorated our room until we left. i love flowers so to me personally they were really worth it. i just think the majority of fake flowers dont look natural and aren’t as pretty as real ones

i pressed one of the flowers for a keepsake/

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Our centrepieces are potted plants that will be for our guests to take home. Bouquets make excellent flower arrangements, and we shouldn’t have too many extras, but those that are left over will get divided up amongst the people that helped us on our wedding day.

 

I’ve read that donating them to hospitals, retirement homes, and nursing homes really brighten the residents days. If we had extras, this is what we would do.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lovekiss:  This is exactly what we plan on doing. My plan is to buy wholesale (from Fifty Flowers), and some accents from Home Depot and then take ours to a local nursing home the next day. It’ll cost around $400.

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