Hiring a florist or DIY

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We are using a florist that grows her own flowers. So we’ve asked her to do the bouquets and buttonholes/boutonnieres but she is supplying buckets of flowers so we can do the centrepieces and church flowers ourselves. I’m in the UK so not sure if price will help but our quote was a little under £900 for a bridal bouquet, three bridesmaids bouquet, 9 buttonholes, 3 coursages and enough flowers to do 14 centrepieces. 

Eta a cold room or fridge will be needed to keep the flowers fresh. She’s delivering the buckets on a different day to our personal flowers.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’m DIY-ing my own bouquets and centerpieces with the help of a friend who has some experience. She did her own flowers at her wedding and they were gorgeous, so I’m confident in her work. Based on my math, we will be spending around $200 total for all flowers and supplies. The least expensive bridal bouquet I could find was over $250 alone! So yes, $2000 sounds about right for what you are describing. 

I’m still debating having the corsages and boutonieers professionally made since this is a relatively minimal expense, but we’ll see. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We did DIY flowers! I think we spent $500 CAN (including roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath, carnations, snapdragons, greenery) for 6 bouquets, 5 boutonneires, and at least 45 vases for centrepieces and aisle runners. We bought in bulk from Costco! I would 1000% do the same again.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

happybride2018 :  I ordered from the florist who works in the actual store, not from the website. If you are going this route I would suggest NOT getting them shipped to your house, the delivery company essentially ruined our greenery but the flowers that they kept for us in the huge Costco cold rooms were perfect. 

We did really simple centrepieces (3 different sized vases with one type of flower in each), so I’m not sure I would have been able to pull this off if we were wanting something elaborate. Everything we bought just came in bulk, not pre-arranged.

Also, be aware what is on their website right now is seasonal, so depending in your wedding season they will have different options.

Post # 8
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Newbee

We’re DIYing! I spent just over $500 total on flowers and figure I’ll spend an additional $50 or so on supplies (floral tape, pins, ribbon, etc.) I ordered through Fifty Flowers and Flower Moxie, and with the amount I ordered I’ll have enough for: 1 bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, 1 flowergirl crown, 5 bouts, 2 corsages, about 12 centerpieces (doing simple budvases along with candles and greenery) and one larger centerpiece arrangement for the head table. I’m nervous but a little excited about attempting to pull this off. I’m not particularly crafty, but my sister is, and we’ll have plenty of help from our family’s large female contingent.  

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I decided on fake flowers. My future mother in law and aunt in law bought the flowers and arranged them. They look real to me and it was inexpensive ($200 I have a lot more than just this one) and they’ll last a lifetime! 

Post # 10
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Newbee

I just did my flowers for my wedding this past Saturday. I was able to get 4 times as many flowers than a florist. It was a long process. Not hard, but definitely long. Looking back it was 100% worth it, and I’d do it again. It helps to have a friend that actually wants to help. I used Amy from Flower Moxie. She helped with the design and also has great YouTube videos. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

it sounds reasonable to me.

if you’re uncertain and want some convincing, go to fiftyflowers.com or bloomsbythebox.com, put everything you think you’ll need in the cart.  Then go to afloral.com and put all the materials you’ll need in your cart.  (Alternatively: the bouqs will send packages of flowers + materials, you could look at their prices). 

Then figure out how much you’ll have to pay at your local flower shop/grocery store to get flowers for your practice run, if you’re gonna do that.  If you plan on recruiting your wedding party help take in to account you’ll be paying them in drinks and snacks. 

Now find the price difference (for me it was not huge by this point..) and then that price difference will basically be your pay for all the labor, frustration, and stress involved (since you’ll have to handle co-ordinating who will bring your DIY stuff to the venue to set up, getting wedding party to show up to help, and of course working on florals the day before your big day.  Keep in mind the florist will probably do a better job than you regardless, since its her profession, so some of the price difference is also just that “pro look” premium.

For some ppl its worth it, for some its not.  For $2k given what you described I’m betting its not, but you never know!!  Everyone has a different tolerance for DIY labor, frustration, and stress haha.  I paid roughly $2k for my florals and I know that when I actually sat down to figure out what DIY would cost me I realized it was a way better deal to just pay the nice lady hahaha.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

sapphire27 :  Can you post pics of your flowers? Thinking of going the same route as you

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2019

The national average of flowers is $2500. I diy-ed my flowers and it was horrible. I was working right up until the end and had no time to relax. If you are looking for ways to save money on flowers, you might want to consider Bouquet for a Day (bouquetforaday.com). It’s a website that matches local brides together so that they can share wedding flowers.

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