Post # 1
I’m working with a pretty tight budget and and allocated about $550 for flowers. Our venue is really beautiful and overlooks the ocean, so luckily the space is stunning by itself. but this has to include my bouquet, 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 7 Bouts, and 5 writst corsages. Oh ya, and did I mention centerpieces? We’ll have 10 tables. Yikes!! I honestly havent even thought of decorating the ceremony area. It just wont be in the budget-too bad!
I already plan to use in-season flowers to cut down on the cost. I thought about doing the flowers myself but truthfully, I cant handle it. Im just not artsy enough. And unfortunetly most of my friends and family are out of town, so I cant really ask them for help.
So anyways, what did you guys do to keep flower costs down?
Post # 4
Whole Foods!! I got my bouquets there and they turned out great. You pay just for the cost of the flower (no labor mark up that floral shops include) $210 for mine, and 3 bms. They would have been less, but since I went in just two weeks before the wedding, it cost a little more since they couldnt place the order with their usual store orders. They do centerpieces too, but I already ordered my centerpieces from Russo’s in Watertown. I highly recommend checking them both out. Only problem is you have to pick them up since they dont deliver.
Post # 5
A few things we did:
-Hired a just starting out florist (who was a friend of a friend) who had very reasonable rates
-BMs wore wrist corsages and carried lanterns instead of bouquets
-About half the tables had floral centerpieces, the other half had non-floral (manzanita trees that I decorated myself, and some little votive trees for the cocktail tables)
-Chose flowers that were in season and that were reasonably priced
Post # 6
@MrsMaine: oh! you aren’t going to share?? I need help too!!! =)
Post # 7
@ms.oregon.state: Haha, I’ll PM you too! Darn self-promotion policies!!
Post # 8
my whole floral package was 305!!! thats including taxes!! they were from sams club. they were already made and were absolutly beautiful!!!!! came with bridal bouquet, toss bouquet, 4 bridesmaid bouquets, 5 boutineers, we made 2 extra for our ushers took about 2 min to make! 4 hand corsages. they have the bigger packages with centerpieces and more stuff for around 450-500!!!
Post # 9
i added rhinestones to my bouquet from hobby lobby for 1.oo!!
Post # 10
I didn’t use flowers for my centerpieces. I only got the bouquets, bouts and 3 wrist corsages. I spent about 675 and since you don’t need as many, you can do it. For my centerpieces I did candles on mirrors so I also had inexpensive “uplighting” haha.
Post # 11
Single bloom centerpieces can look really chic when bunched together! You can buy glass vases at a dollar store or online in bulk and fill them with disassembled bouquets from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
Post # 12
@robotpolkadot: love these!!!!! and you can get small vases at dollar tree!
Post # 13
I’m skipping floral centerpieces because I’m doing a fall theme and decided to use mini pumpkins (which my mom is growing for me, so FREE) and curly willow branches (from Save on Crafts) in Dollar Tree vases.
To save extra money: I asked for in season flowers, and my florist is an acquaintance of mine so I’m getting 10% off her normal rates.
For just under $500 I am getting: 1 bride’s bouquet, 1 Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, 2 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 6 bouts, 2 nosegays (mini bouquets) for moms, 2 corsages for g-mas and 8 small bouquets that will fill mason jars and hang from shepherd’s hooks to line our ceremony aisle.
Post # 14
I am going to do Sam’s Club as well. They have really good reviews and prices.
Post # 15
I’m re-using some of the flowers that will hang on the pews at the ceremony as centerpieces at the reception.