(Closed) How important are flowers?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
6414 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Were not using any flowers at all… My centerpieces are manzanita trees my bouquet is butterflies and my bridesmaids are carrying lanterns… I don’t think flowers make or break a wedding. =D

Post # 5
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think using less flowers will make your wedding look cheap, at all.  I would just use them strategically.  Maybe use flowers for every other centerpiece, mixed in with candles.  Don’t go overboard with ceremony flowers, and transfer ceremony flowers to reception areas.  Choose flowers that are affordable (yay for baby’s breath!), local, and in season.  It may sound crass, but flowers just die after all… why spend a ton on something that’s just pretty?  Most of your guests won’t appreciate super luxe flowers, and really not many people remember flowers/centerpieces after the wedding anyway.  Best of luck to you, I’m sure whatever you do will be lovely!!

Post # 6
3578 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sometimes less is more.


I used these (in all different colors; purple, pink, yellow, white; some solid color and some patterend), on a square mirror, with 4 votive candles around them. I wish I had pictures to show you, but I don’t have my reception pictures back yet.


I thought it was gorgeous and it didn’t break the bank. It looked simple and classy.



Post # 8
5879 posts
Bee Keeper

No not at all. Whatever you decide to do just be as creative as you can. As much as I love flowers, I can’t say that I’ve cared about it much when I attend RL weddings. I’m more concerned with the overall feel of the wedding and FOOD. 🙂 Relax it will be fine.

Post # 9
30393 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Flowers are as important or as unimportant as you want them to be.

If your friend’s mom offered to do your flowers, get her contact information ( email, phone number) from your friend, so you can contact the mother directly.

Babies breath in tall vases can be very elegant so I think you will be just fine. You just need to get a commitment from the mom and nail down the details.

Post # 10
788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Baby’s breath is inexpensive, can you buy it in bulk and do your own centerpeices?

Flowers are completely not important to me at all. I’m having small bouquets for the bridal party (4 stems alstroemeria for $18 a peice – $72 total) only so they have something to do with their hands as they walk down the aisle. I am not carrying a bouquet at all, which is saving me a ton of money. I’ll be carrying a prayer book and rosary that was already in my family.

The church is fine, it doesn’t need any flowers. For our reception we’ll be outside, Fiance is making the centerpeices and I heard something about ball jars, tea lights and mini pumpins.

Like the pp said, flowers are as important or unimportant as you make them. Other things can be used to centerpeices besides fresh flowers.

Post # 11
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@julies1949: Agreed, couldn’t have said it better.

Every bride is different. To me personally the flowers/decor is the biggest aspect of my budget because it is critical to me. However, my Maid/Matron of Honor when she got married in March couldn’t have cared less and opted for a flower free centerpiece.

A creative non-floral centerpiece is just as impressive from a guest’s point of view. If you can save money and not have to rely on someone who might not pull through at the last minute than I say go with what you can count on.

Post # 12
3138 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

Honestly, your guests won’t remember after the wedding is done. So the important thing is to concentrate on what look pleases you the most. No matter what you do with the flowers, if you like how they look, then they will look perfect. 

Post # 13
43 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

Flowers were not one of the things that I wanted to spend alot of money on. I have spent more than I wanted to but I spoke with my florist and we are using all in season flowers. My wedding is in October so I wanted everything very fall like. I was planning on doing my own center pieces but as the time gets closer I’m more worried that I will be too stressed out the day of to worry about making sure they get on the tables and all in time. (I’m a really bad control freak… I’m afraid my family wouldn’t do them right.. I know that sounds horrible but it is what it is) Anyway.. So this morning I called my florist and told her I needed centerpieces for $35 a table. I will have ended up spending about $1600 on flowers which I don’t think is too bad. My suggestion would be to use seasonal flowers and if you are creative then you could make your own centerpieces.

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