Post # 1
I’m freaking out about flowers.
A friend’s mum who’s an award-winning amateur flower arranger offered to do our flowers but I haven’t heard from my friend since I sent her more details about what I want two months ago.
I was planning to have tall vases with clouds of babys breath and a few little votives around the bottom but now I’m worried that they won’t look impressive enough and that it’ll make everything else look cheap.
If she does cancel on me then I’ll have to book a florist but that will cost 2-3 times as much.
Will scrimping on flowers make my wedding look cheap?
Post # 3
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 # 4
I love alternative centrepieces, but it wouldn’t really suit the rest of the wedding. I’m more worried that having flowers which don’t match up to the rest of the wedding will bring it down.
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
I think that it’s just something I can’t control at the moment and therefore I’m freaking out.
Post # 8
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
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
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
@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
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
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.
Post # 14
My friend’s just got back to me saying her mum still wants to do it. I think once I’ve had a chat with her and got her ideas then I’ll feel a lot more relaxed.
How many florists would usually work on doing a wedding?