Post # 1
Ok ladies, so, basically I need you to help me convince myself that I am being a total cheapskate lol.
I found a great deal on ranunculus boutonnieres that will let me get them for just over $4/groomsman. But I keep going to order them & then I stop myself, thinking “I could make this myself for cheaper”.
So, tell me: what did you spend per boutonniere and who did you buy for? Did you DIY or buy them at a shop?
Post # 3
I made the boutonnieres myself and they were definitely not very expensive. I made all the flowers for my wedding so I already had the wire and the tissue paper I bought in bulk. I just used twine to wrap around the “stems” and hot glued metal pins to the backs of them. I don’t think they could have cost even a dollar each equivalent lol.
Post # 4
Ours were $15 each. Darling Husband, all Groomsmen (3), our ushers (2), Ring Bearer, Dads and my uncle all had one. DH’s was a bit more elaborate and would have cost more if I didn’t provide the fiddleheads myself. A lot of our wedding was DIY but flowers were one of those things that I wanted to leave up to the professionals.
Post # 5
@DeathByDesign: Nice! Did they take you forever? That’s what I’m worried about…I have sooo much to do, and I really can’t start until next month because I’ll be in Ohio then. I don’t want to have to transport a million things from Montana
@UpstateCait: Yeah, that’s kind of how I feel about boutonnieres. I was planning (and still go back & forth) about DIYing them, but they just don’t seem expensive enough for it to be worth it.
Post # 6
@les105: They were actually one of my easier DIY projects! They took me one afternoon to do.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
One of my Maid/Matron of Honor is making them- she said they are *really* easy- will take her less than 1/2 hour to do all of them (she’s done them before). So I’d say it’s worth doing a sample- my library has a bunch of floral arrangement books, and it looks pretty simple.
Post # 8
I’d say that $4 per boutonnieres is excellent! We’re paying $18 each.
Yes, you can make them and they are pretty easy in my opinion, but remember you’ll end up not just paying for flowers, filler, greens (or whatever you’d like to use), you’ll need wire, floral tape, ribbon to cover it all and then nice pins to place them on the suit/tuxedo. You also want to budget for making a couple of extras if this is your first time, getting the placement just right can take a couple of tries. Also, these are the kind of thing you’ll want to make no earlier than the night before.
I’ve decided that the boutonnieres is an expense I’d rather pay someone else to do. I’m going to make my own bridesmaid bouquets instead, since they can be placed in water the day before, there’s more time to make them in advance. Good luck!!
Post # 10
I am using white calla lillies and they are charging me $3.95 each as the quoted price. I WAS gonna DIY but I practiced on roses and they came out funky. Plus I decided I really did not want to spend the day before my wedding doing flowers. So I shoveled out the $ cause I really wanted fresh flowers.
Post # 11
I made my own boutonnieres from peacock feathers and ribbon and it didnt cost me much at all. I already had the ribbon, pins, crystals and glue gun left over from other projects so the only real purchase was the peacock feather so it came out to be just a couple of bucks each, but then ofcourse I had to spend time making them. Only the groomsmen wore bouts at my wedding
Post # 12
We only need two and they’re $10 each.
Post # 13
@les105: Our florist quoted us $15 for boutonnières.
Post # 15
mine are going to be $10/ea and the corsages are $15/ea
Post # 16
Mine are $10 a piece, with the exception of one @ $15 for the groom. I am getting 16-17 of them.