posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
1602 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

yedah i can understand your frustration.

have you considered diy? like maybe buy wholesale and put some of the aspects together yourself?

Post # 5
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would definetly consider DIY and ordering flowers thru an online wholesaler.  Especially cause your bouquets sound easy to put toghther and you could easily pick up your centerpiece vases at michaels, craigslist, ebay, quick candles, knot trash to treasure, bee classifieds…for probably 2-3 a vase

Post # 6
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Is there any way that you or your FI could pay the additional cost to add more flowers to the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets ?  I haven’t seen a 5 flower bouquet, but I do fear that it may not look very substantial. I think 12 roses are pretty standard.  What if you did 8-10 per bouquet?  With the centerpieces, I think you have the freedom to add more greenery, like you said, so fewer flowers in them would look fine I think. Or maybe for the centerpieces, your florist could use less expensive flowers in the same color as the rose.  That way you could get more flowers for the money.

You could always call florists on your own for a quote to see if you can find a cheaper package price.

I’ve never heard of a chocolate rose, but it sounds really pretty.

Post # 7
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Hi bimba.  I did DIY through fiftyflowers.com, but the magic part is that I hired someone to do the execution for me– she did allllll the work.  So it wasn’t really DIY, but I got DIY prices.  Like you, I had a certain look in mind that I wasn’t willing to compromise on, and the only way for me to achieve the look was to order online and forgo the professional florist.

If you’re not interested in that, I would definitely get a few other quotes, from competing local florists.  Maybe the other florists would also offer a pay monthly plan?

Post # 8
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m using carnations, both because I love their scent and because they’re half as expensive as roses.

You can always fill out the bouquet with other things like greenery and less expensive flowers.  This bouquet has three roses, two lillies, and it looks like hydrangeas filling the rest of the space.  The fact that it’s not packed together too tight makes it look really big even though it has only a few flowers.


Post # 9
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Like jenbrandner, I’m using carnations too. My bouquets, bouts, etc are going to be black magic roses, but all the centerpeices and such are carnations. It saved me a TON of money. I have pretty much the same stuff as you (you have 2 extra BMs) and I’m paying $775 w/ delivery and tax.

Post # 10
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

well i think that carnations are a good option, but you need to be careful with the florists’ pricing. we were originally doing all roses for our centerpieces and the florist and told us we could always use carnations if we later wanted a cheaper alternative… so we went to the next meeting and told them we wanted to save some money and wanted to use carnations instead. well they went back on what they told us and said that the price would be no different, because you need more carnations to fill the centerpiece so it would end up being the same price. i don’t really buy that at all, but so we told them that we obviously wanted to stick to the roses if it was going to be the same price. they sent us the proposal about a week later and they had changed it to carnations even though we said to keep it with roses. i was so mad i haven’t even dealt with it yet. i’m worried that when we go in and tell them “no you got it wrong, it was supposed to be roses” that they will claim that if we want roses it will be more expensive. it is definitely frustrating. if you have the time to DIY that would be great, but i understand the want to relax and enjoy your wedding rather than having to slave away the day before.

Post # 11
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

I know this seems crazy, but I’d set up a meeting with the florist at your local grocery store. They have pretty great prices on flowers and can meet your budget while giving you more bang for your buck, I think.

Have you also considered having the girls’ bouquets be fake? That would knock off some of the cost.

Post # 12
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did all of my flowers through a local grocery store. Since the in house florist has access to the store’s national wholesale prices, she gave me an excellent deal. It was only $2/rose.  For my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, FI’s bout, 5 groomsman bouts, 4 parents cousage/bouts, 5 grandparent’s bouts/coursages, coursage for guestbook attendant, throw bouquet, cake flowers, coursage for flower girl, and 2 bouts for my ushers it was $375ish.  I’m using all roses, but my bouquet has about 4 different kinds of flowers (including roses) to keep the weight down.

Check out all your resources, it’s definetly worth it! 

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