(Closed) I feel like I'm going to vomit (flower cost)

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you just want carnations, what about doing all that stuff yourself and buying them wholesale? Lots cheaper. 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

definitely do it yourself. it’s easy and way cheaper.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@StL.Ashley:  Can you post a few pics with general ideas of what you are wanting? I paid $400+ for 3 bouquets and 3 bouts but I did pick somebody more expensive because I wanted to know they were going to look amazing.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@StephieBee:  +1

I think it’s absolutely absurd to spend $100s on flowers when they’re going to be wilted by the end of the night anyway. I’m personaly trying to make my wedding as flowerless as possible. I’d go without flowers completely but my mom and MIL seem to have a fit about the idea of there being no fresh boquets or corsages, but I digress.

 

There are lots of cheaper alternatives to using a florist! Buying wholesale or buying the day of at a local grocery store are two options I’ve heard so far. 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

we were looking at buying bulk flowers online, but heard horror stories about bunchesdirect so we are looking for something similar. theres something along the lines of american floral distributers or something…im sorry i am slacking on the research but there are some amazing diy stuff posted by other bees…im feeling so much more inspired now that i have been reading posts by others…i hope the same for you. good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@StL.Ashley:  Consider going to Costco for your bouquets, bouts, and corsages.  Let them do the work but get them at a much lower cost.  Then do your own centerpieces with carnations.  Do them a couple days before the wedding – carnations are heat resistant and last for many days.  You could do them two days before so you have the day before the wedding to relax.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Btw, I spent $500 on flowers for my wedding. We bought and arranged them all ourselves. Roses, hydrangeas, carnations, larkspur, a few other random flowers and tons of fillers. Made 7 bouquets, 6 bouts, 12 centerpieces, 12 mini centerpieces, and used some on the aisle. 

It can be done!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Well, you’re being charged for the design of the bouquets and assembling of the bouts & corsages – Not just the flowers.  My mom is a florist and I honestly have never heard of her doing an order like that for that price.  Like someone suggested earlier, you might be better off buying the flowers wholesale & doing it yourself. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Try going to the farmers market by you and see what is available in your area at this time. Maybe they would be cheaper and still arrange for you. This worked for me. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I feel ya!!!  I cried when I got estimates on flowers, too.  Not even kidding – I bawled like a baby (and I’m not an emotional person).  Are silk flowers an option for you?  I know a lot of people don’t care for them, including me, but I settled on DIY’ing my own bouquets and boutonnieres with silk flowers so I could have them done way in advance.  I will purchase my reception decoration flowers in bulk, and I’ve appointed a couple of family members to help me get those set up on the day of. 

 

I know my way is most people’s ideal way, but honestly, I love my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ bouquets!  I was able to perfect them to exactly how I had them in my mind.  The boutonniers are another story 🙂  I don’t love them, but FI and my family love them so I’m leaving them the way they are.  I say if you want to spend the extra money, do it.  If not, keep looking around at florists until you find a price that sits well with you.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

I know several budget books suggest checking your local supermarket’s florist. I know my sister in law did this for her wedding since she wanted simple roses and saved a boat load 🙂 

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