Post # 77
Fake/silk flowers are a great option. This what I did and no body believed they weren’t real plus I have my bouquet still. I didn’t buy mine online so I was able to go see samples of what I asked for halfway through the process.
Post # 78
Hopefully you can find a florist to work with you, but honestly I think your budget is on the low side for the amount of flowers that you want. I get that flowers are expensive, but they are expensive for the florist too.
Post # 79
@StL.Ashley: Are there any local floral design schools or friends or family members that are good in this area? I think its a little in the high end from what they estimated. Perhaps you can get some students from the community college to work for cheap and you can order the flowers wholesale??
Post # 80
@StL.Ashley: I may be the only one but I totally get why you don’t want to DIY. I am not a perfectionist, but it would drive me crazy having to do that the night before. I’m already doing my own hair, makeup, nails, etc now I have to do flowers?? LOL. I’m going to stick with bouquets and boutineers. The venue already has enough decor so I don’t think flowers will be missed as much as I love them. I’m going to get a quote from my local Whole Foods and Fred Meyers (child company of Kroger).
Post # 81
I didn’t have any flowers at my venue and no one noticed. We put our bouquets in vases on the head table. The venue provided floating candle center pieces that looked really pretty on the tables. I almost let my mother buy flowers for the tables but I held firm that they wouldn’t be missed and they weren’t.
Post # 83
Oh wow thats a lot! My bouquet is $75 and my bridesmaids are $35 each and their going to look something like this..
Post # 84
Ashley- Try Walter knoll, they have a huge office in downtown stl,and were only paying about 600$ for all of our flowers. we are not needing centerpieces tho!
Post # 85
That’s good to know they were not missed! I think between the lighting, decor, candles, etc it won’t be missed.
Post # 86
Arranging flowers is really not very difficult. Even with two trial runs, my entire flower budget is about $800 for:
4 Bridesmaids bouquets
1 Flower Girl posy
2 Altar arrangement
1 head table centerpiece
DIY all the way!
Post # 87
I figured I’d post a little update since everyone was so helpful.
My mom and I spent the week meeting with some florists – the one I mentioned in OP who freaked me out about costs, a woman who does flowers for a lot of events at my work, and a florist recommended by my DOC.
I’m still waiting on quotes from the first two, but the guy recommended by my DOC just emailed me his quote – $1300 (this includes tax and delivery) for everything we want – my bouquet, 3 BMs, a groom’s bout, 3 Groomsmen and 4 usher bouts, an officiant bout, 2 dad bouts, 2 mom nosegays, 2 grandma pin-on corsage, a reader wrist corsage, large centerpieces for our reception tables and small centerpieces for our cocktail tables WITH the flowers I want – ranunculus, anemones, hydrangas, roses, feverfew, mini hydrangas, and some more.
I am SO relieved. It was really a great meeting – he asked me what I wanted, made suggestions, worked up a proposal, and then told me what it was. The first florist asked me what my budget was, and then told me what I’d have to cut to afford stuff.
It just goes to show – shop around is worth it!
Post # 88
What about getting just the bouquets and bouts done professionally then doing wholesale for the centerpieces? I was really frustrated with florists too so I ended up doing silk and paper flowers for everything. I think it turned out great and it was 1/5 the quoted price. We paid $700 total for all flowers in the entire wedding, but I did make it all myself.
Post # 89
Just spend a few minutes wattutorials rials on how to make your own boquets…I was nervous at first..bit it looks super easy. We’re planning a casual wedding so it works for us.
Post # 90
Wow…Go to a wholesale website such as http://www.fiftyflowers.com/ or http://www.bunchesdirect.com/
My personaly favorite, Fifty flowers has cheaper carnations, which I’ve always found very easy to arrange. They also have a search by color option, free shipping on bulk flowers, and have a special on flowers each week. The amount sold depends on the flower. For example, lilies can be ordered in groups of 40 or 80 stems, carnations in groups of 100, 150, or 300 stems.
Bulk flowers charges by the stem and is therefore a more expensive option if you want lots of flowers, cheaper if you want much less. And you have the option of ordering a precise number of flowers.
Both sites offer premade bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, corsages, and petals, as well as detailed instructions on how to care for the flowers. However, only Fifty Flowers (a very deceiving name, lol) has customizable options for bouquets, boutonnieres, etc. Bulk Flowers does not have custom options.
You can always type into google wholesale flowers and find other websites, but I think these are the best two.
Post # 91
I’m in STL too! Flowers is on my list of being a low priority…that said, I don’t want silk. I will plan on getting arrangements that are smaller, simpler, and going with a provider who’s a bit cheaper. I’m also picking flowers that are in season and therefore much cheaper.
I have heard wonderful suggestions about Whole Foods and that they will arrange for free! I’m going to meet with the florist in a week or so and will try to update you on how that goes and a better idea of the costs. From what I’ve heard, it’s very affordable, of course depending on what kind of arrangements you want. Feel free to message me on here to ask 🙂