(Closed) Inexpensive (but pretty!) Flowers…

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

What I did that helped keep costs down was to leave everything in our florist’s hands. She knew what was in season for us, what colours we wanted, and a general ‘inspiration pic’ of what I wanted – the rest she came up with. Hope that helps!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

fiftyflowers.com

Post # 5
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313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m going with 50 flowers too and will be making really simple rose, dahlia, and hydrangea centerpieces in white square vases with banana leaves.  I also want to make three topiaries with the roses since tea roses are our theme. Check out the site and then hit up a local flower arrangement class.

Post # 5
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562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think carnations are often overlooked. For me, I love the texture, and I think they are very pretty…and inexpensive!

Post # 7
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@calypso0712: We got all of our bouquets (5 total) boutenneires, 11 centrepieces, one HUGE bridal table centrepiece, cake flowers & church stuff for under $1000 – it’s do-able, depending on finding the right florist!!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For your reception centerpieces, you could look into arrangements that are pretty simple — either for DIY or just to keep costs down. Like one or two big bright blooms (Gerbera daisies? hydrangeas?) floating in a glass bubble bowl. I’ve seen these lined with lily grass, which is a nice effect too. @mrstj2b is also right: carnations are also cheap, sturdy, and create a gorgeous lush fluffy look when you mass a bunch of them together with some greenery. We’re DIYing our centerpieces — glassware and candles on sale at Hobby Lobby/Michaels/Dollar Tree also helps to keep costs down. Good luck!

Post # 9
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677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Gerber Daisies, they are huge, colorful, and happy and come in a million bright colors and cost about $1.50 each, thats as cheap as it gets really, I had them for my boquet, 7 bridesmaids, 7 groomsmen, 4 corsages, 25 for cake decorating and 60 for the centerpieces. My total came to about $500. They are great because they are so large that 3 makes a nice Bridesmaid or Best Man boquet, and one with two small regular daisies for bouts and corsages. I arranged single flowers in interesting glass bottles/bud vases to keep my centerpiece costs down. If you like lush flowers, garden roses are half the cost of peonies, but still about $3 a piece.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i ordered from Sams Club online. My flowers were absolutely beautiful!!!! people couldnt believe i only paid $300 for my bouquet and the entire venue full of flowers. I cant stress enough how pleased I was with them!

Post # 12
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565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@calypso0712: If you are looking for real flowers, with a that budget your only options are probably going to be roses, carnations, and daisies. Which is ok!

I think it’s completely doable!  I only spent $400 dollars on my flowers , but am not doing floral centerpieces. For Four hundred dollars I got all roses . My florist did not laugh in my face when I told her my budget, and if someone does then I would not give them the time of day. Where theres a will theres a way !

 For four hundred dollars I got :3 Bridesmaid Bouquets, 2 mother corsages, 7 bouts, a throw away bouquet, 2 floral arrangements, rose petals for my girls baskets and my bridal bouquet which is 2 1/2 dozen roses w/ stephanotis.

With a thousand dollars and that many bouquets/bouts/centerpieces you probably cannot do ALL roses but you could mix in a few. Your best best for centerpieces is going to be gerbera daisies ( like the ladies above me said 🙂 )

Another thing you could do if you want more variety is buy bulk from your local Sam’s Club or Kroger. You can get like 7$ variety bouquets and put them into a Mason Jar , Vase or other cool holder

 

 

Post # 13
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565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

sorry for the HUGE pictures!

 

Post # 14
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2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I wish Sam’s Club had my colors.  🙁

Post # 15
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484 posts
Helper bee

How about baby’s breath with a few splashes of colour such as pink gerberas? You can probably get a lot of volume going without breaking the bank that way. I had a long flowers related conversation with my mum, who is an avid gardener, and she brought up the really good point that whatever flowers you go with they won’t be good value if they wilt easily! From what she told me peonies and hydrangeas are dreadful when used in bouquets (/sobs, there go my favourite flowers) so that’s worth discussing with the florist too!

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