(Closed) Inexpensive Flower Options

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Maybe something non floral? Like candles? Or paper flowers, that is what we did.

Using baby’s breath also sounds like a great idea!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m also making our bouquets out of roses & hydrangeas, hopefully it will look something like this

Roses & hydrangeas are actually surprisingly inexpensive, and I thought sticking to just 2 flowers would make it simple enough that I can DIY a lot of it (I will probably buy some fillers at the grocery store the day before for my bouquet, but other than that, it’s just 2 flowers).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@becrabt1:  Carnations look really pretty in bunches. To me they look like peonies grouped together. They are cute and inexpensive. Pick a color and order them from Fifty Flowers for super cheap.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We used baby’s breath! It was really pretty, and cost-effective.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I second doing DIY flowers- it’s so much cheaper if you buy them from a wholesaler and throw them in vases. Whole foods sells flowers too, I’ve heard good things about Sams club though. Also you can order them online.

You can also pick your own flowers at local places. Wildflower style boquets would be quite pretty and simple yet still can create the same effect as expensive arrangements. I’ve seen many wildflower style boquets and table arrangements on style me pretty, etc.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i love the look of babys breath

 

what about havng them carry a lantern, or a nice clutch purse? 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We used hydrangeas too! One thing about them though, my florist wouldn’t use real hydrangeas because she said they’d wilt unless they were in water. If your wedding’s outside in summer, wilting will possibly be a problem.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re doing baby’s breath for the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, repurposing some manzanita branches that were given to me from a bride who got married back in October, and are loading up the remaining tables with candles inside mason jars.  We’re also covering a lot of things in moss, which gives it a romantic, garden-y feeling without blowing our floral budget.   

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@sweetpea87:  I’ve heard this, too. I’m looking into spraying some sort of preservative on them, and there are ways to treat the stem to help with that, as well.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Sam’s club! You can buy in bulk and they have really reasonalble prices. My sister was recently married and spent $700 on her florals for her reception. Candles are always a nice alternative.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As others have said, DIY flowers can be really cost effective. I’m planning on going to a flower farm that is somewhat close to where I live the day before the wedding and picking out what I’d like to use. Then we’ll have a little party where we arrange all of the flowers ourselves. A cousin of my fiance who did the exact same thing we are doing said she only spent around $200 or so on the flowers. The big cost is the time it will take to make the arrangements. 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Sorry, I’m taking over this thread, but I just thought of another way to save money: Trader Joe’s. They have really nice flowers and they’re super cheap. They also last forever, in my experience. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m using a professional florist for the boutonnieres, my bouquet, and half of the centerpieces only.  My bridesmaids and I are doing their bouquets (super easy).  I’m using freeze dried rose petals (found on the internet for a great deal) to decorate our outdoor aisle.  The altar will have two wine barrels on either side (provided by venue) and on top of each will be one of our centerpieces – which can later be moved back to the tables. 

The other centerpieces and various tables (cake, gift, guestbook) will have simple arrangements like this:

Also, other Bees on here have done centerpieces similar to the one below, using fake flowers (make sure they don’t bleed in the water):

 

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