Post # 1
I am planning a “rustic/whimsical” garden wedding for 60-75 guests. I looked into flower plans recently and came up with an estimate for the DIY portion (I will let the professionals handle my bouquet, the 3 bridesmaids’ bouquet, and the corsages for the moms. I plan on doing all 6 bouts and flower arrangements on my own). I will have plenty of big and small tin/ceramic containers of all sizes that I would like to fill with various bundles of flowers. I will have these containers on 8-10 long guest tables as well as a desser table, a favor table, and possibly the alcohol table.
Here is my inspiration to give you an idea of what I want: http://greenweddingshoes.com/handmade-michigan-wedding-breeann-nik/
And now my dillema. I made a list of purchases and researched the prices online to find the best deals for my chosen flowers. Here is my list with best prices:
1. Billy Balls: 10 bunches or 100 stems = $109
2. White Roses: 100 stems = $80
3. Light pink roses: 100 stems = $80
4. Hydrangea: 20 stems = $55.24
4. White ranunculus: 100 stems = $170
5. Baby’s Breath 6 bunches = $53.48
6. Dusty Miller: 100 stems = $130
This brings me to a total of pretty much $700 (after shipping and handling). That’s quite alot of money for DIY flowers, especially considering I still need to pay for a bouquet and the girls’ flowers. After reading quite a few posts on DIY flowers, I am even more uneasy about my total. It seems that most people don’t spend more than $500 when they DIY.
Am I ordering way too many of one or more items? What do you think? : This is stressing me out.
Post # 3
I’m planning DIY flowers for a similar size wedding, I think the question is how many flowers you want in the arrangements. Do you want fairly simple ones like in the photos you linked to, with one or two flower stems and some filler in each? Or do you want more bouquet-like arrangements? If the first type, then yes, I think you would have WAY too much. If the second type, then you might be on target. Maybe do a little more thinking through how many vases with about how much in them you’ll want in various places?
I’m currently planning to do simple rose centerpieces, perhaps a few bud vases on cake and food tables, my bouquet, and a small amount of corsages and bouts, and I think I can do it with 250 roses and some greenery. BUT I’m talking about very simple stuff, so don’t let me make you feel like you’re going overboard!
Post # 4
The difference between theirs and yours is that they also used them to line the aisle. I think you may have ordered too much but at the same time, in my experience an event can never have too much floral. Well, unless it’s totally a minimalist theme. ha. They also used floral very sparingly so as to highlight the containers they were in.
What kind of container are you using? Can you post a pic?
Post # 5
Thanks ladies for the replies!
I am having a random mix of glass and ceramic bowls/vases/milk jars, similar to all the rustic wedding pictures flying all over the place. 🙂 They are all in storage right now so no pics for a while :*(
I gave it a little more thoughts and I think I’m going to bring the number of white and pink roses down to 50 stems each. I probably don’t need 50 stems of white ranunculus either…but my dillemma is websites like fiftyflowers.com really encourages the purchase of larger quantities. For the white ranunculus, I can pay $170 for 100 stems or $130 for 50 stems. It’s a much better deal to get 100, but then again, I end up with so many flowers :S
Roses are fairly cheap as well, 100 for $80 or 50 for $50 I think, so I’m not saving all that much there.
I also really don’t need 100 stems of dusty miller but I can’t find a smaller package 🙁
Post # 6
Hmm, it might be worth checking with local florists and maybe farmer’s markets for a smaller amount of dusty miller. I’m not sure where/when it grows, but a helpful floral shop could probably tell you, and that seems kind of pricey for even speciality greenery. Maybe the florist doing your bouquets could throw in a little extra dusty miller, if you just want it for bouts? I’d suggest looking into ordering some things elsewhere, but Costco and Sam’s have less speciality stuff, so probably no go on that. Might be worth checking local prices on baby’s breath as well.
Post # 7
I did some practicing myself this weekend and I really overbought too. Maybe you should look at it like ‘I may not be getting a deal, but I am saving money by ordering less’. Unless you have tons of containers and can find use for them or give them away, I think you might just waste your money.