Post # 1
Rewind to this weekend, my Fiance and I were enjoying a glass of wine and I was oogling Channing Tatum while watching The Vow. Then my mom texts me and tells me that my cousin, who was doing our flowers for the wedding, just sold her part of the store and is no longer doing any arranging.
Now we had not yet put a deposit down (thank goodness because I wouldn’t want to use her old business mate) but now we also don’t have a florist.
We still have 8 months before the wedding so I realize we still have time but there are not many options for florists in my hometown where my ceremony is. I am worried all the good one’s will be taken for the day or that they will be way over our budget.
My Fiance and I are pretty much paying for the wedding ourselves, and flowers is one of the areas we are trying to shave some money off the budget with because they die at the end of the day anyway.
I had suggested going diy and using fake flowers, but my Fiance freaked at that said it would be tacky. His alternative…going out and buying flowers the morning of and arranging them that morning! And he had the balls to say he didn’t understand why that would be stressfull!
So fake flowers are tacky but flowers from wal-mart aren’t?
I guess I am just frustrated by this turn of events and don’t really know where to go from here and frustrated with my Fiance for his equally tacky suggestion. Any advice?
Post # 3
I would call and talk to your cousin. Even though she sold her part of the store, there is a chance she would still commit for doing your wedding.
Otherwise, I wonder if you could do the flowers the day before (maybe recruit your bridesmaids or female family members) and keep them cold. Less stressful than doing it the day of, at least.
Post # 4
Would she still be willing to do your flowers?
I used my mom’s friend as our florist. She used to work at a ‘real’ flower shop but no longer did. She bought most of my flowers from Sam’s club or a local flower shop, and we provided many flowers of our own that we had been growing or bought at farmer’s markets. She put them together at a much better rate than I would have gotten if I went to a ‘real’ floral place. They looked great, we still got a proffesional quality flowers at a better rate. I’m not sure what her circumstances are, but pocketing the money she would have gotten from your wedding is much better than having to split it 50/50 or putting it into all the ‘bussiness’ stuff, so it might be worth a try.
Post # 5
I haven’t been able to get a hold of her yet, her family went on vacation over Labor Day, but I am wondering if she would still be willing to do them. But who knows.
Thanks for the advice! I think I will feel better once I am able to talk to her.
Post # 6
Yeah, definitely ask if she’ll still do the arranging. You can buy flowers wholesale (either from a local vendor or online) – the arranging is the difficult (and expensive) part.
Post # 7
I went to Stop n Shop for our flowers, and they were beautiful! I paid them to arrange, but if you awnt you can order them in bulk, pick them up and see if your cousin can arrange them.
Post # 8
I just heard back from my cousin and she doesn’t want to do the flowers without the backup of a shop. So back to square one.
Post # 9
@magglemay-2013: Yuck, I’m sorry you’re in this situation. I’d suggest shopping around the florists in your hometown. I know you said you have a small budget, but there are florists who can work within it! Just let them know upfront. If you aren’t picky about specific types of flowers they can make beautiful arrangements for you simply by staying within the color scheme, which will be a lot cheaper.
Also, if you want to go the DIY route, it’s doable! Flowers can be prepared a couple days in advance and still look stunning the day of your wedding.
Post # 10
you still have a bit of time. do you have any creative friends? maybe you can buy the flowers the day before at costco or something and have a friend make up your bouquets and arrangements.
i know a lot of bees on here have done diy flowers and they turned out great.
if you need a lot, maybe some arrangements can be done in silk and then some real. the silk ones can be done in advance.
Post # 11
Would any of your family and girlfriends be willing to help you DIY your flowers? You can do them at least a day in advance and store in the fridge/a garage. There’s lots of guides online to do it. I haven’t done it myself for a wedding, but I have helped arrange flowers for a friend’s parents’ anniversary party before and with a group of 5 of us, we got a lot of centerpieces and decorations as well as a bout and a corsage in a few hours. You can buy flowers in bulk from Costco or a farmer’s market or local flower market – flowers aren’t very expensive themselves, it’s more the creative part that causes the price to go up.
Post # 12
@LindsayMaree: I have always had my heart set on a bundle of red roses, but after seeing some other red bouquet options on the bee I may be able to go in with more of an open mind. I think my mom and I are going to go talk to some shops in the next few weeks.
@kittyface: @mypinkshoes: as far as creative friends to help, I am sure my sisters would be more than willing to help and some of them are a little crafty too!
Thanks for all your advice! You bee’s really do help a girl when she gets in a bind. It helps me know I am not alone!