(Closed) Lost our florist this weekend! (kind of long sorry)

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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.

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