(Closed) Milk Glass Brides: How Many Flowers!?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m not using milk glass vases, but I love the idea!  I can give you some help about what to expect for a flower order:

First, I’d do some simple math (rounding up) as to how many arrangements you’ll need.  For 5 arrangements for 20 tables, you’ll need 100 milk glass vases.  Depending on how full you want the arrangements to be, you’ll need at least 100 flowers for one flower per arrangement.

I LOVE the thought of doing groupings of flowers per vase (ie. all billy balls in one, all zinnia in another), so I’ll go ahead and break it down for you using gerbs, hyrdangea, zinnia, ferns (I’m assuming you’re referring to fiddle heads?), and billy balls.  ๐Ÿ™‚  

You’ll need at LEAST:

  • 30 GERBS (for 1 gerb in each vase)
  • 30 HYDRANGEA (for 1 hydrangea in each vase)
  • 70 ZINNIA (for 3 zinnia in each vase)
  • 70 FERNS (for 3 ferns in each vase)
  • 70 BILLY BALLS (for 3 billy balls in each vase)

You will want to order some extra, just incase some of the flowers are broken, discolored, etc, so I’d recommend getting an extra bunch of each flower you’re ordering (which is reflected up top in the break down).

I hope this helped a little!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ED13:  No problem at all!  I love helping brides with their flowers (I worked in a flower shop for 4 years).  ๐Ÿ™‚  And that is a huge score on the milk glass vases!  Nice!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I will probably be using milk glass, too! For our April wedding, I love sweet pea, garden roses, peonies, astilbe, maidenhair fern, ranunculus, lisianthas, dahlias, spray roses, and stock. Most of the flowers we buy will be for bouquets and boutonnieres, although some will be in the milk glass as centerpieces.

We are using bougainvillea and dusty miller from our yards, too!

We are having 8 bridesmaids and about 17 tables. I tried estimating the cost based on stem prices, and I got somewhere around $750.

Here’s the breakdown:
Bride’s Bouquet, $90: 5 peonies, 5 garden roses, 4 dahlias, 5 lisianthus, 4 ranunculus, 4 stems spray roses, pink astilbe and maidenhair fern
8 Bridesmaids bouquets, $192 total: 2 dahlias, 2 garden roses, 3 lisianthus, pink astilbe, dusty miller, each
Boutonnieres, $5: 1 ranunculus and maidenhair fern (groom), 2 stems spray roses (4 buds on each), dusty miller (groomsmen)
Centerpieces: about $350 worth of the varieties above
Ribbon, floral tape, wire, pins: $60

I forgot what wholesale flower website I used to estimate the cost per stem of these flowers, but does anyone know if this sounds accurate/feasible?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@toasty:  That actually seems VERY cheap.  You bridal bouquet alone should be costing at least $150 with the flowers you’re using (with so many blooms, that’s gonna be one big bouquet!).  However, I don’t know what prices per stem you were quoted, I am just using what I remember to be the prices a couple years back when I worked for a florist.

Are you DIYing your flowers?  If not, you’ll want to remember to factor in a labor charge as well (usually around 10-15% of total).

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Me and the dear fiance have been hitting thrift stores to find old bottles, cut glass vases, and even candy dishes etc … We’re having sort of a vintage/country theme. I plan on about 10 big round tables and  use about 3 ‘vases/bottles’ for some mixed flowers , then 2 smaller mason jars or dish for nuts/candies, then 2 small glass holders for candles.  I did a mock up on the kitchen table and really like it !

I am starting to shudder though … at the thought of the flowers !!! I’m counting on maybe a single flower in one, then a couple in each the others.  I’m not being picky,.,,it can even be a wildflower mix with the one single as a good gerber or garden rose … etc.

HELP!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@LindsayMaree:  Yes, I’m DIY’ing! There’s a place about 20 minute from where I live that sells wholesale flowers. I don’t think I can buy them by the stem, as they come in bunches, but I will assemble the bouquets with my bridesmaids and use the rest of the flowers to supplement the centerpieces, which will be comprised of mainly bougainvillea from our yards. I just estimated the price of the bouquets based on the price per stem that I found on the website. I hope I didn’t underbudget!! ๐Ÿ™

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Milk Glass, the new Mason Jar

EDIT: i just googled it. i totally thought it was thinking milk glass bottles *sweat*

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ED13:  I think that you’ll be perfectly fine with those flowers in June- as long as you keep them in water!  Make sure that you keep your bridal and ‘maid’s bouquets in vases of water up until the time you need them so they stay hydrated.  I probably wouldn’t recommend using hydrangea in those bouquets, keep them in the milk glass vases (with lots of water), because once they lose their steam, there really isn’t a whole lot you can do to perk them up again.  Gerbs are in the same boat- They like lots of water and wilt quickly on hot days.

For the bouquets that will be carried, I’d recommend using the ferns, billy balls, and zinnia mixed with some white/yellow roses (which stand up fairly well in heat).

Here’s an example of some simple and sweet bouquets that will hold up well to heat (just imagine them with zinnia and fiddle heads instead of the hypericum berries, and that’ll be what I’ve described up top!):

(Holy cow, that pic is huge!  Sorry!)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@toasty:  Oh, I think you should be fine!  I was using price per stem for flowers at their retail price in my post up above, not wholesale prices per bunch.  Don’t sweat it, if you were quoted a specific amount per bunch and did your math that way, you’re on the right track.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Sorry if I worried you!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Oklahomajewel:  That sounds so lovely!  Just a few stems in each vase, or a handful of wildflowers will look beautiful with all of the vintage pieces you’ve picked up.  

May is perfect for tulips!  If you mixed wildflowers with a single garden rose, a few tulips, or a single gerbs, it’d look great.  You should also consider using carnations- They were very popular back in the days your vintage vases were made (and they’re inexpensive)!

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