Post # 1
Hello Fellow Bees,
This is my first post, although I’ve been browsing the Boards for a little over a month. My wedding is in May, 2008. I’ve done a coupe of DIY projects inspired by the beautiful work that has been displayed. However, I am overwhelmed at how much a florist costs. I really wanted fresh flowers for my wedding, but I think that is totally out of the question now, so I’m trying to decide on how to decorate the church without it seeming like it has been overtaken with fake flowers.
Any suggestions, fellow Bees?
Future Mrs. Hester
Post # 3
Have you considered DIY-ing your flowers, also? Fresh flowers aren’t that expensive if you buy them wholesale and arrange them yourself.
Post # 4
candles in mason jars of you have a surface to display them:
can you place pillars like this with candles. In place of the floral arrangements at the bottom, you could use a display of branches or just greenery.
paper pomanders for the aisle:
you might be able to rent a couple of tall shrubs from a garden center:
or this(minus the banner)
paper wreaths on the pews:
hang your initials
manzanita branches (or prunings from a local tree)with silk flowers or battery operated mini lights:
Post # 5
Have you tried DIY? I am ordering my flowers from fiftyflowers.com
Post # 6
@Miss Tattoo: Excellent idea. Thanks for the website…. I will definitely check into it.
Post # 7
@melvinhester: Do some heavy research. The only reason I am DIY flowers is because I just want gerbera daisies everywhere. If you want super complicated arrangements then you might want to stick to a florist, or take some local classes.
I’ll be ordering a test batch here in a few months after I get some floral supplies to make some mock up centerpieces and bouquets. Then I’ll know what I’m getting into before it gets too close to the date. ^_^
You can’t beat those rose petal prices though. I checked with a local florist and she wanted $5 for every $100 rose petals. So if I ordered 6000 through her, it would be $300. On fiftyflowers.com I believe it’s less than $150-$160 for 6000. Good luck!
Post # 8
Don’t forget to check out your local grocery stores. I’m getting all of our flowers and centerpieces from Wegman’s Floral Department.
Post # 10
@stephinPA: I priced flowers from Fresh Market. For $1,000, I get:
1 bride’s bouquet
3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets
3 large arrangements
I will be doing the pews myself.
Is that reasonable?
Post # 11
We DIYed all flowers except bouquets and bouts.
For the ceremony, we had potted plants to each side of us. For the aisle, I found little tin buckets in the $1 bin at target and spray painted them to fit my colors. We bought all of our flowers whole sale.
For the reception I found different vases/pitchers at thrift stores, and filled them with one type of flower that we bought wholesale. It was very easy!
Post # 12
@artbee: What is the name of the creme colored flowers in your middle picture, and what wholesale company did you use? Those are exactly what I want but have been unable to find them.
Post # 13
@melvinhester: I think that’s pretty reasonable.
Post # 14
Jeez, you bees give me serious envy. I’m talking about you Artbee 🙂
Post # 15
check out prices for roses/hydrangeas!
my mom and me met with our florist last week and were quoted 900$ for:
my bouquet and 7 bridesmaids
grooms bout and 7 groomsmen
parents and grandparents bouts and corsages (10)
childrens bouts and corsages in the wedding (4)
2 arangements for the ceremony
and 30 hydrangeas for our diy mason jar centerpieces.
they’re simple but very pretty