(Closed) Real flowers are EXPENSIVE!! Advice help…

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

There is no issue with not having real flowers Hun! I’m having a brooch bouquet! Which I have edited to have some fake flowers in it too.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can totally have fabric flowers if you are happy with that! I think the ones you suggest above are very pretty. It is amazing how expensive real flowers are, and part of what is so terrible is that they die. I absolutely wanted real flowers, so I sucked it up and paid for them, trying not to think about how they don’t last 🙂 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definately not!! I was quoted $1700 for all my flowers and centerpieces. I nearly died. I do have 6 BMs, 5GMs, Ring Bearer, MOB, MOG, FOB, FOG, the 2 grandfathers, my Fiance grandfather Girlfriend, yes Girlfriend lol and only 10 tables of centerpieces and my bouquet an my Fiance boutineer.

NOW we are having no real flowers, I’m gunna make my centerpieces out of jars, candles and wood. I believe each one would cost about $15, and my florist will still have my tall centerpieces of curly willow branches.

As for all the bouquets and boutineers she will still make them but they will be made of wood like so (these are not done yet) The bouquet as is, is $10

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My best friend will be doing my flowers. I priced flowers at the farmers markets they were so inexpensive.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No problem with having no real flowers! We went from our original idea of having floral centerpieces to only having florals for bouquets and boutonnieres. Too expensive otherwise! And it makes me sad that the money spent on them will be a waste when they die a week later. So we rented crystal centrepieces and called it a day.

I considered artificial flowers for the bouquets but they would have been the same price or a little more with shipping and everything so I just went with real for those. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I think fabric flowers can be beautiful- looks like you have the time, so why not!

If you decide you want real flowers, look at Sam’s Club- best pricing I was able to find (will be using them), and other bees had good experiences. Each girl could have different gerber daisies, lillies, or budget permitting, roses. If you keep your arrangements simple, DIY arrangements can be really easy!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I tried to make fabric flowers and they looked SO janky! Then I thought to go to the SF wholesale flower Mart which is where the florists in the bay area get their flowers, but I thought, how long is it gonna take me to make bouquets?! So I found a really cheap florist! I think fabric flowers are prettier than just fake flowers you see at Michaels. My son told me he didn’t want me to have fake flowers cause David Tuttera said its a no-no lol! I have seen paper flower arrangements done REALLY nice too! I wish I had the crafty skill to make them!

Post # 11
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Newbee

I had my bouquets, boutineers 6 pieces made for 100 dollars, silk flowers and they are very beautiful. I found a florist on craigs list locally. She was awesome!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Why not order them from fiftyflowers.com and do them yourself? That’s what I’m doing and all my flowers (including 12000 rose petals to cover the aisle) will be less than $500. I’ve already practiced making bouquets and it’s not bad!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love those fabric flowers! They are so cute!!

I have one friend that didn’t do boutonnieres, they had a fabric pocket square. No one noticed the missing flower. I have another friend who used polyester flowers. You couldn’t tell until you were 2 feet away from it. They still looked really nice with the overall look and everything. I have another friend getting married this summer and she is using lots of candles and other items for her centerpieces.

I don’t think flowers are a ‘must.’ When people get a little creative, guests don’t even notice them missing.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a huge fan of real flowers, but I’m also a huge fan of not wasting money.  If you truly want real flowers, have you considered something such as having your bridesmaids carry out a single large calla lily?  You know – like the really thick ones?  I feel like they could get away with something like that, and then it’s still real and after the ceremony, you could throw them all into a vase and use them somewhere else as part of your decor.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

IN MY OPINION!!!  There is no substitute for fresh flowers at a wedding,, we pay large sums for beautiful gowns shoes hair and makeup.. vendors, rings ,, photos etc..fresh flowers add so much to a wedding,,after its all over you have pictures..fresh flowers say it all and when its over ,,when you think back you can remember the scent of your flowers..why not check out less expensive kinds of fresh,,I would give up something else definately before giving up on fresh flowers…just my opinion..

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