(Closed) fresh or natural touch bouquet? And how long would it take to recieve it

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I wouldn’t assemble a natural bouquet that far in advance. I know you can get silk flowers that look so naturally real and beautiful. Then you can keep it as a memento. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It depends on the flowers you want in the bouquet.  For a fresh bouquet, some florists require 1 week, 2 weeks, or even a month notice to get them in.  If you wanted just a regular rose bouquet in a common color, though, then probably a few days notice is fine.  

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

How elaborate do you want your bouquet to be and how much were you looking to spend? Depending on your budget, I’m sure you will find someone to tackle just the bridal bouquet last minute, even if it is going to a chain floral shop (e.g. Conroy’s) rather than going to an independent florist. Plus, I would guess that a simpler bouquet (e.g. a few calla lilies or just one color of roses) would be pretty quick to tie and finish, versus a mixed bouquet that requires some thought with regards to color and placement. Of course, timing assumes you are picking flowers that they have in-stock and in-season, versus something they have to source and purchase way in advance.

Conversely, if budget is an issue and you are a little crafty, I think you can DIY your own bouquet a day ahead and depending on the blooms, just keep it cool/hydrated. I’ve read of some DIY brides going the grocery store/farmer’s market/Trader Joe’s route and just getting a mixed bunch or two dozen roses and knocking out the bouquet themselves.

Personally, I would always pick fresh over silk, especially since the silk flowers can get pricey depending on how “real” they look/feel.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Mrsgurzakovic:  Hmmm, I think $100 is doable for a professional florist, depending on the flowers and how elaborate you want it. Mine is $150 (though granted, cost of living is high where I am) and it is a full mixed bouquet with pricier flowers, like dahlias and orchids, and very little greenery. It will help if you provide the lace and other non-floral accents in terms of cost as that’s something they don’t have to provide. A legit florist should deduct the costs of those from the finished product.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I know there are some great ‘how to’ posts on here for DIY bouquets!  You might do a search – the nice thing about silk is that you can ‘practice’ beforehand!  

I chose silk for two reasons – first, it’s so much cheaper!  Second, I can keep it instead of it just wilting πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mrsgurzakovic:  IMO, not a terrible idea.  I would, however, go buy some cheap arrangements at a local grocery store or something beforehand to practice πŸ™‚ — You don’t need extra stress on your wedding day!  Or perhaps there is someone semi-crafty in your wedding party that could be in charge of it instead??

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