(Closed) Saving money on bridesmaid bouquets (or alternative to bouquet)

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lawbride88:  So I was on the same idea of doing something other then flowers. I looked up paper flowers, brooch bouquets, pomanders – etc. I abso hate the idea of fake flowers so I knew I needed something classy.

In the end I will go with fresh flowers – BUT – not in a traditional ceremony wrapped bouquet. Here are two seperate ideas and I love both. My girlfriend got married last summer – her mom was crazy when she said she wasn’t going to buy flowers for us girls – so she called the farmer’s market a few months out and told them to have a good selection on such and such a day. Then the morning of – she went down spent 100 bucks and brought back SO MANY flowers! we wrapped them with a ribbon and no one even knew they weren’t professional.

For my wedding I am kind of following the same idea. One thing to knwo about flower shops (OKAY all venders) is that once they hear the word ‘wedding’ they hike up the prices 10 to 200%. no joke. So just look at the price of regular bouquets (say for birthday, etc) and see if they will match. I found some that were 32 dollars WITH A VASE. I can still have them delivered and wrap them in ribbon and save so much – a comparable ceremony Bouquet was 169 dollars from the same shop!

I am even thinking a whole bouquet will be too much for the girls to carry so we will even have flowers left over that we can use in the centerpieces. Instead of paying 169 X 6 for all of us – I am paying about 120 bucks. That is a steal as far as I am concerned. 

Hope you find something 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Buy bulk flowers and do it yourself, just meet up with your girls before the wedding for some DIY trial runs. I got this small book to learn the names of the most common flowers:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Bouquets-Designs-Every-Bride/dp/0600613860/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1360685345&sr=8-5&keywords=wedding+bouquets

 

Then I’m buying a bunch of supermarket flowers every weekend and practice. Lots of fun and the house look great for the weekend!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lawbride88:  Its a local shop – and all the wrapping you suggest is way more work then we are putting into it. I may usea tiny bit of wire if they need the strength but I am seriously just buying two inch ribbon and wrapping it around the bouquet twice and a big bow (maybe).

I am doing an outdoors, backyard (in a hayfield) wedding. So the flowers not looking like uptight, unmoving, peices of art is not that attractive to me. Even the ceremony bouquets on most sites look like a ball of flowers shoved on a stick – and that not natural for how a group of flowers should look.

So yes – I won’t be ‘constructing’ or designing a bouquet – I will just grab a handful and tie the ribbon and hand them off to the girl (or my mom will). They only have to last 30 minutes or less in one piece for the ceremony until they are deposited into the blue ball glass jars on the head table for the reception.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Is there a whole foods near you? Their flowers are beautiful and very affordable. Plus they wrap them for you.

I’ve also seen some bridesmaids carrying fans.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lawbride88:  bouts are 7 dollars at this place so I am not too upset.

I can give you the link just for kicks: http://www.kutcheysflowers.com/

And this place uses the same national brand* but they don’t have as good of a reputation around here: http://www.randis.com/

* By ‘national brand’ I mean that most flower shops do not have a local green house anymore they have National sellers that they use as suppliers. These sellers even give the local florists a web template to use to sell through their store. All of the main brands we know of do this. — This means there might be a seller near you that does something close to the same thing and will have similar prices to what you see in these links.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

And you said you lack DIY confidence this is how loose I am imagining mine (but with longer stems and more flowers):

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@maplemag:  +1. Sams and Costco also have good ones, and the ones at Target and Walmart are decent.

Post # 13
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Newbee

YES — baby’s breath!  It gives you a lot of bang for your buck.  Larger bunches look dramatic, smaller bouquet posies can be more delicate.  Baby’s breath is considered a cheap “filler” flower for larger arrangements, so you can save a lot of money.

Alternatively, you could buy roses at your local bodega or bulk store.  My sister did her own flowers for her wedding and her bouquet was a few large sunflowers wrapped together in a white ribbon.  

If you really want to leave flowers behind, you could always investigate DIY brooch bouquets.  That’s a lovely way to incorporate costume jewelry or family heirlooms, but on the downside, they’re super time-intensive.  

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You could also have the bridesmaids carry a single flower. Single roses, gerbera daisies, and Calla lilies look really nice for this! Check your wholesale florist as well. I think I remember someone saying that you can get flowers from the place that supplies costo. I looke into that but it was only for western states. I just googles it and think it’s kmsfloral.com

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