(Closed) should I scrap flowers

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: would you scrap flowers to stick to your budget
    oh no !!! : (6 votes)
    32 %
    yes, times are tough especially in these economic woes, better to hang on to your savings : (11 votes)
    58 %
    tough one cant help you there : (2 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    1356 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with all this! I’m sure your wedding will be STUNNING – the Waldorf! What a site! I think you can definately cut back on the flowers. Have you considered having them carry a single flower? This still looks very classy, and is much less expensive than a whole bouquet. You are doing a great job – and just keep your focus on the most important thing – the marriage. You will likely be much more happy with that bit of savings down the road, than the fact that your bridesmaids had more than one flower in their bouquet. But that’s just my two cents. 🙂 Good luck!

    Post # 5
    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I had this exact same dilemma.  I love the idea of red roses everywhere, but when I looked into it, it was just too much money.  Instead, we are going to have a 3-candle candelbra at each table.  I bought 9 of them for about $180 from a Knottie, I believe.  They are elegant and charming in their own way.  I’m going to do attendant flowers from Costco, which will run me about $300.  I don’t know what your budget is, but you might be able to do something inexpensive like that without leaving flowers out all together.  Also, your venue sounds gorgeous all on its own and doesn’t need additional ornamentation. 

    The planning process is certainly overwhelming at times, but I’m certain you will arrive at the right decision for you.

    Post # 6
    112 posts
    Blushing bee

    Can you cut out the dj? So many people these days use ipods for their reception. Also, is the photographer a close friend? Would they be willing to work out a payment plan (1/2 now, 1/2 within however long after the wedding)? Where are you buying the clothes for your sister’s kids? You can go to secondhand stores/discount stores to find some cute things at a decent price. It sounds like you’re doing great so far on keeping within budget for a NYC wedding. Good luck!

    Post # 7
    409 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I agree with the flowers from Costco.  I am actually buying my flowers in the flower district here in L.A. Does NYC have anything like that were you can buy them yourself and DIY?  I hope everything works our for you.  Otherwise I think that candles are just as pretty and they are romantic too.

    Post # 8
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    from what i have heard, costco and trader joes have great and affordable flower options.  i have even heard of girls going to their local supermarket and working with the flower dept manager to come up with amazing designs.  i was going to forgo flowers as well, and then i called a local grower who agreed to do everything i need (ceremony, reception, bouquets, etc.) for about $800.

    Post # 9
    584 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    red roses aren’t too terribly expensive if you buy them in bulk from somewhere like fiftyflowers.com and use them wisely… i think you should certainly carry a bouquet… learn how to DIY, or have one of your BM’s do it, and maybe you could do smaller red rose bouquets for them.

    the real problem is centerpieces. if i were you, i would do scattered red rose petals on the tables, with some kind of candles (a few votives? one pillar? a candelabra?)

    i did pricing research on rose petals, and you can get more rose petals than you could ever possibly need for $200. i know it’s a lot, but i think if you’re putting this much thought into your wedding and care about the "red rose" look, go for it.

    Post # 11
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Flowers are just rediculously expensive anymore. I personally think that you can cut flowers.  I like the idea of a singe rose for the little girls.  You could even do a couple if you wanted to and just buy then in bulk and wrap them yourself.

     As for centerpieces.  I didnt want to do flowers for several reasons(they dye eventually, the disappear, allergies, money….) instead we are doing fish in little bowl.  you can get great little fishbowls for under $2 at walmart or hobby lobby(only stores we have here) that are made for floating candles, but we are butting some pretty gravel in the bottom($15/20lb at petsmart which is more than enough) and gold fish for a couple bucks each.  They are pretty, unique, and you dont have to fill up the bowl since the fish is in it swimming around.

     Just a thought.  Good luck, remember that it is your day, there is more to a wedding than flowers and no one will judge you if you cut them out.

    Post # 14
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m not a big flower person, so I’m keeping my floral budget slim.  However, if flowers are part of your vision, you should keep them to some degree.  Like someone said, you can order red roses from Costco in different amounts of blooms.  There are also several other online bulk flower sites to check out (I think Rosychicklet used a different site that worked well, something Blooms?).  For centerpieces, you can also alternate floral arrangements with something else, like you mentioned above with apples or rocks or whatever you come up with!

    Best of luck, girl, you can do it!

    Post # 15
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Have u thought about non-real flower centerpieces (e.g. silk flower ,candle).? It will still probably cost u about $150 for all 8 tables. Those centerpieces you can make ahead of time so you don’t have to be stressed out the day of. I have also seen some non-traditional centerpieces on martha stewart wedding that seems very easily put together & don’t require skill or much arrangement. FYI, costco flowers are delivered so there’s no need to visit an actual store.

     One option that seems to be popular are photo of family members previous to your generation. I plan to buy some cardstock and do this myself. Other bees also have also suggested various styles of photo frames. Good luck! If it comforts you, just think that most ppl don’t remember the centerpieces of the wedding they attend. As long as they’r not ugly. maybe they won’t even notice that they’re absent.

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