Post # 1
and do it myself!!!!!! 🙂 I am not sure what to think or feel right now and would love ALL the advice I could get. I had reserved the florist and paid the STD deposit a month after getting engaged. We had one sit down session with her and everything came out to $3500. As we pay for more and more stuff for the wedding (we are paying ourselves and don’t make much) I am realizing that we do not have this kind of money nor WILL we. With that being said, I thought about maybe doing everything myself. I was thinking of going down to LA to the flower district to get the bouquets made (some do them for $30 each and bridal for $100). My florist was quoting me $375 with NO roses! As for the decor for the aisle, I was thinking of making those flower pomanders out of fake flowers that everyone on here seems to make and they look SO nice! I can rent the arch from my local party store for $35! (She was charging me $750 with flowers) How I would decorate it I am not sure. And for the centerpieces I can do them myself. I am thinking maybe tall vases with a beta fish :p I would love to hear advice from other DIY brides! I think if I did everything myself, I would end up paying around $400 MAX.
Post # 3
When I originally started planning, I had dreams of tall floral centerpieces, flower balls hanging from shepards hooks down the isle, and lots of flowers on the gazebo where I will be married. And then reality set in! Realistically, I probably could have made us afford it, I just knew the money could be well spent somewhere else. So I have a florist, but she is just doing my bouquet, my maids, all the bouts for the guys, and corsages for moms and grandmas. As for isle decor, still using shepards hooks, but hanging paper lanterns from them with ribbon. The gazebo will have matching but larger paper laterns hanging as well. And as for centerpieces, I got my creative juices flowing and I am making them myself! They are ribbon pomander balls on a vase with hanging crystals (sorry dont have a photo handy).
I say, if you really can’t afford it, then DIY! Just be up for the challenge and stress 🙂 Although personally, I havent felt stress over my DIY projects, I love making them. Also, is your deposit with the florist now refundable? And have you asked if there is any way to cut back on costs?
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
If you’re confident with DIY then go for it! We’re paying $720 for my bouquet, the 4 BM’s bouquets, 5 bouts and 4 corsages for the mums and nanas. We’re not doing any floral aisle decorations cos we’re getting married in a rose garden (I got a whole heap of paper pom poms from Etsy so I was thinking of maybe using them… although I might just leave it.)
For the reception we’re using mason jars and our venue has told us we can raid their garden to make posies of roses to decorate the tables. I think if you’re not so sure about doing the big things like your bouquet or fiddly things like the bouts maybe you could get your florist to do those and you can DIY everything else.
Post # 5
I don’t think you have to DIY it all if you’re not sure. Floral arranging is a skill that is totally beyond me for whatever reason. I’ve seen gorgeous DIY bouquets on here, but just know that it’s not a super simple thing to do. You are probably not flat out hopeless like me though. 😉
I think the first step is to cut out some of the flowers. You seem to be ordering a lot of large pieces and that is definitely driving your price up. The second thing is to maybe get quotes from other florists. Yours sounds terribly high to me, but maybe I’m unreasonable.
And if all else fails, and you end up hopeless at floral arranging like me, you can always DIY non-floral decorations in place of some of the flowers you wanted originally.