(Closed) So I think I am going to get rid of my florist….

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 πŸ™‚ 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
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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. πŸ˜‰

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.

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