Post # 17
if your wedding is in season – you could stop at the farmers market the morning off and get a beautiful variety of bouquets for cheap!
my Fiance always gets me flowers on thursdays from the farmers market downtown on his way home from work. theyre my favorite kinds 🙂
Post # 18
do silks if you like the way they look! I don’t think they’re tacky (although like anything they can be done tackily) Or make paper/fabric flowers, they’re cheaper and will look “creative” instead of “fake” if you’re concerned about that. Or start a garden to grow your own, if you don’t need that many
Post # 19
I hear you…
I love flowers, but just can’t get myself to spend 2K on fresh flowers arrangement.
Depends on if you are planning to DIY the flowers yourself. If you do, I am sure there are a few websites to buy in bulk (seems like you don’t have a particular flower preference so you should pick something in season to get it cheaper). Costco has a decent pricing too but you have to buy at least a certain quantity per flower type. Some people mentioned local farmers too…maybe you can try them to get it cheaper too.
Fresh flowers arrangement doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here’s what my florist suggested and I am planning to get all the “props” myself so she only need to provide the flower.
The florist was going to charge me $40 per centerpiece for a vase of flowers + vase rental.
So now my alternative is to get the vase myself from dollar tree (for $1) and then buy some rocks/beads and fill up in water. Purchase one flower head (per vase) from my florist (orchid or green spider mum etc depends on your theme) for $3 each and put it inside the water. On top put a floating candle. Venue is providing votive candles. Around the vase I will get some acrylic diamond crystals scatter around and they will reflect the lights really pretty.
If you really need fresh flowers, this can be done.
Post # 20
I used a woman who used to work for different floral shops and then started her own business doing flowers for wedding/events only. She was very affordable. I heard about her from Knot and word of mouth. In my area there were a few women that had their own businesses like that. Maybe you could find someone like that in your own area. I spent around $1,000 for 4 bouquets, 5 boutonierres, 3 corsages, rose petals spread where we stood, branches and lights hung on the balcony railings above our reception venue space, flower heads/branching on a memorial table and escort card table and 10 centerpieces (5 were bouquets she placed in birch vases I bought and 5 were branching, moss, and flower heads scattered on top of a wood slab with a lantern that I provided). The girl I worked with could work with any budget you gave her.
You could also like others suggested go for centerpieces that are non-floral (like a lantern with a candle. we bought the ones we used at Ikea for $7.99 or $8.99) and just do the bouquets with real flowers.
Post # 21
Non floral all the way! 🙂 Got them off ebay, 25 for about $15/each, shipped. Our floral budget ended up just being bouquets, bouts, and a few arrangements for the ceremony that we moved to the reception afterwards to decorate.
Post # 22
I bought some succelents (20 bucks worth) to try to DIY in October. If that doesn’t work out, I’m just going to hit up the farmer’s market for a fist fill of dahlias. (But I’m bascially not doing any decor in my venue unless someone can convince me otherwise.)
Post # 23
We’re in the same place…can’t justify a big flower budget, but want live flowers. I decided to DIY and go with all white hydrangeas. They’re elegant but slightly rustic (our venue is a barn), so it works perfectly for us. Sam’s club offers them 20 for $50, and they are huge. We’re going to get about $200 worth, use 3/BM bouquet and 5/bride bouquet, then the rest will go towards decor. Half of our tables will have centerpieces that are just an assortment of lace candles, the other half will be pretty, vintage vases we got at the thrift store filled with hydrangeas. For all the decor, we’ll be under $300, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
ETA: The day I pick up the hydrangeas, I may also swing by the local grocer and see what white flowers are available. I kind of want a little more texture in my own bouquet, so that would be an easy and cheap way to accomplish that.
Post # 24
I agree, they are crazy expensive. Mine are going to run about $2500 or so but oh how I do love flowers! I knew they’d be expensive but I just sucked it up because I have to have them. There are definitely ways around it though if you don’t want to spend that much. You could make your own bouquets and do something else completely for the tables.
Post # 25
I’m only using flowers which are in season and the wedding will even be in a cheap Asian country and indeed, floral prices are sky high.
For the bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouquet, 2 boutonnieres and 5 (simple, no tall vases with lots of flowers or anything like that) centerpieces will cost about $1500:( It’s a lot of wasted money but I hate fake flowers so I had to shut up and pay up!
My personal opinion: If you have props, go for it! I don’t like silk flowers or anything pretending to be a flower but if it’s a prop or something interesting, that’s nice:)
Post # 26
I am using real touch flowers, my full flower budget was $200 for my bouquet, a toss bouquet, 3 BMs and 6 bouts. I found mine by googling for artificial wedding bouquets and there are some beautiful ones out there… Not all fake flowers are made equal 🙂 some can look awesome 🙂
ETA: we are having a non flower centrepiece – every wedding I have been too has be non flower centre pieces. We are sitting a large hurricane vase on a mirrored tile, in the vase is beach sand (a beautiful white sand) and a pillar candle, around the vase will be blue and white pebbles and 4 tea light candles. Sorry we don’t have pics but it is pretty simple 🙂
Post # 27
I’m getting my centerpiece flowers from the grocery store, $10 per dozen for red roses, $6 per dozen for tulips, $1.25 per stem for gerbera daisies.
Post # 28
@bells219: I’ve seen some of the same things! I really didn’t want to spend so much money on flowers… So, we decided to do the fabric flowers route. I know I’ve posted this already, so if you’ve already seen it, I’m sorry… 🙁
Post # 29
$1K is freaking nuts. I think silk flowers can be beautiful. If you’d like cheaper REAL flowers, maybe you could try your local farmers market. The one up here sells the most beautiful roses for .50. Per stem.
Post # 30
I am using dried lavender! All up my flowers are costingmee $200 and that’s for 2 bouquets and 7 centrepieces. At $5.50 per bunch, you can’t go wrong!
Post # 31
@colli459: Sorry to thread-jack, but… I have a little black cat, too!! 🙂 Here she is with some grocery store flowers!