(Closed) There’s a reason I’ve been avoiding this. Vent.

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@sarahcool:  (Sorry to continue black cat dialogue) Oh my gosh, she’s darling!

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

There’s always that one part of a wedding that people just can’t justify. For some its the dress, for some its the flowers, for some its the booze, etc. Spend the money on what you love, not what others tell you you “have” to have.

My wedding will be completely non floral. It started out simply enough. I decided I LOVED brooch bouquets! I am really in love with glitter and sparkle, and when I saw one I about fainted from delight. And then it was like, well I also kind of like feather bouts… and wouldnt it be cute if all my bridesmaids had brooch bouquets too?! And really, candles would work better for centerpeices for my theme… and once we’ve gone this far, then any flowers I would have for decor might look out of place……………

And by the time I was done dreaming all this up, I realized I wouldn’t miss the flowers one bit. If your Future Mother-In-Law is vehemently against silk flowers then maybe go for something WAY different! It could be super cost effective, and it could keep your guests buzzing. (maybe she just saw one bad silk flower job and it ruined it for her? Maybe if she saw it done well she’d change her mind?)

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

OMG. IT IS RIDICULOUS.

Since this is like my dream bouqet and I’m pretty sure it will cost a million dollars. I will be very angry with you!!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Oh wait it’s silk!! So although it is slightly tacky. It’s still beautiful to me!

Post # 36
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Helper bee

These were our non-floral centerpieces.  Glass jars we collected, with floral beads in them, tied with ribbon.  They had a little light at the bottom which provided unexpected entertainment to our guests, by the end of the night most people were wearing them on the dance floor.

Another idea, because you’re from Austin.  Before my mom created the above centerpiece idea, my plan was to hit up several HEB’s the day before the wedding and just buy out their $4 bouquets.  Everyday they have a selection of beautiful little bouquets for $4 a pop.  Husband and I buy them all the time for the house, and they are always lovely and typically last two weeks in a vase.  If you bought 1-2 for each of your tables and then trimmed and put them in vases or jars, you could do all your tables for under $100, and just go to a florist for bouquets and bouts.  That was my plan, we spent around $200 on flowers.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@bells219:  Awwww, thanks! The pic was totally intended to showcase the flowers. But I can’t resist taking a picture of one of the fur babies right before they swat at something, hahaha.

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

this is my inspiration picture one flower in a vase with water is dramatic and fake as long as they are pre soaked (to make sure the color doesnt bleed) looks just as good as real

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

That’s stupid that their minimum is 1k! Have you tried going in to talk to them? We spent around $175 for our flowers– altar flowers (we ordered a “funeral” arrangement), bouts for 8 (small garden roses, the groom is the only one that had a full rose), corsages for 2, cascading bridal boquet (which was cheaper than the full circle boquets a lot of brides choose to go with– less flowers and more greenery), and 3 bridesmaid “boquets” (which were a single rose and some greenery). It was still more than I wanted to spend, but when I tried to get silks my mom was SO against it. Choosing more greenery and flowers that are in season should help to lower the cost. Also, consider sing stems for the bridesmaids or handmaking bouts (there are some really cute ones on the bee with cloth flowers or buttons!). We did nonfloral centerpieces.

 

Also, Sam’s Club does bulk flowers if you want to take it up yourself! 

Post # 41
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@bells219:  “We also just booked our ceremony location at a botanical garden here in town for super cheap. No added decor necessary! “

Well that was pretty genius!  That will be beautiful.  

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@dinajean:  are those flowers in those jars fake??

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

1K is ridiculous.  I had a pretty small wedding and there is no freaking way I was going to spend any money on flowers.  I mean, I love flowers and I think weddings with flowers are beautiful.  But come on, flowers DIE!  1K on flowers is ridiculous. 

I went completely non-floral.  I spent about 400-ish on all the supplies and vases, but the thing is, I’ve also sold all my centerpieces and arrangements and I have made back more than I spent.  So, non floral was WAYYYYY worth it for me. I’ve posted these a million times here, but here they are again.

Cotton bolls, dried and wood flowers.

 

 

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@peasantsong:  I think yours was done very nicely and doesn’t look tacky at all. It went together with your theme (which I’m guessing is something like rustic vintage?)

Post # 45
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Honey Beekeeper

Silk or fake flowers are NOT tacky. They’re a gorgeous and affordable way of getting what you want. Tons of brides here have shown photos of their bouquets made from stems from Michaels and the like, and they are absolutely beautiful! And your guests will not be able to tell anyway. 🙂

Post # 46
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can get lots of great ideas for non floral centerpieces on google. Also do a search here on WeddingBee as there are many Bees who have been in the same position.

There are also many great wedding sites and their pics often don’t show up on a google search.

Miss Mink shared a great list a while ago. It’s in this post:

what blogs are the most popular for wedding planning?

candles are great and not too expensive if you can avoid too many vases

 

Paper flowers in thrifted vases sprayed white

single flowers aren’t too pricey manzanita branches, or a local substitute with silk or paper flowers

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