Post # 1
So in order to have things at my wedding I REALLY want, I have to cut costs elsewhere. One of those “elsewheres” is flowers. I found a REALLY, REALLY good deal from a local wholesaler here in Georgia. Does anyone really pay attention to the bouquets, other than the brides bouquet? I’ll be using natural touch flowers and the silk I have found for my bridesmaids looks nice. The edges aren’t frayed or anything of that sort.
Post # 3
I didnt care about mine, but i think every bride has something they care about more then another thing, some the flowers, some the dress etc.
So i think you will get varying opinions and you have to go with what you think is best!
Post # 4
I think its your day and you may do whatever you want! Your idea sounds fine and unique… I doubt people will be judging your bridesmaid flowers.
Post # 5
I made mine out of fake flowers at the last minute, and I still had an excellent wedding. If the bouquets are not one of the things that are super-important to you, don’t worry about them. Make them good enough (or don’t have them, if you don’t want them), and have a great wedding! I doubt people will notice. Even if they do: A) they likely won’t say anything to you about it and B) who cares?
If the rest of the day is great, and you have a good time, and you’re married to the person you love at the end of the day then it doesn’t matter what little things people may have noticed.
Post # 6
Yeah, I definitely think it’s a personal preference. For me, I cut costs in the bar (made it a cash bar, even though my dad ended up opening a tab and most people were able to put their drinks on his tab). But other brides would never dream of doing that.
For me, I love flowers. I only spent about $1,000 on everything and they came out perfect. The bouquet was my absolute favorite part of all of the flowers. My husband even had a hard time finally tossing them away this morning. He was smelling them and telling me how pretty they were. hahah! But then again, it was an $80 bouquet that we just threw away! Sooo..
Post # 7
Just be careful about using non-real flowers because the costs can really sneak up on you. The bridesmaids bouquets aren’t a big deal (although definitely make sure they have something to hold on to… otherwise they will fidget) so would it be possible to get something like daisies or a lily stem and just wrap some nice ribbon around the stems. Those would run about ~$4-7 a Bridesmaid or Best Man. I held silk flowers in one wedding I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in, and although they looked alright, I didn’t know what to do with them after! I felt bad about not keeping them but they weren’t really my style… but either way, good luck!
Post # 8
My sister cared about flowers….but then her money started running low and she didn’t care so much….LOL. She REALLY wanted calla lilies but we ended up using spider mums b/c they are pretty cheap and really full. We got 130 stems from fiftyflowers.com for 159.99 and had enough for the bridal bouquet, 4 BMs bouquets, toss bouquet, small bouquets for the mothers and grandmother (3), and 7 bouts…and still had enough leftover for two floral arrangements for the ceremony. I did all of the flowers the night before and they turned out pretty well.
I was the Maid/Matron of Honor and here is my bouquet a week after the fact. She got married last Saturday (9/18). I also kept a table number b/c I worked hard on them and wanted a keepsake =) (That’s my sister and her husband’s yellow lab in the pic)
Here is the bridal bouquet. I added hydrangea(although they got lost in the shuffle) and aspidistra leaves to set it apart from the rest.
Post # 9
I don’t think anyone cared. No one even asked to see my bouquet or tried to look at it when it was set on the table at the reception! I don’t think they did with my bridesmaids’ bouquets, either.
Post # 10
i will be making my own out of either real touch or silk. i dont really understand spending so much on real flowers that die so soon.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies! I guess my biggest problem is that FH and I are both people pleasers, and it’s starting to take over wedding planning. However, ya’ll are right. Who cares? As long as we’re happy, that’s what matters! Cheap it is! 🙂
Post # 12
I think I spent about 400 total for flowers, silk ones from Bloomed To Last. That included my bouquet, 3 BMs’, two corsages, and 6 bouts. I was very pleased and to me they were important. I have mine in a hat box and my BMs’ saved theirs too. My Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law have their corsage and bout on display more than a year after the wedding!
Post # 13
We cut out floral arrangements on the tables and just did bouquets/bouts. No one cared that we didn’t have floral centerpieces. And my bouquets/bouts turned out really great and look great in the photos. So if you’re looking to cut costs, my vote is silks for decoration, but keep it real for the bouquets/bouts.
Post # 14
I love flowers! So they are a big deal in my book, and if you love flowers when are you ever going to have another opportunity to have the best floral accessary at the party? Sign… not married yet, but you asked if we thought flowers were important. But there are definitely ways to save…
Post # 15
I agree that sometimes silk flowers can add up to just as much as real ones. I spent less than $200 total on all our wedding flowers and the bouquet/corsage supplies and I used real roses. I ordered mine online from Sam’s Club and they cost about 82 cents a stem, which is close to what a silk stem would cost. I don’t know what I would have done with all the silk flowers after the wedding anyhow.
But as for the importance, no one asked to see the bouquets, but I held it through the receiving line and all the close up photos, so it’s something that will be noticed at least a little.
Post # 16
Yeah, I will add to that, we went with non-floral centerpieces, so that significantly reduced our flower budget!