(Closed) Ways to cut costs on flowers

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m ordering dried/preserved flowers, which are lovely and far less expensive.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Growing flowers in your garden–this is really a great option. Think about any friends or neighbors who are gardeners. Many would be extremely happy to offer their services. Seems like most garderners are extremely proud of their craft. My fiance’s mom is going to grow flowers for ours. I know they are not going to be perfectly put together bouquets, but that isn’t really the look I am going for anyway!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Here are some of the cost cutting methods I am using:

Only have your florist do the bouquets and corsages/ bouts, get the centerpeice flowers from a wholesaler and diy the decor flowers.  Have a garden and a green thumb? Use the flowers from your own garden for centerpeices.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Buy your own vases or holders (try thrifting?)!

 

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sent from my Android

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My bouquet will include more pricey blooms, like garden roses, but my BM’s will have a comprable peach rose that isn’t quite as pricey to cut cost a bit. Also, we’re reusing the aisle markers on some of the tables inside as center pieces to cut cost. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I purchased my own vases.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

You could always DIY your flowers (which is what we did), but this can be a lot of work.  A compromise might be to purchase pre-made arrangements, bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres (or maybe just the corsages and bouts, if you want to have more control over the centerpieces and bouquets) from Costco or a website like FiftyFlowers.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@leafgum:  Where are you ordering yours from?  I love this idea!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

OP, I am really enjoying all these tips, too! Thanks for starting this thread!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We found a florist who just branched out and opened her business so her prices were very reasonable as she is building a client base. Because its only her and her husband who arranges the flowers in their tiny studio she has less overhead than larger florists. To help to cut costs even more, we are providing her with the vases and decorative pillars that we borrowed from my sister who recently got married. We also used less expensive flowers like hydrangeas and spider mums mixed with more costly ones like roses and orchids. We decided to go non-floral on half of our reception tables by using lanterns and votives. Lastly, we are making my bridal party flowers ourselves and ordering them through a wholesaler.  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m having the florist do all the arranged flowers, but I’m doing the centerpieces myself – peruvian lilies in a straight sided vase, navy blue ribbon holding the table numbers.  Very very simple, but very feminine flowers.  And because it’s all one flower, it’s cost cutting, too.  

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I did real flowers for myself and my BMs only. Half my tables had submerged bear grass and candle centerpieces and the other half had artificial callas. Saved a ton that way! 

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