(Closed) Ways to save money with wedding flowers? DIY?

posted 1 year ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

Hi, yup I’m making my own bouquets and boutonnières w future Mother-In-Law 😊 I got quotes for $1500 for my bouquets alone and then another $5000 – $10,000 on reception/ceremony decor. Lol flowers can get ridiculously expensive! We went with the florist to do the ceremony/reception at $5K because there’s some installation work (floral chandeliers etc) but decided to do the bouquets and boutonnières ourselves as we both sort of know our way around flowers etc and thought it would be a fun DIY project as everything else we hired vendors for. We paid $200 for the flowers from a wholesaler which included ecuadorian roses, snapdragons, sea holly, imported peonies etc. We also got all the foliage for free from our property (gumnuts, leaves, peppercorn). Good luck! 

Post # 3
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Worker bee

DIY and silk flowers, the ones that look realistic. You can make them in advance, buy them when they are on sale…and you don’t have to worry about paying more for flowers that are not in season. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

We bought a bunch of flowers at a local farmer’s market and also at costco and my SIL put the bouquet’s together! We spent maybe ~$150 total on flowers 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

I made all my own flowers.  Got them faux at Hobby Lobby and made them months ahead of time.  They turned out awesome!  Probably around $150 (plus many many hours).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

Costco!! What are you looking for in terms of amounts? You can either buy flowers in bulk from there which are a great price, or they have full pre-made sets (so does sams club) I got my centerpeice greenery garland from costco, and it cost me $200 vs over $3000 I was quoted from a florist.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

All my floral costs around $1200. I did greenery runners instead of floral centerpieces. I have minimal flowers (except for my bouquet and flower crown. I have also ordered a 25-ft greenery garland for our arbor from Costco that costed around $150, and now I’m kicking myself for not just ordering those for our runners that are going down the tables.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We did all of our florals DIY from Costco! Bouquets, boutonnières, centrepieces, and other decorations (eg. Cake, aisle runners). I would highly recommend them, but get the pick up in store option (not the delivery option, we did this for some greenery and they completely ruined it). 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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bekahbeee :  I did all silk flowers for less than $200 overall. I bought the bouquet and boutonniere off of Amazon. I got the flowers from Hobby Lobby and Walmart. Hobby lobby has some very realistic looking flowers. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

One thing that’s saving us a heap of money – not having flowers as our centrepieces. Just having trailing greenery with some tealight candles. I think the florist is charging $20 per table, and it looks stunning!

Something like this (without the florals)

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I bought a faux bridal bouquet from Etsy that was expensive (but worth it as a keepsake), but to balance that out I made all of my bridesmaid’s bouquets for like $30 total using faux flowers from Michael’s on a great sale, and then just used freeze dried rose petals and preserved eucalyptus leaves to accent my candle centerpieces. It looked perfect! We skipped bouts and corsages because no one cared about them. 

Post # 14
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Wannabee

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bekahbeee :  Check to see if any high schools or colleges near you have a florist program. The students make the flowers as part of their class so you usually just pay the cost of the flowers. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

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bekahbeee :  That’s perfect, it was honestly so easy, any other florist i talked to charged about 20-25 dollars per foot of greenery!! I just couldn’t justify it, when I bought the garlands they were only $80 each for 25 feet! The thing is with costco, you will not be dissapointed, and if you are, they will refund! The roses I put in are just from trader joes, they were having a sale when I bought them, so I ordered a bunch and they brought in the colour I wanted and saved them for me!

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