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

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 16
13 posts

Grocery stores like Whole Foods also have florists who only charge the cost of the flowers, with no extra cost for arrangements.

Post # 17
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

I bought all of my flowers from Amazon. Yellow calla lillies, purple Lavander, purple roses and wheat. Made my bouquet, 8 bridesmaids bouquets, 15 boutenierrs, 4 coursages and 23 centerpieces. I was a very busy women. Made all of them in advance so I didn’t have to be pressed for time. They came out beautiful. Even made little chalkboard table numbers to put in the centerpieces. 

Post # 19
1113 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I only wanted hydrangeas, which can be expensive. I had a vision of me having dark blue hydrangeas https://www.gallonei.com/collections/all/products/shocking-blue-hydrangea?variant=12598387343433 for my bouquet (in my white dress) and my bridesmaids with white hydrangeas (in dark blue dresses). I didn’t want anything fancy with bouquets or centerpieces, so we decided to buy in bulk from gallonei.com

It was hard to get in contact with them and it was a possibility that they wouldn’t actually come (I contacted a few of their customers and some didn’t get their flowers). But we took the leap and I couldn’t have been more happy with our flowers.

Attaching a picture of me and a bridesmaid with our bouquets and me with my bouquet 🙂

Post # 20
1113 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I spent $167 on 40 stems of blue hydrangeas + 30 stems of white.

Post # 21
6309 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m going to be honest that in all my years as a wedding photographer I have yet to see to good looking fake florals. They totally exisit but they are expensive, and by the time you spend that kind of money on fake flowers you could have the real deal. My mom used to be the accountant at a high end artifial floral company, and while beautiful I saw first hand how expensive they are. Any time I have a couple do fake flowers it’s always due to budget and sadly they don’t look great. 

There are a lot of ways to have great looking decor on a budget. I would say go with greenery and candles. Check out places like costco or the floral department at your local grocery store. I’ve had a lot of weddings recently go with greenery/candles on tables instead of traditional centerpieces and it’s beautiful! 

Post # 22
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I bought silk & foam flowers on Amazon and made all of our centerpieces, my bouquet, and my DH’s boutonniere.

Post # 23
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - City, State

I went to the farmers market and found a vendor I liked who let me pick up bouquets from her house! We ordered 6 giant bouquets and one bridal bouquet for me to carry. My mom and I had been collecting small flower vases at thrift stores for months prior (we had a rule that if the vase cost more than $1 we didn’t get it lol). The day before we broke down the 6 bouquets and arranged them in the small vases for the tables (about 1-3 stems per vase). That took about 2-3 hours, but it wasn’t too bad! It turned out beautifully and the flowers were only $100! Got hubby’s boutonniere at a local florist for $11.

Post # 24
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - chicago, IL


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bekahbeee :  I’m using Something Borrowed Blooms. It’s $350 for my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets, 12 boutonierres, 2 corsages, and 3 poseys. They ship them 2 days before, you send them back the day after your wedding. I looked into doing them myself and honestly the less stress is worth it to me. They have awesome reviews on Facebook and groups of brides you can follow. I can come back and let you know how it goes, my wedding is November 2nd so I haven’t gotten to see them yet! Also you can order a sample bouquet if you want to see them in person. embarassed

Post # 25
13 posts

I used to work as a florist and the price of flowers completely shocked me when I first started. It’s really just about personal preference or your budget but I made up my mind a long time ago that I would go the diy route for my wedding and help anyone else I can to do the same!

Post # 26
827 posts
Busy bee

I used Sams. I really wanted A LOT of flowers but getting them professionally done was just not in the budget. I ordered something like 50 white roses, 50 lavendar roses, 50 orchids, and some bunches of purple dyed babies breath for around $1500. They get shipped to your door a few days before not quite all opened/bloomed yet so that they are fresh on your wedding day. I bought 5 gallon buckets and stuck them in there with water and plant food and they turned out amazing.

We didn’t have boutiners but I made my bouquet and 5 bridesmaids plus all the centerpieces, decorated a small arch, and had vases flowers sitting around randomly like on the cake table and guests

Not going to lie it was stressful because I’m not exactly a plant expert but it turned out really great and I dont regret it because otherwise we would have had minimal flowers

Post # 27
3948 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My strategy was to minimize flowers as decor. My bouquet and corsages for the moms/grandmothers were the only real flowers at my wedding.

– Bridesmaids carried books instead of flowers (I’ve also seen lanterns, clutches, etc.)

– Groomsmen/groom wore hand-tied fishing flies instead of flowers as bouts (my husband likes to  fly fish, there are probably other trinkets that could be customized to your groom)

– Centerpieces were books and candles. They did include springs of submerged flowers, but since they were going to be underwater, I bought fake ones for those from Michael’s).

– I hung mini-lanterns from shepherds hooks along the aisle instead of using flowers to line it. 

There are a million ideas for non-flower decor if you are willing to go that direction.

Post # 29
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I did my own from Sam’s Club for $600 and could have gotten away with less (we only used half because it was very generous and high quality – it was all usable and we had accounted for some loss). I had 14 tables centerpieces, 6 bouquets, and 16 boutonnieres. We made all of them the day before with 4 people. Transporting them was the most difficult part and the stress of worrying if they would brown/die. I brought extra to the venue to replace if any of them needed it. 

I used faux flowers for arch, you don’t need fresh. It was good to practice on the silk flowers first and it gave me confidence that we could do the real flowers easily and it would look nice.

Cutting and caring for the flower delivery was the most essential part – trimming all the ends, hydrating, letting them bloom, and then giving them a ton of flower food/preservative. 

Warning – I loved my flowers but I would not choose to do it again, too stressful! If you can have someone else in charge from the bridal party that would be most ideal. It took almost 2 full days from prepping to arranging, plus the transportation.

My list of flowers (tried to mix sizes and colors). I paid for membership since it canceled out my shipping costs:






Faux top hydrangea (for convenience)



Base of 3 hydrangea, bridesmaids used just 1



Faux arch flowers – $100 from assorted faux flowers/greenery from Michael’s and Amazon, about $1 a bloom – get ones on more than 60% annual sale and with lots of heads to cut on costs

Edit: Sorry for double post!

Post # 29
880 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I got mine from a speciality grocery store that has an amazing floral department and spent about $300 on my bouquet, bouquets for the Mom, wrist corsage for Gram, 3 bouts, and 8 centerpieces.

Whole Foods has amazing flowers and mine often has these gorgeous centerpieces for $10 each. $10!!!

Post # 30
2050 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I am doing all our flowers with assembly assistance from my aunt. I did the flowers for my two cousins weddings. It depends where you live. When I did my cousins two weddings we were able to buy bulk at the san francisco flower mart. 

For my wedding there isnt’ a public flower mart here so I went with the online store flower moxi. They ship bulk flowers to you and you assemble. Since I already know how to make boutineers and bouquets I am doing those myself too. I will update everyone with photos and a review after It is all said and done. 

I also am doing all my table centerpieces. They have green floral foam Iglu’s i bought on amazon. YOu basically soak them with water and push your flowers into them in a circle. Super easy and done! I got our table numbers off Etsy. THey have lots of Etsy shops that sell you an editable and digital version of beautiful signs and table cards. I downloaded it, edited it and printed it myself and will get some printed at the copy store on foam board. SUper easy, super cute. 

Thinking of getting into the floral business on the side as I find it INSANE to charge 150 – 300 on a bouquet of flowers. Going to look at doing it out of my house, and the licensing costs to be a member of my local flower mart. 

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