Post # 1
We just booked our florist today and before we’re fully locked into our flower budget, I wanted to check and see what flowers you all included in your floral budget to make sure I’m not forgetting something? Here’s what we have booked:
– Bouquets for bride and BM’s
– Boutonnieres for groom, GM’s and dads
– 2 altar arrangements
– 1 gift table arrangement
– 1 centrepiece arrangement for each reception table.
We will be obtaining rose petals for a petal aisle and table decorations from an alternate source. We’ll be moving the altar arrangements inside for the reception after the ceremony is over, and using the bridesmaid bouquets as arrangements on the head table.
Am I overlooking anything?
Also, how important is it to you to have a toss bouquet, or did you toss your real bridal bouquet? If you used a toss bouquet and kept your real bouquet, what did you do with it when you were on your honeymoon?
Post # 3
Are you planning to honor your moms or grandparents with flowers? If so, don’t forget those!
Cake flowers? For the table and/or the cake itself. (Real flowers are actually cheaper than gumpaste flowers.)
I did get a toss bouquet b/c it was pretty inexpensive. (It was WAAAY lighter than my real deal, so I got MAJOR air on that thing when I tossed it!) We went home for a couple days before taking off for our honeymoon, so I used a big-ass ribbon (from a Crate & Barrel gift, yay!) to secure it to the sliding-door frame of the shower dangling upside down. (Tied the ribbon around the bouquet stems and dangled it upside down.) I’m not sure what the deal is if you’re sending it to a pro-preserver, but if you’re drying it yourself, and not pressing it, you’ll want to hang it upside down — otherwise the flowers get too heavy for the stems and droop. If you hang it upside down for a while, the petals dry out and you can put the whole thing in a vase — no droopy flower heads!
Post # 4
Oh duh! Cake flowers! I do need those. Thanks. I can add more stuff to the contract, just can’t subtract anything.
We’re not doing corsages for the moms – we WERE going to, but it turns out that neither of them want one! We may or may not give one to my grandma, who is the only grandparent who will be there. That will probably be a last minute decision.
Thanks for the tip on drying your own flowers 🙂
Post # 5
I am only getting bouquets and boutonnieres.
My wedding is outdoors at an arboretum with plenty of flowers around!Â I am not going to have flowers on tables or anything.Â Â
The venue was more than I wanted to spend, but I rationalized it because we are having such a small amount of flowers.
Post # 6
Oh, smartl, on the cake flowers: double check w/ your baker to see if she can get them herself and how much more it’ll cost. Sometimes it’s just EASIER to do that. Plus, then in case the florist doesn’t have the originally requested item, you don’t have to worry about them replacing it w/ something poisonous…I’d hope any self-respecting florist would double check, but ya never know!
Heh, you’re welcome for the flower drying lesson…but to be honest, I still dunno what I’m gonna do w/ ’em now that they’re dry! They’re in a super ugly vase right now b/c it’s the only one tall enough to accomodate them.
Post # 7
Hi! I didn’t do the traditional bouquet toss – I’ve caught so many of them in my life and my single friends are sick of being "singled" out at weddings for the bouquet toss (no pun intended!) 🙂 So instead, I did an anniversary dance where all the married couples (including us) got out on the dance floor for a dance. The DJ called them off in order of who’d been married the least amount of time (we were first, and everyone had fun laughing us off the dance floor for being married less than a day!). My grandpa and grandma have been married 57 years, and that was the longest. So I presented her with a smaller bouquet than mine, of beautiful pink roses. She LOVED that!!!
As for what to do with a dried bouquet – I bought a big clear display case (to protect it over time) from the Container Store and put it in there. Right now, it’s by itself in the box on top of my hutch in the dining room. But I plan to decorate the display case and make it more of a sweet art piece. Maybe put a program in there, and some other momentos from the wedding.
Good luck with your planning!