(Closed) Which flowers were the most important in your wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I think bride’s bouquet (because of photos) and reception centrepieces (because guest sit there forever) are the most important and what I’m prioritizing. For my ceremony flowers I want them to be fairly large to have impact, but am not being particular about the flowers.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

For me the centerpieces are the most important! 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Bouquets were my #1. Even though I made mine, they were the most important. I cut costs by not having flowers in my reception centerpieces.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

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k4yteeee:  Boutquets were definitely #1 for me.  You (and your bridal party) will be photographed a ton with them.  Second would be reception centerpieces, mostly because you need some kind of centerpiece, and I found that it was going to still be costly and much more labor intensive to DIY non-floral centerpieces.  I think you could probably cut out reception flowers other than centerpieces, if any. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I plan to make my own non-floral centerpieces, so all that i’ll be getting from the florist is bouquets, boutenierres, corsages, and hopefully an archway of some sort. 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper

Centerpieces were most important to me by far.  We had the reception in the same place as the ceremony,  so they actually  doubled as ceremony decor, which was an amazing cost saver. I’ve also seen weddings that vary the centerpieces for visual interest, with some low and some tall. That could help save money as well. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m in the same position as you! We decided to only do floral centerpieces on half of the tables. I think it will be totally fine, and it is a huge cost savings because we will have a ton of tables – those centerpieces add up so quickly! We are doing tall arrangements on 1/4 of the tables, lower floral arrangements on 1/4 of the tables, and candles on the rest of the tables. For the ceremony, we are doing 2 simple arrangements for the altar (only $60 total for both), and then the bridal party flowers. I originally suggested cutting back on the bouquets, but my florist really recommended against it because they will be in a ton of the pictures and will also double as reception decor, so we are really getting a lot of value for our money there. I also don’t really care about particular flower types as much as I care about colors, which has helped with cost. When I think about it logically, I think our decision is the best balance possible of saving money and still prioritizing real flowers, which are important to me, but as the wedding approaches I keep second guessing our choice and worrying that the room will look bare… I feel your pain!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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k4yteeee:  I wouldn’t worry too much about being outside – outside is beautiful and doesn’t really need additional decorations! The petals will be a good splurge because they will make a big impact, and I don’t think you really need much else. I’m jealous that your florist’s tall arrangements are the cheapest… I love tall arrangements so much, but they are so $$$ 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

For me it would be the bouquets and the altar arrangement.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

The bouquets were most important to me.  But I went super cheap on the reception flowers – our place was a cabin and it would have looked weird to go overboard with traditional ones anyway.  By getting them in pre-made clusters at the grocery store, we were able to put together a ton of smaller vases (the dreaded mason jar!) and lay them out all over the place for the reception and other events.  As a bonus, they weren’t a hassle to move around when we had to shift everything inside.

My bouquet, however, had to look pretty as I do love flowers.  I’m not the sort to save the whole thing, but I did request succulents so I could pot them later as a souvenir of the day.  Still alive!  I do wish I’d planned the mothers’ corsages better, looking back.  My main flower was the gerbera daisy and they didn’t last well at all in the corsages.  Dead before the night was over and droopy in many photos.

ETA: saw your response about the flower swirls in the aisle.  That’s probably something you could do for a lot less in grocery store land.  Get your own, pull them apart (with friends, alone would b boring) and DIY if you have the time.  They are pretty but I’d personally be worried about wind.  And for my own wedding it would have been a waste, thanks to the weather 

  • This reply was modified 5 years ago by  skunktastic.
Post # 13
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Busy bee

Mine were definitely the bouquet and centrepieces.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

If you are outdoors, chances are the scenery is pretty and hopefully green, so I’d definitely scale back there. 

Agree with PP’s that bouquets and centerpieces are the most important, because of the natural attention to them.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I never really care about bridesmaid bouquets. I recognize all of this is personal preference, but generally I just take is a a given that they have flowers and they don’t add much–maybe becauae I’m waiting for the bride to walk. I polled my friends who had been bridesmaids before and most of them felt weird with them–like they had no use after the ceremony but they felt responsible for them since the couple paid for them. In many cases, they spent the reception laid on the table while the bridesmaids danced. For that reason I’m skipping them altogether and them floral crowns to distinguish them at about a third of the cost. Alternatively, maybe you can repurpose your flowers.  My bouquet is going on the dessert table, for example.

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