Post # 1
I am so torn about the flippin’ flowers. Most everything else has been a pretty easy decision, at least so far. When we got engaged, I looked at flowers, and fell in love with peonies. Naturally they are both out of season and out of my price range. So I started to like garden roses, ranunculus, things of that sort.
Unfortunately the florists I have spoken to are WAY out of my budget with the flowers that I like.
Here are my options –
1. Substitute the flowers I like for flowers I don’t really care for and have everything – 1 bridal bouquet, 6 bridesmaids bouquets, 4 corsages, and 15 bouts – made by a professional florist.
2. Order the flowers that I want in bulk online and assemble myself.
Obviously the first would mean much less stress on my part, but it would require me to settle for something I don’t love. But how much does that matter to me? Flowers are flowers, and will die anyway. I just don’t want to regret my decision.
Post # 3
Have you spoken to the professional florist to see what you options are to bring the price down. The reason I say that is because I love orchids but they were out of my price range but she showed me so many other types of orchids that I didn’t even know existed and I was able to do something I love and at a price that I could afford.
Post # 4
i think like you said, it depends on how much you care about your flowers. that was a big priority for me. i wanted a garden wedding but couldn’t find an affordable location so i dealt with it by adding my own flowers to the space. i also couldn’t afford a florist so i did diy, and it turned out beautiful.
Post # 5
So what we did was order flowers online but get the corsages and bouts done by the pros.
Honestly, the bouquet were really easy to do and it felt really relaxing. I’m kinda glad we DIY because people or at least my friends seemed to love flowers, even the non artsy ones so it was fun taking a bit of time and everyone doing a Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet. Sure, they weren’t exactly matchy matchy but I was really happy with how everything turned out and it was a good time.
Post # 6
@roxy821 – That’s a good point. No, I really haven’t. Unfortunately I haven’t had much time to look in person at florists. Most of my consulting thus far has been through email/phone calls. Fiance works out of state 6 months a year, and has been home for 3 weeks, so we have been doing things that require him being home – Cake, tuxes, caterer, etc. But he leaves Wednesday and my sis (MOH) is coming up for a month, so maybe she and I can start doing in person visits.
I will bring inspiration pics and show them what I like. Hopefully they will have more suggestions once I am there in person.
Post # 7
Have you gone to a florist in a big box store ex. costco.
They have proper florists and cheaper prices because they have less overhead.
I am getting an all calla lilly wedding (usually costing 2500) for 1100 by going with our local grocery store!
Post # 8
Do you want real flowers, or are you willing to go with “fake” (natural touch)- we are going with natural touch and they worked out much cheaper than paying for real ones (I ordered a sample and even a friend that works as a florist couldn’t tell they were fake until she picked it up).