Yeah- once I found out how much flowers were gana be- i just cut them! centerpieces are gana be baskets with fake lemons and a few fake flowers- I will still have a real bouquet- and the guys will have real flowers boutonniere- cept now i see some people skip those I may see if thats an option! and for the bridesmaids- im just gana buy fake flower clips for their hair :) glad to see other people didnt go with real flowers either!
The cost of flowers is a bit ridiculous. I've cut back completely. Because we're having a fall wedding in New England I'm having my flower girls toss colored leaves. I am getting a bouquet, but super simple. Not sure what I'm doing for the bridesmaids. Groomsmen definitely will get boutonnieres (only $10 a pop, and 4 guys, not bad). Then I'm having my mom and sister-in-law plant flowers for us to use for the centerpieces of the tables.
I used a combination of fake and real flowers. Real for the bridesmaid and mine bouquets and and some huge arrangements and the table settings were fake. We got them pretty cheap as they were from a farmers market.
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I disagree that fake flowers are cheaper. I suggest buying online. Just make sure you have them delivered 4 or 5 days early to give them time to open. We spent about $400 online and got twice as many flowers as we needed to to 15 centerpieces, a bouquet, a vase for the cake table, a vase for the gift table, a vase for the guest book table, and flowers for the cake. And then we had buckets of flowers left. It took us about 3 hours to put them all together with 3 different types of flowers and no one guessed that we did them ourselves unless we told them. I was getting quotes of $25/table to do very small flower arrangements. $50 to $75 to get what I was envisioning. Note, we ordered 2 bunches of lilies adn could have easily made do with 1 bunch, which would have put us at $300.
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this is where i am now. a woman i work with's husband owns a pretty popular flower shop downtown. I hear he works wonders... i just hope that he can squeeze what we need into the tiny budget. i do like the idea of nice handkercheif (possibly personalized) for the guys.
Depending on what type of flowers you use, fake may not be cheaper. I wanted roses and it was impossible to find fake cheap roses. The real touch ones were the only ones that looked good, and they would have cost more then real ones! My first quote for flowers was beyond ridiculous (and that was with a discount!) But I kept looking and found a place yesterday that was below budget and her work looks good. Just keep searching:)
I'm not having flowers either. I'm too "green" as my fiance' calls it to allow beautiful flowers to be cut for such a short amount of time. We'll probably have some sort of potted flower or fruits as centerpieces at the reception, but there will be no live flowers cut out of the ground. I don't plan to do a bouquet toss so I won't need that, I'm still not decided on having attendants but I'm leaning towards not so we won't need any flowers for them, and I don't think the moms and grandmas will be upset about not having a corsage. Our church always has flowers/arrangements out so those will be there, but I won't purposely be putting flowers out at the church. All in all, I think even if I wasn't that "green" about the flowers, the prices they want are a bit ridiculous for my budget anyway!
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We had to postpone our wedding (looooong story), and we are soo glad we went with fake ones! Now we don't have to drop a gazillion bucks on flowers! The flowers we originally bought over a year ago, are still good!!
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I am making handkerchiefs for the mother and grandmothers and embroidering them. I am not having a coordinator, but you could always do a bracelet or get a nice journal, since they are often taking notes etc. I am doing velvet bracelets for my readers with a little charm. We are not doing flowers either. I am filling tin cans covered in birch bark with moss and sticking in fake/topiary birds and butterflies in muted colors to go with our woodsy themes and I am big DIY-er, so it will all come together pretty cheap. A girlfriend of mine used fiftyflowers.com and it was amazing. They ship the flowers to you a few days before your date and you arrange them yourself, but it was cheap and they turned out beautiful. You just have to have the time and the help depending on how many pieces you need.
I am going with fake flowers. MUCH cheaper!!!!! And if you want to keep them, you can! If not, give them away as favors or prizes! Prices are ridiculous for weddings today, and I am being as cheap as I can be with things. Why spend all your money on one day? One event? Please....
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I am sorry, but I haven't received one realistic quote for flowers. It's absolutely amazing to me. What is it about hearing the word wedding and thinking to yourself, why don't I just add an additional zero to the price that would normally be???
So I have come to a decision. I am scrappping the flowers. The practical part of me that realises these things will be wilting before the day is over knows that more than triple digits is too much for to pay for flowers. And since I won't be able to find any flowers for less than that, I have decided that I just don't need them.
We are fortunate that flowers will be decorating the church anyway, as it is Easter sunday. The bridesmaids will be holding custom made clutch bags to match their dresses, as will I. The men will have a simple handkerchief in their pockets and pocketwatches.
I don't know what to get for the mothers or the wedding coordinator, because they normally would be getting corsages.
I also hate the idea of scrapping the bouquet toss, so I really have to come up with alternatives for that. But I already feel better knowing that I haven't spent a truckload of money on something that won't even last as long as my honeymoon.
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