Floral Dilemma

I don’t know anything about flowers.

Yeah, I know what some of them look like. I can tell a peony from a poppy. I can correctly identify Queen Anne’s Lace when I’m walking along a country road. And a rose is a rose is a rose, of course.

But I’ve only gotten maybe three or four bouquets in my life — one grocery store bouquet on the occasion of my graduation, miniature yellow roses from my parents on my 18th birthday, bright pink and white lilies for an anniversary.

So I have no idea how much flowers cost or where to buy them. I know what I like: full, open blooms like peonies, which of course, I can’t afford on our teeny tiny budget. What bride doesn’t love peonies? They’re so soft and romantic. Perfect for a wedding.


That’s OK, though. Being ignorant about flowers means that I’m not dead set on a designer flower like a peony. I just want that full — and a little bit wild — look, much like Mrs. Peacock’s bouquet.


This was actually my second bouquet inspiration. My first was lilacs, like Nole’s bouquet:


Lilacs are kind of “our” flower. You see, last spring, when we were first dating, I bought him a lilac bush! Odd present, I know.

On Valentine’s Day, I snuck into Mr. Bunny’s apartment to make him breakfast. We ate together, sitting on the couch in front of The Today Show (a real anomaly for us, since we never watch TV together, especially not in the morning!). They were doing a feature on the meanings of different flowers, so I asked him his favorite.

Lilacs, he said. His mom had a bush in her yard when he was growing up, and he loved the smell. Plus he’s not a big fan of cut flowers. His philosophy is to let them live out their lives in peace. 😉

It was later that afternoon that I hatched my plan. I would get him lilacs. I called local nurseries to ask how soon they would carry lilacs and waited (rather impatiently). Two months later, I surprised him on a random weekday afternoon by driving up to his apartment with a giant bush growing in my front seat!

He planted it in his yard, and within a few weeks, tiny purple buds began to appear. He said it was the best present he’d ever gotten.

So yeah. Lilacs were my first thought when it came to flowers. But we’re having a July wedding, so they’re kind of out of the question. *sigh*

I’ve called three florists so far, and I have quotes from two of them.

Florist #1 is a store that was highly recommended on The Knot. They suggested open roses, lisianthus, sweet pea, fugi mums and white wax flower.

Lisianthus? I thought I’d never heard of it until I read online it’s a prairie flower known most commonly as prairie rose or Texas bluebell. Ah yes! I believe I’ve heard tell of you, lisianthus! You’re really quite lovely.


Florist #2 suggests vendela, Anna and Katherine roses, porcelana roses, snapdragons, dianthus, hypericum berry, waxflower, jade trachelium and seeded eucalyptus.

Yikes! That’s quite a variety of things I’ve never heard of before. Seeded eucalyptus?


Oh! Those little green berry things! Right! I totally knew that.

Both quotes are well over my budget, but Florist #2 was quick to assure me that she would do whatever she could to help me bring the costs down if they were too high.

Plus Florist #2’s online gallery (though small) is totally kickin’.


I LOVE both of these bouquets.

I’m the uncertain type, so I’ve scheduled a meeting with a third florist for Saturday afternoon. I know, I’m crazy. I’m also completely incapable of making decisions.

How did you decide on your florist? By price? Or by style?


Mrs. Bunny

Wedding Date:
July 2009
Green Grumbles Be Gone!
PRO: {Floral Tips: June Flowers}

Related Posts

Add a comment


  1. Member
    bluedec 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:13 pm

    this makes me happy again for having a wedding planner. we met with one florist because the wedding planner knew she’d be in our budget and our styles matched. I don’t know anything about flowers nor do I care to learn so we discussed colors rather than specific flowers. I still don’t know the specifc flowers in my bouquet.

  2. Member
    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:14 pm

    I interviewed two florists and the third one I wanted to interview wouldn’t do Saturday appts so they were out since Im having a semi- DW in my hometown which is two hours from where I live.

    I choose the one of the two that I did because we clicked and she seemed to be more willing to work with my budget.

  3. Guest Icon Guest
    KellyP, Guest @ 12:16 pm

    I plan on being my own florist, with the help of friends, of course. We ordered peonies from a farm in MI, and a friend of mine is picking them up for me. Right now all around town, peonies are everywhere! Don’t think I haven’t considered sneaking around cutting peonies from everyone’s bushes! :)

  4. msbunny Member
    msbunny 349 posts, Helper bee @ 12:21 pm

    @KellyP — I’ve noticed peonies everywhere this spring now that I know what they look like! Don’t think I haven’t considered swiping them from people’s yards … 😉

  5. Member
    Gilneas 1393 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:24 pm

    Ooh, I love Mrs. Peacock’s bouquet! I’m having such a hard time imagining and finding inspiration for flowers… I guess it’s not my top priority, but my mom’s opinions are so big that I need to find some so she doesn’t choose anything! We’re just beginning to set up florist appointments.

  6. Guest Icon Guest
    JLS, Guest @ 12:24 pm

    I booked the florist before any other vendor. We may not have had a church, or food, but we were going to have flowers! Haha.

    I just gave a basic idea of what I was looking for, and what I wanted to spend. Within a week, I received a written up description of all the flowers (which I also googled!) with all the prices. After taxes, they came in at $43 over budget. I booked them.

  7. Member
    Gilneas 1393 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:25 pm

    Oh, and lilacs are my dream bouquet. Damn October wedding.

  8. stiletto Member
    stiletto 903 posts, Busy bee @ 12:28 pm

    I was lazy and only interviewed one florist :) AND I haven’t even met her yet, so I’m sure I’ve broken every cardinal rule in the book. However, she has a good base of work on her site and was very willing to work within my budget and seems to share my vision for what I want, so I went with her!

    I saw go with your gut :)

  9. Member
    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:29 pm

    i decided on my florist by price…and decided to DIY!

  10. Member
    Bridebella 368 posts, Helper bee @ 12:41 pm

    I also broke all the rules and chose our florist based on the name. “Pistil Packin’ Posies” is just too clever to pass up.

    She also came across as very professional and met my budget so I didn’t throw all caution to the wind (just most of it!).

  11. Guest Icon Guest
    Caroline, Guest @ 12:47 pm

    I love the last bouquet! It’s got the resemblance of the lilacs because of the color! It’s really too bad you can’t get lilacs because that would just be perfect!

  12. Member
    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:50 pm

    I’m allergic to flowers so we’re going the silk route. We basically went by color scheme and what would look good together, I know there are black and white jasmine and some small lilies but not sure of everything else. Its nice to be able to get whatever you want whether its in season or not and the cost can’t be beat!!

  13. Member
    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:51 pm

    @Bridebella: I would so choose someone with a name like that too!

  14. Member
    JennyBryde 1168 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:56 pm

    I love those pictures! The Lisanthus is such a lovely flower that most people don’t think of…

  15. Guest Icon Guest
    PlanningMyPurpleWedding, Guest @ 1:02 pm

    I love Lisanthus! My bouquet will be nothing but deep purple Lisanthus! They are such beautiful flowers and really do look a lot like roses.

  16. Member
    Perk 216 posts, Helper bee @ 1:11 pm

    I chose my florist based on two things- her price and her demeanor (sp?). She sat with us for over two hours- as the free consultation. We met with another florist who rushed us through in about thirty minutes- and then charged us $50 for wa write-up. The florist we went with is easy to talk to, detail-oriented, and has a great reputation. And, she was half of the price of the other florist! Even better!

  17. Guest Icon Guest
    Angela, Guest @ 1:12 pm

    costco.com (or sam’s club). I love love love the wild/natural bouquets, but on our shoe string budget I turned to costco. I was able to do hydrangea bouquets for myself and bridesmaids within our budget. I am going to buy whatever purple flower the local grocery store or whole foods store is selling that day to add the the hydrangeas for the bridesmaids.
    PS: I love the smell of lilac

  18. Guest Icon Guest
    MariaH, Guest @ 1:16 pm

    I too looove poofy flowers like Peonies and Garden Roses, but I have fallen in love with Dahlias! They have such vibrant colors! I interviewed only one florist, but she is awesome and a friend of a friend, so I feel pretty confident.

  19. Member
    runningbee 226 posts, Helper bee @ 1:23 pm

    After getting quotes from a few local florists I decided to hire a friend’s gardener to arrange flowers that we will buy in bulk from fiftyflowers.com. We’ll be able to do twice as many flowers & arrangements more for 1/2 the price.

    The gardener has arranged flowers before and will charge us her usual hourly rate for gardening (which is crazy low). I gave her photos and we discussed exactly what I want. She told me what to order.

    I’m choosing to order from fifty-flowers.com after seeing how great their flowers were at a friend’s wedding last summer. Her rose bouquet kept for over two weeks!! She and her bridesmen used YouTube for to find a few how-to videos before tackling the project (I really should give 99% of the credit to the bridesmen since I think she was off getting a manicure while they worked their magic!)

  20. Guest Icon Guest
    Lillisa, Guest @ 2:05 pm

    I met with 6 florists before picking one! None of them stood out to me – they were basically all the same, and no one was a good fit. I picked #6 in the end because she also does rental linens (1 less vendor to meet with!), and because she will do free mockups for me prior to the wedding until I am happy. She also assured me that she could stay within my budget should it get smaller (which would happen if we get more guests attending than expected.) So far the florist was the hardest part for me. I say if #2 fits your style and will work with your budget, and if #3 doesn’t really wow you, go with #2. Good luck!

  21. labrador Member
    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:27 pm

    I completely feel you! I’m not into flowers at all so when I first starting researching them, I focused on look and not price. So when I settled on peonies being my favorite, it was too late to consider the cost cause I was in love. So I’m doing the fake florals to get what I want at a fraction of the cost. le sigh.

  22. Member
    MsPeanutButter 139 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:55 pm

    still on the fence, but my friend bought her flowers from sams club and made very classic rose bouquets from the flowers there. all bouquets and bouts cost under 150.00. just a thought. i know they have other flowers and you may be able to request them? that way you arent running the risk of someone else having that idea and buying them all out. also she had her mom make them. i wouldnt suggest you make them the morning of!

add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors