Are You Crazy, Lady?!

I have a feeling that’s what people are going to say to me when they find out that I’m DIY-ing all of my own flowers. That’s right—all of them. I’ll tell you why.

I am a genius who decided that it would be a great idea to get married in one of the most expensive cities in America. Awesome. NOT. I thought that I would at least be able to get my bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets from a florist there…I mean, how much could it really break the budget? *gasp* I almost fainted when I started receiving price quotes. I’m sorry, I just cannot justify paying almost $300 for a freaking bouquet of flowers that I’m going to use for a few hours. I know what you might be thinking: “But they’re going to look so pretty in the pictures…” OK, but so would a bunch of wildflowers picked from alongside of the road. Now calm down, I’m not going to pick wildflowers from alongside of the road to use for my bouquet. I’m crazy, but not that crazy.

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Photo by James Christianson via Style Me Pretty

Remember this gorgeous arch from the wedding that made me decide to have our wedding in Colorado? I had my heart set on having it, too, until I found out it was $1,200! Um, no thanks…I’m pretty sure the place doesn’t need a $1,200 enhancement to make it any more beautiful anyway.

After researching more options, I decided against fake flowers as well. Good, real-looking fake flowers can still be pretty pricey, and after searching high and low on Etsy and every other site recommended, I just couldn’t come up with a bouquet that I would really be satisfied with (especially since I heart peonies so much, and it is nearly impossible to find fake ones that really resemble the true soft beauty of real ones). Oh, speaking of peonies—I love them oh so much that if I would have known that they wouldn’t be in season for our early August wedding, I probably would have moved our date up just to accommodate being able to have them! I’d definitely have a bouquet similar to one of these pretties:

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Photo by Steve Depino Photography via The Knot

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Photo by Kristen Weaver via Style Me Pretty

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Photo by Hazelnut Photography

Unfortunately, there’s no magic way that I’m going to be able to make them grow in August, so I started looking for backup options. That’s when I discovered these pretty substitutes:

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Peony Rose Pink Metropole at FiftyFlowers.com (36 stems for $149.99)

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Helga Piaget Cream Garden Rose at FiftyFlowers.com (50 stems for $189.99)

The option that I ended up deciding on: Ordering wholesale online through FiftyFlowers.com. I’m going to have them shipped to our hotel, and I’ll assemble the bouquets in our room. (We booked a suite with lots of extra room.) I enjoy arranging flowers anyway, and with pretty flowers like these, you can’t really go wrong no matter how you put them together. I researched a lot of reviews of the site, and most people seem to be really pleased with the product and customer service. I also like the fact that they have free shipping and a 100% wedding-day guarantee. The only bad reviews I could really find were from brides who weren’t happy about the colors of the flowers that actually arrived. For someone who really has their heart set on a bright hot pink and receives a light pink instead…I can understand how that would be a problem. For me personally, though, I’m not too concerned that the color would be messed up because as long as they show up in some shade of pink and some shade of white, I’ll be a happy bride. The roses pictured above are some options I’m liking, but there are many other pretty options on the site (like ranunculus!).

OK, so moving on to our at-home-reception flowers. I’m growing them myself (and by “I” I really mean FMIL, Dad, and I ). FMIL already grows a plethora of beautiful flowers every year. Dad and I went and picked up as many flower-seed packets in shades of pinks and whites as we could find. For the reception back home, most of the flowers are going to be placed in various sizes of pretty blue Ball Mason jars, and I think more of a mixed, wildflower-type look would be great. If for some reason the flowers don’t grow well this season, or some other unknown catastrophe happens, I’m just going to remain calm and use FiftyFlowers.com as a backup option.

Normally, doing something like relying on a website to ship me fresh flowers for my bridal bouquet would totally freak me out, hence the title of this post; I would assume that everyone is going to think I’m crazy for doing it this way. I’m determined to remain calm and stress free, though—it’s the foundation for even wanting a small, intimate wedding, after all. So I just keep repeating to myself: Remain calm…and possibly have a cupcake. :)

Image and poster via artylicious on Etsy

Do you have any tricks you’re using to save money on flowers? Anyone else used an online wholesale site to purchase real flowers?

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Mrs. Balloons

Location:
Aspen, CO
Wedding Date:
August 2011

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    lisaelanna 517 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 pm

    I’m using costco for all of my reception flowers – 100 roses for $90 and, same as your 50flowers site, the only complaints I saw were about getting different colors than ordered. I’m not really worried about that, even if I got pink roses rather than orange roses I don’t think it would really bother me much – they will still be beautiful. I don’t think costco sells peonies though – and I’m with you on their wonderfulness. A woman down the street from me has a gardenful of pink peonies right now and I’ve changed up the route of my morning dog walks just so I can go by and see them. Totally makes my day every time.

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    sulaii211 770 posts, Busy bee @ 9:25 am

    It can be done! Just a tip, especially if you’re doing the flowers at a hotel- bring a tarp and extra trash receptacles. Since the flowers need prepping- it makes more trash than you’d ever imagine and the last thing you want to do is clean it all up afterward! You have made some beautiful choices.

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    MELIS5A 304 posts, Helper bee @ 12:58 pm

    I admire you… Im going to attempt to do all the bouquets and the guest book table arrangements myself… our centerpieces defiantly have to be professional made

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    mrsmacaron 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:12 am

    Good luck! I was thinking Peonies too! …I really wanted to try this for soo many awesome reasons, but in the end both of my Moms had a problem with DIYing for one reason or another.
    They just die! I dislike that waste of money :(

    So lame, but at least it won’t be my monies! hahaha.

    I hope that site works out, totally reading those bee posts on it. It’d be great for some other celebration where I can DIY.

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    ms-rice-crispy-treat 943 posts, Busy bee @ 4:17 pm

    I’m DIY all of my PAPER flowers. Yes, paper flowers. I think I am insane! But, it’s way cheap.

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