A Florist-Free Wedding

One item on my to-do list for this month was to decide on a florist. After suffering sticker shock from the estimate we received from the most affordable florist on our vendor list and a successful attempt at DIY bouquet-making, Mr. T and I have decided not to hire a florist for our wedding.

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Photo via Brides.com / Flowers by Kloeckner Preferred Flowers / Photo by Orange2 Photography

I promise we’re not crazy! We’ve eliminated boutonnieres and will be having non-floral centerpieces, so all we have to do is make bouquets.* During my trial run with my sister, it only took us about 20 minutes to make one bouquet, so this should be easy to do the morning of the wedding.

Because flowers were such a low priority for us, eliminating a professional florist was a good way for us to save a lot of money and make up for places where we’ve gone over budget.

Would you ever go florist free?

*If you want to do all your own flowers, check out this tutorial from Meg at A Practical Wedding who DIY’ed all her wedding flowers.

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Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    EastMeetsBarn 980 posts, Busy bee @ 7:04 am

    Yes! We’re using a florist only for the bouquets, boutenieres, and coursages. We’re doing a whole bunch of DIY stuff (and am amazed at my craftiness! Who knew?! :) , but I am only comfortable with DIY stuff that can be done in advance, and don’t want to have to do anything the day of (as it is, we’ll be assembling LED lights for the lanterns the day before, so that’s close enough for me!). We’ll probably just go to the grocery store and get some flowers for the small vases we’ll have on the tables. But our main centerpiece are Moroccan lanterns, rather than florals. What are your centerpieces?

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    takemyhand 2556 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:04 am

    I am! After sticker shock and a 60% off sale at Michaels, I DIY’d fake flowers. They are about -10 on my priority list, so spending a several hundred for three bouquets and 3 bouts seemed insane.

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    Mila, Guest @ 7:05 am

    How long did your bouquets live/look fresh after you made them?

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    KristenK 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:05 am

    I am sure you will do great! I am going with a florist because I want a very ornate bouquet but was surprised at her prices! 1/2 the price of the other florist I checked out and she does just as nice of work!

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    rockstarscheld 80 posts, Worker bee @ 7:09 am

    I guess I must have lucked out with my florist!!! For my bouquet, 4 BM bouquets, 6 boutonniers, 2 corsages, 2 extra roses and an estimate on reception… I’m only paying about $450…

    I was going to do fake but my mom convinced me that I should have real flowers. I have to agree; it would be nice to have the fake bouquet for all my life, and fake flowers nowadays actually look quite real, but IMO one real rose in a vase just seems to look so much more elegant than a whole bunch of fake ones….

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    allegrovivo 377 posts, Helper bee @ 7:09 am

    I’m going florist free and I am not worried about it at all! I’m making all my centerpieces, bouquets and boutenieres. For the bouquets and bouts, I’ll be making feather flowers :)

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    aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 am

    We did! It worked out really nicely. Especially with everyone helping get the flowers ready (pulling off the unwated leaves was the most time consuming part!) there was more than enough time. I can’t wait to see how yours turned out!

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    paut0012 36 posts, Newbee @ 7:14 am

    Miss Treasure,

    I feel ya. I am also a Chicago bride and finding reasonable flower prices here is near impossible. I ended up going with Addison Ashland because of their customer service, and while they were less expensive, they were definitely not a bargain.

    What sorts of flowers are you going for, who is doing the night before/morning pickup and where are you getting your flowers from?

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:18 am

    @Mila: We used hydrangeas, and they lasted about 3 days. They would’ve lasted longer, but they were in direct sunlight a lot, so they wilted. Oops!

    @paut0012: We’ll be getting our flowers (hydrangeas) from the Gold Coast Whole Foods probably the afternoon/night before.

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    almostmrsj 3243 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:19 am

    I’m exactly the opposite! I had planned on doing my own centerpieces and arrangements for the reception, but just got a quote from the florist to have her do it all. I LOVE flowers and want tons of them but don’t want to worry about it!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:25 am

    way to go, Miss T! we had a florist do our bouquets, corsages and bouts but ordered an army of loose stemmed blooms to fill our many many vases :) we saved a ton going the semi DIY route!

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    Amy, Guest @ 7:37 am

    I am doing the flowers at my wedding. I am a tad nervous about it, but the fact is, no one is really going to remember the flowers…RIGHT??

    We are having a country chic barn wedding so that makes centerpieces a little easier. A mis-matched light arrangement of flowers in a mason jar.

    Bridesmaids bouquets will be simple hand tied.

    I made a brooch bouquet for myself, and silk flower and feather boutineers for the guys.

    I ordered my FMIL a corsage yesterday and just about died when they told me the total was $59! FOR THREE ROSE CORSAGE! I mean seriously people…that is just insane!

    I intend on going to the local Central Market and getting flowers 2 days before the wedding. Doing centerpieces 1 day before and bouquets the morning of. My budget is roughly $200 and after a trip to the store last week I know that is a totally doable budget for 20 centerpieces and 4 bouquets.

    oh..and I am getting married THIS SATURDAY!!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 7:53 am

    My mom is doing ours, which is awesome and I’m sure I’ll be helping because we’ll be there! :) I also eliminated centerpieces but she insisted on doing bouts and corsages along with bouquets.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:16 am

    Yes! I am thinking of a similar plan as you (non-floral centerpieces), though I think I want to do bouts. Can’t wait to hear how it goes for the big event!

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    willynilly 3673 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:24 am

    @Amy: That florist ought to be arrested for that price! Congrats and have fun this weekend. :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:41 am

    I would have loved to do all ours, but I would have been doing them by myself and I would have gone insane. Based on your mockup, yours are going to be beautiful!

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    ItsPronounced_ABear 715 posts, Busy bee @ 8:50 am

    Wish I had done this… We also had non-floral centerpieces.

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    radishtime 316 posts, Helper bee @ 9:00 am

    Awesome! I am contemplating going florist free but I know I want boutonnieres for all the groomsmen, dads and grandpas, and corsages for the moms and grandmas.

    I may just go to the florist for those and diy my floral centerpieces

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    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 9:57 am

    A friend is helping me DYI my flowers, we aren’t even using real flowers, or in essence, fake flowers, He and I are making all my flowers out of paper *with the exception of babys breath, which will be fake*.. *does a happy dance* yippee!

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    lellenn 22 posts, Newbee @ 11:00 am

    I’m going to get all my flowers wholesale and do the bouquets myself.

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    superh2ogirl 468 posts, Helper bee @ 11:54 am

    We are going florist-free! We are having very simple bouquets (gerbers and roses) so my Grandma is doing them the day before. I bought 3 standaline gerbers for $16 at the florst the other day to sample against my BM dresses and I thought that was CRAZY! Thank goodness for the flower district in LA. I think my mom paid like $4 – $7 bucks for a dozen gerbers.

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:59 am

    I did my own flowers, and it was the best decision ever! It was so much cheaper, and I got everything I wanted. I even tackled centerpieces and bouts, and it was still so easy and fun!

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    Miss ABC, Guest @ 2:34 pm

    I loved your photos of your DIY bouquet. You and your sister did a great job! What are you planning on doing for centerpieces?

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:36 pm

    @Miss ABC: Lots of candles.

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 3:14 pm

    We’re doing all our own flowers too- it will take some elaborate planning and some work, but totally worth it for the savings.

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    beachstone, Guest @ 4:58 pm

    my mom and my aunts did all of our flowers. i strongly encourage you to do them the night before and then wrap them day of. blooms need time to set and to open

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:42 pm

    We’re also doing our own flowers and using Fifty Flowers. Unfortunately, we don’t have any floral markets in our area or I owuld check that out.

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    coyote 1564 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:16 am

    You are so brave for doing this yourself!! I would love to give it a try, but I have the opposite of a green thumb and kill any plant/flower that comes near me. :(

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    Denell Mullican 211 posts, Helper bee @ 8:31 am

    I went florist free for my wedding and my wedding turned out beautiful! I did keep it simple, I used only roses, hydrangeas and gerbera’s but I have received so many compliments on how everything turned out! I recommend a trial run and your bridesmaids help, but if you have the time to do it, I would!!!

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