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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    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 1507 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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