Hydrangea Bouquets for Rehearsal Dinner
Hive, I cannot believe the wedding is only five days away! Mr. ICS and I get ready to fly out in two (yes, count them…two!) days. I can’t help but feel like I didn’t allow myself enough time to prepare for things back in Syracuse, but everyone keeps assuring me that any more time than two days would’ve been unnecessary. I hope they are right! Anyway, down to the good stuff!
I was having a conversation with Bridesmaid T last week, and in that conversation we were discussing all of the finishing touches that needed to be accomplished. We discussed many things, but the one that stood out the most was the rehearsal dinner. She was an instrumental part in choosing the location, as it is actually her favorite restaurant. Actually, just on October 5th, they were voted Syracuse’s favorite Italian restaurant as well! So great choice, Bridesmaid T.
While we were chatting about the entree choices for the dinner, she stopped mid-conversation and said, “Oh, I should’ve shown you the picture Francesca’s posted last night on Facebook! They did such a wonderful job decorating!” I just about dropped the phone right there. Decorating?! I had not even thought about decorating for the rehearsal dinner! “Well, add that to my list of things to do,” I thought. Although it was extremely last minute and I almost had a mental breakdown just hearing about adding one more thing to my already leaning pile of things to do, part of me was excited to plan.
So I immediately got to work. I searched on Facebook (which I’m not active on at all) for the said photos, so that I could have some inspiration myself.
Bridesmaid T certainly did not disappoint. I was so extremely happy that she told me not only about decorating, but also about this photo, as it was the inspiration behind my entire decor.
Immediately after I brainstormed how I wanted to room to look, I got to work calling local florists for quotes. Boy was that a kick in the pants. For a small bouquet of roses on each table, our local grocery store wanted $50 each. For a small bouquet of hydrangeas and daisies, they wanted $35. This was not including the vases or drop-off fees, as I told them that to keep costs down I would provide the vases and pick up/drop off the flowers to the venue. Well, scratch the florist. I decided to go a different route. I reached out to the banquet manager at Francesca’s and asked her who did the flowers at that particular event. She answered me back promptly and stated, “Me!” Um, what? Why didn’t I think of that?!
So, that evening, I took a trip to our local grocery story and priced out some arrangements. I found a bouquet of hydrangeas for about $8 and a bouquet of mini hydrangeas for about the same price. I tried to figure out how I would put them together in the store and exactly how many I would need to do that, but I really couldn’t get a good idea without taking the bouquets apart. Then I walked around to the back side of the floral display and saw this:
The arrangement was perfect! It included both the regular and mini hydrangeas, and was already put together! The best part? It was only $8.99 per each arrangement! I was feeling giddy at this point.
Next, it was time to hunt down vases that would match and were within the budget.
I thought this vase was perfect, but unfortunately it was a little out of our price range ($5.99), and I had no way of getting it back to Syracuse without taking it with me on the plane or shipping it. The cost to ship the vases alone would’ve been outrageous. So I left the grocery store with a bouquet in hand and went to Dollar Tree to see if they had any vases to purchase. Unfortunately, that was an unsuccessful trip. Then I went to Hobby Lobby, where I found two vases for $1.99 (perfect price!), but now I had two issues: 1.) there were only two and I needed five, and 2.) I still had no way of getting them back to Syracuse even if they did have all five. Why was I still shopping for vases, then, you ask? Well, I knew eventually I’d be calling the stores back home to see if they had the same inventory, but wanted to do the legwork prior to calling to make the eventual trip my sister and mom were going to take a bit less effortful. Hobby Lobby ended up being unsuccessful, too, unfortunately.
When I got home, I arranged the bouquet in a vase that I already had:
To me, it was perfect. Woohoo! Mission accomplished (sort of). Next, I called Mom and MOH A (also known as my sister), and asked if they wouldn’t mind going on a little shopping adventure themselves. They got right to work, and Facetimed me along the way so that I had full access.
Unfortunately, the local grocery store in Syracuse didn’t have the same bouquet, but they did have hydrangeas that ran about $10 each. Not bad. Still within budget, and I was willing to make that work.
Then, for the vases. I asked them to drive to Michaels because I hadn’t yet checked there and I had a coupon that I could send them electronically. Success! They found five beautiful vases for $3.99. Perfect!
So, in the end, we are going with:
- Bouquets of hydrangeas (white) (five for $10 each) = $50
- 5 vases ($3.99 each) = $19.95
- Altogether we will have spent: $69.95
Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!
So, hive, how did you decorate for your rehearsal dinner? Did you DIY your centerpieces or leave it up to the venue? I will certainly post pictures of the final product for you to see, and I can’t wait to hear about the things that you came up with for your own!