Cutting foral costs...

I know that I don't want to DIY my flowers, I just feel like that'll be too much for me to stress about so close to the wedding and I want to enjoy myself. Since our budget has been busted, I'm trying to cut down and I figure that'll be an easy place to do so. But I need your help!


Here is a pic of our venue all done up for someone else's wedding, who apparently had no flowers, just used the venue's normal candles.


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I was thinking of doing centerpieces like these...


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or these...


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or these...


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Do you think it would be enough color? I'd probably opt for cheaper flowers, like carnations, Chrysanthemums, alstroemeria lilies, and daisies. We're using their standard white or ivory tablecloths and napkins. I just need to save money and I figured that it would be better to find some nice, low, but impactful centerpieces.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:03 pm
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Those colors are beautiful and will really make the room come alive, I love it.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm
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Daisies are pretty cheap.


But honestly DIY flowers are the easiest, cheapest way to go.


They are not hard at all. Just buy some and play around with them to see how easy they are.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm
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I would rather leave the arrangements up to somebody else too, Kristi. If I screwed them up, there'd be no one to blame, kwim?? I would just go for the smaller CPs, like example #2. Cute, modern, and colorful - and will probably save you lots over the other 2 examples.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm
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how about using oranges in the glass vases (read: inexpensive) with hot pink daisies and white and green carnies???


 

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:13 pm
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d1rty - i really like that idea! I'll have to talk to my florist about using oranges or limes in the vases.


Does anyone know what that squiggly green plant is on the left of the last picture I posted? I really like it and it seems like it doesn't take much to fill up space.


Also...any ideas on the cheapest flowers in orange, hot pink and green?

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm
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some other ideas:


some other ideas you photo 211792-1 some other ideas you photo 211792-2


 


you can use grapes too and then maybe some hot pink daisies??
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i like the idea of using celery too - then top off with bright bright flowers!  =)


 

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm
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here's one using chiles:


here s one using photo 211794-1

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm
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or dye the water hot pink and throw in a floralyte for that extra oomph of wowness!?!?


 

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm
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oooh what do you guys think of this arrangement?


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Maybe alternate between all orange and all hot pink centerpieces? Or have these orange ones with hot pink daisies mixed into them? Originally I was so against carnations, but they look so pretty when they are all bunched together and I imagine they would be much cheaper.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm
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Babys Breath, which is usually a filler looks gorgeous in a vase aloneBabys Breath which is photo 211801-1 to add some different textures with the colored flowers.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm
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kristi-- i looooove the look of bunched carnies!! and carnies last longer than some of the more expensive blooms!


i'm going to singlehandedly bring the carnation back ;-)

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm
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You and me both Maria!! It'll be much like bringing sexy back I'd imagine, and we're pretty darn good at that already! ;)

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm
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The mother of a friend of ours is our "floral designer" and she is doing intersesting centerpieces for us that don't include a lot of flowers.  We're buying hurricane vases from TJ Maxx ($7-10 each) and she will arrage 3-4 or so long stems of flowers inside the vases.  She will also be collecting grasses, greenery, branches or other plant matter from "nature" to add to it.  I think you have to be artistic to pull this kind of style off, but it uses a lot less flowers.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm
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and i brought chubby back last year - so i'm on a roll ;-)


i like the look of the leaves "folded" like that as well!!


nice find!!

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm
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Wait...chubby went somewhere? It's been right here with me for 25 years! :)


haha!

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm
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kristi! did your florist make some changes??  i wanna seeeeee!! ;-)

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 7:00 am
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We also cut floral costs by cutting out coursages and boutineers, as well a ceremony flowers.  So we basically had centerpieces and bouquets! (and lots of candle light!)


Actually, are those your tables too in that pic?  If so, I would feed of the long look- maybe go with runners or lined candles, etc? you know?

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 7:04 am
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Have you thought about having the color factor with colorful table cloths instead?  I think have little bunches of carnations and gerber daisys with a lime green table cloth might just do the trick!
Posted on January 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm
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The squigally flower looks like it could be Bells of Ireland.

Posted on January 24, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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