I'm trying to decide whether or not to hire a florist or DIY my flowes from somewhere like Costco. What are everyone's plans? Budgets if you feel comfortable sharing? DIY's what's your inspiration? Would love any ideas or options!
I have to admit, I was also thinking of going the Costco/ DIY route. With such a small wedding party (3 BM, MH, and BM) I didn't think it would be tooo difficult and with 1.5 years to go I have the time to perfect my skills.
One thing I keep hearing is that Michaels has a huge artificial flower blowout sale every Fall, perhaps I will look into that as well.
I have the worst hayfever so real flowers were never an option for us. Since I have had so much time I decided to do the flower arrangements myself. I have spent about $300 on fake flowers, paint and greenery. I have over 1000 sola flowers to work with. I love that with sola wood flowers I can have any colour flowers I want. If I were going with real flowers I would likely do the Costco flowers only because I do have a friend who could help me the night before. I would have no idea how to arrange flowers and I wouldn't want to learn with a small time frame
We are doing a mix of both. We are getting our flowers from a local flower farm. They will be making the bouquets, boutonnières, corsages and arch decor. We are going with bud vases for our centrepieces and will be using their DIY bucket option for those.
If you're using real flowers, hire a florist. Even if you DIY the arrangements the night before, they won't look good the next day because you don't have the proper storage for them (unless you have a specific fridge with proper humidity levels that can keep them fresh). It's a ton of work for subpar results.
We have DIYed the florals for our centerpieces with faux florals. Total for florals was about $50. Total cost for all the centerpieces is about $180. We hired a florist for my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquets and 4 boutonnieres and that's going to cost around $600.
I decided to go with a florist because I didn't want to spend too much time worrying about doing my own and then screw it up and end up disappointed. In the past every time I've tried to DIY stuff ... it always goes wrong for me. Kudos to the brides that do though and I've seen some amazing DIY!! I just don't trust myself personally lol!!!
My budget for both decor and florals is $3000 - however this is broken down doesn't really matter to me, as long as we're within that budget! So far we are and the larger portion of that is towards florals (including floral arrangements for aisle/centerpieces, greenery for my backdrop, bride & bridesmaids bouquets, and 1 groom's boutonniere).
My flower budget was 750 I have 5 bridesmaids bouquets 7 boutonnières Arch swag florals Eucalyptus garland no florals on rectangle table of 12 3 round tables with eucalyptus and florals My florist is in Calgary her company is lil pink daisy. Wonderful to work with. I told her my budget and she worked around it and did exactly what I wanted! Bouquets are exactly like this https://pin.it/1XtpdfoAnd boutonnières to match those These are the table florals https://pin.it/12fohHmhttps://pin.it/6vsRh5D
Arch florals we are reporpsing these and putting them on the head table infront of bride and groom https://pin.it/6rKbpw2
These are all the pictures I have shared with her. The only thing is it will be the colour of my bouquet florals not the white florals in some of the photos. She sets up everything, which saves me time and stress. Very cost effective. I will only have to buy a couple fake garlands at the dollar store for the gift table
I was going to DIY, but decided I didn't want to be up the night before my wedding putting together a bunch of floral arrangements. I see you are in Calgary, have you checked out Amborella floral? They have great prices and you can order a la carte on their website. They were the best option I found in the city.