Flowers are oh-so beautiful, but they can most certainly break the bank. It's actually quite shocking how much people can spend on flowers. I've been looking high and low for different companies I can use for my wedding. Sure, they may not match my theme perfectly, but if you can say "I do" without having a $300 designer, Pinterest-board bouquet, then I think you'll find these options useful.
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I'm hoping to spend $500 or less on a bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouqets, boutonnieres, and adding on a few centerpieces (re-purposing the bridesmaids bouquets too). You can absolutely save quite a bit of money if you move or re-use your flowers from the ceremony to the reception. No need to toss perfectly good blooms! Here are a few options to consider in lieu of going to a traditional flower shop/design company.
A relatively new start-up company based in San Francisco. They'll deliver a beautiful arrangement within a few hours lead time. The delivery fee is already included in the price and all of the flowers are sourced locally and wrapped in recycled burlap. I could imagine this being the perfect solution for courthouse wedding or as a a bright/rustic table centerpiece. There is no minimum purchase, and they deliver via bicycle in the Bay Area. I'm sure they'll be expanding their service area as the company grows. And if you just want to send a friend (bridal party?) some flowers, they are absolutely perfect for that too! Have I mentioned they write handwritten messages and also have an app? If you are considering eloping, this just makes it that much easier to live on the fly ;)
A hip flower delivery company based in Los Angeles with vibrant bouqets. They have a wonderful selection of bouquets all at $40 with shipping included. Insane, right? There is also a premium collection priced a bit higher, around $60 too. I can definitely see these as table centerpieces, and perhaps even hacked as a bridesmaids bouquet (reshaping and wrapping ribbon to the stems). Their service area is mostly in southern California, and they send out coupons all the time if you are on their email distribution. They also have an app, so ordering flowers are as easy as pie.
A fun and fresh approach to DIY wedding flowers! This company is based in Los Angeles, and they specialize in putting together kits to create a pre-designed piece (bouquets, centerpieces, corsages, boutonnieres, etc.) at a reasonable price. You can order as many components as you need, and they'll ship the entire kit to you, including all of the supplies and instructions you'll need to finish the project. Each piece has an estimated "build" time, and most of the bouquets can be built in 10-15 minutes. This is so do-able, and could be a fun project for the bridal party, mothers, or relatives who may want to get involved. They have floral themes designed by professionals, and you can get everything you may need in one spot. I am leaning heavily on using Bloominous for my wedding next year...and yes, they do deliver to Maui!
Bloom By The Box
A flower wholesale site that sells by the stem, bunch, or box. This is great if you want total autonomy of your flower design and have the capacity or resources (creatively gifted friends) to help you. While there are definitely pluses to having a customized look, there is also the downside of the of stressing yourself out the night before the wedding if your arrangements do not look right. I would only recommend this if you are a maker, tinkerer, or just very familiar with flower arranging. Having a team of helpers is also a realistic estimate if you plan on getting it done within a few hours. They offer several video tutorials on their site and they do have an impressive assortment of flowers... maybe this could also be a good option if you plan on keeping your arrangements simple with just one or two flower varieties. Other websites similar to this:
- Fiskars Pruner -- Just in case you decided to order a flower box and you need to prune the leaves off the stems
- Cut Flower Food Floralife -- Good to have any time! Your flowers will last longer and look better with a little food in the water.
- Crowning Glory Flower Spray -- Geez, read the reviews! It is a magical sealing agent that make your flowers stay fresh throughout the entire event.
- Green Floral Tape -- It may come in handy if you plan on ordering a flower arrangement and reshaping it as a bridal bouqet.
- Vases (I would definitely buy at garage sales or through craigslist) -- Consider spicing up the vases or adding color by color dipping, spray painting, glitterizing, or even nail polish marbling it!
- Ribbon that matches your wedding theme to cover the green floral tape that wraps around the stems.
- Flower pins to add a "finished look" and give just the right touch of sparkle.
With all of these options, it's hard not to get excited about all the different options that are out there! As long as you are flexible, you can re-work a bouquet design to make it your own. Flower power on, my friends.