Jennifer
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diy Bouquets - Cost and Logistics

Jennifer, on November 1, 2021 at 10:14 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 4 13
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I’m going to preface this with my least favorite wedding cost is flowers. So overpriced and you can’t even get money back by selling them to someone else. It’s literally just throwing money away. All local independent florists are quoting $150+ for the Bridal Bouquet and I’m just like No. Right now, my best option (without DIY) is Bouqs.com at $80 for a Bridal Bouquet (with 20% off coupon). Btw, the pics I showed the independent florists are from bouqs.com so I have a fair comparison.


So now, I’m exploring DIYing since I know that’s probably the cheapest option. However, it does seem like a lot more hassle than what it’s worth since it’s not something you can do ahead of time and will have to be done super close to the wedding for FRESH FLORALS. Fake florals aren’t an option for me. My questions are, how much does it cost to create a bouquet like this DIY? Is there a way to make these ahead of time? If it’s a really significant saving, I might just suck it up, but if it’s like only like $20, I may just do Bouqs. Florals are listed in the pic. diy Bouquets - Cost and Logistics 1

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Latest activity by Chloe, on November 2, 2021 at 5:15 PM
  • Janet
    Devoted October 2018
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    I ordered Flowers in bulk from Sam's Club, I know Costo does the same thing,

    I looked at there premade bouquets and wrote down what floral and greenery was in them, then estimated how much to buy them made vs buying the flowers in bulk and it was about a $300 difference. So I bought all the flowers for my bouquet, bridesmaids, boutonnieres, and my centerpieces for around $500. They were delivered 2 days prior with a weeks notice, but my venue was my Grandmothers property, so we had the fridge spaces to store them in. Then I went to hobby lobby or joanns and got the flower tape and some decorative ribbon.

    Also, whether or not flowers are in season will have an affect on the price

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  • Jennifer
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Thank you so much for sharing your experience! May I ask how many bouquets you had to make? I have zero experience in putting bouquets together and that's my biggest concern. For centerpieces, I'm just doing submerged flowers so that should be super easy to do and I'll probably buy flowers and silver dollar eucalyptus from Sam's Club for the centerpieces.

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Costco.com sells bridal bundles. Not sure what the color customization is. Fiftyflowers.com is the cheapest for DIY with tutorial videos. Grocery store florists are very inexpensive and high quality. Another option if you are in a major city is a local floral wholesale district which will assemble flowers at cost and prices vary by individual vendors.
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  • Shannon
    Dedicated July 2022
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    I agree with you on flowers. The quote I received from a florist for bridal bouquet was $200. I find this to be absurd. I’m considering buying 2 bouquets from a grocery store (Shoprite) for $12.99 each and making my own one day prior.
    Working on centerpieces using silk flowers from Michael’s as they have a nice selection. I know you don’t want fake. I’ve heard many people using Costco’s real flowers too.
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  • Jennifer
    Rockstar October 2022
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    The issue I have with fresh flowers is that they have to be done like the days leading up to the wedding and I think that’s the last thing I want to do going into the Welcome Party and Wedding. I’m okay doing 1 or 2 of them but to do ALL the bouquets, boutonnières, and corsages would just kill me haha. My centerpieces are just going to be submerged roses so it won’t be too bad to do. I did try them with faux florals and it turn the water red 🤣 My plan right now is to have The Bouqs do all of the bridesmaids bouquets, groomsmen boutonnières our mom’s corsages, and our dad’s boutonnières. I have a $75 credit at our local florist so I’m going to use that for my bridal bouquet and our matching boutonnière since we want them to standout anyway.
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  • Shannon
    Dedicated July 2022
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    Agreed that arranging fresh flowers is too much on an undertaking and prepping.
    I love the look of submerged flowers with floating candles. Smart that you tested it first. I saw these on Etsy where you can buy components all in one my. I wonder if their faux flowers leak color.
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  • Chloe
    Devoted February 2022
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    I know what you mean, each and every quote from florists we've received seems like a total rip off! So I kind of "cheated" for bouquets and boutonnieres - I figured out what flowers I wanted and asked a florist for a quote for one bouquet and three boutonnieres without mentioning that it's actually for a wedding (luckily we only have one groomsman and one "man of honour" in our party). The price was half of what we got quoted for bridal bouquets... We have to pick them the day before as they don't deliver, but still, shows how crazy this industry is. Our centerpieces are DIY and don't have to be kept fresh, sort of like this picture (it's a winter wedding), so luckily this isn't a problem and we can set them up the day beforediy Bouquets - Cost and Logistics 2

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  • B
    Just Said Yes May 2022
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    I am dealing with the same issue and I am unsure on where to actually start.

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  • Jennifer
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    Omg! That is so beautiful! I love it! The quote would have been more if you said it was for a wedding?! Ugh... That's just wrong... That's totally crazy!

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  • Jennifer
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    Oh also, I tried to make my own boutonnieres (that I was quoted $15 for each). I bought the roses and silver dollar eucalyptus from our local florist for less than $15. I already have floral wire, floral tape, and white organza ribbons. It was so freaking easy to do. I may just do the boutonnieres myself.

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  • Chloe
    Devoted February 2022
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    Not sure, but bridal bouquets were all quoted at between 100-150€, and the "normal" bouquet from that florist is 70€... So you know, the word "bridal" seems to up the price by 100%
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  • Shannon
    Dedicated July 2022
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    That is crazy. I’ve considered telling the florist it’s for a party, not wedding but they would have to deliver to the wedding venue. Why should the cost vary by event?
    Just love your centerpieces and crystals.
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  • Chloe
    Devoted February 2022
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    I guess it's the same for weddings and babies - both are driven by emotion and people want to get the best they can afford, and vendors know it, so they price accordingly...


    Thank you! To be fair, it's a Pinterest picture, not ours. But we will try to duplicate the look!
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