Kari
Master May 2020

diy Flower Table Decor Help: Where to Find Low Cost Vessels and Floral Supplies

Kari, on January 21, 2020 at 11:04 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 9
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We are doing semi-DIY florals for our wedding. We'll be having a floral arbor decoration, bouquets, and boutonnieres all done by our florist and will then be supplied with bulk flowers for the rest of our decor, primarily used for centerpieces and table decorations for our cocktail and reception area. This worked to our advantage because our florist already has another wedding that day and my mom is actually really talented at making flower arrangements.

Our reception venue has rectangular farmhouse tables, so we are considering doing either long and low vessels or a mix of vases at different heights. I've already got a lot of ideas pinned for inspiration, but we'll need to supply all of our own vases, vessels, and decor, and oasis/oases (those foam blocks you stick flowers in) for the tables. We are having 60-80 guests seated at farmhouse tables that each sit 6-8 people, so roughly 8-10 long tables will be used for dinner, and then are having a sweetheart table for us and might have some other tables for escort cards, photos, gifts, guestbook, etc in the reception area. We'll also have some high top cocktail tables in the cocktail area.

Any recommendations for inexpensive vases, vessels, floral supplies, etc? We've considered doing just mason jars because they are inexpensive and easy to buy in bulk, but they're pretty rustic and a bit overdone, so I wanted to explore other options. We could also just spend the next four months thrifting vases, but I'm not sure if we'll get enough that way or if they'll all be too different or difficult to clean, etc.

Any ideas of what we could use as inexpensive vessels, or where we could buy florist supplies or vessels in bulk?
If you've done DIY florals, where did you find all of your supplies?

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Latest activity by Kari, on January 30, 2020 at 3:18 PM
  • Cherry
    Expert February 2020
    Cherry ·
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    You can find vases at the Dollar Tree (just $1 each) and paint them, use ribbons, add crystals, etc. There are tons of ways to dress them up - or you can leave them plain and just add the florals. They do have some other floral supplies there as well, but I'm not sure they're very good. The craft stores all sell foams, tapes and wires, too, but I'm not sure about purchasing in bulk. Between thrifting, yard sales, and Dollar Tree you could be SUPER successful finding vases/vessels.

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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    The dollar store is a great place to find lots of different types of vases/glasswear. I would also check Facebook marketplace, I've seen a lot of stuff on there. You could also use wine bottles and spray paint them! As for actual artificial flowers, I love Ling's Moment flowers (bought them on Amazon, but they also have their own website) and I've gotten a few different things from Hobby Lobby and Walmart too Smiley smile

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  • Sherry
    Master September 2019
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    I got almost everything I needed from Dollar Tree. You can visit a store near you or you can order in bulk from their website.

    https://www.dollartree.com/department/floral-home-decor

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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    We aren't using any artificial flowers.

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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    Thanks all, we do have a Dollar Tree in town so I'll stop by and see what those vase options look like. I wasn't loving the look of what I saw on their website but it would be good to see options in person. I also found some smaller bud vases (which is really what we are looking for) at Michaels that could work.

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  • Megan
    Super October 2020
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    I second Facebook Marketplace!! There are a TON of brides who are trying to get rid of their hundreds of mismatched vases on there! It’s also a really great place to find partially used candles (tip from our florist).
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    Thanks! I'm not on Facebook so might mention it to my fiance or just thrift the old fashioned way. I looked on Craigslist but didn't find much there. Getting on Facebook is just not worth it to me. Quitting Facebook was one of the best personal decisions I've made in my adult life and I'm not turning back!

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  • Taylor
    VIP October 2020
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    I'd recommend the same places as previous posters. I got 75 of the cylinder vases (3 different heights) for $110 on Facebook Marketplace. As far as the floral supplies goes, Fifty Flowers sells both flowers and supplies. I'm also having long farm tables and I found it to be more cost efficient to do garland instead of a ton of different vases with flowers. Definitely something to look into Smiley smile

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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    I wanted to do garland because I think it's beautiful with farm tables and I love greenery, but its so expensive (everywhere I looked including on Fifty Flowers it's like $10/foot)! We're estimating 8-10 eight foot farm tables to seat our guests so that would be like $800 worth of garland, whereas we can get in season bulk flowers in buckets from our local, organic florist for about $250-$300. That leaves us with $500 to spend on vases and vessels and since I'm going for smaller bud vases (as opposed to massive centerpieces) I think we can find them for way less and save money going the flower route. Thanks for the idea though! I really do love garland and floral and greenery runners just had no idea how expensive they were!

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