After coming to the realization that I should not DIY my flowers, I contacted a florist based in the mountain community where we will be getting married to get an idea on prices. To get two basic rose bouquets, four boutonnières and maybe one or two small rose arrangements will pretty much eat up the rest of our decorations budget. So I know I can forget about upgrading my flowers and staying within budget. She asked me to email her some pictures to give her a better idea of what I'm looking for. I bit the bullet and started looking at photos of bouquets, and sure enough plain rose bouquets are not what I'm drawn to. Here's what I sent her way.
(all images from The Knot)
After doing this legwork for the florist, I realized that my dream flowers are probably out of my budget. I was feeling a little deflated, and then I found out that the Mister's sister spent only $340 on her flowers by ordering them direct from a wholesaler in the Flower District, and that got her enough flowers (tulips, to be precise) for two bouquets, 10 or so boutonnières, centerpieces for 20 something tables and rose petals for the flower girls. And she had flowers left over. Sure the flowers had to be assembled the morning of the wedding, but to be honest it wasn't hard at all. So I can only imagine how much easier (and cheaper) it would be for my wedding since we wouldn't even need half of the flowers she had at her wedding. The only negative was that she got up at 3:40 a.m. two days before her wedding to drive downtown and pick up the flowers.
So I'm left in a conundrum. I could DIY my flowers and afford the pricer blooms that I'll inevitably want or I can hire a florist and save myself the stress of having to DIY my flowers.
We have a meeting set up with the florist on May 14th, when we'll be going up to the mountains to get our engagement pictures done. No decision will be made until after that meeting and we get a firm quote on what the flowers we want will cost. My fingers are crossed that she comes back with an amazingly low quote and I love everything in her proposal. (A girl can dream, can't she?) Until then, any advice for me? What would you do if you were in my shoes?