Monday, 10 November 2008

Flowers


Images by Real Flower Company except top right (by me) and the one underneath that which is Vera Wang.

Question: Why is it when you go to a florist and mention that you were recommended them by a caterer and that you are looking for flowers for your wedding but you want them as cut stems, not bouquets, they look at you as if you smell bad?


Our caterer recommended a florist. Although I am pretty sure that I will order the flowers on-line I thought I might have a look and see what a local independent florist could offer. I asked about cut stems. He could provide them for £2.50 a stem in wraps of 10 or 20 but became immediately scathing when it became apparent that I intended to parcel them up into bouquets and buttonholes myself.


Obviously I am not stupid. I will have a trial run with some roses from a supermarket and I shall attempt to make my bouquet and a buttonhole or two. If they look alright I shall order something from the online florist to check the service and will hope that everything goes alright on the night before. Clearly if the bouquets look terrible I will reassess my options. But I really don't see the need to spend £75-£100 on my bouquet when all I want is a bunch of roses tied with a ribbon...


Which is probably the answer to my question. Florist hears word 'wedding' and suddenly imagines all the profit they can make on the flowers. Which is not so much if I do it myself. Next time I will not mention the wedding. Probably for the best.

Please excuse the thing splashed across the photo board - until I find a better free option it has to stay
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7 comments:

Guilty Secret said...

After lots of searching, I used Triangle Nursery, who deliver nationwide and they were excellent - really helpful and the best price I found (for callas - might vary for roses).

http://www.trianglenursery.co.uk/

Good luck!

a london bride said...

Yes I know, they are terrible aren't they, wedding + 50%. I never considered doing my own flowers but having seen peonies' flowers think it's absolutely lovely. Plus there's loads of courses on arranging and that coupled with the cost of the flowers is still probably cheaper...

Good luck!

Rachel said...

Thanks Guilty for the advice (which is much appreciated) - now get back to being married!

London bride: I am going to have some trial runs and if it looks s**t I will get a florist to do them!

send flowers cheap said...

When we say wedding, florist will consider that we definitely will buy...no matter what cost...espescially when we say the wedding is tomorrow!

http://send-flowers-cheap.blogspot.com/

CeeCee said...

There is a post on Cup of Jo today about supermarket bouquets. Spotted it and thought it might prove helpful. x

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2008/11/supermarket-wedding-bouquets.html

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Rachel said...

Thanks CeeCee that is fab. I have had a look and there is some great inspiration for flowers on a budget. x