After getting engaged and picking our wedding date, the next step was finding our vendors. I knew that I wanted a venue filled with fresh (real) pale flowers in ivory, pale pink, and pale peach tones, and I told the florist I was consulting with just that - not wanting to compromise with any fake flowers. The first florist, who I knew well and trusted, gave me a quote on the bouquets alone, and I knew I was in trouble. The bouquets alone were more than my total flower budget, and I had 40 centerpieces that I still needed for my reception venue. I had two choices, 1.) compromise on my dream OR 2.) try to do flowers on my own through FiftyFlowers.com.
I went with option two with ordering the flowers from FiftyFlowers.com and I came in to some great luck as well.
I actually ended up getting help from my decorator, who also does floral arrangements. We set up an assembly line where my sister, mom, and I collected all of the flowers that went into each arrangement and had him, the professional, arrange them for us. He even allowed me to use his floral refrigerator, so we did not have to worry about our flowers not lasting until we were ready for them. We did a total of 36 arrangements for centerpieces, 8 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 matron of honor bouquet, 2 mother bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 15 boutonnieres, 5 corsages, 8 arrangements for gravesites (for all of our grandparents that could not be with us), and still some extra that we decorated with all over.
I am extremely disappointed that I forgot to take pictures of my centerpieces! They were beautiful. My photographer is still in the edit process with the ones I shared being the sneak peeks, so I am hoping he may have captured some.
Each arrangement and the bridesmaid bouquets had the following flowers: 4 creamy ivory roses, 3 peaches and cream roses, 1 stem of vanilla ice cream spray rose (has multiple flowers), 2-4 stems of Italian Ruscus Greenery (we started to run a little low on this with what I ordered, but my florist had some extra), 2-3 stems of the white freesia flowers, and 2 stems of the tissue culture statice white flower. My florist had another type of greenery that he added, but I forget the name.
My bridal arrangement was made of double the amount in the other arrangements.
Plus, I ordered some Cafe Au Latte Dahlias from another site. They were not available any more on FiftyFlowers for whatever the reason - most likely because of whether, since the Dahlias ended up being very purple because of the warmer weather than usual they experienced instead of the ivory color they were supposed to. There were still some light ones, so I used the light colored ones in my bridal bouquet, the mothers bouquets, and the matron of honor bouquet. Then, I put the more colorful ones in different vases all on their own in other locations, so they wouldn't throw off the look of the other arrangements.
I will definitely order flowers from FiftyFlowers.com and would recommend anyone to order from them!
I also would recommend being frank with your decorator / local florist and seeing if they would be willing to help you. A lot of times, they get their flowers from a third party, so they may be willing to allow you to order the flowers from FiftyFlowers and then just charge you for their labor. I know it was a huge relief in having help. If I needed to do it myself though, I was willing to do so.