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15th-Feb-2009 01:32 pm
oh my legs
Where are you folks getting your flowers from? I want modern fun flowers!

Edit> I dont think I will be spending more than 500 in flowers. We don't have a wedding party and only a couple tables at the reception.

So far, I have the save the dates, dress, ceremony location, reception location, and hotel room for before/after. Yay!
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15th-Feb-2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
It's been quite a while since my own wedding, but I work for a Seattle wedding photographer (Janet Klinger Photography), so I have opinions about and have worked with quite a few florists in town.

For really modern looking flowers, my first choice would be Christiane at Flora Nova Design, whose work is always stunning, and she's super-nice, too!. And while I haven't worked with the Christopher in Christopher Flowers nearly as often, he did gorgeous, very hip arrangements for my day job's clients Emily & Shyam (slideshow) (the really good flower shots are about half way through.)
[There are other florists I can recommend, those are just the two who come first to mind when you say modern+fun]
15th-Feb-2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hm, I think both of those have min. which are way more than I need (2500 and 1000). We are not having a wedding parties and there will only be a couple tables. I should have put that in the post... my concern was the mins. these peoples expect.
15th-Feb-2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
We used Avant (Avante?) Garden on Aurora and 145th and they were OK. They seem pretty low-key. I made my mom and sister handle all of that since I didn't care about the flowers, but I would be willing to guess they don't have a minimum, or if they do, I can't imagine it's that high.
15th-Feb-2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
if you're allowed to have silk flowers that's the route i went... i ordered a custom bunch from this lady off ebay... she does any kind of package you want and the prices are pretty reasonable.

http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Affordable-Elegance-Silk-Florals__W0QQ_armrsZ1

and no one could tell that they were silk...
here's what mine looked like

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll71/NickANDTina/From%20the%20photographer/TINA4x6580of2480.jpg
16th-Feb-2009 12:43 am (UTC)
You do need some one (or some time) to pick them up, but unless you're particular about the types of flowers you want, you can't do much cheaper than the farmers' market. For our reception, and as parts of the bouquet (a friend of the bride made), we bought a bunch of mismatched glass vases at a thrift store, and then we bought flowers from the farmers' market.

Ahead of time, we picked a vendor at the market held on the day of our wedding (U District), and we special ordered their standard bouquets for that day. We may have gotten a bulk discount, I'm not sure, but they usually sell them for $10-15 a big bunch, so we probably spent less than $200-300 on them. (I can't remember how much, exactly.)

The only wrinkle was that we found out close to the wedding that they wouldn't let us pick them up on Saturday morning; instead, we had to get them down at Pike Place Market on Friday. We prepped them ourselves, and we brought them to the reception location the morning of the wedding.

Everyone loved the flowers, and we could give away the flowers already in vases. It's definitely a DIY solution, but it saved us a ton on flowers.
16th-Feb-2009 01:17 am (UTC)
I had my flowers from Flowers from the Garden (http://www.seattleflowersfromthegarden.com) and she did a fantastic job despite my vague descriptions and indecision about what I wanted. I highly recommend her!
16th-Feb-2009 04:58 am (UTC)
dang, I was so excited about her but she has a 1,000 min. Thanks though :(
16th-Feb-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
I guess that must be new - I just had her do bouts & corsages and it was under $500, but that was last March. Good luck!
17th-Feb-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
You know, if you have help, I would just have them pick up bouquets at Trader Joes on the day of.... they have FANTASTIC deals on really fun flowers. Note, though... if you will be carrying them, they do not have the pollen parts removed - either remove them or be warned that they will stain your dress.
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