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    • linzi
      CommentAuthorlinzi
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    I know we are paying for their time and effort, but i have just bought a bunch of 6 beautiful peonies from tesco for £4!!! I am getting charged about £8 per head for mine! (ok, they are coming from New Zealand, but still)

    there were beautiful roses there for £8 a bunch, and I reckon 3 bunches would easy make a lovely hand tied posey. Slap a bit of ribbon round the stems and bobs your uncle. (I do have an uncle called Bob, never quite got that saying)

    I know that florist flowers are supposed to be better quality, but we only need them to look good for 1 day!! (we are going on honeymoon the very next day, so cant even enjoy them at home after).

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    • ricky
      CommentAuthorricky
      Got married 9 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    Well you have proved your own argument .....lol....do your own..I bet you could xxxx
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    • x~Hails~x
      CommentAuthorx~Hails~x
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      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    One reason im getting silk is so im not paying loads of money for something that will wilt and die!
    This way i get to enjoy them forever and for £250 for everything i think thats a bargain hehehe

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    • XLittleMissMe!X
      CommentAuthorXLittleMissMe!X
      Posted: May 27th 2011
     
    I'm also using foam so I can keep them after too. I think if you are wanting hand tied then they are pretty easy to do yourself its just when you start to go into shower and teardrops that I wouldn't take the chance with real flowers. Might be worth you giving it a try before the day. What have you got to lose?




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    • linzi
      CommentAuthorlinzi
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    i just had my heart set on real flowers, and my flower designer is doing a beautiful bouquet for me that I would never manage myself. But their mark up must be incredible.

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    • CommentAuthorSpecialSundae
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    I'm set on real flowers and a friend's mum who is a competitive flower arranger offered to do ours. She says that her friend who's a florist mark up her flowers by 300% and then adds a little bit more on top.

    I understand that they need to make money but to buy the same flower arrangements for a dinner party is about half the price that it is for a wedding and it drives me crackers.
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    • linzi
      CommentAuthorlinzi
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      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    yep Ditto SS. I think i am in the wrong job if that is the mark-up

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    • CommentAuthorSpecialSundae
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    If The Apprentice is anything to go by I think beauty therapy is the business for the brilliant mark-ups, even more than floristry. Maybe a flowers and facials service would work.
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    • Croc
      CommentAuthorCroc
      Got married 9 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    ive got silk and real, silk so i can keep after and real for huge displays to give the room a fresh smell...

    yep the mark up on flowers is huge.... my now old florist ordered all mine apparently for £300 and wouldnt have charged less than £1000.... i know find out!!

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    • ClareS
      CommentAuthorClareS
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    Florists to charge a lot more. Mine gave me 2 quotes, one with the flowers I'd requested and one with similar looking but cheaper alternatives which halved the cost! I've gone with the cheaper option and realise she must be making a profit on this as well. I hope people aren't expecting me to toss my bouquet as afterwards I'm splitting it up and placing flowers on my brother and each of my grandparents graves. We're even taking one of our white Yorkshire roses to my h2b's great grandfather's grave in Ypres where he died whilst serving in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
    Sounds like you've answered your own question and could do them yourself :) x
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    • Unknown
      CommentAuthorUnknown
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    i would do them yourself if you think you could and will have enough time.

    i was going to get fake flowers as i thought they would be cheaper but have found a florist who will do real flowers for everything for £221 xx




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    • ClareS
      CommentAuthorClareS
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    That's a very good price MrsBarker2b! :) x
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    • louise
      CommentAuthorlouise
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    im ordering 100 red roses to be delivered 3 days b4 the wedding makeing all the buquets myself
    then putting them in water in the fridge it prolongs the life to keep them cold but takeing them out for a few hours sunlight a day!
    and my church has kindly agreed to put the flowers and ribbons inside the church in the colours i want so speak with ur vicars girls they have flower budgets every year!
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    • CommentAuthor~ஜ~Tiggs Daltry~ஜ~
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    i had real for my bouquet and i wouldnt change a thing,the smell the colours the feel of it,was worth every penny i paid
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    • Soon2beMrsHall
      CommentAuthorSoon2beMrsHall
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    Thats a good idea louise. Didnt think of that.

    Hun i would make them yourself if it is just a poise you want. I was thinking of doing that for just a poise

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    • suzky123
      CommentAuthorsuzky123
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    So far (yes theres even more to add) we have spent 1100 on flowers. Mil2b went the wholesalers and said she could do it in 300. She is now going to do all our extras as a result but we wanted the main ones done by a professional even though mil2b is fantastic, I wanted to make sure they would be perfect by getting a professional in.

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    • Suzie Bear
      CommentAuthorSuzie Bear
      Got married 9 years ago
      Posted: May 27th 2011
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    My church have offered to let me go with them to the market when they buy their flowers for the church arrangements. They will get the flowers to tie in with our theme. Yes we're paying for them and the ribbon etc but they were gonna be done anyway and at least they are gonna arrange it for free. Just a thought for saving some money x

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    • FionaM1562
      CommentAuthorFionaM1562
      Getting married in 13 months
      Posted: Jul 15th 2020
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    That's incredibly high mark up, But i think their cost acquiring their products and care may affect the pricing thats why it's best to buy on florist that grow their own Flower Got mine in ***

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    • VerityC21
      CommentAuthorVerityC21
      Getting married in 14 months
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