Jackie Mason | November 30, 2005
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Erik Bates | November 30, 2005
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Michael Paul Cote | November 30, 2005
One thought, if you know any one "crafty", a possiblity is to go to a wholesaler and buy the flowers and pay a friend to do the arrangements. You can have the input as to what you want, the flowers are generally less expensive and if the cards fall right, the person might do it in lieux of a gift! Just a thought, good luck.

And yes, if the florist is in a ritzier section of town, you will end up paying more. Generally speaking. There are many types of flowers that you can mix with roses to get a nice effect. Check the library or online for ideas. I'm sure Martha Stewart (ich) must have some kind of book or site for flower arranging.

Jackie Mason | December 1, 2005
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Amy Austin | December 1, 2005
Yes, I would have made the same suggestion as Mike... but here are two more thoughts -- although one is more just that than a suggestion, and the other is actual advice:

(Food for) thought #1 -- Have you seen Maria Full of Grace yet??? That movie, as little of the industry as it showed, really opened the closet door for me (so to speak)... you know, the one that hides the children in the sweat shops and the underpaid foreign help (Real Women Have Curves... another one that did that for me)? It isn't like it's showing me anything that I didn't already know in my head, but it did give it a face and make it seem more real -- you know what I mean? (You may, if you've already seen the movie.)

Thought (suggestion) #2 -- Have you considered trying to find live plants that would provide a feeling similar to arrangements? Like miniature rosebushes, in lieu of table arrangements, for instance?? May not be *far* less economical, but could provide a bonus as wedding favors for a selected group of people (don't know how big your reception attendance is planned, but I am thinking of the bridesmaids, moms, flowergirl(s), wedding party, etc... since there will naturally be fewer tables than attendees, right?) -- thus providing less for the garbage... or the closet, where I imagine most napkins/matchboxes/other non-edible favors (Jordan almonds!) end up. Live plants can serve as an ever-present and aesthetically pleasing reminder of your special day for those close to you and your groom. (So, whattaya think... should I go get my planner's license now??? ;-DDDDD)


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