My Favorite Cut Flower
Our all-time favorite cut flower is the Peruvian Lily or alstroemeria. You can find these orchid-like beauties at the supermarket now in big bunches, quite inexpensively as flowers go, 3 big sleeves for $10-$12. My husband surprised me with them for my 61st birthday. We trimmed the ends and filled up my Nana’s old vase.
I have some reasons that these are perfect for wedding bouquets and graduation centerpieces, but I will get to that!
Alstroemeria are so much less expensive than roses or about anything else, they don’t drop pollen or debris, and they come in about a zillion festival colors so you can mix and match to your heart’s content.
This bunch I purchased earlier this week (6 stems of 4-5 flowers each) was $3.30! I don’t buy flowers for myself everyday, so I felt very thrifty!
After 7 long hours of being tucked into a now-falling-down hairdo, this beautiful flower still retained its vigor and lasted another two weeks once we got it in a vase! Pretty impressive!
Because of their many winsome attributes, Peruvian lilies would make an amazing cut flower for bridal bouquets and table centerpieces. The best thing about them is their toughness and staying power; they will remain fresh and perky over twice as long as other cut flowers!
For those of you doing weddings or graduations this year (table centerpieces) I want to recommend looking into this flower if you wish to make your own (or pay a friend to do it for you) to save money.
Wikipedia states that “growers have overcome the problem of seasonal dormancy and resulted in plants that are evergreen, or nearly so, and flower for most of the year.” Our local florist said it is available to them year round.
Flower costs are the biggest mystery to me. Fascinating what some people will pay for flowers for a wedding, but who’s to judge!?! Check out The Bees’ Flower Budgets!
So How Much Do Wedding Bouquets Cost? Brides Magazine online shows us with 6 different bouquets.
Here is their first selection, and it will set you back $175…for one bouquet!
This company (Bella) charges $118 for this single bouquet and one matching boutonniere. This is $10-$12 (maybe $20) worth of locally-purchased Peruvian Lilies!
Here is a bouquet idea with Peruvian Lily (alstroemeria), tulips, spray mums and some greenery added. You could use English ivy, as we have done, from your yard, or the local florist can get it inexpensively. Just use the flowers in colors of your choice and add complimenting ribbon.
Here is another lovely site with pretty ideas using alstroemeria and garden roses!
Consider making you own centerpiece.
Here is a natural arrangement of Peruvian Lilies as they begin to open in a glass vase dressed up with a slice of lemon.
The huge mark-up on ready-made arrangements like the one below is despite the fact that Peruvian Lilies are rather inexpensive and this arrangement is uncomplicated! For 3 centerpieces figure on $220 and for 12 it will be a staggering $845… Oh, dear!
Or make your own fishbowl centerpiece(s) for a fraction of the cost! You can use pretty stones or small rocks, too, if the kumquats are unavailable or too pricey! This many lilies will run you many hundreds of dollars less. Your local florist will be glad to work with you; they may already be getting in the color of your choice!
“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” ~Martin Luther
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