I recently had a first meeting with a florist, and I was completely blown away by the cost of tall, rounded, floral centerpieces. I am doing many bright colors (peacock/orchid colors with pops of raspberry and chartreuse), and the florist explained that full centerpieces filled with these special flowers end up costing an arm and a leg.
We have a reception hall with very high ceilings, and there will be a good 20 tables + the head table. Everything that I envisioned meant that at least 6 of these tables would have taller centerpieces, and we are about 5k off of to being able to afford that with the other design needs. I just cannot wrap my head around NOT having taller centerpieces in some places.
SO a bunch of questions - if anyone can answer any, I'd be forever indebted to you!
1. I'd like to potentially hang tissue paper flower balls from the ceiling at varying heights. That way, I can do low centerpieces, but it will appear to be a good design choice because of all that will be hanging from above. I have been told by the venue that they have a crane, but I need to hire a professional to hang this. My coordinator is not one of them. Does anyone know of "a professional ceiling decorator" in the suburbs of Chicago (near Addison), or what to search for online to find some?
2. Does anyone have any creative ideas to create taller centerpieces? I'd be open to doing the tissue paper balls there possibly if I can get them to look not-so-cheesy next to real flowers on other tables - if anyone has seen this in photos, I'd love to see them!
3. The other recommendation from my florist is to do one HUGE centerpiece in the middle of the dance floor, filled with all of my colors and flowers. She said it would be so gigantic and tree-like, that it would not be knocked down if someone fell on it. I would then just place candles on the tables. Has anyone seen this done successfully in photos?
4. FINALLY - my quote for everything - just flowers/centerpieces - was $8500. I don't know, but this seems completely and utterly extreme. I have 6 bridesmaids, 8 groomsmen, and I'm not doing any fresh flowers for my ceremony except our bouquets. Does anyone have any recommendations of awesome florists that they worked with in the Chicago Suburbs who had some more reasonable quotes for ~200 guests, ~6 tall centerpieces, ~14 small centerpieces?
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read and help - I'm lost on this one!