Anyone DIY bees do center pieces themselves?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My stepmom and stepsister are DIYing my centerpieces 🙂

Guest Table:

 

 

Head Table:

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I bought and painted (with spray paint) all my vases. I just couldn’t bear to pay the 15/20$ per vase rental they were going to charge me. Saved me a lot of money and I got the exact vases and colour I wanted 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I don’t know your budget, but I would never pay that much for flowers. If you’re crafty, 10 centerpieces are not such a burden. There are tons of ideas over the Internet. Plus, you can go to another florist and simply buy the flowers you like if you want fresh flowers (don’t mention it’s for a wedding), but you can also do centerpieces without real flowers and it won’t bother anyone (chances are, allergic people will thank you ! Hahaha !)

Since I’m getting married in winter, we won’t have fresh flowers. We’ll do centerpieces with branches and fake flowers we’ll buy at discount decor stores. I have 7 do to. I expect it to cost me less than 200$. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

inky_1 super cute! are they painting or distressing the rectangular woodbox?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am DIYing my flower centrepieces. I ordered the following flowers for a total of $470 – the florists you have spoken to seem VERY highly priced:

 

75 lavender roses

75 dark purple carnations

75 white carnations

50 green hydrangeas

35 stems of green button mums

several bunches of various filler and palm leaves to wrap around the inside of the vase

 

I am also providing my venue the white lace votive holders from Ikea and they are putting them on the table for me.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I am DIYing our centerpieces for under $15 per centerpiece.  Here’s my inspiration photo:

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I put my centerpieces together the day before the wedding with help from my sister.  We made 10 centrepieces, each table had a floral arrangement that we DIY’d from Whole Foods flowers, plus two vases with floating candles.  It saved us a lot of money but I would only recommend doing this if you have a day of coordinator or someone who will set up the centerpieces for you and take them down at the end of the night!!

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Jas00:  I bought our 2′ tall glass vases for $12 each (off Craigslist), then spent $200 on flowers (no fillers) and arranged them myself!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Jas00:  My sister did mine.  She actually does do flowers in TX but I got to watch the whole process and could see why she kept telling me it was easy!  I would have been fine with something simple like wild flowers in small vases or something, but she couldn’t help herself & I couldn’t complain ;-).  

First, my husband made all the boxes (28 of them!!!).  We got cheap fence wood from Lowes because he was able to cut it all down with his power saw.  After he made the boxes, he lined them with plastic from a large sheet that he cut into smaller pieces (for only 10, heavy duty plastic garbage bags could work too).  He stapled them inside the boxes about an inch under the top.  Then my sister got that green foamy stuff and soaked it, then put it in the boxes.  For many of the flowers, especially the softer stems, she wrapped flower wire around them so they’d be stronger to poke into the foam.  She was able to shape it how she wanted.

I’m sure if that interestes you, or with whatever you choose, if you practice a few times & you’re good with crafts, you will be able to do just fine!  She did all of them the day before & she ordered the flowers online.  Some of them were delivered to our house & some we had to pick up at the airport.  I’ve heard a lot of people have done well with Costco flowers too.  I don’t really know how much it would cost, but I do know that she bought a ton of flowers- we had about 250 guests, 28 flower boxes, a canopy covered in flowers and bouquets for 4 girls plus a bunch of other things and they cost less than half of what they are trying to charge you.  You can definitely save doing it on your own!  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Also, our friends did minimal flowers and a bunch of clear candle holders filled with white candles & it was gorgeous.  She bought them all at places like the 99 cent store & big lots & saved a ton of money!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I DIYd mine too and kept them super duper simple. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Jas00:  I didn’t, but I did have an army of family and friends who slaughtered a gazillion zinnias and other flowers from my dad’s garden the morning of the wedding and arranged them all.  It looked awesome!  Here are some of them the morning after.

It’s a fair bit of work and I’d plan to have someone else other than you do it – you don’t want to be stressing about that the morning of, plus you’ll probably be super busy anyway.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

I DIY’ed all the flowers for my wedding.  I spent about $900 on cut flowers from Wegmans, and another $150 on potted hydrangea.   It all came together with the help of my amazing bridal team the night before and the morning of the wedding.  It was a labor of love, but it looked amazing in the end!  

 

I did all the bouquets the morning of the wedding, had help putting together the centerpieces, and a friend of the family did the bouts. I had a small wedding but I wanted tons of flowers, so we did smaller centerpieces…. I think I had 15 wet foam arrangements (in the copper pots) and 20 smaller glass fishbowl flower arrangements.  The guests loved the look and I was giddy seeing it all come together on my wedding day!

DIY flowers is totally doable and worth it, you just need plenty of time and people to help prepare!  If I could do it over, I would have made the arrangements 2 days in advance.  I also used a flower spray to help extend the life and fresh-look of the flowers, which helped a lot.

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