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I am DIY-ing the flowers for the reception which will only take me a couple hours. The night before the wedding im hanging out in my suite with the bridesmaids after the rehearsal dinner, popping some chick flicks into the tv opening a bottle of wine and putting them together. The centerpieces are fine being done ahead of time the roses will be able to drink and bloom some more over night. Not so sure I can DIY bouquets though.
We looked into getting 5 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 10 boutonnieres, and 4 small wrist corsages. We didnt think it would be that espensive for all that but were looking at like $1500-$3000 so far for the quotes we are getting and thats not including the delivery fees. We are now thinking of DIY-ing it. <br /><br />I have no experience with flowers outside of aranging them in vases. Can we do this ahead of time or does it need to be done the morning of the wedding? Any advice, experience and photos would be greatly appreciated!!!!
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Footballwife: I’m really looking forward to the responses on this page. After being stunned with how much flowers cost, I’m seriously considiner DIYing mine too.
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I can share what I know about the arangements for the reception. <br /><br />I am doing roses, babys breath and seeded eucalyptus.
The flowers are being delivered the thursday before the wedding (Saturday)
When the floers arrive on thursday I am going to trim the stems and put them in those big orange home depot buckets to drink for a bit. The flowers arrive “sleepy” and might looks dead to people who think they arrive perfect. Once they get a chance to drink for a couple hours and come back to life. I will then trim off all the guard petals on the roses so they can bloom over night. I will leave everything alone until the night before the wedding. Just checking to pull of any bad leaves or petals and make sure there is enough water in a decently cool place.
I will arange everything the friday night before the wedding, which is perfect because it gives the roses more time to open up and become fuller looking. I just have to be sure not to overcrowd the vases or else they wont be able to open up any more. I am not refrigerating the centerpieces either. When i did my mock up at home they lasted for a week looking beautiful in a pretty humid and warm living room so i have no doubt they will be fine un refrigerated, but i know the bouquets need more care than im prepared for 🙁
My centerpieces for the weddings, the flowers are only costing about $600 for 24 tables. <br /><br />no idea how to do bouts or the corsages, or anything like that, worried they wont come out that good.
these are the mockups for my centerpieces that ive shared a million times :p
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Your centerpieces look amazing! I love the color of the roses. I am so obsessed with getting to DIY my own flowers! I’ll attach some photos below, but the bouquets are easy to do and you’ll be fine doing them the night before. My advice is that when you’re arranging, keep all of the stems long. I would recommend trimming just a little bit after you’re done so that you’ll get them to drink a bit more water overnight. You can wrap it up with the floral tape to keep everything in place, but don’t snip the stems until the day of! My bouquet is much more complicated than my bridesmaids’.
The example I attached below is the one I’m planning for me. For my bridesmaids, I’m thinking ~3 hydrangea stems, 2 peonies and a succulent.
For the bouts, we are planning on using succulents and maybe dusty miller in addition to one other small flower (maybe something pink). These are fairly easy to make, but I’ve also heard that they’re slightly finnicky. These I’ve heard is they’re best made the day of. You’ll just snip the stems so that they’re all the same length and wrap tightly with floral tape or wrap and tie it off tightly with ribbon!
Good luck and I’m sure they’ll end up looking beautiful!
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cnguyen1104: I absolutely love those!! So beautiful! Very ambitious too! More than a few variety of flowers makes me nervous I dont think I could pull of anything as nice as yours!
My mock ups were nowhere near perfect, I didnt have all the color roses and I didnt have the seeded eucalyptus to created some depth and draping around the vases. Each restangular table is getting 4 of them and the round tables will have a taller arangement with twice as many roses. It looks silly seeing the small single arangement with the table number.
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Footballwife: Thank you for yoru kind words! Only the bridal bouquet will be this complicated :p Definitely don’t be afraid to get creative with this! I think that what you have in mind will be absolutely beautiful! To be honest with you, I’m not as familiar with wrist corsages, but I would turn to YouTube or blogs to find tutorials 🙂
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i did bouts for my wedding – i couldn’t justify spending $10 on 1 flower. I did them the night before and it took me about an hour to do 8. They absolutely need to be done the night before because you can only spay them with water to keep them hydrated. I didn’t have a rehearsal dinner and from experience of being in other weddings, by the time you set up, reherse, have the dinner and get home, you will NOT want to assemble bouquets or bouts.
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My mum did my bouquets/bouts/centerpieces ahead of time with Costco flowers.
It really depends on what flowers you use. The Costco flower lady warned against hydrangeas, but we used roses, calla lillies, lisianthums, and a bunch of green stuff and they turned out great. I have pics at home, let me know if you would like to see them.
We put the flowers in teh fridge at the reception venue overnight, and picked them up about 2 hours before teh ceremony. We also plunked them in vases at the reception.
I went away for 2 week honeymoon, my bouquet was still kicking when I returned (even though I asked my mum to dry it, but that’s a whole other tangent)
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Footballwife: Those are really pretty! I DIYed bouquets with babys breath no problem. DH didn’t want bouts so we skipped corsages too. My mom has made corsages and bouts 1,000 times (she brings them to a nursing home each month for birthday people) and they’re pretty simple. Wire everything together with floral wire, then wrap with ribbon. You can definitely make them the night before, not sure about two days before. Just store in the fridge overnight in individual plastic bags. I’d recommend a trial of course, but you should be able to do it.
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Footballwife: Do NOT wait until the night before! Even just for reception flowers. They take waaaay longer than you think.
I did all of our flowers on Thursday for a Saturday wedding. Bouts/bouquets/corsages went in the fridge. Everything else stayed out and I cranked the AC. With 3 other peoples’ help, it took us from about 7pm to 2am for 7 bouquets, 10 bouts, 2 corsages, 11 centerpieces and about 8 small vases.
The only thing I would leave til last minute would be bouts and corsages. They’re not that hard and tended to wilt a bit. But I would do bouquets and centerpieces earlier if you at all possibly can.
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If any of this helps…..starting to feel like im taking on more than I should have but there is no backing out!!
I forgot to add that I do not have refrigeration where I am at. I have a small fridge in the suite that I can fit the bouts and corsages but it definitely will not hold the bouquets.
The reception venu can not refrigerate anything for us, we actually can’t even come in to set up the DIY decor until 9am the morning of the wedding. I will need a serious plan in place to make sure we run like a well oiled machine the day of the wedding.
The only family in the area is my FI grandmother but he will be staying with her, so thats kind of an off limits area until after the wedding haha were old fashioned and dont want to see each other.
I am staying at my parents Wed night the week of the wedding, flowers are being delivered on thursday.
Friday we are driving an hour+ away to the hotel and the area of the wedding. I had thought of prepping the centerpieces ahead of time but its even harder to transport the finished arangements in a car for that long than it is to transport the buckets of roses.
We will be checking into the hotel around 2pm, rehearsal is at 4:30/5…..so if anything I have two hours to get cranking on the centerpieces. The centerpiece I showed took me less than 5 minutes. We are putting together 36 arangements the size shown and 11 arangements twice the size shown.
36 small arangements x 5 min each = 3 hours with no help
3 Hours/at least 5 people = less than an hour to arange all 36
11 large arangements x 10 min each = less than two hours with no help
2 hours/ 5 people = 24 min.
So at most, with clear isntructions and 4 helpers….I can get all the reception arangements done in 2 hours. If possible maybe I can have everyone help before the rehearsal and after the rehearsal everyone can make their own bouquet and one bout.
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I DIY’d my own flowers and it was AMAZING! I SAVED THOUSANDS!
I ended up going with Flower Moxie (http://www.flowermoxie.com) because they sell by the bunch, and because they helped me figure out how much I needed. I seriously emailed them my Pinterest board and was like “Good luck!” and they did the math for me and broke it down per bouquet and centerpiece. Like in each bridesmaid use 7 rose stems, 5 stems of stock, 1/2 bunch of dusy miller…it was so easy!
I liked it because I got the specialty flowers that I wanted for my bouquet (orchids), and I didn’t have to buy and ENTIRE BOX.
Hope that helps! I say, go for it!!!
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