Anyone DIY bridal bouquet or bouts?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
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Buzzing bee
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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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Buzzing bee

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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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

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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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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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Newbee

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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