Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
So I had this great plan to make my own arrangements on the cheap, but then I realized I have six bouquets to make (including mine), 12 boutonnieres, and 3 corsages (preferably before the flowers all die!).
Has anyone attempted to do so many of these on their own (or with a few–but not many!–friends to help)? How many hours would I need to set aside? I can get a few practice ones in between now and then, but I’ll basically be a novice.
Or should I just give in and hire a florist?
Post # 3
Miss Mary Jane just wrote a post about this: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/09/07/bouquet-making-for-the-boorish-or-indelicate-gal/#more-110010 It was very helpful.
I am also considering making my own bouquets and all things flowery. From what I have researched, it is fairly easy, but it is important to practice, practice, practice! I am definitely not giving in and hiring a florist… too expensive for my budget.
Post # 4
I am doing my own flowers. I am buying my flowers wholesale and making the bouquets and centerpieces. I bought a bunch of flowers and did a trial run and snapped some pics. To cut down on some of the time/labor I purchased custom dried/silk flower boutonnieres off of Etsy and they are fantastic, and they were cheap!
Post # 5
I think the DIY bouquet decision depends partly on your flower choice! I did a mock-up of iris bouquets last week with flowers purchased from Sam’s Club (worked GREAT by the way!) and they only took about 5-10 minutes to make, and they lasted about 4 days fully open. So if you add in the anal-retentiveness that I will undoubtedly incur right before the wedding, they might take 15-20 minutes. I am about as artistic as a 4 year old, so I thought they were pretty good! If you have multiple flowers in the bouquet, it might take a little longer.
As far as boutenierres and corsages, I think if you can do some trials with the type of flower you plan to use and feel confident, then go for it, but leave yourself plenty of time to make them! My mom made boutenierres out of silk flowers for the ringbearers already, so if you want some people to have silk, maybe you can get a jumpstart already?
Post # 6
I should also add that we’re ordering the other corsages and boutenierres (real flowers) from a florist… I’m not that confident in our skills lol!
Post # 7
I planned on making everything myself. I got a trial bunch and decided that it wasn’t too hard.
A week before the wedding, I realized that I had no idea how to make a corsage so I ordered them. The day before the wedding was CRAZY and I am SO thankful that my MOH’s Mom came over and took over the flower arrangements. She brought filler flowers and they ended up looking AMAZING. There was so much to do that day, I would have been up til 3am if I had done all the arrangements myself.
My advice is to get some help and try to do it early the morning the day before the wedding so that it will be done with and out of the way!
Post # 8
I have one bridal bouquet, 3 boutineers, and 2 bridesmaids bouquets to make. I am going to be making them all myselves. My plan right now is to either order flowers in bulk from sams online or just go to king soopers/target and buy some mixed bouquets and remix them together how i like. I cant believe the quality of the bouquets they sell at KS or target!!! I honesstly dont see a major difference between the 20 dollar bouquets they sell compared to the 200 dollar bouquets you get made from a florist…but thats just my opinion….im excited for this project!
Post # 9
I plan on making my bouquet, the 6 bridesmaids bouquets, groom’s bout, 9 men’s bouts, 2 women’s bouts (for our moms). A friend of mine who has floral experience has promised to help, and my bridesmaids are all helpful. I will order flowers to arrive thursday, do all the work to them on friday, finishing touches saturday.. and my wedding is saturday evening.
I plan on doing some trial runs pretty soon. I am ordering the white roses from sam’s club, so the bouquets will be simple white rose bouquets.. maybe throw in a couple black feathers in the bridesmaid bouquets and some white feathers in my bouquet.. we will see how it goes in my trial! I am a bit nervous, but if the trial runs go well then I will feel much better about it. I plan on posting pictures whenever I get around to doing the trial run, hopefully in the next couple months or so.
Post # 10
I just did my mock trial this weekend and four days later they are still going strong! My tips would be research your flower species. When you do your trial try to recreate what will happen for the actual wedding day. Will you be making your bouquets 2 days before hand? 3 days? four days? Purchase flowers from where you plan on getting them. I’m doing Gerber Daises, baby’s breath and some green leafy greenery for the border. Relatively simple. I bought them on saturday. Made the bouquet on sunday. Left them in our outside fridge (NO food) all day monday. And today it’s sitting outside on my patio in water. It’s suppose to get close to 80 today which is close enough to the average high of our wedding date.
Change water daily, feed plant food/anitbacterial, trim stems slightly daily (even though recommended is every 3 days)
Tips I have found if you are planning on buying them online. When you get them unwrapped, trim stems and put in water for at least four hours prior to working with them.
Check to see what wholesale florists are near you! I found a place that is only slightly more expensive than Sams Club (Which has been the cheapest I found for the flowers I will be using). I think I might go the wholesale florist route because then I won’t have to fear it not getting here on time or the quality of that particular batch that will arrive.
My bouquet cost me ~$16 and for as simple as it is I’m sure I”ll get quoted roughly $300 just because it’s for a wedding and the bridal bouquet. No thank you. And besides it’s a great project for the FMIL and I to take on together and the bouquets, centerpieces & bouts will all be uniquely us. I find sometimes that alot of the florist bouquets I see all look the same, but that’s just my opinon.
I think the flowers are a totally do-able DIY for anyone with some experience and help. And may just be one of the biggest cost savings!
Best of luck!
P.S. I have my bouquet & 3 maids and 6 bouts for the wedding party (1 for Fiance, 3 for grooms & 2 for RB). We’ll probably also be doing bouts for the immediate family. And also the centerpieces which will be roughly about 12 tables plus the head. The key is I’m going simple and using the same flowers but just in different arrangements.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Thanks everyone for your input! @GI Josephine: I read Miss MJ’s bouquet post; I feel pretty good about the bouquets actually and think I can finish six of them in a short day… more worried about the other pieces. We’re using roses, so they should be fairly hardy (I nixed the idea of including other flowers when I realized how much it would increase the price, and how much extra work it could conceivably be).
@Appleblossom & @DaisyBride: I think I will follow in your footsteps and order the bouts/corsages–at least for the parents. They seem like a lot more work, and I’d probably need to buy filler for them. I’ll try it first in the few months ahead, but there are *so* many of them and I will only have a day to do them just because of how our timeline for the week works out.
@Alishadhs4: That’s awesome! I got all specific in which varieties of roses I’m getting so Sam’s Club and Costco don’t carry them, but I’m ordering half of them online at theflowerexchange.com and probably picking up a few extra flowers from Target or Trader Joe’s that week ;).
Post # 12
I did all my own bouqets! I reccomend these things from hobby lobby….you can see pics of them on my blog http://www.stammfam.blogspot.com
I had just as many bouqets as you – and it was time consuming but I probably paid only $200 for all my flowers:) Which I thought was pretty decent! Make sure you have good wire cutters and really, these stem flower holders helped me a ton!
Post # 13
marigold- boutonniers aren’t that difficult, I don’t think. Freshroses.com, the website I was going to order my flowers from when I was planning on doing normal flower bouquets, has a faq that includes how to make corsages and boutonniers:
Post # 14
Just remember that if the bouts and corsages go horribly wrong they can easily be replaced by your local grocerystore florist – for about 3-5$ each!
Post # 15
I got scared at the last minute of bouts and corsages so we ended up ordering them. But me and another girl worked on the bouquets – 1 bridal and 5 bridesmaids, the bridesmaids bouquets were pretty simple – and it took very little time – less than an hour the day before the wedding (it was probably even more like 1/2 an hour) and then the day of her and my mom spent about a 1/2 hour wrapping them with ribbon, cutting the stems, and putting nailpolish on the bottom.
Post # 16
Its totally doable! And WORTH it! We made 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, plus mine. Add to that somewhere around 10 ’bouts and 6 corsages. And they turned out GREAT! We made the guys ’bouts the day before the wedding (in the morning actually…so almost 2 days before), and the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets the night before the wedding (at rehearsal). We (by that I mean my sister b/c I ended up being too busy) made my bouquet the day of. And I wouldn’t change a thing! They all looked (and held up) great!