Post # 1
I was thinking about it, I know that flowers are such a huge expense, and I don’t have a huge or even average sized bridal party, so I will only have one mayyyybe two or three. We aren’t doing florals or much anyway for centerpieces, either..
I saw this idea on http://apracticalwedding.com/tag/diy-wedding-bouquet/
they link to a company blooms by the box, (don’t gasp at advertising Im only suggesting because they have DIY videos and a lot of other guides…)
I have done a trial run which went okay, but I’m too insecure to put my creation out there for judgement, I know it looks nothing near a pro florist, however it doesn’t look god aweful and maybe one more trial run would help.
Cost, total was 45.00 which yes doing several trials could run me a bit, but I actually had enough for a small bouquet after wards and a 1/3 of a pomander for a trial run…
the bigggg hitch in it is you can’t do it ahead of time(atleast with fresh-cut anyway)
so you or a really nice friend has to do it the day or night before, sure it might be stressful, depending on how much help… took me about an hour or so.. and roses have to be purchased and used the same day… you’re also a bit limited by the availability of whomever is suppying the flowers (I got mine from trader joes and whole foods, super cheap.. I won’t touch other grocery stores as they seem to have lower standards when it comes to water turnover and changouts, etc,etc,)
Post # 3
I’m totally DIYing my own flowers too! I have a little bit of floral experience and I feel that it is plenty to get my 2 bouquets, 3 boutenierres, 2 corsages, and centrepieces done easily. I am probably not going to use many roses however, I would prefer peonies and filler flowers.
I suggest just keep doing some trials and get comfortable wiring and taping your roses, bending and arranging them. I sometimes just grab grocery store flowers and come home and make something out of them to practice.
Also, you don’t have to use your roses the day you purchase them. If they are in good condition when you recieve them store them in buckets of lukewarm water, preferably in a fridge, but a very cool area will do for a few days if you mist them with water a couple times a day. When you get them check the bottoms of the stems, if they look woody or brown, trim them about an inch and half and then store them. Roses retain an air pocket in the bottom of the stem when they are out of water for a long time and this can prevent them from taking new water into the stem.
Hope to see some of your trials posted!
Post # 4
I’m planning on doing DIY flowers from Sams Club, using roses, carnations, and baby’s breath. I’m planning on pretty large centerpieces and plenty of flowers all around, so it will be a huge undertaking, but I’m planning on having a girls’ day the day before the wedding with the bridal party, the two moms, and two family friends that have experience in floral arrangements. That’ll be a total of 10 women working on flowers, so I hope it’s not too ambitious.