Post # 1
Here’s the scoop: I want to do my own flowers.
PROS: I know exactly what I want, I think it would be a fun ladies-bonding thing to do the day before (I know I will need help!), I think I can save some money, I want a way to put my creative stamp on my wedding.
CONS: I ma not sure how much money I could actually save (I found a great, incredibly cheap florist), I am worried about all the prep work, I don’t know where I would store the flowers, my mom thinks I am crazy, I am worried that I am taking on too much by trying to DIY. I am also a bit worried that flowers are something that no one really pays that much attention to anyway, so they may not be a great place to get creative.
Who has done this? Who is planning to? Am I crazy? Do you regret doing it yourself or did you love it?
I should have posted this in “emotional.” :o)
Post # 3
This is something I’m debating too! Just remember that if you are working with fresh flowers, you can’t make your bouquets too many days before the big day otherwise they could die! And have a look at what else needs to be done the day before your wedding. If there’s still a ton of stuff that needs to be finished, it’s probably best to leave it to a florist. I have 2 friends who did their own bouquets and they both stayed up until the wee hours in the morning before their wedding!
Post # 4
I would recommend having a florist do them. I know it sounds like fun now, but you are probably going to have a bunch of other last minute things to do the day before the wedding. Not to mention, it could turn into more stress than fun if things don’t turn out the same way you have envisioned them. I would go with the florist, and work with her to see if she can add some of the creative ideas into the designs, that way you are getting the best of both worlds!
I also had a friend do her own flowers, and she got hardly any sleep the night before the wedding.
Post # 5
I’ve done this, I’ll take a shot at a few of these questions:
yes, it was a fun bonding thing the day before the wedding. we made 7 corsages 5 bouts 28 table arrangements – just simple small vases of mixed flowers. oh and my bouquet. it took 2 hours but we had about 8 people helping. so you would really need to FOCUS if you have a lot of stuff to get done.
only do it if you aren’t going to get too bent out of shape about the perfect look. we got flowers from the farmer’s market – we placed a pre-order but didnt really know what they were going to look like until 3 days before when we placed the order. mixed bouquets work really well cause you just use what looks best. if you get super perfectionisty it’s going to make you and all your friends miserable. not cool.
be sure there’s someone else (not you) who’s super into it and is willing to commit to finishing everything else if you melt down or go over time and have to leave, or whatever.
you just need a cool place to store them (very A/C room or basement), that was no big deal. and then you need someone to be able to drive them VERY CAREFULLY to the venue. that was nervewracking!
Post # 6
I had a florist do bouts and corsages, they seemed tricky to me.
Me and a couple friends did bouquets, it was fun.
My MIL and a couple of her friends did the centerpieces, they seemed to have fun.
Post # 7
I’m doing ALL my flowers myself: bouquets, bouttenieres, centerpieces, the whole nine yards. But my centerpieces are going to be obscenely simple (submerged orchids with floating candles) and my sister has taken a bunch of floral design classes. I don’t think this is for everyone, but I would be seriously depressed if I didn’t have orchids and I couldn’t afford to have orchids if I used a florist. And if I have to stay up all night doing them, I will…my ceremony isn’t until 7 pm, lol.
Post # 8
I’m doing my own flowers, but I agree with Snowflake that you should only attempt it if you aren’t very particular. We’re ordering several bunches of dahlias from a local farm, in different colors and varieties, along with some filler and any other flowers we see at the farmer’s market. The bouquets, corsages, and centerpieces will be very simple and we’ll have about 6 people working on them the day before. I really want them to look rustic and homey, and it seemed silly to pay a florist to do that.
I was a bridesmaid in a wedding two years ago, in which we made our own bouquets. It was SO much fun – I really got to know the other members of the wedding party, and they all turned out unique and lovely. It was a major reason I wanted to make my own flowers – everyone’s personality shown through their bouquets. The only trick was keeping them alive until the ceremony the next day, as it was the middle of a heat wave in California. But only the bride’s hydrangea died, and it was easily replaced by a neighbor’s garden. We’ll be storing ours in the large refrigerator on the wedding site.
If you have a very specific vision, want a professional look, or intend to use very particular colors and flower types, I would go with your cheap florist.
Post # 9
Like everyone else said, as long as you’re not a perfectionist..
Also, I think another big thing is how large your bouquets/arrangements are going to be, and how many.
I’m DIYing ours, but we’re cutting corsages/boutineers entirely (too much work, my SO doesn’t want to wear one & they remind me of prom), only having a handful (like say 4-5) potted arrangements (no picking/trimming/wire ribbon required. Just plant, grow & go!), no floral centerpieces. period. 3 simple/small bouquets for ladies, one slightly larger, but still simple bouquet for myself, and one mixed bag wildflower bouquet for my sons bff (my BM’s daughter).
So, yeah we’re going small scale. Very much so. I wouldn’t consider it AT ALL (personally) if I were doing 30+ traditional floral centerpieces (even if they were just wild daisies in mason jars, it sounds like too much work to me, but that is just me).
You can either get your flowers from a flower market or farmers market, a florist or grow them yourself.
If you are growing them yourself make sure you pick something that will survive the conditions available and that will be in bloom at the right time. Also, if growing your own ALWAYS over estimate when you plant. It won’t hurt to have flowers left over in your garden, but it sure would suck to not have enough for your wedding.