Brides who did their own flowers- help please!

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Should my friend do 4 bouquets, 6 boutoniers and 3 corsages along with the centerpieces?
    Yes! She has time, and they won't be so complicated. : (20 votes)
    91 %
    No! It will be stressful, she doesn't have enough time. : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Evie19:  I am doing my own flowers! I don’t know what see really has planned but I’m keeping my bridesmaids bouquets super simple! Only sunflowers for them so don’t really have to do much other them cut them and wrap them in ribbon. The boutoniers and corsages were something I was thinking about making but instead I’m gonna order them already done through Sam’s Club. I don’t know where you are from but you can order online and the shipping is free. My budget is under 300 for all the flowers so Sam’s club is really helping me meet my budget. As far as my bouquet I actually might get that made because it’s soo many different flowers and it makes no sense to buy a whole bunch a flowers for one bouquet. I’ve even considered going to the supermarket the night before the wedding to look for my flowers and same that money but idk yet.

    One major tip I would say is she should deff do the flowers the NIGHT before not in the morning unless she is able to leave them in a super cold room with the AC on. She can always turn to her BM’s to help her that’s what I’m doing.

    Good luck to your friend

    Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I would definitely do them the night before. If they have flower food and don’t get too hot, they will be fine! I spray painted my flowers the day before my wedding (and arranged the morning of!) and it was fine. 

     

    Post # 5
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    Newbee

    I helped a friend do her flowers- we did it the night before. She had her mason jars painted and had ribbon wrapped around already- all that was left was putting the flowers in the jars and the bouquets as well as the boutoniers. It also helped that she had a *very* clear vision of what she wanted them to look like.

    Picked up the flowers 4pm and worked on them until 10pm. It was a fun bonding time! Listened to music and talked about memories had some snacks… I thought it was kindof fun! 🙂

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Evie19:  It took 3 of us less than 3 hours to make my bouquet, 3 bridesmaid bouquets, and 10 centerpieces the morning of the wedding.  It really wasn’t all that stressful because we planned for it in our schedule for the wedding day.  We could have easily spent another 2 hours makign more but that was all I needed.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I did all my own flowers with 2 friends, 2 days before the wedding. It’s definitey possible, but she should budget way more time than that.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    lealorali:  what kind of flowers did you spray paint? and what kind of spray did you use? Do you have any pictures up here? 

    I saw some photos and thought Bout doing this, but I was afraid that due to the spray they’d die super quick and not make it to the big day. 

    Post # 9
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I am doing my own at a DYI flower store in my area – they order all your flowers and are on hand while you and 4 other people help you arrange everything – they say average is 4 hours but it can take longer. we are making ours the thursday before my saturday wedding but they have a flower refrigerator and say DO NOT under any circrumstance put your flowers in a normal fridge or they will freeze and die. I thik your friend can def do it but i think she needs to plan very carefully and know what she is getting into! good luck!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Doable, but I suggest she does a trial run with at least two bouquets and a boutonniere beforehand. You never quite know where a curveball will come from.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We did all of our own flowers, the day/night before. The bridesmaids did all their bouquets, and I made mine the afternoon before. My BIL made the bouts for the guys. After the rehearsal dinner, we went over to the reception site and made up all the centerpieces, which was floating flowers, with led lights and stones at the bottom, and floating candles on top. Some of the bridesmaids and groomsmen came to help and we knocked 20 tables out pretty quickly.

    Post # 12
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    Wannabee

    Evie19:  My wedding was this past weekend and my mom and I did all of the flowers (8 centerpieces, 2 bouquets, 56 ft garland, etc.).  We bought the flowers wholesale and had everything in hand 2 days before.  The florist recommended doing the flowers the day of and we should not have listened to her.  If I did it all over again I would create the arrangements 2 days before.  The flowers will be nice and open by the wedding day.  Because we did them the day of we ran out of time and did not make men’s bouts and it added so much more stress.  I still would do the flowers myself but with a better timeline.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    That’s sure ambitious! My SIL did all of our centerpieces, but she originally offered to do all flowers, including bouquets and bouts. She found it too overwhelming though, and later said she could only manage the centerpieces. I ended up hiring a florist for the bouquets and bouts. My SIL’s work was just as beautiful, so DIY can be amazing!

    As the bride though it’s not something I would want to undertake, but I wasn’t much of a DIY bride. I defintiely think your friend should do the arrangements the day before or even one more day before that, and budget a lot of time for it. Keep them cool and hydrated, and they should last fine.

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Evie19:  I would suggest her to add the ribbon a little at a time a few days before, so the last step is just adding the flowers. It will cut down time and not feel so overwhelming

    It shouldn’t be that difficult. I did something similar for my engagment party, it took me roughly 4hrs with help from 2 people. However, I had already glued the lace around the bottles prior to that day.

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I am doing artificial flowers and my maid of honour is helping me put them together. I think with artificial bouquets they can look amazing and you don’t have to leave it to the last minute to make them. I’d suggest looking at silk or crepe paper or something like that.

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