Brides who made their own wedding flowers. Was it worth it?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I decided to do the flowers for my wedding. I worked briefly in a flower shop for about a year many years ago and thought I would give it a go. I ordered all my flowers from the flower exchange.com. I decided to go with roses, since they are easy to work with. My maid of honour and I started with the flowers at 0900 friday morning. The wedding was on Saturday afternoon. We made 4 bouquets, 10 centerpieces and 5 other arrangements for around the reception site. It took us 3 hours to do them all. We had no problems and they looked lovely. 

 

I know that doing your own flowers is not for everyone, but I was a very chilled out bride and actually loved the process of doing the flowers.  

Post # 4
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407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did my own flowers too. I had NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE at all with flower arranging, but we took a stab at it.  We made 3 bouquets, 5 boutineres, 4 leis, and set aside the rest for 11 centerpieces (just to be placed in a vase with water on the day of).  I had 3 people helping me, and it took us about 5 hours.  We completed them the Thursday before my Saturday wedding.  I was a little worried about them lasting, but they held up fine and honestly that was the only time we had to do them.  It was a little stressful just because neither of us had done this before and so I think there was pressure on us to make sure everything turned out nice.  We also had different ideas/opinions about how to execute, but in the end they all came out great.  I think with your experience, and the amount of people you have to help – you should do fine. Good luck and have fun with it!

Post # 5
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2018 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I did my own flowers for both my weddings, however, I was not brave enough to do the bouquets and bouts on my own. But both times I went to the downtown flower mart, bought in bulk and arranged everything the day before the wedding. It was a lot of work but totally worth it and I liked the fact that I had total control. It was fun too:)

Post # 6
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1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I did all of my flowers, but they were fake so I had months and months to play around with exactly what kind of flowers I wanted and how I wanted them done. I don’t regret it one bit. I had complete control and knew EXACTLY what I wanted. I don’t think a florist would have been able to accomplish that, especially given the flowers available around my wedding date lol

Post # 7
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438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I did all of my flowers for my first wedding and for my sister’s wedding.  Both weddings were low budget so it was really worth it to me.  It also was relaxing for me, but I think I’m just weird. 🙂  If you have the money in the budget to have the flowers made, I say have a professional do it – that way you can really take in the day and spend time with your girls and your guests before the wedding. 

Post # 8
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3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

My husband made our bouquets and I made the bouts. I also made four altar arrangements. They were not real flowers, but they looked great. Way worth it.

Post # 10
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2702 posts
Sugar bee

I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I did my own flowers/bouts/centerpieces, etc. I think it is 100% worth it. Saves you money, you get exactly what you want, and if you have the time, gives you a creative outlet. I saved so much money and I am in love with my flowers!

Post # 11
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1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did all of our flowes myself with no help or experience. I planned to do them Thursday, but one of my bunches got stuck in customs. I did what I could Thursday and the rest Friday morning. I definately think it was worth it though. It saved us a lot of money.

Post # 13
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2702 posts
Sugar bee

@Ill Be Mrs B: I am a control freak!! I am a cake-maker and am also making my cake haha! I can’t let go and be disappointed.

Post # 15
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7340 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m so glad to see I’m the only one doing my flowers… and actually making my cake too 🙂

We are growing our flowers this year for our test run so that way I’ll see exactly how long it takes for the flowers to come out, how long they last, what they will look like… if I don’t like something, I can prepare plan B. Thanks for posting this thread… added to my favorites.

Post # 16
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3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did our own flowers because no way was I paying ridiculous flower shop prices. A huge factor that played into my reasoning was that my MIL is a great gardener and I thought it would be a nice way to include her on preparations. While I love her very much it quickly became clear to me in the months leading up to the wedding that she was more concerned about making sure that her grandkids were taken care of (which she should be) than helping us with any wedding related tasks the wedding weekend. And all because SIL decided not to come to our wedding due to what is to us a pitiful excuse.

So my tip is to only plan something that you feel YOU can handle in the days leading up to the wedding and the day of.

We were extremely lucky in that my MOH, SIL/BM and GM/MOH’s husband really pulled through and helped us make the bouquets. And the day of the wedding party + event staff helped us put out all the centerpieces.

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