DIY baby breath

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Not sure if you know this, but baby’s breath smells REALLY bad. Might want to check that out before you purchase a ton of it!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Commenting to follow! I’d like to use them as the main flowers for my sister’s bridal shower so I’m interested in other bees’ experiences.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@FutureMrsBess:  

We didn’t DIY but we had a TON of baby’s breath and I didn’t notice a smell at all. I would think if you bought a few bunches of baby’s breath, stored them in the refrigerator in water and put the bouquets together a night or two before, you would be fine!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We got our flowers delivered two days before the wedding and we kept them refrigerated. We made the bouquets the day of the wedding and they were super easy to make. One problem with them though is that we couldnt make them round they just kind of poked up. I didn’t notice the smell either. We ordered them in bunches. One bunch made a little over two bouquets. We purchased ours from a local flower shop, I believe they were around $10 a bunch.

I was super happy with how our flowers turned out although they didn’t look like our example pictures 🙂

Post # 12
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Worker bee

@FutureMrsBess:  Baby’s brea th is super fast and easy to grow. You could save even more growing it yourself. The  seeds are really cheap on eBay. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@FutureMrsBess:  Now that I think about it, the baby’s breath in the pew cones had little plastic things in them that held water (don’t know the technical term lol). We got married on a Tuesday and then traveled to Illinois for our reception that Friday and they were a little dry, but you couldn’t tell! We used them to decorate the reception place too! They have a pretty long shelf life.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@FutureMrsBess:  

I used loads of baby’s breath in my April wedding last year. There are different varieties of baby’s breath and I can’t remember which kind we used, but it had no scent whatsoever. Even so, I can’t imagine large amounts would reek terribly unless used in insane quantities in a small, hot, un-ventilated space. 

What your experience was DIYing them?
Easy as pie. There’s really no way to screw it up. It’s just a matter of cutting stems, pulling awkward pieces off, and arranging as you like with floral tape and ribbon/jute/embellishments.

How many days before the wedding did you actually get the flowers and start  DIYing them?
About two weeks before the wedding we called every nearby grocery store with a floral department and asked when they received their shipments of baby’s breath. We purchased them about 3-4 days before the wedding on the day a new shipment arrived.

How did you store them before the wedding?
We kept them upright in vases in our extra fridge. I misted them lightly with water in a spray bottle every day up until the wedding, but it probably wasn’t even necessary.

Would you recommend it?
Depends. If flowers aren’t a huge priority to you and you just want something cheap and pretty, baby’s breath is probably the most cost effective way to still have “flowers” at your wedding. They are hardy, require almost zero maintenance and are incredibly easy to DIY. At the end of the day, everything ends up in the garbage, and I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on flowers. It worked for me.

Where did you purchase yours from? How much was it? How much did you  need?
We purchased ours from a nearby grocery store (Albertson’s).
I think we purchased about 12-15 “bunches” with approximately 10 stems in each. I can’t remember, exactly, but it was plenty.
We bought it the day it arrived at the store in a fresh shipment, and it was on sale, so we paid a grand total of $48 for almost all of the baby’s breath at the store that day.

How many stems did you use per bouquet
I think I used 1.5 – 2 bunches in my bouquet, and just made small, loose/natural-looking sprig bouquets for my bridesmaids. Our flower girl dropped small sprigs of baby’s breath from a bucket.

Did anyone make any centerpieces as well?
Yes, we used them in our scattered centerpieces/table decor as well as bouquets and bouts. 

All of my wedding photos are on my other computer, but here are just a few (pro) photos:

 

 

 

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@FutureMrsBess:  To me it was worth it, I loved how all of our flowers turned out. But we did have different flowers(in our centerpieces and my bouquet was roses,peonies, and baby’s breath). Our baby’s breath cost was $40(4 bunches). And we had SO much left over. We only made two bridesmaid bouquets, the bouts, and the extras for my bouquet and centerpieces.

I wish we would have made the bouquets a day before and possibly even trimmed them to give them a rounder look. The pic up above has a ring bearer holding one and you can tell it isn’t very round. We made them in probably a half an hour though so we didn’t spend too much time perfecting them. -they would have defiantly lasted and still looked good making them the day before so I would highly recommend that-

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