Post # 1
So, in order to save some money my sister and I are going to be doing all of the floral arrangements for my wedding and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with using orchids in bouquets.
Since orchids have multiple flowers on the same stem, if you just threw the stem into the bouquet most of the flowers would be hidden (and considering the obscene cost of orchids, I don’t want 90% of them hidden within my bouquet).
Could you cut the bloom off the stem and use floral wiring to insert it into the bouquet? Any suggestions will be a huge help (and pictures are always appreciated
Post # 3
If you are DIYing to save money, don’t use orchids. Way too expensive. If you want to use them, keep them in pots, and use them as centerpieces.
If you want something that looks like an orchid, but a lot cheaper, use iris’, Gladiolus’, or anemones.
Post # 4
Yeah you have to do it by wiring. I’d try looking on youtube. I can’t access youtube on this computer though. It scared me off from working with orchids but I’m sure it can be done with not too much of trouble.
Post # 5
I guess I should have worded that a little differently from the beginning…I’m doing my floral arrangements to save money primarily so that I can actually afford to have orchids. I’m kind of an orchid addict (I actually have a three foot orchid tattoo going down my side).
So I’m just hoping someone has had experience making bouquets using orchids and could give me advice or whatever.
Post # 7
I’m actually doing my own bouquet – but it is very modern – i’m attaching loose orchids to branches inside of my bouquet. I did a test run, and it was much easier than wiring them, and only took me about 20 mins to glue on around 40 dendrobium (sp?) orchids. They stayed amazing looking for 2 days, so I am confident I can make the bouquet the day before my wedding. I’d do a mini trial run with whatever you are considering. And – I woul dbuy direct from a grower – not from a wholesale website like fiftyflowers.com It was WAY cheaper and the blooms were fabulous. Mine came from a farm in Hawaii.
Post # 8
@sulaii211: Thanks so much! That’s super useful!
Post # 9
I am an orchid addict too!!! I love them. You can get real orchids that have been dried and preserved on the save on crafts websites. One of my friends used them a few months ago as centerpieces and they looked real. But simplicity is key on the orchids, because otherwise people would know they are fake. She did something like the picture I attached (I swear I had a picture from her real wedding, but apparently not). She also bought the branches from the save on crafts website and I think the vases too.
orchids (and other flowers): http://www.save-on-crafts.com/preserved.html
Post # 11
Don’t get dendrobiums (the kind that have several on a stem) instead get this kind of orchid. We used dendrobiums at my wedding for hair and buttoniers, and they did not take well to the wire at all. You can sort of see it in the picture below. I also have to agree with some of the other girls that orchids are much better pot/decor plants than bouquet flowers. I used them as canopy decor and everyone loved it.
Post # 12
NOT TO WORRY! I am doing the same thing with cymbidium orchids. Im using all white for me and all green for my Bridesmaid or Best Man. Here is a video on how to do it yourself. Notice that the floral wire goes into the bloom stem sideways and then pulled down:
Cymbidiums are the best to use since they are large and very durable. They can last without water for a long time. They are a bit pricey, so i would try to buy them wholesale online. You can check out the growersbox.com.
The wholesale florist where i live in Hawaii charges $3.99 per BLOOM depending how many blooms are on a stem. The smallest number of blooms on a stem i found was 11, which made it $40 for a stem. It’s still cheaper doing it yourself since they will just charge you labor fees.
Also, if orchids are too expensive, look into real touch, silk or fake orchids. Since the real orchids already have a waxy texture, the fake ones won’t be so far off. You will still have the same look and you get to keep it forever!
* The only problem i forsee when i do my bouquet is that im one of thoes brides that i want to see the stems at the bottom and not have ribbon covering up everything, so i will have to buy other flowers to cut off their stems and use that in my bouquet. Plus, it will make it look fuller which is what i am going for.
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