posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
35 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

DIYing my own flowers was great, but only because I knew I’d be making simple arrangements and needed the distraction before the wedding. If you think you’ll have tons of other things to do before the wedding or if you want something intricate, I’d get them made. I ordered 200 roses, 100 orchid stems, and 40 loose orchids from fiftyflowers.com for 3 bouquets, 5 altar/reception pieces, 5 bouts, and 6 corsages. It took about a day to assemble everything with the help of my mom, sister, and her bf. The flowers came on Thursday and needed to be cut, deleaved, and hydrated. Then we assembled them on Friday for the wedding on Saturday. There are tons of tutorials on youtube and elsewhere on the Internet about making your own bouquet, bouts, and corsages. Let me know if you need any help with finding them. I’m really happy with how they turned out.

Post # 4
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I personally don’t like “pre-made bouquets.”  You’re better off just going to a florist. However, I wish I would have known then what I know now about my flowers (among other wedding things).

  I loved the DIY aspect of my bouquet- but I like simple designs.  I knew I wanted tightly bunched roses and calla lilies which is what I got, and I was happy with the results (plus it was very easy).  As for my table arrangements, I screwed up.  I ordered hot pink roses instead of white.. so I ended up not using the 600 dark pink roses and instead made due with the 100 white roses, 100 spider mums, and 100 calla lilies I did have.  They looked alright- but not what I wanted.

  My advice is to ask specific questions and PLAN.  Find what you love (a photo) and post it on here if you’re not entirely sure how to do something.  Also, go to your local gorcery store and buy some similar flowers to what you’re ordering to practice with if you’re uncomfortable.  It’s a 20 dollars well spent.

Other Helpful advice:

1. Many brides on here are going to fiftyflowers.com to order their flowers.  This is a great site, however, if you’re ordering roses or calla lilies you may want to check out flowersandfreshness.com- I ordered from both sites under the impression fiftyflowers would be “high quality” they are the same, but flowersandfreshness.com has MUCH lower prices on roses/calla’s

2. Don’t over buy ribbon.  I bought a whole bunch of ribbon now knowing what I wanted.  I suggest investing in a signature ribbon for the bouquet stems 1 and a half- 2 and a half inches in width. 

3. Have the supplies you need.  I read on weddingbee pro that to keep flowers hydrated some florists wrap condoms around the stems- awesome idea.  I left my bouquet out all day and they kept, but it’s a great idea.  I also suggest getting some floral tape to secure your bouquet with before attaching ribbon

4. Youtube. Youtube. Youtube.  They have some great tutorials on youtube- Martha is amazing. 

5. Keep it simple. A vase with some well arranged roses is chic.  


Post # 5
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Great advice, Maureen!  (now I’m going to look at flowersandfreshness.com…)

Post # 7
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

One bit of advice to add to the great tips you’ve gotten:practice if you can. Even with some inexpensive grocery store flowers. Watch some videos and give it a whirl.

Post # 8
2205 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you’ve caught sunbeams’ trials, you’ll understand the importance of seeing what you like.

I ordered ALL grocery store flowers (some had to be ordered) and my flowers turned out beautifully!

I loved DIYing, but I had a very talented aunt to keep things organized, and lots of friends helping!

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