(Closed) DIY flower bouquets with real flowers… any suggestions??

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would say prob around 24 stems. I have seen many floral designers put together  a bouquet and they just hold it in one hand and add one flower at a time, so they place it where they like the way it looks. Then they secure it with the ribbon. Good luck 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d think close to 20 stems.  I definitely suggest a trial run on the bouquets, that’s what I did.  It helped me know what length to cut the stems, how to pin the ribbon and how to make it nice and round.  I used some older flowers from Sam’s Club for my trial, then ordered online for fresh ones for the real deal.  Always order a few extra stems and have extra supplies. 

Remember if your DIYing bouquets, you also need to think about bouts and corsages.  Corsages are the hardest part, and if you have a florist do these, they’ll likely charge you $20+ per piece with no discount since you’re getting a la carte orders rather than the whole package with bouquets and such.  Practice pinning any bouts/corsages too, because we broke a couple bout stems in pinning. 

Lots of bees have tutorials in the DIY section, on the boards or on their blogs, that might help a lot too.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

If you want a larger calla bouqet I would go with about 40+ for a bridesmaid 20 would okay.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

When making your own bouquets, floral tape will be your best friend!  It is flexible and sticks to itself so you can secure the stems as you go.  When I did my own bouquets, I secured the first few center blooms by wrapping the stems in floral tape, then adding layers of blooms to the outside with the tape.  Then once you are done, you cover the stems with your ribbon.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Aimee_Surprenant: Yep, we did Sam’s.  They were perfect, I’d suggest it to any and everyone.  They look sad and dying when they come in, but just like the instructions and their reviews say, in a couple days they’re full of life and open.  They say to order them to arrive Thursday for a Saturday wedding, but we got them on Wed. and I definitely suggest doing that. 

I had roses, which came with all the thorns and leaves, so be prepared for any kind you order to have no work done to them.  I only had 2-3 stems break because of shipping/handling, but I ordered enough to have 20 extra stems. 

I used lots of floral tape, and extra helping hands, to keep everything together and even.  Here’s what the final product looked like (and I have a simple tutorial I can PM you if you want):

OK, for some crazy reason I can’t get the photo uploader to work at all.  So here’s the posts from my Bio with photos:

http://bios.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-rose-bouquet

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Just guestimating, but it looks as though there are about 18 large calalillies in that bouquet.  Like a PP said, use floral tape. It will really make it simpler.  Good luck! I think it’s a beautiful bouquet!

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