Post # 1
Ok so I am very active in the whole wedding world. I am currently starting my own wedding planning business with many successful weddings planned for friends completed, and an interview with premier bride magazine. So of course I want to have it all for my wedding, my mind is constantly spinning with ideas, I change my mind all the time about what I want, but one thing is for certain….. The centerpieces.
I have three different centerpieces that I am going to be having since we will have between 300-400 guests I don’t think that three different centerpieces would be too much do you?????
So heres the thing, with that many guests you have to cut corners somewhere and though I have done a lot of weddings, I have never had to do the flowers for the bride. Sometimes I will buy flowers and make bouquets, ect. in my spare time because I enjoy it and they turn out great, but what about doing my own?
Should I leave it up to someone else? Will I get to stressed? How far in advance will I have to make everything? I know a lot of you other DIY brides have attempted this huge challenge? How did it go? Would you do it again? Do you have pics? I would love to hear from you?
Post # 3
I am having around 200 guests, around 20 tables, and 3 different centerpieces. I have one high design and two low designs. So, I’m partial, but I don’t think 3 is too many. I like the variety and it’s not like people will be overwhelmed by seeing 3 different designs. All of my centerpieces pretty much use the same flowers so they all tie in with each other.
You might not have to cut corners if you can design centerpieces that aren’t expensive to create. My florist is using some roses, but he is pulling the petals down which makes the rose look more like a gardenia and since it becomes wider, it takes up more space creating a fuller look. PM me and I can share some pics with you of my ideas that my florist executed perfectly in our planning session!
Post # 4
I think this is achievable with a few BIG caveats:
1) You have Wednesday and Thursday before your wedding off and free (No family/friends you have to see or 600 other DIY projects)
2) You are happy with the quality of arrangements you can produce (you have done it before and think they were beautiful). This includes knowing how to use wet foam, wiring, floral tape, and how to store and take care of the flowers.
3) You are not expecting to do giant intricate centerpieces (single bloom low flowers or fruit arrangements can look absolutely gorgeous and are doable)
4) You have a set of people who have comitted to transporting and setting up the flowers and you trust them completely (this cannot be your wedding party or family – they will be busy)
5) These trusted delivery people can get into the venue at least 4 hrs before your ceremony is due to start (especially if they are guests)
This is the highest recommended and least expensive flower wholesaler I’ve been able to find: http://freshroses.com/
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Post # 5
I highly agree with everything vyeta7 said, and would just like to add one more: that you won’t be a stickler for perfection.
If you are a wedding planner and have a tax ID, you can go through a local floral distributor to get your blooms. Good luck!