Post # 1
So I was planning on doing DIY bouquets for the wedding. I don’t want anything fancy, just 6 hand tied dahlia bouquets. My mom and Fiance insist that we should get a florist since it would be too much to do before the day. I’ve watched the YouTube videos on how to create a bouquet, and they do it in like 2 minutes. Granted, they are professionals, but is it really that difficult to tie a dozen flowers together? My assumption is that the maids and I can do this the night before the wedding and it shouldn’t take more than about an hour. Plus, one of my maids did take a class in floral arranging, so we aren’t totally ignorant of the process. Am I being naive or is my mom correct? If you did your own bouquets, how long did it take? If not, how much, if you feel comfortable sharing, did your bouquets cost?
Post # 3
I haven’t had my wedding yet – but I am doing DIY hydrangea centerpieces for my reception. Can I suggest doing a trial bouquet to work out the kinks?
I did this and was able to learn some tricks – like measuring how long the stem should be cut at and how to tie the flowers up. . . .
Post # 4
I am doing the bouquets for my sister’s wedding and we will definitely be doing a trial before hand to make sure we get the flower combination she wants, etc. It will also give us an opportunity to take photos of the bouquet to use for reference on the day of.
Post # 5
I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man a few times already and we’ve DIYed our own bouquets a couple of times. It honestly does not take that long. We used roses and each Bridesmaid or Best Man made her own bouquet. If you’re just going to do bouquets, it’s really fast and easy. We used the green floral tape to wrap the stems and then wrapped that with a pretty ribbon. I thought they came out so pretty (and for WAY less than what a florist would charge).
Post # 6
definitely try do to a trial beforehand with the exact blooms you are going to use, and see how long it takes and how it comes out. and if you are going to do them the night before, do a lot of research into how to maintain the blooms properly overnight (room temp, water temp, preservatives, light, etc.). you want to make sure your bouquet will make it through the ceremony and pictures without wilting.
Remember that a huge part of the florist’s job is in the preparation of the flowers just as much as it is in the presentation. i don’t know much about dahlias but there are certain flowers like hydrangeas that tend to brown very easily if they aren’t properly prepped and maintained. So it could be worthwhile to look into a florist. i was in a wedding 2 yrs ago where the bride DIY-ed all her white hydrangea centerpieces which she bought in bulk from costco. handling the stems was very messy and the weather was unexpectedly hot, and they wilted in about 20 minutes! I’m all for DIY projects if you can swing it but definitely know what you can get yourself into!