- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Hello beautiful bees! I am so thankful for all of the help I received here in regards to DIY flowers – so I’m going to share my DIY experience!
I was working with a somewhat limited budget, and had gotten suggestions from coworkers saying that DIY flowers was the way to go. So after much research (and price comparisons!), I decided to go with Costco for my centerpiece flowers, WholeBlossoms.com for my bouquets, and Copps (local grocer) for boutonnieres/corsages.
Here are some basic stats for what I needed: 6 bouquets (1 bride, 4 BM’s, 1 toss), 9 bouts (1 groom, 4 GM, 2 Ushers, 2 dads), 2 corsages (2 moms), 15 tables (not including head table). My colors were light blue, navy blue & tan. We had 120 guests.
What I purchased:
- 15 tall vases, Dollar tree (http://www.dollartree.com/household/home-decor/vases-bowls-containers/Clear-Glass-Bud-Vases-11-/500c542c543p333423/index.pro)
- 24 “wide” vases, Dollar tree (http://www.dollartree.com/household/home-decor/vases-bowls-containers/Crystal-Cylinder-Vase/500c542c543p9889/index.pro)
- 30 stems Hydrangeas, assorted colors (light blue & white), $85 (https://www.costco.com/Assorted-Hydrangeas.product.11642716.html)
- 100 “stems” baby’s breath, $80 (https://www.costco.com/Baby's-Breath-(Gypsophila).product.11333477.html)
- 6 Mini-Calla Lily bouquets, $190 (http://www.wholeblossoms.com/flowers/wedding-bouquets-white-calla-lilies-777.html)
- 11 assorted white rose corsage/bouts (as described above), $170
- 2 five-gallon pails (had 3 already), garden shears (Menards), $11
- Corsage pins & floral tape (Michaels), $5
- TOTAL = $580
So on to the flowers! I selected for my flowers from Costco (hydrangeas, baby’s breath) to arrive on Thursday morning (Sunday wedding). I selected the bouquets to arrive on Friday, since they were pre-made. (The grocery flowers were picked up on Saturday afternoon). Both the costco flowers & bouquets arrived on Thursday morning (yes, the bouquets were a day early). It took my mom and I about an hour to unpack and trim the stems of all the flowers. The hydrangeas had most of the leaves removed, so that was very easy. We put the flowers in 5 five-gallon buckets that had (shallow) water & house plant food. (We supplied our own plant food.) The hydrangeas took up 3 of the buckets, while the other 2 were for the baby’s breath. We put the bouquets in a laundry pail, since it was shorter and wouldn’t wreck the flowers. Here are some pictures of unpacking the flowers!
Three boxes of flowers!
Careful packaging of the bouquets. The baby’s breath and hydrangeas were packaged equally as carefully! 🙂
Each hydrangea “bud” was carefully wrapped in plastic, and the stem had a little baggie of water to help sustain them during the trip to my house!
All 30 of the “multi-color” hydrangeas. (Not opend fully!)
100 “stems” worth of baby’s breath. (Not yet opened fully!)
So with these hydrangeas and baby’s breath I made my centerpieces. Each table had 2 vases – one with baby’s breath and the other with hydrangeas. The baby’s breath filled 15 of the tall, skinny vases in addition to two of the larger vases for on the bar and one large vase for at my parents’ house for the rehearsal dinner. I was able to use ALL of the baby’s breath, as it was in excellent condition. I put two hydrangeas in each of the smaller, wider vases. I was able to use every hydrangea as well – absolutely NONE of the petals had any browning, and they all opened beautifully. There were 20 white hydrangeas and 10 blue in the mix. Arranging these flowers took probably 1.5 hours for my mom, DH and I the Saturday before the wedding.
I had the biggest problem with the bouquets. They were pre-made, but done VERY poorly. The mini-callas had extremely long stems (longer than what I wanted to carry around) and the ribbon went all the way down to the bottom of the stems, making it difficult to trim & hydrate the flowers. The ribbon was also wraped really poorly – in the following pictures you can see gaps in the wrapping where you can see through to the stems. Also, the top of the ribbon was TAPED in place! Tape! I was pretty frustrated. I ended up just putting them in water overnight – bad idea! The next morning I checked on the flowers and while most of them had perked up, the ribbon had gotten wet and had soaked up the (blue-colored, from plant food) water. I ended up buying corsage pins & floral tape to re-do the ribbon on the stems. I pulled out about 12 flowers that were too crushed or brown/dying out of the 6 boquets, and re-organized them. I cut the stems to my desired length, wrapped floral tape to keep them together, then re-wrapped the ribbon along the stems. The end was at the top, and I pinned it in place with 5 corsage pins for the bridesmaid/toss bouquets. For my bouquet, I put corsage pins down the entire length of ribbon. Here’s some pictures!
Super long stems & poor ribbon wrapping job. Boo.
Alright! You’ve made it this far in the review! Without further ado, here are pictures of my final products! (Including the grocer’s bouts.) Photography (below) done by Maureen Cassidy Photography.
You can see at the top of the ribbon where it was stained blue from the plant food. Whoops! You can also notice how much stem I chopped off… probably 2-3 inches.
A few more quick notes!
- The flowers were kept in our garage. It was about 80 degrees outside for the three days they were in the garage, but significantly cooler inside.
- The 6 bouquets were all the same. The only difference between my bouquets and the BM’s/toss was the corsage pins, which I did.
PFFEW! That’s it! Ask away for any advice or any questions if I missed anything! (I have way more pictures, too, if you want more!)