Post # 1
I finally gave in and decided to hire a florist to make my bouquet and 6 small Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, because my family tends to get stressed out REALLY easily and I figured the flowers could become just another stress the weekend of the wedding.
However, our floral budget is super small so I really can’t afford to hire a florist to do the centerpieces. I’ve been collecting vintage bottles and vases to group into centerpieces, and my plan has been to arrange a couple stems with some greenery in each vase:
Has anyone done this?? Is it too time-consuming to arrange flowers on ~15 tables the morning of the wedding? It doesn’t look THAT hard but I just want to know what I’m getting myself into!
Also, anyone have any experience with fiftyflowers.com? Specifically, ordering ranunculus, anemones, or dahlias from fiftyflowers? Or a better company?
Post # 4
I suggest making the centerpieces the day before the wedding, or at very least prep the flowers (cutting off thorns & leaves, trimming stems to size) just because that takes longer than you would think. Your inspiration pics look pretty simple so it can definitely be done- who will be doing the actual set up?
Post # 5
@Zouave great idea, I didn’t think about how long preparing the flowers would take. My venue will help set up the vases and I think my day-of coordinator will help too, but I don’t think they will take on the flowers. I guess if they have everything else set up, it should be pretty easy to arrange a few stems in each vase, right?
Post # 6
Hmm, definitely ask your DOC if she’ll do that. I don’t think mine will actually arrange the flowers, so I’m putting all the flowers in their vases the day before. She’ll pick them up on wedding morning and set everything on the tables.
Post # 7
i’m doing this. except i’m using dahlias, dried craspedia, and some flowers from my mom/aunts yards. all i can say is, it’s gona be a busy morning. i’m hoping to have all the vases ready and setting at my venue with flowers in them the night before, and in the morning i’ll just move them to the tables. i am ordering dahlias from fiftyflowers. the only thing i’m scared about, is if they come in too green. i’ve read a few online reviews, from this company and others, about certain flowers not being colored, too green, and rananculas were one of them. see if u can find the review. i know they have a wonderful return policy, but that doesn’t help you for the day of, and would leave u flowerless. i’m using the dried craspedia because i can order that now, and it will keep til october and on, and i will at least have enough of that for each table. i suggest finding a substitute in case you have any setbacks. (ex: grocery store flowers, wild flowers from a newarby field, etc.)
Post # 8
I’m DIY my flower centerpieces as well. I have about 125 bud vases that will line the center of 12 tables. I did a trial run at my shower, purchasing a bunch of different flowers and fillers that I thought would work. I arranged these in larger vases and they turned out beautifully (this took a lot of time). Once the shower was over, I snipped some of the stems from a few of the flowers and arranged them in the mini bud vases. Arranging them was so simple and the flowers only started wilting a few days ago (over a week after the shower). I would suggest buying a few flowers first and experimenting with them. My favourites were ranunculus, spray roses, peonies (although the stems are not as strong as roses but should be ok) and green hypericum berries as filler. As Zouave said, dethorning roses and removing excess leaves is a pain and time consuming! I’m picking my flowers up two days before the event and doing the trimming right away. The day before I plan on arranging all the flowers into the vases. Remember to keep your flowers in a cool place if you are ordering before, otherwise they will start to open up. Hope this helps!
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Do yourself a big favor, and do this the day before. This isn’t something a DOC/caterer normally do- they’ll put the arrangements on the table, but won’t generally do them.
I think these will look gorgeous, by the way. You could get boxes from a liquor store that have the bottles dividers, so the vases can be easily transported.
Post # 10
You girls are amazing, thanks for all the tips! I didn’t even think about getting boxes with bottle dividers, but that settles that! I was thinking about bringing a box for each table so I can arrange the bottles for each table ahead of time.
I’m not too too worried about what color the dahlias come out – my wedding is going to be pretty colorful so I will just be happy to have bright, blooming flowers.
@leembee I love all of those flowers! Peonies are really my favorite, but they’re so out-of-season in November that it’s kind of crazy to buy them in bulk, I can get much more flowers for way cheaper. But I am all about ranunculus and spray roses – hopefully some garden roses too – and hypericum berries, although I was thinking about pink/coral-colored hypericum berries.
If all else fails, I will buy grocery store flowers and arrange a few of those stems on each table. The vases are pretty decorative, and I’m arranging them on vintage doilies, with a few votives on each table, so I think simple flowers will be OK. But hopefully the dahlias and other big stems work out, that would make me so happy 🙂
Post # 11
I’m doing my own centerpieces too. DEFINITELY do this a day or two before and find a safe way to transport them to your venue. If you can’t set it up the night before, put it some place in the order/arrangement you’d like it on the table, and then your DOC or caterer can just place them on the tables in that exact format the morning of. That’s what we’re doing!