DIY Flowers – How hard is it? Photos?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m also considering this. I’m actually thinking of incorporateding potted plants or potted orchids (from costco or another garden store) into centerpieces. 

Ditto with the lace and burlap! 

I’m interested in other responses, bc it all seems a bit overwhelming. I have friends and family who have offered to make sure everything is in order the day of, but it seems like a lot to ask. 

Post # 4
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I am DIY-ing the flowers for my reception, we are ordering flowers in bulk and its costing us under $900 for:

300 Peach Carnations
200 Cream Roses
200 Blush/pink roses
80 White Hydrangea

Out of the above we are making arangements for 20 tables, the head table, cocktail tables, card table and seating chart/guestbook table. We are paying a florist for the bouquets though, I was nervous to risk that.

This is a video showing how to arange with hydrangea, we chose hydranga because of how full they make the vase look and we can easly slide in the roses and carnations without having to know much about floral arangements. We wont be making it as dense as this video and will be using mercury glass gold vases.

Post # 5
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Roseyy:  I think it varies depending on how exacting you are and what kind of look you’re going for. My best friend was looking for a relaxed, DIY aesthetic and she bought daisies, greens, and babys breath and we bridesmaids literally made our own bouquets and filled mis-matched white vases from thrift stores for centerpieces in the bridal suite the morning of the wedding. It was very relaxed and they were adorable.THe venue was a high-end bar and grill and the wedding was black tie, but it still totally worked.

If you want something really elaborate, symmetrical, or cutting edge, it might be more difficult.

Post # 6
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I did the flowers for a friend’s wedding last summer and I’m doing another wedding this year. I’ve been talked out of doing my own for sanity’s sake.

I did about 30 tables last year, 10 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 bride bouquet, 4 corsages, 20 boutonierres with $750 of flowers. I ordered from Costco, and some smaller amounts came from Whole Foods. 

The flowers came on Thursday, and I spent about 4 hours prepping them. Friday I spent about 8 hours arranging, and Saturday morning I did the bride’s bouquet and wrapped all of the other bouquets.  I did the centerpiece arranging on the spot.

We had white mums, hydrangea, hypericum berries and babies breath. The boutonierres were succulents and some succulents went into the bride’s bouquet.

Hydrangeas are nice because they are full, but they are finnicky. You have to cut the ends and stick them immediately into boiling water for about 30 seconds and then into water. If not, they emit a substance when cut that seals the ends and prevents them from absorbing water which would cause them to wilt.  It was kind of a pain, but they did hold up well. 

The centerpieces were just different sized perrier glass bottles, 3 per table, each with different stems (hydrangea, mum, babies’ breath). 

Post # 7
1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Roseyy:  K, I haven’t read the other responses so I am not sure if anyone else has suggested this but I just had my shower this weekend and learned a cool trick. If you buy white flowers and put them in water with food colouring (any colour you like), the flower will change to that colour! I did not know this and thought this was the coolest thing.

Now I don’t know much about flowers and don’t know if white is less expensive than other colours but I thought it was a cool trick nontheless. We tried it with a white carnation and used green food colouring. The next day, the flower was green. It was pretty cool.

Post # 9
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I spent probably $300-$400, if you include the arrangements I got at the florist for the church and a couple welcome baskets.  Costco has a flower dept where you can get 100 roses for $100, and 100 stems of baby’s breath for maybe $80ish…carnations and hydrangeas aren’t very pricey either.  My bridesmaids and I made the bouquets while we hung out and chatted. Took maybe a couple hours.  All my girls had white roses, and the guys had red, which I got for $10 at the local grocery store.  Easy and cheap!  For my bouquet, I snitched a couple purple flowers and a couple lilies from the church’s arrangement before taking it over haha.  Rose petals on the tables were silk and cheap, so I didn’t count that in the price, and the purple carnations I had floating in water with candles were real but also quite cheap.

Just get a few practice flowers from the grocery store ahead of time to practice on in front of a movie or something.  Then you can get the feel for how you want them to look without pressure.  Michaels has all the flower tape, wire, etc that you’d need. 

Here’s a pic where you can see my bouquet and a bit of the table.


We had about 85 people and 10 tables and ended up with lots of flowers leftover.  I would DIY it again in a heartbeat.  It was easy and buying from the florist is soooooooo hugely overpriced I just couldn’t justify it in our budget at all.

Post # 10
1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I am just in the planning process but we plan on making flowers as well. I have made one quick and dirty one and it sold me. We have 16 months so we will be doing this!

Post # 11
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Roseyy:  I did DIY flowers. And I used almost exactly the same flowers you want…peony, hydrangea and roses.  

Its not hard at all, but I did some trial runs about 3 months before, which helped. A lot of people helping you is essential.  I think 1-2 days before the wedding is perfect, anything too far out and your risk wilted flowers.  

I spent about $800-900 on bulk flowers and some potted hydrangea.  

Here is the link to the review I did of my DIY flowers.

 And here are my flowers:





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