Post # 1
To save money, originally we were hoping to do our own flowers. What once seemed manageable now seems like it could be quite overwhelming task and I’m contemplating abandoning the idea. Any one with experience have advice about whether it’s worth it or not to do your own centerpieces?
-> How much time should one really dedicate to arranging centerpieces that are on the simpler side with a team of friends/family?
-> Is transporting the centerpieces a big pain? Did people have to rent vans, etc. to transport?
-> Is it a crazy idea to have friends the centerpieces/flowers the day of the wedding, on-site in a private area? Or do you recommend transporting the entire completed centerpieces on an hour-long trip?
-> Does it add stress to friends’ experience for your wedding to participate in prepping flowers?
-> Any suggestions on centerpiece design/ideas given the theme colors and vases I have listed below?
Background: Ceremony/reception is 4:30pm and a good 50 minutes drive away at a hotel. Reception is a ballroom with round tables & white tablecloths. Theme colors are eggplant, gold, and orange. We will need about 16 centerpieces and have acquired cyllinder 3.5″ x 3.5″ glass vases already; 3 tealights; 2 – 1.5″ square vases. We had been planning on bigger, affordable flowers like white hydrangeas with some accent flowers/colors in a fairly basic arrangement.
Manpower: We were planning on recruiting 3 people on the day of to help arrange the centerpieces and 1 person (who is doing boutt./bouquets) to oversee.
Budget: $500 including 4 basic bouquets + bride + 6 boutinnierres. I realize this is miniscule compared to the average budget, but I am holding out promise something can be pieced together.
Thanks for your suggestions/thoughts!
Post # 3
We got 7 dozen dahlias from a farm an hour away. My daughter picked the colors she wanted and we ordered them a couple of weeks in advance. If you have something big to pick them up in and take them to the reception site -all in one container, it would be easier – like a large plastic storage tote (without using the cover) hopefully that wouldn’t make it so that you have to rent a van. (BTW-my daughter’s colors were the plum and orange.) Email me if you want to see photos of her tables and flowers!
If you have a local farm to buy flowers that would cost the least. We paid only $70.00
If you have a farmer’s market that would be good for a lower price.
If you can’t get what you want at a farmer’s market, I would try to order them online- google bulk or wholesale (whatever kind of flower) or at Costco or Sam’s club. If you do that, it might be very inexpensive to get just the bouquets and bouts done there. Or from someone who does them at your grocery store. (I don’t know if they would allow you to bring in your own flowers-but maybe you could ask if they take on outside work?-I bought ribbon for a corsage once, and then brought it in for a corsage once, because they didn’t have any ribbon I liked and they were fine with that-it never hurts to ask!) Good luck!
Post # 4
We are DIYing our flowers (haven’t done it yet so can’t offer lessons learned, though!) I ultimately decided to do potted live centerpieces, though—it actually turned out to be infinitely easier to manage than arranged flowers, and will hopefully be a fun twist on arranged centerpieces. They are necessarily more casual, but the upside is that much more of the work can be done in advance and they are far easier to transport. FMIL thinks I’m nuts and keeps offering to pay for flowers….we’re doing it more because it’s fun than for the cost savings, though. Bouquet is coming from the farmer’s market and will be tied with a crepe ribbon—rather casual, but so is our outdoor wedding. (Originally I wanted to grow those flowers too, but have since abandoned that idea!) We really liked the idea of doing locally-grown plants and flowers, though, and also liked that the centerpieces can be planted and continue to grow after the wedding.
Post # 5
I think you can do it- here is how I would break down the work involved. If you feel like this will be too stressful for the people involved in your wedding, then don’t do it. It seems pretty simple and fun to me, and if I were a guest I’d be glad to help 🙂 The centerpieces should be easy, especially if you use hydrangeas. They are full and you don’t have to be a pro to make them look pretty.
Items to purchase:
Flowers in bulk. Ribbon that matches your colors. Rocks/glass beads, something for the bottom of the vases to secure the flowers in place. Double-sided tape. Plastic pitcher/watering can with a narrow spout. An empty cooler/ice chest to store the flowers (lid will be off)
2-3 DAYS IN ADVANCE
When flowers arrive, follow the care instructions and use the empty cooler to store the flowers. Change the water as needed.
Take the cyllinder 3.5″ x 3.5″ glass vases you already have and line the bottom with some rocks, glass pebbles, anything to secure the flowers in place. Tie the ribbon you purchased around the center of each vase for a pop of color. Use doubled sided tape to secure the ribbon if you want a streamlined look instead of a bow. If you want table numbers to be part of the centerpiece, you can also print the numbers on cardstock and stick them right on the vase over the ribbon.
Do 1 practice centerpiece and show your family and friends how you want it to look. Don’t cut the other flowers that short yet, leave that for the day of the wedding.
DAY OF WEDDING
Trim the flowers to their desired length so they will fit nicely in the vases and place back in their cooler. You are going to transport the flowers in water in the cooler (lid off) over to the venue and assemble on arrival. You’ll need someone with an SUV or mini van to help with transportation. Pack up the glass vases that are pre-assembled and also put in car.
When you arrive at the venue, places the flowers in the vases and fill with water. Arrange on tables and add tealights for accents. Just make sure you have someone available to walk around and light the candles at the appropriate time.
Post # 6
Sorry and one more post…
You could also use orange roses instead of hydrangeas to tie in your colors, and then add gold/eggplant accents. I love this one, but their vases are taller than yours. If you took the paper lanterns out of the mix and added ribbon around the vase in your colors, it would work with the 3.5″ cylllinders.