- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I just had to share my huge floral success yesterday! I’m still so excited about it every time I come downstairs and see the test bouquets on my table! Most of all, I just want everyone reading who’s planning on DIY flowers to feel a little more confident that it will be a success.
So I need TONS of flowers for my June 21 wedding (I’m doing 22 floral centerpieces and I have 8 bridesmaids, on top of everything else), so I’ve decided to arrange my own flowers to save money and to get exactly what I want. Because my wedding is in the Los Angeles, CA area, I’m able to utilize the LA wholesale flower market, which I’ve heard a lot about but never actually gone to. Yesterday I took a trip to buy some flowers to see what I will be able to create (since I’ve never arranged flowers before). And I was totally BLOWN AWAY. If any LA bees out there have never been, I would seriously recommend it.
Going into it, I really had no idea what types of flowers I wanted. I just had a specific vision in my head of color & texture. I wanted something soft and natural — something with a wildflower-ish look.
I spent the morning browsing around the market and then finally buying, then I raced home to get it all put together.
The market had endless options at crazy good prices. Gorgeous roses of all colors at $7-8 per dozen. The other varieties I ended up with ranged from $2.50-$6 per bunch (which was usually around a dozen stems).
I ended up with large peach roses, white lisianthus, peach stock, white status, scabiosa pods, and some dusty miller. (I couldn’t remember all the names for the life of me, I had to do some serious googling.)
Here’s the test bridal bouquet:
And here’s a picture of the test centerpiece I did. I found it difficult to get a decent photo of the centerpiece, but it basically just looks like a taller, more spaced-out version of the bouquet.
I am soooo pleased with the results. I was able to capture my original vision and even exceed it! It was really fun and I’m actually really looking forward to arranging the flowers with my family and friends a couple days before the wedding.
Of course, when I’m making the actual flowers, I’ll be a bit more careful in trimming the stems evenly, and I’ll use floral tape and the right color ribbon for the bouquets (I have a light peach ribbon that matches the roses).
In case you’re wondering, here’s a list of the floral arrangements I am doing:
1 bridal bouquet
8 bridesmaids bouquets
1 tall arrangement
9 hanging mason jar arrangements
And for all that, my estimated total cost for flowers is…..drumroll please….$320.00!
Sooo yeah, the LA flower market really exceeded my expectations. If anyone is wondering if they’ll be able to DIY flowers, take it from me! You can! If you get pretty flowers, they really speak for themselves, and arranging them yourself isn’t too tricky.
Are you arranging your own flowers? Have you done a test run? Let me know what you all think, or if you have any questions or suggestions for me! Thanks for letting me share my triumphs 🙂