(Closed) DIY flowers vs Hiring a florist

posted 5 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m trying to go without flowers.  My budget is blown in pretty much every other category, and I’m not crafty enough to do DIY.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ladybee091413:  I’m going to try and do my own flowers as well so i’m very interested in what people say here. I also want simple low arrangements because my reception will be on a yacht

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

You may want to look into the continuing education classes offered at your local community college to see of they offer anything related to floral design/arrangement. There is a flower farm in Anne Arundle County (MD) that could be a good source for in season flowers. There’s also a pick-your-own flower option at Clarks Elioak Farm in Howard County MD, and a flower wholesale place in Silver Spring, MD. Farmers markets are another good place to link up with local flower growers.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did my own DIY bouquet for our registry wedding a week ago – honestly, it changed the way I look at wedding flowers. I like arranging flowers but had never made a structured bouquet before and I was really happy with the results. 

I spent about $30 on the flowers for this and had heaps of leftovers – two bunches of cream Vendela roses, a huge bunch of baby’s breath and a small bunch of white carnations. If I were to do it for my wedding I would use stock and queen anne’s lace and more carnations instead of the baby’s breath but that was the only filler they had at Safeway two hours before our ceremony. I am sure it could be much, much cheaper than that using wholesale flowers. 

I am seriously considering doing our bouquets and bouts myself and getting the centerpieces done by a florist. For me, the centerpieces were the bit that was overwhelming me – I want to get the harder arrangements made and then bud vases as filler for the tables which i will prep and hopefully get our DOC to throw together on the day. The bouquets didn’t freak me out at all when compared to the logistical nightmare of the centerpieces. 

Also, have you considered getting a quote from Safeway or Whole Foods? my Safeway lady showed me photos of her work and it is pretty gorgeous. I am going to get a quote from her as well as from Whole Foods. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

I am doing my own. All baby’s breath in simple vases with some river rocks in the bottom. I think even I can handle that….. πŸ™‚ Another option is Sam’s, BJs, etc all sell both pre-made arrangements and what look to be fairly user-friendly DIY kits with instructions so you’re not completely on your own.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hi Ladybee, are you by chance getting married at the Oxon Hill Manor? I am on 9/7/2013! And I had the same idea of doing my own flowers – hydrangeas in a vase is easy to do. Costco has a DIY kit. I may hire a florist to do my bouquets though.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ladybee:  I think we will be going non-floral centerpieces….probably glass vase/candle type thing.  I’ve also really liked some of the fruit centerpieces I’ve seen in pics.  I am also thinking about using a paper punch to make something to wrap around the vase.  Need to go to buy some materials & play.  Again, non-crafty so I’m slightly nervous about my ability to even wrap paper around a vase without it looking like a kindergardner did it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ladybee091413:  As a DIY bride who has more imagination than skill, I’d caution you against going that route, unless you have knowledgeable help on your hands.  For one thing, different flowers require different delivery days.  This would require you to be home on multiple days to accept delivery, cut the stems, put them in water, and then transport them to the venue on the day of.  There are so many things that can go wrong.  I know a florist who is AMAZING and will work with your budget.  The business name is Country Way Flowers, and Amy Potter is the proprietor.  

I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer.  I just learned my lesson the hard way.  

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Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I did DIY flowers, and am SO happy I did. I spent less than $500 on everything, and my bouquet would have easily been $300-350 retail. (Total arrangement: My bouquet, two MOH bouquets, 10 bouts, 4 corsages, 2 nosegays, 13 centerpieces, and we did 3 other cake table centerpieces, and had leftovers)

90% of the flowers I purchased online from Sam’s Club- roses, calla lillies, mini callas, and asiatic lillies. From Safeway I picked up spray roses for corsages, and MOH picked up greenery from another store.

To make this work, I think you need to keep it simple. The two MOH bouquets were mini callas- practically arranged themselves. I did a couple of practice runs on the centerpieces, and most importantly, I had help. Four of us were in my kitchen the day before, each focusing on one particular aspect. (I focused on my bouquet, Mom’s friend did centerpieces, MOH did their bouquets, the bouts and corsages, Mom helped everyone out.)

In addition to the day before arranging, etc., plan on a couple of hours of prep the day your flowers arrive. I had 400 flowers to unpack/cut stems/put in water- you can’t have too many buckets!

Another tip- INSPIRATION PHOTOS!!! I knew exactly what I wanted the bouquets to look like, which saved a lot of time-like following a recipe. (We sort of ended up “winging” it with the centerpieces)

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