DIY Flowers – what kind last longest?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@PennyLove5:  Not sure how you feel about carnations ( alot of people really don’t like them) but I really think if done right they look amazing! They are very hardy and extremely cost effective!

I think pomader balls look great with carnations

They look great in bouquets as well

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@PennyLove5:  Hydrangeas need constant hydration and will begin to droop if it’s too dry/hot.  I did my own flowers and I used all hardy stems (peony roses, spray roses, alstroemeria, aster and hypericum berries).  I purchased from fiftyflowers and my local costco.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@housebee:  Seriously I am so amazed everytime I see your DIY flowers…..if all else fails you seriously could be doing flowers for weddings!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@weddingbound:  Aww thanks, you’re so sweet.  I think the same thing every time I see your aisle runner!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I DIY’d my flowers with the help of my 2 bridesmaids. I used garden roses, ranunculus, and roses. We made my bouquet, two bridesmaid bouquets, 5 boutonniers, and 2 corsages.

We did them the night before, so I’m not sure how long they would have lasted. (I gave my bouquet to my cousin’s daughter, and she kept them in water the night of the wedding and they looked totally fine the day after, too) Regardless, make sure, if you’re doing all of your flowers, that you remember to have your boutonniers and your corsages in water too!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I DIYed my flowers with the help of my sisters and friend (who happens to be a wedding planner). We picked up our flowers from a wholesaler 2 days before the wedding and they definitely needed at least that amount of time to open up. I was actually really worried at first that they wouldn’t open up in time! I think 3 days will be great.

Make sure you keep them in a nice cool room in buckets of water and I think 3 days is the right amount of time to open them up. Try to wait until the day/night before to make the arrangements and they should last at least 5 days looking beautiful 🙂

We kept the bouquets at the estate where we were staying for the remaining 3 days after the wedding and it pained me to throw them away when we left because they still looked lovely. We used roses, garden roses, ranunculus, freesias, peonies, football mums, seeded eucalyptus and wide leaf dusty miller (the dusty miller wilted the fastest out of everything).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

This is really interesting to me, since I didnt think roses would last so long (2 to 3 days). Usually when I get roses from a florist they last about a day.

BTW everyone’s DIY flowers turned out great! I envy you guys who can do this!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Flowers that last several days (if prepped and conditioned properly) include chrysanthemums, roses, alstroemeria, hypericum berries, carnations, trick dianthus, lilies, matsumoto asters, craspedia (billy balls), dahlias, dutch iris, most fillers (baby’s breath, limonium, statice, etc.), scabiosa pods, poppy pods, and stock. Hope that helps!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

This is a great thread!  I want to DIY my bouquets, corsages and bouts but had the same question.

My mom and I did a couple of trial bouquets with carnations and they lasted almost a week.  I liked the look of the carnations but I’d rather have a mix of flowers.

@housebee: 

@Beelow:  

@Double_rainbow:  

All of your bouquets look amazing! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

My astromeria looked better after 4 days than on the first day that I got it.  Also so simple to arrange.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am also DIY-ing my flowers, and using roses.  I bought a dozen from the local grocery store to do a small trial bouquet, and I sat it in a glass with water and it was in pretty good shape for a week, and started deteriorating after that.  I was really impressed and surprised how good it looked days later.

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