Post # 1
Hey ladies, so I have been looking into doing my own flowers for my wedding. It makes me so nervous because I don’t want my flowers to come out bad due to my impatience to reading directions for care but luckily my sisters have done plenty flowers for weddings and they are willing to chip in their crafty hands!
So far I have two inspirations in mind. We are having a winter wedding and I kind of want white flowers (I will dedicate another post to how I finally came to make the decision of white over ivory). I either want all babybreath centerpieces and bouquets/boutenniers mixed with a main flower,
Orrrrrrrr….. I want this new picture I just saw on Pinterest! It is a mixture of hydrangeas, roses, berries, and looks like couple calla lillies. If I was to do baby breath I would consider having a florist if the price is right but I am scared to hear the quotes I will get on this new centerpiece…
So I came to the hive first! Do any of you ladies know how many stems are included in the hydrangea centerpiece? Have any ladies done DIY hydrangea centerpieces? Any pieces of advice?
Thanks so much bees!
Post # 3
I did my trial for my centerpieces, which were hydrangeas, cream roses, white carnations, purple stock, green button pompons and solidago as a filler. This is how it turned out:
I only used 3 hydrangeas (it looks like yours would need at least one more), maybe 10-12 roses, about 10-12 carnations, and 2 stems of the solidago. It took about 20 minutes and was REALLY easy!
Once you make sure all your stems are de-leafed and trimmed, I re-trimmed them all before placing them in the vase. I started with the hydrangeas as a base on the bottom and filled in from there. That made it super easy 🙂 You basically just mess with it until you get something you like. don’t be afraid to touch the flowers, either – they’re stronger than they look.
I had this out for a little over a day before the hydrangeas began to wilt. If you do this route, I would recommend keeping a spray bottle handy as I’ve read that hydrangeas breathe better through the blooms rather than the stems. Mine were dunked head first into cold water before I started arranging them 🙂
Post # 4
I dont think you can get hydrangeas in the winter. They are a spring/summer flower
Post # 5
@MrsTVLover: I have hydrangeas in my front yard and they just finished blooming. They generally bloom between early spring and late summer. You can get them in winter, but they’d cost a bundle.
OP, some other white winter flowers you might consider:
Queen Ann’s Lace
Post # 6
@StephieBee: LOOVE your centerpieces! So inspiring! How much did it cost per centerpiece if you don’t mind me asking?
@MrsMauverick: Thank you for the list. I will definitely keep in mind when choosing my flowers!
So I recently saw a wedding photo of someone else’s wedding at the venue we are looking at (Georgia Freight Depot) and I was really inspired! I had always imagined round tables but after seeing this and cutting my wedding down from 220 to 150 guests, I definitely think this is do-able and more cost friendly for my floral budget.
I would do the tall baby breath centerpieces (about 6 or 7 per long table [there are two long tables]) and I would recreate short centerpieces similar to @StephieBee’s that would include maybe a mixture of roses, baby breath, berries (or cute little winter pinecones!), and some other tall flower to protrude (instead of doing the winter-costly hydrangeas). Also I would include tall candle votives in between tall and short centerpieces. As far as the second pic I previously posted that included hydrangeas, maybe I will recreate only 2 to be our backdrop arrangements…?
Ladies, we are getting somewhere! Considering I was planning on making 20 tall babybreath centerpieces for 20 round tables, this is really more budget friendly and a LOT less stressful.
Thank you bees so much for your advice. I will keep y’all posted on any new ideas and y’all please do the same for me!
P.S. Bees, I will have white linens, gold chiavari, and white uplighting instead of what’s seen in the pic. In case that helps visualize the look I am going for a little more.
Post # 7
Just a heads up on the babybreath. I went to a wedding with babybreath centerpieces and the smelled AWFUL!!! I’ve heard this is a pretty common complaint about the babybreath….look beatiful but the smell is overpowering when there are so many grouped together.
Post # 8
@Ms Dee: How high were the ceilings?
Post # 9
@LMP2013: The ceilings were fairly high. I would guess 15-20 ft.