Post # 1
So I’m new to the Wedding Bee and reading your boards have already helped me so much in my planning.
So my question is… am I crazy to do my own fresh cut flower arrangements? My FI and I are only having a MOH/BM, so there won’t be a large wedding party. I’m figuring that I’ll have to make (2) bouquets, (3-4) coursages, (3-4) boutineers and about (22) centerpieces. All of my arrangments wil be pretty simple, with roses/spray roses. I’m going to order them wholesale online.
I’m of course going to enlisted help but am I crazy to do this (2) days before the wedding?
Post # 3
no… not crazy. just be sure to enlist a lot of help! 🙂
A few family friends are planning to do my own bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. I’m doing my own centerpieces too, but they’re flowerless, so I can do them a little further ahead of time.
Post # 4
I don’t think you’re crazy. As long as you have enough help, it should be doable. Esp if you are not making anything elaborate. I’m going to probably be making 30 centerpieces the day before the wedding!
Post # 5
if you’re putting everything in vases, no you’re not crazy. if you’re making complex arrangements in oasis, yes you’re crazy. =) sorry but i’ve done it before and i wouldn’t wish that on any bride!!
Post # 6
Its doable – I plan on doing it, and I’ve helped another bride do it (hers were roses and she used Costco).
1. plan ahead – do you need to refridgerate the flowers, how are you going to do it etc.
2. Keep it simple – easier faster to do, easier to get help with
3. Ask for help – and appreciate it (this is not the time to nit pick the free labors techniques) Simple designs will keep everyone happy.
Post # 7
yes you are totally nuts!!! no way would i do 22 centerpieces!!
there’s already so much going on the week of, i wouldnt want the extra stress of putting them together, not to mention the bouquets, corsages and bouts…
but GO for it if you’ve got help…
also, do you have a place to store all the arrangements for the 2 days??
Post # 8
i am in your boat – i am doingmy own bouquet, 2 BMs, boutieneres, and 22 centerpieces. i don’t think its too tough to do plus i have a 3 hour lull between the AM tea ceremony and the PM reception.
Post # 9
ataleoftwocities, 3 hours is all you’re spending on this? you might want to give yourself a little more room…
i may have been picky, but it took my FI and i 15 hours to do 22 centerpieces and i "outsourced" all bouts, flower girl wreaths, corsages, and bouquets to very patient helpers. granted they were pretty large and we were being perfectionists, but it’s a LOT.
Post # 10
Times flies…just make sure you can leave the project in someone else’s capable hands (as in it will turn out the way you want) in the event you have to leave/deal with something else/lose track of time etc.
Post # 11
just make sure EVERYTHING else is perfect and completed, so you don’t have to worry about any of those. if yo have other things planned to complete the day before your wedding, you are going to cry ’cause of all the stress. the flowers will be a really messy affair. and definitely, you’ll need as many hands as possible to have all of that done in 1 day.
also, make sure you have a guy do the transport. preparing all the centerpieces to fit in your car or van without falling apart on you or spilling water all over, is the most stressful part.
at the same time, make sure a girl with a good eye takes care of the touch up to each centerpiece and in placing it on the tables. the arrangements get roughed up a bit during transport.
it’s doable if you’re organized and know what you’re doing and if you have good reliable people helping you. if you do, you are good to go. =)
Post # 12
No, you’re not crazy. We did 90% of the flowers DIY. I’ve had so many people ask about how I did mine I’m going to have some tips and instructions in my bio once I get it back up (Imagestation closed down a couple days ago and took all my pictures with it).
Here are some highlights:
We made 4 BM bouquets and 26 centerpieces with the help of 4 people. It only took us 1 hour to do this because they were very simple arrangements.
I made 20 corsages and bouts. This took me another hour because no one else felt comfortable making them.
We put the corsages and bouts in the fridge and the rest on the kitchen floor and counter. Since it was June we cranked up the AC a couple degrees. We made everything the afternoon before the wedding and everything looked great the next day.
I got most of my flowers from a local greenery I found at the farmer’s market. They delivered and cut the flowers the day before the wedding.
You definitely have to do a trial run. Order a lot of flowers for this and try every possible thing out. See how long things last and find out how many flowers you’ll need to order for the big event.
I ordered 10% extra in case some of the flowers didn’t look good or I messed up a lot.
I had 5 different types of flowers for the centerpieces with each vase only having one type of flower. This way when the peonies bloomed early I just ordered some extra of the other flowers and no one was the wiser. I couldn’t order all of one kind because the greenery didn’t have that many in stock.
I had all white flowers since many flowers come in that color and that way everything would match. And by keeping each vase one flower type if they weren’t perfectly white you wouldn’t be able to tell. For example the dahlias ended up being more of an ivory color but since they weren’t in the same vase as the white lilies you couldn’t really tell.
It’s not letting me add any pictures so I’ll try that in a second post.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll make a post on here when I get my bio and DIY flower instructions up and running.
Post # 14
WOW, FoxtheHound – amazing job!
I’m also doing my own bouquets/centerpieces. Agree with everyone else that lots of help is the way to go. Since I know that my family can freak out if they’re not sure what’s going on, I’m going to plot out exactly how we’re going to do it, step-by-step, and do a trial run at home. And I’ve identified a local grocery store whose flowers always look good as a backup, in case the flowers I get from the local grower aren’t enough or I mess them up somehow.
Just a warning – I’ve read warnings from others re: keeping flowers in the fridge. I think the idea is NOT to do this if there’s food in the fridge – definitely research that some more!
Post # 15
Wow… thanks everyone so much. And thanks foxthehound for the pictures… I love how you handtied your calla lillies it looked really unique!
I think I’m gonnna go for it! I’ve done a ton of research in buying and caring for wholesale roses. To help anyone who might see this in the future.. these are the best sites I’ve found to order wholesale for DIY flowers.
Post # 16
i would check out http://www.americanfloraldistributors.com. they’re the cheapest i’ve found and offer a 15% discount if you have a wedding planner (she can use her tax ID to order for you). i haven’t used them though (but i have used 50flowers.com).