Flowers… to DIY or not?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: To DIY flowers or not?
    I did my own flowers, and I recommend it! : (13 votes)
    68 %
    I did my own flowers, and I WOULD NOT recommend it! : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Other, and here's my explanation... : (4 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Curious to see the answers, as I’m considering the DIY route myself!

    Post # 4
    8388 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013


    1.  I did bouquets: bridal, 2 bms, 2 nosegays (moms), 1 toss, ceremony decor (aisle, 2 large altar arrangements) and petals for my tables (w/non floral, DIY centerpieces)

    2.  yes, but it didn’t really apply (japanese flower arranging)

    3.  I highly recommend this DIY project as long as you’re using hardy stems and not planning anything too complicated (i.e. cascading bouquet).  However, I did not do corsages or bouts (I did alternatives since all the guys are gamers).



    Aisle (paper cones were also made by me)



    total cost for flower $320, total cost for decor (including flowers) $400.  Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions.  I used and Costco.

    Post # 5
    1248 posts
    Bumble bee

    i’m curious myself! I have friends who have been in the floral business before, and i would ask them to help, my biggest worry is having to make my friends/guests set up & take down the decor. I wonder if its worth the cost of the florist if they would be the ones taking care of the setting up & tearing down.

    Post # 6
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @FutureMrsHarris2014:  I did our flowers! I went the hard route and arranged them in 2 foot tall vases (I’ve done flower arranging forever)

    But if you use shorter, standard-height vases, it is SO easy! And SO much cheaper!

    Post # 8
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    I vote no. I’m buying my flowers due to a terrible experience in another wedding where the bride did her own flowers. My FI’s sister got married and decided to do her own flowers. I wasn’t even in the bridal party and ended up spending the night before the wedding into the wee hours of the morning on the flowers, and on the morning of. Two hours before her wedding she didn’t even have a bouquet. It was so much work and poorly planned. The flowers wilted overnight and honestly didn’t look that great, because none of us had experience arranging flowers. If you decide to do them yourself, please make sure you have a very clear and attainable idea of what you want.

    Post # 10
    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    1. Did you have DIY flowers?  If so, did you do all of the flowers, just bouquets, just centerpieces, etc?

    I had DIY flowers.  We did ALL The flowers…. the bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, posies, etc.   For the ceremony flowers I used potted hydrangea instead of cut flowers, which created a more intimate look and didn’t compete with the interior of the church.  I also used potted herbs on my dinner table to add more greenery without having more cut flowers.  

    2. Did you have previous flower experience?

    No previous flower experience. I like to buy flowers at the grocery store but that is about it.  

    3. Would you recommend taking this on as a DIY project?

    Yup!  Its a great way to get the look that you specifically want and to save money on flowers.  Its a time intensive project so I recommend practicing beforehand on small projects (bouquet & centerpieces) and having lots of help and time before the wedding!   Practicing helps your flowers look more professional in the end.  I thought a DOC was absolutely essential, as her team took all the flower arrangements to the ceremony and reception venue, and took care of set up and break down.   Also, the fun in doing your own flowers is the choice of what kind of flowers/floral to use and the opportunity to repurpose them…the ceremony flowers were used at the reception too, and when we got home they were planted in special flower gardens at my house. The same went for my herb pots, they were offered up as favors and the ones that weren’t taken were planted at home.  






    Post # 11
    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I will not be DIY-ing my flowers, but I did not want to spend a ton of money on flowers either. I’m using Bridesign, which is basically ProFlowers’s wedding flower service.


    I paid a total of $690 for 1 bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets, 5 groomsmen bouts, 1 groom bout, 8 family bouts, 4 pin corsages, 2 wrist corsages, 1 ring bearer bout, and rose petals for the flower girl + delivery.

    Post # 12
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I decided to do a mix.  I’m ordering all of the bouquets, bouts and corsages from a florist and doing the centerpieces myself (with help from my family).  I read a number of posts on the Bee and A Practical Wedding about DIY flowrs and my mom and I even did a bouquet trial but it seems like too much to do for me.  We’ll only have 10 tables so I thought it would be more manageable to just do the centerpieces. 


    @housebee:  Your flowers look amazing!

    Post # 13
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @FutureMrsHarris2014:  As long as you don’t try to make a David Tutera-esque flower masterpiece, someone with zero experience can definitely trim stems and stick a dozen flowers in each vase.

    The real hard part is trasporting them to the Church/reception site!

    I moved ours the day before the wedding so I wouldn’t have to worry about it day-of!

    Post # 14
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We DIYed our flowers. Purchased two kinds through Fifty Flowers, dusty miller in flats from Home Depot, the gold balls by me, and then limonium purchased by my MIL. A florist friend of MIL’s did the bouquets and bouts for us.

    No pictures of my BM bouquets or the bouts, though.

    Post # 16
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @FutureMrsHarris2014:  I actually had a so-so experience with FiftyFlowers. I ordered 4 bunches of the pink roses and 8 bunches of the white ones (which I don’t have pictures of yet). SO many of them were dead on arrival, but I didn’t find that out until days later because DH and MIL were the ones who opened them and put them in water at her house (you only have 24 hours to contact them with pictures and DH said that tehy were fine). We ordered 4 bunches (40 stems) of those pink roses, and what you see in that photo is everything that was still alive by the day before the wedding. We had several flowers in my bouquet fall apart, as well. The white ones were so tiny (which I guess I should have expected, but I thought they were about the same size at the pink ones), and many of them never opened. We did have enough (8 bunches/80 stems) for four bridesmaids bouquets and 5 bouts, as well as a couple of stems for each table, but we tossed so many of them. The total was $220 or something, and I think we probably could have gotten something similar from MIL’s friend for the same or less that weren’t dead.

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