Post # 1
I’m thinking about going the DIY route for centerpiece flowers. I’m really not particular with them and after reading so much great advice on here, I feel like it is do-able.
However, the part I am struggling a bit with is the transportation.
Here’s our basic travel plans:
Saturday afternoon driving 1 hour from home to the nearest hotel to our venue. It’s a pretty windy mountain road (Highway 17 for you Northern CA bees).
Sunday (wedding day) driving 30 minutes from hotel to venue on a very windy road (like you can’t go above 20 mph windy).
I would be using clear jars, so no floral foam, just water. What do you think, is this do-able? Any tips? Where would we arrange them – at home or at the hotel?
Post # 3
I did this same thing with bud vases. We bought a bunch of those under-the-bed Rubbermaid totes, and moved them in those, without the lid. We rolled up newspaper in a tight roll and weaved it between the vases to make it nice and snug. Worked like a charm! A tip: bring a turkey baster with you. If you need to add more water once they’re set up, it’s easier to fill a jug and go from table to table and use the baster to top them off rather than taking each vase to a sink. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
@DaniLyn: Are you buying your vases in bulk- by the case? In that case they will come in boxes with dividers that are designed for transport.
If not, use liquor boxes. They come with dividers in place.
Post # 5
@Tess63110: @julies1949: Thanks for your suggestions (I never would have thought about the turkey baster!). We aren’t ordering the vases, so no ready-boxes, but the newspaper and liquor boxes are great ideas!
Seeing these poll results is making me feel better!
Post # 6
@DaniLyn: We did DIY arrangements for my brother’s wedding. We arranged the flowers at the hotel the day before and used floral wire to wrap around the stems once they were arranged in the vases how we wanted. Then we took them out of the vases and put the bunches of flowers together into a couple large buckets with water and put them in the hotel’s walk in refrigerator.
It was much easier to transport and carry a bucket (With a handle) of flowers rather than a box full of heavy vases and flowers in them. We just made sure the buckets were tied down well in the back of my parents’ SUV.
Post # 7
For those of you who DIYed your flowers, how much rearranging/fixing had to be done at the venue?
Post # 8
@DaniLyn: none at all. It’ was really super easy.
Post # 9
You should be able to get tons of boxes and all that good stuff at Costco – and I would recommend extra cardboard and packing foam! A trick I’ve used before is to use boxes that snugly fit the vase, seal them shut, and using a razor blade cut small slits in the center of the top in a “star” shape. Slide the vase in wedge the boxes close together in a confined space to avoid shifting. I’m sure I’m not explaining it well but it’s just DIY version of the boxes florists will send with you if you purchase a vase arrangement.
I stumbled upon your post because I’m debating on when I’m going to make all of my bouquets, since I’m going DIY them and want them fresh and safe…. And saw that coincidentally we’re getting married in the same area!! I’m from the central valley but have always dreamed of a Santa Cruz wedding! But I understand just how windy the road will be, and I do not think you should try transporting over highway 17 unless fully secured!! Good luck!