Post # 1
I wanted to save $$$ on my bridal bouquet and as soon as I saw brooch bouquets I knew it was the way to go. A few etsy sellers have them, but I thought it would be fun to do this myself. The question I’ve got is how soon can I start this project without the fabric or colors fading, or the glue drying out? The wedding is in 7 months. Any help is appreciated!
Post # 3
@LaCroix: Do you have your brooches already? If you don’t, start looking ASAP unless you’re okay with buying a lot of pricier brooches. Unless you’re going for a multi-color eclectic look, it can be tough to find reasonably priced onces (since you need so many!) that are about the same color. As for the glue/fabric, sorry! I’m not sure myself.
Post # 4
@subjunctivitis: Eep! Bold means I’ll start looking tomorrow! ^_^
Post # 5
Just so you know, doing a brooch bouquet probably won’t save you any money. I’ve been buying brooches since January and I’ve probably already got over $200 in brooches alone and I still don’t have enough for one bouquet.
Post # 6
@Paigey: Is it all brooches or are flowers mixed in, too? I just wanted a couple of key brooches and the rest will be general pearls, crystals and fake roses.
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
If you’re DIY-ing to save money, have you considered buying real flowers online? Sam’s Club is pretty reasonable, and there are a number of other companies Bees have recommended, like Fiftyflowers.com
Post # 8
So long as you’re using fabric safe glue and storing the fabric away from sun light and any hash lights, you should start NOW. Even if you just use a few key pins, it will take you forever and a half.
Try to find out if there are any large cheap China-made/imported jewelry stores around you. There are usually a few in larger cities. You can find some really cool looking and really cheap pins in those stores.
Post # 9
All of this advice makes me want to stay away from making my own brooch bouquet … I’m probably going to go the Etsy route.
Post # 10
I’m doing mine mostly brooches, with a few flowers and ribbons for accent.
Post # 11
From what I’ve seen it takes awhile to find the brooches. I’ve also seen people suggest http://www.fabulousbrooch.com/ which I, myself, checked out. I ended up buying a brooch from there to decorate my bouquet. It was really high quality. If you buy several at a time shipping costs go down. I only bought one and shipping cost more than my brooch, lol. It was worth it though.
I bought this brooch:
<3 loveeee haha
Post # 12
also a BIG hint.. i bought bulk on EBAY, and not just brooches! ladies, you can get pretty pearl and rhinestone adjustbaleb rings ( with the lil glued on backs) DIRT cheap on ebay, then just snap the back of the ring off..or wrap wire around it! I actually used these ring backs to make other custom rings from a broken bracelet so i wasnt out any $$..Also use earrings! I never spent more then $3 on ANY brooch/ring
Check flea markets, thrift stores,family members, broken jewelry, etc…if you are interested I can give you the link to the ebay sellers i got most of mine from.
I just finished mine and it was just around $100 total