(Closed) Looks like I'm gonna be another brooch bouquet DIYer

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hey there! Your tentative date is my birthday – wooooooot! Love the month of April, and loooove April weddings! 

I made my own brooch bouquet for my wedding (pictures for you below – sorry they aren’t close ups, haven’t received all my pro pics yet). My biggest piece of advice would be to start early. You’ll work on it all day one day – and then not want to look at it for weeks at a time. Hahaha.

All in all – I’d say mine took the entire 10/9 months I was planning. And I finished it a few days before the wedding. I used brooches from both of my grandmothers and some heirloom pieces. The remainder I purchased at thirft stores, Michaels, Burlington Coat Factory, antique shops, etc. Start out with a budget – like, $2-$3 per brooch and don’t spend more than that – they can add up really quickly. If you space it out over several months though – it doesn’t become a huge hit to your wallet. 

Don’t limit yourself to just brooches either – look at earrings, pendants – whatever you can thread a piece of floral wire through. Ask for pieces from family, friends – ask them to keep a look out for you and to pick one up if they see it! That helps a lot!

And give yourself time to mess up – I threaded all the brooches and then put them together and took the whole thing apart about twice before I got the shape I wanted. It is a labor of love and time and patience.

In the end – it is totally worth it. You have plenty of time to do it since your wedding isn’t until 2014 and EVERYONE will want to hold it, carry it and talk about it. It was a big draw at my wedding. All the women just loved it 🙂

Good luck! If you have any questions – just let me know!

Post # 5
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944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would start early and I agree with OP, don’t confine yourself to just brooches. I had one made for me from an Etsy vendor but I supplied the materials. I used bracelets, pins, rings, earrings too along with fake flowers from Hobby Lobby, also try thrift stores, I got some awesome stuff for literally a few dollars.

The picture above was my version, I just couldn’t get it the way I wanted so I broke it apart and sent it to an Etsy vendor to do it. This is the finished result and I’m thrilled with it.

Post # 6
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2609 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a really hard time getting brooches, they were too expensive at antique stores, too ugly at thrift stores, and too hard to win on ebay!  So another Bee told me about this site:

http://www.fabulousbrooch.com/

It was AWESOME!  

My bouquet took me about 5 hours total to make (I had read a ton of tutorials already, so I had a plan for wiring them, and it was a breeze), and cost me probably about $200-$250.

Post # 7
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944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MissNoodles:  That bouquet is gorgeous! Great job!

Post # 9
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944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Diamond88:  Ask for jewelry as gifts, and check out the holiday sales, I got most of mine that way along with my wedding jewelry and reception shoes! You have a lot of time so I think it should work out for you. Best of luck!

Post # 10
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got some from my family, many from Fabulous Brooch, some from Etsy / eBay (those were th splurge ones), and some from thrift stores. None was more than $10, and most were WAY cheaper than that. However, since mine was entirely brooches without flowers in between, it was about $200 to make – maybe even a little more. It took me about 3 months to construct, but I worked 12-hour days, so I didn’t get to work on it often.

Post # 14
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146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I too made mine myself and it cost me less than $100.  At my bridal shower my bridesmadis asked everyone to bring a floral brooch with my guidelines   

Post # 15
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944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Diamond88:  Mine has the flowers showing (that’s what I wanted) so I only used about 30-35. Most of the tutorials I saw on-line showed about 75 for the full effect.

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