- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
On Wednesday morning last week, my mum and I got up bright and early and headed to the Sydney flower markets for a little look, to see what was available, and how much things were.
We arrived at about 6am, and good thing we did, as although it advertises that it is open until 11am, most stalls were starting to pack up by 7:30am.
I bought 1 lot each of white and green chyrsanthemums, green button mums, white spider mums, yellow roses, yellow tulips, pink carnations, pink mini gerbras, irises and purple sweet peas. All lots came with around 10 stems, and cost me about $50 all together.
I got them all home and realised I didn’t buy any tools to help me strip the stems, so I stripped all the leaves using a silicone oven glove like these and it worked a charm, even on the roses.
Here is what I made – what do you think?
I know the multi colours are not to everyone’s taste but I love them. My profile pic was my original bouquet inspiration, but I’ve toned it down from there.
2 bouquets, only want it small, and although I’ll only need 1 for the wedding I made an extra one for practise.
A small arrangement just made with the leftovers, plus the tuplis that I didn’t know what to do with.
My favourite arrangment, this was so easy to make and took about 2 minutes! The fluffy flowers really make it easy.
Everything all together. Please excuse the arrangement on the far left in the last picture, I wondered why they were all dying, turns out they have been sitting there for nearly a week with no water!
Everything else has survived amazingly well, considering I have been fairly rough with them, (I even sat on one bunch and have been too lazy to change their water). I did give them some sugar and vinegar which I read works like plant food. Hasn’t killed them so I guess it worked! It is now Monday night and they are all still perfect.
They were surprisingly easy to make, as I’m going for the rough, fresh from the garden look, and am not after perfection by any means.
For the wedding I will need only 1 bouquet and about 10-12 small arrangements. And perhaps 2 larger arrangements for the ceremony if I can figure out what to sit them on!
All the vases and pots were from Ikea.
As FI so kindly pointed out, $50 is expensive for a trial, but now I know I can probably get all our wedding flowers for under $200, and I’m confident enough to do it.
Anyone considering doing their own flowers, I say go for it! As long as you are not too picky about how they look. My theory was that flowers are pretty so surely lots of flowers together will also be pretty!
What do you think?