- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
My biggest DIY project was a success! I budgeted about $500 on flowers, and spent a little more on the actual day, including 20 dozen coral roses, 100 stems of white dendrobium orchids, green and pink cymbidium orchids, pink and purple phalaenopsis orchids, coral peonies, coral pincushion protea, fuchsia calla lilies, pink hypericum berries, hanging amaranthus, green hydrangea, tea leaves, and bear grass.
Only one bunch of green hydrangea were a casualty of the stems not quite touching the water in the bucket, and we replaced them with white ones, because that was the only color available in the local store. I never actually used the bear grass, but since they were a buck fifty, it was no loss. My Maid/Matron of Honor used them with any unused flowers to decorate my mom’s house for Sunday Brunch.
I love my bouquet almost as much as my husband! Since I first saw a cascading bouquet in a picture of my cousin’s wedding, I knew I had to have one. My trial run was a disaster – with roses in all directions like a sick pink octopus. But it was invaluable in showing me what NOT to do. This time, it all came together. It’s three stems of coral striped phalaenopsis orchids, two stems of light purple phalaenopsis, three coral peonies, and a stem of pink cymbidium orchids (about a dozen blossoms). Wiring the flowers into the holder is what took the longest, but if you’re going to DIY a cascading bouquet, it’s essential! It took me over an hour to make, and another person to hold, but it was all worth it.
My bridesmaid’s bouquets were much simpler, with 20 fuchsia calla lilies and three wired pink cymbidium orchid blossoms each, wrapped in lime green ribbon and pinned with three large rhinestone pins.
It’s hard to tell one bottle from another here, packaged in the box for delivery, but each Starbucks frappuccino bottle is filled with coral roses, coral pincushion protea, pink hypericum berries, and hanging amaranthus, and tied with coral colored ribbon that were looped over shepherd’s hooks.
And the table arrangements in 5-inch glass cubes. I wrapped the floral foam in tea leaves and filled them with coral roses, green hydrangea, coral pincushion protea, and fuchsia calla lilies. Since one bunch of hydrangea wilted in the night, you can see some have white hydrangea instead.
The boutonnieres and corsages were great, but I didn’t get any “making of” pics. Likewise with the 8-foot strings of white dendrobium orchid blossoms, weighted with a teardrop crystal and hung from the tree we were married in front of. Here’s my BM’s photo of some of the strings. More pics later.
It was a big task, and I’m grateful to my husband’s family for coming a few days ahead to help with it, and friends who said, how can I help? I canceled the manicure appointment with my bridesmaids so we could finish the flowers in time to deliver to the florist, who in turn had her delivery guy bring them to the wedding in the morning, and we were two hours late to the rehearsal, but that was fine, since the venue didn’t close until early evening, and the officiant was my husband’s stepmom who was helping with the flowers.
As for the nail polish, one of my BMs brought a bottle of topcoat with her the day of the wedding, and we brushed a fast drying clear coat on our nails in the car on the drive to the venue for a little shine. It was all we needed.
Knowing how hard it was and how long it took, sacrificing the nail appointment and spending money on a trial run, would I do it again?
In a heartbeat. I got so many compliments on both ceremony and reception flowers, and knowing that I got the cascading orchid bouquet of my dreams for about $50, made me proud to say I did it myself!
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