(Closed) should i diy flowers for centerpieces?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Should i "DIY" flower centerpieces or hire a florist ?
    Your vision sounds simple enough, DIY! :) : (26 votes)
    74 %
    WAKE UP LADY! Flowers are not easy to deal with. Hire a florist!! : (9 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @sarahbeth_:  We (meaning my amazing MIL, ILS and sister) did the flowers for our centerpieces, between the morning ceremony and the afternoon reception. I loved them and we paid about $400 for 15 or so tables. I say do it πŸ™‚

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Hire a florist trust me i know

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @sarahbeth_:  I’m planning on DIYing my flowers in a few weeks here, I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!

    Post # 6
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2005

    Depends on the ovearll look your aiming for.  

    If it’s simple yet rustic, DIY – even mistakes can look beautiful with a simplistic style.  

    If it’s overally intricate and a traditional / fancy wedding – Hire a florist

    I wanted to do my own flowers but with a lack of time, stress, family flying from abroad even my bouquet got forgetten about.  The less you have to deal with the better!  

    My wedding turned out beautiful minus the flowers – huh can you believe it!  Lucky enough we had a desert wedding and the venue was decorated in so many different ways via lighting, accessories that flowers would have actually have looked wrong (I convince myself LOL).

    Good luck πŸ™‚

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I did the flowers for my first wedding. It was allot of work but some of the best florals ever.  Take the time to know how to work with the types of flowers.  And if you are having them shipped, know they take time to rehydrate and open. like 2-3 days.  Good luck

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I am DIYing my flowers from Bloomsbythebox.com. It is cheap and has great advice/tutorial videos on how to put your flowers together. I highly reccomend! I already ordered some flowers to do a test-run as well, so excited!!!

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think you can do this!  The key, in my opinion, is to have a general idea of what you want, but not have your heart set on anything specific.  I just did something similar for my wedding (which is tomorrow! hehe), I hired a florist to to the bridal party bouquets and corsages, but I did the other floral.  I made 4 big arrangements, 6 mason jar bouquets and put one or two stems in 30+ bottles and vases.  I had to go to 3 grocery stores yesterday to get enough flowers, in my color scheme, and I’d say that all together it took 3 hours to arrange them. However, putting the bottles/vases together was fast. Maybe an hour.  Let us know what you decide!  πŸ™‚

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Here’s a picture of my centerpieces, which I think sound similar to yours:

    We ordered 300 roses and 2 sets of greens from Costo.com to be spread throughout the room on 18 tables.  I had thoughts similar to yours about DIY-ing flowers – how hard can it really be?  But it took my mom and my aunt nearly 12 hours to get all the flowers set up (luckily we could set up starting Friday morning for my Saturday afternoon reception).  It did save a buttload of money though.  Excluding the bouts and bouquets, which I had professionally done, I think we spent less than $500 on all the flowers & centerpiece items.

    I guess it would be depend on the condition of the roses when you get them as to how long it will take you and how doable a DIY it will be the morning of the wedding.  If you order from Costco, and I assume other flower delivery services, you are advised to have them delivered 2-3 days before the event.  The flowers come in boxes and are not very budded out – honestly  they don’t look that pretty.  But you take them out of the box, set them up in some 5gal buckets and strip all/most of the leaves off and the outer first row of petals.  The next day they’ll have opened up more, but you’ll still need to cut the stems to whatever size you want, which definitely takes time.  

    I would say that if you could get pretty much everything set up at your house the day before, as far as what will go where and get everything cut to size, and all your MIL and FH will be doing is filling up the vases and plopping the flowers in at the venue then it is completely doable to DIY. 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re using a florist for our bouquets, boutineres and corsages but going the DIY route for centrepieces. We’re doing suspended candle holders filled with baby’s breath, so very easy and cost effective for us.

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Flowers are not scary at all, especially since what you seem to envision requires very little actual arranging. It’ll be lovely and you can make them all the day before. 

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I would have said florist 2 weeks ago but am now all the way for DIY. I’ve done 3 other weddings for families, friends, etc and love making things but felt totally overwhelmed when it came to making everything for my (large) wedding.

    Then we met with our florist and loved her!!! We got our proposal 1 week ago and we almost choked! For a very large bridal party, church, and reception flowers we were quoted $4,500. I also love in one of the most expensive wedding regions in the country. Anyway I decided to make my own centerpieces and saved $2500. Put that money towards your honeymoon or future πŸ™‚

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