Post # 1
Wanted to share this post because it’s a topic that frequently comes up on these boards – it’s meant to help anyone weighing pros and cons of doing their own wedding flowers. Not meant to be discouraging in any way, but just as a reality check about what all is involved! I referenced amazing Mrs. Cola’s Wedding Bee posts about the behind the scenes of her large scale DIY floral undertaking (which turned out great but the pics show what an an undertaking it was!)
Post # 3
Wow! Thank you, what an informative post. It’s definitely helpful to know what to think about beforehand. There is a LOT involved. I will definitely be doing a scaled-down trial after reading that.
We are going for a very ‘disorganized’ wildflower look in mason jars so I hope that really cuts down on some of the planning, articulateness, etc.
Good luck to all flower DIYers though!! It’s definitely a huge undertaking regardless.
Post # 5
I agree with that article 100%! Great post, thanks. 🙂
Post # 6
As someone who grew up in a flower shop that my grandparents owned and all my aunts and uncles worked at I normally cringe everytime I see someone post they plan DIY flowers the day before. There is SOOOOO much work involved.
Post # 7
I’m doing my silk flower centerpieces only. All fresh flowers will be done by a florist….lol….I need my sanity! I’m following her theme, colors and flowers in the silks to keep the flow. It’s like a small corsage that will be at the base of a mirro surrounded by 4 different height votive holder. Plan on getting them done about 1 month ahead, covering them in clear plastic, laying on guest room bed. Good luck to those who dare DIY fresh flowers that far ahead. You can make them at east 3 days in advance, if ou have hardier flowers, and water them and keep them out of sun in cool place.
Post # 8
We followed this advice:
If you don’t particularly care about flowers and are drawn towards DIY solely for the cost savings, I think you’d be better off making your own non floral centerpieces and ceremony decorations and hiring a florist for personal flowers only.
We arrived at our ceremony venue only the day before our wedding. During that day, we needed to get a court waiver of the three-day waiting period for the marriage license, get the marriage license itself, meet with the rabbi to iron out last-minute details, get manicures, check in to the large house we rented to accommodate all our guests, order a selection of pizza for dinner the night before the ceremony, and greet all our guests. Trying to slot in time to make our bouquets and bout–much less any other flowers–just didn’t seem practical. We therefore ordered our bouquets and bout from a local florist, and had them delivered to the synagogue. All of our ceremony decorations were nonfloral. For the luncheon after the reception, we just went with whatever the Legal Sea Foods had there. And for our at-home reception three days later, we used candle centerpieces. Total flower cost was $250, which was well worth it not to have to worry about the flowers.
Post # 9
Wow! Excellent post. I never thought about donating the flowers to organizations like Blooms for the Heart, but that’s a great idea. I will look into that closer to my wedding date! Thanks for sharing.
Post # 10
- Wedding: January 2011 - Gardens of the World
Thanks for posting this! Very helpful 🙂
Post # 11
Thanks for posting. I have tried to put flowers into a vase and make them look good whenever my FH buys them. It always look terrible. I knew better than to try and do my own fresh flowers. I did my own silk flowers and they came out amazing. After reading the posts, I am glad I made that choice.
Post # 12
What an huge undertaking – we went the easy route with a pro, but this is great advice for those willing and eager to learn the craft. Thanks for posting.
Post # 13
I thought about doing my own bouquets (not having centerpieces), but I am so glad I decided not to do it. I do not want that stress the day of my wedding! I instead just went with a local flower shop that doesn’t do a lot of weddings, so it was not prohibitively expensive to buy bouquets (although it was obviously more expensive than DIY).
Post # 14
I was flirting with the idea but then my rampant laziness won over my cheapness. I’m just going to work a bit of OT for two weeks and put it towards flowers. A few hundred dollars is worth my sanity. I have seen some DIY that I’ve loved here on WB. I’m just not that good (not that I’ve tried but I am very impatient!)
Post # 15
I love gerbera daisies and want them everywhere! It’s the only flower I want at our wedding. We are using rose petals to line the aisle, but that’s it. We are going for simple designs for our afternoon ceremony and reception. We are going to use sqare vases with ribbons around them and then the arrangement. My mother actually wants to huge 10 foot tall centerpieces, but that is not part of our vision.
Post # 16
Thanks all, I’m so glad it was helpful. I LOVE arranging flowers and have some previous experience with it but am still totally torn about whether to attempt it for my own wedding so it was written as much to advise myself as anyone else…I think the way to go if you do it is to keep things really simple with the flowers themselves and focus on dressing up the containers to add interest- best of all would be to use a single flower type in each (which is such a popular and modern look anyhow) in vases filled with something cool or wrapped with pretty fabric or paper. The vases can be jazzed up in advance and then if it’s just a matter of putting 4 stems of white hydrangea in each one or something similar, that’s relatively easy to execute and/or delegate the day before.
I think the biggest no-no is ordering vases and a bunch of flowers (a quantity that just seems like it will be enough) – especially a bunch of different types of flowers, and trying to improvise how many you’re using in each and how you’re combining them- such a stressful way to go!