Post # 1
hi, I’m thinking of doing my own flowers…
1 bridal bouquet
2 Maid/Matron of Honor bouquets
2 ceremony flowers
I’ve made them for other weddings, so I’m not a total novice, but I’m afraid I’ll be stressed out & don’t want them to die or get droopy. Am I CRAZY??
If not, any idea where to get the flowers?
If yes, can you recommend a very inexpensive florist on Monterey County area that does a good job??
Post # 3
Just make sure you have a team to help you assemble the flowers and a lot of room in your fridge! My cousin has done flowers for weddings so she’ll direct and the rest of us will help. My only concern is the storage overnight.
You can order flowers from costco if you don’t have a flower mart nearby.
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Post # 5
If you have helpers AND a solid idea of what you want–break it down for them, it’s not that hard. We used fake flowers, however, the assembly of 8 bouttoniers, 3 corsages, and 8 bouquets only took my mom maybe 2 hours.
If you have a mini beer fridge or something, plan on emptying those things out and putting them in cooler places. Or, downstairs in the dark, in a vase with water.
Costco, Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s (if you’re open to random flowers)….
Post # 6
Check out http://www.fiftyflowers.com/
You can chat with a representative there and they can recommend how to store them and all.
You can totally do it! I would order some stuff to practice on first though.
Post # 7
I’m DIY all my flowers too. We’re getting them from Sam’s, they’re about 80 cents/stem. I definitely would say go for a trial run with time to opt out for a florist if it’s a disaster. But I did my trial and it took about 30 minutes for my bouquet and it looked great.
Post # 8
You can DEFINITELY do it! I vote YES! 🙂 Using fiftyflowers.com and a family friend helper saved me so much money, and I loved the results. I started a post, if you want to check it out on my profile, with some tips. Good luck!
Post # 9
@ SweetAdelineXO: Thanks, great article!
@ everyone else: I’M GONNA DO IT!!!!! thanks!
Post # 10
We’re DIY’ing from our own garden; though not planning to do as many arrangements as you, we’ll be having to transport the flowers 3 hours & arrange them — which we did with success for my sister’s wedding [though the flowers came from a shop, they still had to be driven to the site 2.5 hours away].
Post # 11
That is quite a handful, to be honest that is a lot of work. I did all the bouquets and the centrepieces for my wedding but I only had to do 4 bouquest and 10 centrepieces.
If I were you I would maybe outsource some of the work or find an easier solution for some of them.
For the boutonieres for the guys since my fiancee is Scottish, we got swatches of his tartan and gave them out to everyone.
For the ceremony I was going to make flower pomanders with fake flowers so maybe you might want to try that instead of using fresh flowers. I didn’t end up doing that as the ceremony was outside so I used what they had and since I was only there for 20 mins I wanted to spend my time on the centrepieces and bouquets.
Post # 12
We’re transporting all our flowers (hydrangeas) from our garden for a 4 hour drive in the car and arranging them the next day to create 22 centerpieces. I think if you keep them simple it’s totally possible. We’re just doing 3 stems in a mason jar.
Bouquets bouts we’re getting done locally b/c I have no experience in that area!
I think when in doubt practice!
Post # 13
I was with you until I read “THIRTY centerpieces”. I would run away and have an asthma attack if I had to make 30 centerpieces the day before my wedding….
ETA: I would seriously consider alternating out floral with non-floral centerpieces so that you don’t go insane the day before your wedding. It will save you some serious time that week if you can have half of them donw months ahead of time!
Post # 14
I made my own but they were small! We put one stem of hydrangea in to either a julep cup or a small vase, and put 2 per table.
We got the hydrangea from costco- it was like $90 for ~30 stems. They delivered it right to my door on time!