(Closed) Any DIY flower Bees? Suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m planning on DIY flowers! I hired the florist to do courages (or wristlets as they like to call them) and 1 special boutonnière for our officiant (to set him apart from the groomsmen since our officiant is a friend) but my FH and I are doing the table settings and the bouquets and other boutonnières ourselves (with help with friends)! I’ve attached photos to show you. You can practice with regular bouquets from the super market, I definitely suggest practicing and watching how to videos. I know mine aren’t perfect, but I’m not too worried about it. Don’t let your friend scare you away from it, go ahead and try it out!

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Post # 4
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966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t let anyone scare you about doing your own flowers. I ordered 350 roses from a wholesaler. They arrived on Wednesday, I prepared them and put them in buckets in the basement to keep them cool and in the dark. I make the bouquets and centerpieces on Friday morning. The flowers were gorgeous for my Saturday wedding. I guess it depends on the flowers you are planning on using. Roses are very hardy and easy to work with. I would not have done it myself if I wanted more finicky flowers. If you want to know the company I used, or see some pics of my flowers, PM me with your email address.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t think it’s a bad thing to DIY–with the caveat that it depends on what you want to do! A cascading canopy of roses will be quite a feat, but simple centerpieces should be just fine. However, your friend is right–you will be doing them the day before, but you seem to be aware of that and are fine with it. I might say that you consider doing only one flower project instead of all the bouquets AND boutineres AND centerpieces AND pew pieces etc. etc. Make sure the wholesale purveyor is reputable–you don’t want flowers flying in that have wilted!

Martha has lots of tutorials on making centerpieces and bouquets–she can be a little complicated, but good for letting you know what kinds of things you should purchase that will really help you out–tricks of the trade–anything from floral sponge and tape to cutting the stems of your roses while the stem is submerged in hot water (you’ll actually see air bubbles coming out–that’s air block and getting it out will prevent the roseheads from wilting at the tops).

I think your friend’s heart is in the right place, but you have to remember, she’s a seasoned arranger and takes it seriously. If you are willing to sacrifice a little “perfection” and making things look a little more homegrown, then I think it’s a fine idea.

Post # 6
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3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it depends on what you want to do. If you want a super elaborate arrangement and you nor anyone in your group has any experience then it’s probably a bad idea.

If you are going with something a little simpler then I think you would be totally fine.

We made 4 bouquets, boutonnieres for groom, 3 groomsmen and all immediate family. Simple, simple, centerpieces.

Just remember to allot a good chunk of time for it on the day before your wedding.

If you are ordering online I would advise having your flowers arrive on Thursday. Have someone there to sign for them and immediately take them out of the box. Clean them up, prune the ends, put them in fresh water. Purchase some plant food. Regularly spritz them with water. They will need this time to acclimate and open up (most wholesalers ship flowers that aren’t completely opened up). We had simple gerbera daisies and this process took about 2 hours on Thursday.

Putting together everything on Friday took us about 4. Again, we had very simple flowers.

I urge you to NOT depend on someone who said they will help you. The one thing that pushed me to the side of DIY was that someone VERY CLOSE to us offered to help me with all the flowers. Then we find out a month before that she was not coming in for the wedding till Friday afternoon. Big freaking help that was! So myself and my 2 bridesmaid along with my husband and a groomsman ended up working on them.

SO unless YOU feel confident working on them yourself…

If you do decide to do it make sure you allot those hours for them.

I would honestly check around you locally first and see if there is a wholesaler near you. There’s got to be at least one wholesaler around that supplies to the local florist and sells to the public. This way you can see the quality of your stock.

I ordered from a wholesaler in DC that a friend recommended. I was VERY disappointed with the stock. Thank god I ordered a ton extra but ended up throwing out a good quarter of the flowers.

I highly recommend doing a trial run in the weather that you expect your wedding day to be with the flowers you intend to use. To test it out and see how the flowers will take to the weather. Every flower reacts differently to different weather, you want to make sure your bouquet will be standing strong after 36+ hours of being arranged. And that way you can also time out how much time it will take to prep and make the bouquets for the day of.

GL!

Post # 7
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6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We did the centerpieces, and it turned out beautiful! It was also pretty easy to do. We did them the night before, and chose a flower we knew would hold up well and not wilt. We just picked one flower so I just had to cut them and stuff them in vases. Easy peasy!

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