(Closed) Anyone DIYing centerpieces but purchasing bouquets?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Do exactly what YOU want! If the florist tries to convince you to have them do the flowers, just politely tell them you would prefer to do them. They should be okay with that.

I’m staning in a wedding in the end of June and the bride had intitally planned to do exactly what you’re saying: you do the centerpeices, the florists does bouquets and bouts. The florist was fine with it – I think they’re used to it. However, when she got the quote back from the florist for the bouts and bouquets – she decided to DIY them because it cost twice as much as what they had anticipated.

Hope this helps!


Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

@radishtime:  I’m going this route. I found a florist who is great and whom I’m really happy to be working with.

– my florist runs a greenhouse and farmers’ market stand, not a bricks-and-mortar floral shop. If there are any farmers’ markets in your area, you might be able to find someone with a more laid back approach. (Not to stereotype all florists as prima donnas – just that the farmers’ market crowd tends to be very comfortable with DIY projects.)

– I also have a gorgeous venue (an ornate, old-fashioned Catholic church) that needs no extra embellishment to look stunning, so we’re just getting the florist to do the pieces that will be worn/carried (i.e. bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages).

– I’m not using floral centerpieces as such. We’re putting framed family photos on the tables with little potted ivy plants that I’m getting from a local greenhouse for about $2 each. The guests will be invited to take the ivies home at the end of the evening.

For us, it’s part of an overall focus on using local, sustainable, reuseable, and affordable options as much as possible, and privileging the guest list over other areas of the budget. By scaling back on the flowers, we can afford to invite more friends and family members, and that’s what’s really important to us.

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

By the way, my farmers’ market florist is charging quite a bit less for the bouquets than what I’ve heard a lot of other bees talking about. Earlier on, I also talked to the floral department of a local grocery store – they were able to do weddings, and their prices were also very competitive. Our bouquets are fairly simple, nothing flashy, but they are going to be beautiful.

Another tip is that if you’re not hung up on one specific type or varietal of flower, you can often get a better deal. If you can ask your florist, “What kinds of flowers would you suggest that fit within our budget and would coordinate with this color scheme?” she can probably help you come up with something fabulous and less expensive than you’d think. So many brides try to micromanage the flowers that I think it’s really refreshing for them if you get out of the way and let them do their job.

Post # 6
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have some friends who just went to Sam’s Club or Costco the day before to get all of their flowers (Boquets included) and they looked AMAZING and it was a fraction of the cost!

Post # 7
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m having one florist do boquets and boutineers, a totally separate florist do my arch, and I’m putting all the centerpieces together myself (well, my DOC will be doing that, but I’m doing all the prep work and buying everything). Both florists know exactly what they are responsible for, and I really haven’t have a problem with either of them trying to push more services on me. I chose them becuase of their prices and expertise doing the specific things I hired them for. Just be upfront with exactly what you want and what your budget is.

Post # 8
2067 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I DIYed our centerpieces and decor (silk flowers, etc)… I only got bouquets, bouts, and corsages from the florist 🙂 And saved tons of money 🙂

Post # 9
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did the reverse . . made pearl bouquets for the girls, and rented items from the florist for centerpieces.  I also took care of some aspects of the ceremony decor, while the florist did the rest.  He had no problems with me doing some things on my own!

Post # 10
7 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am planning to have a florist make the bouquets for the ceremony while I DIY the centerpieces. My caterer actually gave me good tips about flowers:

1. I told her my plan to DIY centerpieces and she recommended just getting some quotes for simple centerpieces from florists. She said some non-wedding-focused florists can do amazing work for (relatively) little money, and having all the flowers professionally done and delivered can reduce stress on the wedding day itself.

2. She said that if we do DIY centerpieces, we should use the length of our elbows to our fists as an upper measurement of how tall the centerpieces should be. (She made a fist and set her elbow on the table to demonstrate.) If they’re taller than your elbow-to-fist length, it’ll be hard for guests to see one another over the table.

3. She reminded us not to forget flowers for a dessert table, card table or anything else. She said some of her clients have forgotten about these tables in the past, which isn’t a huge deal, but it is nice to have something pretty on those tables too.

I’m intrigued by the Costco flower option!! Brides who have gone this route — how does it work? Does Costco arrange the flowers too, or do you just order from them and arrange them yourself?

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