(Closed) anyone DIYing flowers?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m doing mine. I’d say find some inspiration images of colors you like and bouquet looks – then price out flowers from retailers like fiftyflowers.com. You might have to make some substitutions to fit your budget.

Also buy the flowers you decide to order from a local florist to do a trial run so you can make sure they turn out the way you want and so you can see how long they take to put together.

Post # 4
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i did my centerpieces. for those, we just picked one type of flower so it was very simple to do. just cut and plop in the vase.

we went to a florist for the other stuff, didn’t want to stress myself out! it was $300 for: my bouquet, 2 bridesmaids bouquets, 4 coursages, 5 bouts, and flower girl flowers.

Post # 5
33 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

Well, if this helps any… for our reception we are doing high and low arrangements. The high arrangements are going to be our splurge and we’re getting them done by a florist. Our low arrangements are going to be roses in fishbowls. We are getting the roses for our low arrangements from Costco! I think they’re $15 for two dozen!!! Just make sure to talk to whoever handles flowers there and make sure they can get your colors in! My dad’s director of operations who organizes the events for my dad’s work suggested it since they’ve done it before for their events! Good luck. I’m sure you could find tutorials online for how to put the bouquets together.

Post # 6
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I plan on DIYing my bouquets, bouts, and corsages.  I haven’t decided which online wholsaler I’m going to use yet, but there are a lot out there.  Fifty Flowers, Grower’s Box, Blooms by the Box, etc.  Just check out any of those websites – they have very clear instructions on when to order, how to handle the flowers when they arrive, and some even have tutorials on how to put bouquets, etc, together. 

Post # 7
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did! Here is my bridal bouquet:


I don’t have pics of the other bouquets yet or the corsages, but I will someday (when I finish them). I may also add some butterflies. Oh and I used silk flowers.

Post # 8
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

This cost me about $50 in flowers, and took about an hour.  I wanted fresh flowers, since I’m fifteen minutes from the L.A. Flower Market, where I got everything wholesale.

Don’t be afraid to DIY fresh flowers, but do:

1. Buy close to the date, 2. Crank up the AC, but not right on the flowers, 3. Buy plenty of floral tape and wire, as well as wire cutters, 4. DO A TEST RUN well before the wedding, so you have time to think of alternatives if you need to tweak your first idea.  I spent $500 on fresh orchids of all kinds and 20 dozen roses and a few other flowers.  I didn’t want cheap filler flowers or greens, but was going for a profusion of expensive looking blossoms that were still big enough to take up room.

What kind of arrangements are you going for?


Post # 9
13 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

I made mine out of clay. : )



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Post # 10
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ll be DIYing my flowers…just bouquets.  We’re doing all candle centerpieces, and no bouts for the guys.  I haven’t decided yet if I want real flowers or if I want to do tissue paper flowers.  Will probably try out the tissue ones, and if they don’t work we’ll go with real.  If I do real they’ll be carnation bouquets, so it’s still a money saver!

Post # 11
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have strong feelings on this one, having spearheaded DIY flowers for a couple of friends’ weddings, now seriously weighing whether or not to DIY my own, and working on a BIG “7 deadly sins of DIY flower arranging” post for http://www.floretcadet.com to be a reference for people considering it. 

First, I’m all for it IF there’s a real desire to do it and you know what you’re getting into.  If you don’t care about flowers that much and just decide to DIY strictly to save $ you will probably tear your hair out and you’d be better off coming up with non floral decor.   It’s important to understand that it’s a lot of work, takes real calculation and planning, takes up a ton of space (as in can take over a house completely for a few days) is messy, and usually requires a team of dedicated helpers to pull off

I think Fifty Flowers is the easiest source for wholesale flowers online, but there are wholesalers who ship direct to the public who have a bit of a wider selection (http://www.flowerwholesale.com/ is one), wholesale flower markets if you’re in a big city, or you can order direct from certain farms (https://californiaorganicflowers.com/default) is one, here’s another http://www.weddinghydrangea.com/

You can get wholesale vases here http://www.modernvaseandgift.com/ or Save-On-Crafts and cool retail vases here http://www.jamaligarden.com/

Definitely pay careful attention to instructions about how to condition flowers (they’d come with the flowers you order or you can google, there are lots of sources)

I think your best bet is to choose arrangements that are centered around cool containers (like wrapping or lining glass vases with paper or fruit) or a clear concept (i.e. floral pommander with 50 carnations on top of a trumpet vase) that will be easy to execute rather than something really dependent on the perfect artistic touch or tricky techniques.  For purposes of estimating flowers needed and keeping arranging simple, I’d really advise brides to stick to no more than 3 types of flowers, either mixed, or bunched solo in separate containers. 

Re: personal flowers, if you are JUST DIY’ing your bouquet and/or bridesmaid bouquets it shouldn’t be too involved – you should be able to do it in a couple of hours start to finish, if you’re trying to do bouts, corsages, flower girl stuff that can get trickier when there’s wiring and finishing involved

I’ll post it here when i finally write my big manifesto on the do’s and dont’s of DIY wedding flowers!

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