(Closed) anyone DIY’ing REAL flower bouquets/bouts/centerpieces?!?! I need advice!

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I did my own bouquet as well as centerpeices. I ordered from fiftyflowers.com and flowersandfreshness.com (they have the lowest prices on roses/mini calla lilies). I found the process pretty easy and am happy with what we came up with.

 I do suggest doing a mock up- I went to whole foods and other grocery stores to find similar flowers for a centerpiece (it cost like 25 bucks). I winged it for the bouquet.  My bouquet was pretty simple: White roses and mini calla lilies, very easy and it looked better than a friends 90 dollar flower shop bouquet.

 Make sure you have your flowers arriving 2-3 days before your event. It gives the blooms time to open and if there’s a problem with your order, the company you go through has time to fix it. You’ll also need 5 gallon buckets to store the flowers in for a few days. When you first get your flowers it’s kind of a pain in the butt to trim all the tips and strip the leaves, but the savings is worth it.

Post # 4
1741 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@maureen9004:how did you store them? i am doing this for my wedding, too.

did you keep them in a fridge, or just in the 5 gallon buckets?


Post # 5
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011



I want to know too! Please do tell us how you DIY your flowers!

Post # 6
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum


We did all our centerpieces/Cynthia’s bouquet with real flowers too! It wasn’t difficult at all as we’d done a few test runs like maureen9004 suggested. I’d definitely recommend at least one test run just to work out the kinks…

We had billy balls sent from fifty flowers, purchased our roses on thursday and purchased the rest of our flowers on friday from the LA flower mart for our saturday wedding.

We arranged all the centerpiece flowers on friday morning and I made Cynthia’s bouquet the morning of the wedding.

We stored the flowers in 5 gallon buckets when we brought them home from the flower mart, and then stored the arrangements in a cool room at our venue overnight on friday night. And they looked great (in my humble opinion)

I’ll be writing some posts with more details about our flowers in the next few weeks too!

Good luck!

ps. If you plan to use gerbera daisies you’ll need to wire them, otherwise they get all droopy! 


Post # 8
94 posts
Worker bee

My sister and I did all the flowers for my wedding.  It was January and even in So Cal the garage was cold enough with the 5 gallon buckets.  If you’re worried, you may be able to rent a workspace/fridge space from a local shop.  There’s a do it yourself shop in Pico Rivera in So Cal that does this.  Maybe a horticulture department at a community college?  I’m sure you’ll do JUST FINE.  Good Luck.

Post # 9
34 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I also DIY fresh flowers for my wedding. I made 9 centerpieces (with help from my aunt). 1200 carnations and 40 callas.

With my experience everything that has been said was pretty much my experience also.

I did a test run, to ensure I liked what I came up with and I would know the right amount of flowers  to order.

I purchased the flowers and supplies from a local wholesaler and they delivered it to my house.  

Had the flowers delivered 3 days ahead of time to ensure that the blooms would have time to open to full size. I just had my A/C on a little colder then normal and all the flowers stayed perfect. 

I also did the 5 gallon bucket thing (purchased from lowes or homedepot don’t remember which) , but one thing I did learn is the flowers have to have space for the blooms to open quickly and nicely.  At first I had too many in each bucket and they were not opening.

Preping the flowers was messy and the worst part, but found that using an oversized wire-cutter (i believe that is what it was >.>) I was able to cut about 10 stems simutanously, easily and quickly. 

However if you go with any delicate flowers like peonies you are going to have to take extra care.

I started making the centerpieces as soon as the bloom opened, so some centerpieces were made 2 days in advance and some the day before the wedding.

Pretty much if you are the slightest bit crafty, DIY wedding flowers is totally possible and not that difficult!


Good Luck!

Post # 10
4460 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

There are a lot of brides on here that have done their own fresh flowers. You have to have a vision and be honest with yourself. If you want 6 foot tall centerpieces with 200 roses in each one, it’s probably best to leave that up to a professional. If you are going to do simple centerpieces then it can be done. I suggest getting help and having all your wedding related tasks done because you are going to be cutting flowers and arranging them two days before your wedding. 

A lot of brides use fiftyflowers.com 
I’m ordering flower petals from them. 

Post # 12
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did the flowers for my friends wedding by myself and I’d never do it again. It was a major task and while I love her to pieces, it was too big of a project.

I found a grower outside of San Francisco who met me with a truckload. We saved a ton of money, I think I bought about $2,000 worth of wholesale flowers for about $500. My rookie mistake of all time was not measuring the inside of the cargo van correctly. The table arrangements were fairly wide and I ended up not having enough room to pack truck correctly. If you have friends who want to stay up late before the wedding, or take off work to help you, then go for it. For me, if everyone I love is coming to see me, I don’t want to be in the garage doing this. 🙁  

Post # 13
34 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t have all my wedding pics back from my photographer yet, so don’t have any closeup of the arrangements to post at the moment, but these were my DIY centerpieces.

I made 8 carnation balls and 6 branch arrangements.  

However I did have help (my aunt & mom), which made it do-able!

Each arrangement took about 20 – 25 minutes to complete. 


Post # 15
4460 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sfchick: lol you don’t even look happy in that photo! 

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