Post # 1
Here’s the scoop: I want to do my own flowers.
PROS: I know exactly what I want, I think it would be a fun ladies-bonding thing to do the day before (I know I will need help!), I think I can save some money, I want a way to put my creative stamp on my wedding.
CONS: I ma not sure how much money I could actually save (I found a great, incredibly cheap florist), I am worried about all the prep work, I don’t know where I would store the flowers, my mom thinks I am crazy, I am worried that I am taking on too much by trying to DIY. I am also a bit worried that flowers are something that no one really pays that much attention to anyway, so they may not be a great place to get creative.
Who has done this? Who is planning to? Am I crazy? Do you regret doing it yourself or did you love it?
I should have posted this in “emotional.” :o)
Post # 3
Use the florist. Do you really want to spend the entire two days leading up to your wedding, and possibly the first half of your actual wedding day, dealing with it? I think DIY bouquets are doable. i think the people that do 30+ centerpieces/decorations of DIY flowers should be committed.
(i’m making my own bouquet and have no bridal party, so that will be doable. And all of our decorations are nonfloral, so I will have everything ready way ahead of time)
Post # 4
We did a bit of both. Corsages and bouts seemed like it took a bit more understanding to make them so I left that up to a florist and did the bouquets myself with a few friends and my Mother-In-Law and a few of her friends did the centerpieces.
Post # 5
I’m big into DIY, but decided against my own flowers for two reasons:
1. I know nothing about flower arrangements
2. It cannot be done ahead of time
I learned basic jewelry making skills for the wedding, but jewelry can sit in a box for months. Flowers can’t. I decided it wasn’t worth the stress.
Post # 6
I heard that sometimes trying to DIY with flowers doesn’t really save you all that much money (sometimes) because a florist often has connections and can buy things wholesale. Though I know they sell flowers for a decent price at Costco or maybe you can try farmer’s markets.. or maybe if you know somewhere else you can get flowers wholesale… Also I guess it depends on how big your wedding is. If it is really big, you might just want to go with a florist because trying to arrange a lot of flowers while also keeping them fresh, and transporting them seems like a big hassle and a hugh potential for things to go wrong. If it is just a few flowers you are looking to have this might be more mangable. There might be other options for you though depending on if any of these fit your wedding theme and if you like this look but I have heard of lots of people using potted plants/flowers for their weddings. This is save you a lot (from what I heard) because potted plants/flowers tend to be way cheaper than cut flowers, they will probably keep better because they still living and are in soil rather than dead and cut in water, or you can do paper flowers. I’m going with paper flowers for my own wedding because I love the super DIY look of them plus ours is a destination wedding so paper flowers is something you can do way ahead of time and would be easy to ship/transport where it needs to go. Another option is to just not do flowers at all. Ive seen lots of non floral arrangements that look very nice… rocks, rocks and moss, antique books, branches instead of flowers, shells, candles… Good luck with your decision! 🙂