(Closed) Brides who have Made their own bouquets…..

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: If you could do it again, would you make Your Bouquet and Bridal Party Bouquets?
    Absoultely! : (31 votes)
    78 %
    Not worth the hassle : (9 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I would definitely do it again. For all of my flowers (100 roses, greens, spray roses, and hypericum berry) I spent less than $150 (delivery was free from Blooms by the Box).

    The Thursday before the wedding the flowers arrived and my sister and I prepped them all (trimming, dethorning, etc). The flowers that would be for the ceremony (just in vases) were arranged.

    The night before the wedding I did my hand tied bouquet. I arranged it in a vase and then gathered it up and wired it.  I also wrapped it in ribbon and attached my rosary to it. Then I left it sitting in a vase with water.

    The morning of the wedding, I got up, washed my hair and then sat to do the rest of the flowers while my hair dried.

    I started with the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets (4 of them).I had purchased tussie mussies (http://www.weddingdepot.com/catalog/default.php/category/Tussy%2BMussy/cPath/23_52?source=google&kw=tussymussy) for their flowers, they were only $7 a piece. I used some floral clay to make sure they were snug in the holders and wouldn’t fall out. It worked well, because even one BMs 2 year old didn’t manage to ruin it.

    Then I made 7 bouts (2 dads, 1 groom, 4 GMs). I had ordered bud pins for theirs (only $2 a piece)- again using floral clay to keep them in place.

    All told- flowers and supplies I spent well under $200.

    (The mom’s got floral broaches in lieu of live flowers)

    Disclaimer: I worked in a flower shop in high school and had some experience with handling large quantities of flowers. Still, I practiced several times in advance of the wedding so I knew exactly what I was doing.  Also- I ordered a little extra- I gave the extras to my DoC and she used them throughout the reception.

    See pictures below:

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    Post # 4
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Wow, amazing work! I’m planning on doing the flowers myself, with the help of Future Mother-In-Law and Future Sister-In-Law. You’ve made me feel more confident about doing it. Thanks!

    Post # 5
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    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Wow, those are great! Do any other diy flower brides have images to share? 🙂

    Post # 7
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    1718 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

    I planned on making my own, and at the last second opted out.  I’m glad I did opt out… I had WAY too much on my plate the day before the wedding!

    Post # 8
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    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    I made my own!  I wish I would have given myself a little more time (I was super busy), but if I had to do it again, I would still make it.  It saved me a ton of money, and I was pretty happy with the finished product. 

     

     

    Post # 10
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    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Wow, those are beautiful, Rosy and Maureen!   I found a place to buy flowers in bulk and will be attempting to make my own bouquets.. we’ll see how it goes.  Thanks for sharing your pictures!

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    If you do hand tied bouquets and don’t wrap the ribbon all the way to the end (you can see stems peeking out near my hand) you can make all the bouquets the day before (maybe even 2 days before- when you practice check them 24 and 48 hours later and see how the flowers are holding up) and just put them in a vase with water.

    I would have done that with the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, but they were in the tussie mussies, so it wasn’t an option.

    I don’t want to know what all my flowers would have cost me if I went through a florist.

    I actually found it calming to do the flowers the morning of the wedding.  Since I had practiced several times, I knew exactly what I was doing- so that wasn’t stressful.

    Just sitting and arranging the flowers was quite calming for me (I was up first- the rest of the family was asleep, so it was peaceful).

    And it was nice to be able to write a little note to my husband for him to find when the bouts were delivered to the guys!

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    Post # 13
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    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Lovely work, rosychicklet!! Where did you get that gorgeous silver holder in the next-to-last pic?

    Post # 14
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    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    As a florist I had to do my own, since I have really high expectations and I am way too picky to deal with others. 

    I would not recommend that tho since it is a headache like no other. I was up till 4am the day before the wedding trying to do all my flowers just the way I wanted them and in the end I still had to compromise… egh

    If i would ever do this again I would pay, I would pay a lot…. but I would pay somebody to do it. haha  

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