(Closed) Brides who made their own wedding flowers. Was it worth it?

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Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i have done my table flowers, bridesmaids bouquets, myself a brooch bouquet, alter flowers, and buttonholes too, all in silk flowers… and am makijng my cake ……i like to DIY,  and the bonus is i save a bunch of money while i’m at it

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@miss.skinner:  Wow those look amazing!!! What did you do to make sure your flowers kept until the day of? I’m concerned that they won’t look good or will need to be kept in a refrigerator or however they are at florist shops. Do you think ordering online like that was a big money saver??

 

Thanks!

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@GRL2289:  Yes it was totally worth it.  I saved a ton of money and thought it was fun.  All the vases were either family heirlooms or purchased at thrift shops so that expense was very minimal.  I wanted a flower heavy wedding and this was the cheapest way to do it.   I can imagine if you just want something simple like a single rose in a vase or cheap flowers, it might not be as worth it.  If you love good quality flowers and lots of them, this is the way to go.  But I wouldn’t recommend getting flowers that require too much work such a wiring.  Fiftyflowers.com gives you specific instructions and delivers them the correct day so they will be perfect for your wedding day.  For example the roses came closed so they would be perfectly open for the day of and they came on two different days depending on the flowers.

Post # 37
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wish I did them all myself!

I had very simple/minimalistic flowers.  The centerpeices we had bottles spray painted white, and I bought a few bunches at the grocery store the day before, and then devided 3 or 4 flowers for each bottle/table.  Each table also had 3 black and white framed photographs – one of me, one of him, one of us.  Super simple, super easy. 

For boutineers, corsages I made pins.  The coursages for the mothers, I made out of my husband’s grandmother’s jewelry, so it had a special meaning. 

I wanted to make my own bouquets (mine and 4 bridesmaids) but I was told not to because it would be too stressful.  I decided to splurge instead, and have a professional do them.  To make a long story short….they were terrible.  I actually tore the bridal bouquet apart, and remade it in the bathroom right before we took photos. 

Spending a lot on flowers that I didn’t like, and having to remake them at the last minute was a lot more stressful than planning ahead, and making them myself the day before would have been. 

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@miss.skinner:  Thank you! I think I’m definitely going that route. I have a good friend who knows how to assemble bouquets and we are going to go to LA probably the day before to buy a lot of them. I just need to choose the flowers  that I want!I hope mine look as good as yours!

 : )

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I made my own bouquets and bouts, as well as my cousin’s for her wedding, however we both used fake flowers, so I had more time to play around and see what I liked as far as arrangements and such goes. I went into mine not having much experience, save a class I had taken in high school several years prior, so I watched and read several DIY articles and videos. I did not find this stressful, but as I said, I had more time to play around, and didn’t have to worry about real flowers falling apart or wilting!

I think you should be fine, as long as you have ideas of how you want everything to look before you start in on everything, so you don’t decide halfway through you don’t like it! And I’d get as many helping hands as you can, so you don’t overwhelm yourself by going at it solo!

Post # 40
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@miss.skinner:  +1 for fiftyflowers.com (I used them and my local costco)

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

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Ill Be Mrs B:  We’re doing our own flowers, but only because every time I went to a florist they were SO rude so I decided it wasn’t worth paying them hundreds of dollars.

bouquet

my bouquet

my centerpieces ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 42
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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mmnnhh:  you did such a great job!  that looks fantastic!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My Future Mother-In-Law and I (mostly her) made all my flowers last weekend.  Here’s my ceremony bouquet:

Post # 44
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Newbee

YES! It was DEFINITELY worth it ๐Ÿ™‚  And your amount sounds totally doable.  I blogged about my DIY wedding flower experience here: http://diyblooms.com/2015/07/09/my-diy-wedding-flower-story/

I was super happy with my wedding flowers. While they were not perfect (I might have tried to make one too many elaborate arrangements), they were beyond gorgeous and I had infinitely more appreciation for them since I did them myself!  We saved thousands of dollars, had an abundance of gorgeous blooms, and had a great bonding experience while playing with pretty flowers ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some picture of how they turned out:

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I started a website dedicated to helping DIY brides tackle there own wedding flowers: diyblooms.com.  Check it out for more tips, guides, and worksheets that can assist you in this process.  And message me anytime, I love talking flowers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Post # 45
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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Ill Be Mrs B:  the bridesmaids, my fiancee, my mother and I are doing the flowers ourselves the week of the wedding. My mother is extremely creative. She is a great party planner, artist, florist and just generally a Martha Stewart type when it comes to DIY projects. She is a little nervous mostly because of the amount of flowers and all the arranging that must be done, since flowers really have to be done at the last minute since they don’t keep, plus they must be transported about an hour away. But she does beautiful work and has a ton of experience. We are doing 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 7 boutonnieres for the groomsmen, my fiancee (she is wearing a white suit), and the FOBs, 2 wrist corsages for the MOBs, 10 centerpieces which are going to be wreaths of assorted flowers, and 2 arrangements for the altar.

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