(Closed) Brooch Bouquet: To make or buy? One bouquet to rule them all, or equality?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
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  • Post # 2
    3822 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    The plan, for me, is to make my brooch bouquet as well as all of the bridesmaids bouquets for our wedding…so nine in total. Right now I am in what I call the “hunter gatherer” phase where I am basically just trying to amasse as much as possible. Will all of them work together? Definitely not. When I spread them all out I can already see where some will look better with others. Together they look like a mess, but once I start seperating them into colors or metal colors a more cohesive look usually comes out of it. I will try to keep the same color scheme in each bouquet at least. I’ve been lucky enough to find mine pretty cheap (on average fifty cents a piece) at a local community yard sale that occurs each month. 

    I don’t really care for the “matchy-matchy” brooch bouquets that I’ve seen. I prefer them all to look different and have different vibes that reflects my maids, so I can see where a mismatched brooch bouquet would you drive you crazy. And unless you buy all of the brooches in bulk (I’ve seen Ebay have some good deals), you’ll have to try to make them work.

    I will say that I have begun making the stems just to see if I could even do it and it is VERY time consuming. I’m talking fifteen minutes per stem for me starting out, and now closer to seven or eight minutes. I have oodles of time on my hands (seventeen months) to get it all done, but I can see where one bouquet would take me at least a month to complete.

    So, if you don’t have very much time on your hands and you’re very particular about them matching I would definitely suggest having them made. Because even if you did buy all brooches in bulk, it’s definitely very time consuming to put them together. I’ve seen boards where women get more adept at twist the stems (I have already gotten quicker at it) will probably take them several hours powering through (between eight and twelve). And it’s a lot of putting together, pulling apart, putting together, pulling apart. 

    Post # 3
    864 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Don’t make a brooch bouquet. I sound like a total traitor, as I made mine and think it’s the bees knees. I’m telling you to pass because of your arthritis. Making the stems are a beast. I over did it several times and what ever muscle that’s in your palm (attached to the thumb) got swollen multiple times. It’s rough on the hands, would be a lot in shipping, and is expensive to have someone else make. Have you thought of having sola flowers? I’m making my maids bouquet and my toss bouquet from them. Ill be trying to dye/ paint them this weekend. They are really light weight so you can just glue a pipe cleaner to the back. No wiring! Here is a pic of my brooch bouquet and what I’m attempting to make with the sola flowers. I don’t own the sola flower pic. It’s from an etsy seller.

    Post # 4
    9219 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

    dewingedpixie:  I priced out what it would cost to make a single brooch bouquet versus buy one. It was going to cost around $250 to make one, not including hours upon hours of my time. I ended up buying mine from NicolasaCicero on Etsy. I highly recommend her. Unless you’re going to make several at once for your BMs too, then it’s better to just leave it to the experts, IMO.

    Here’s mine for reference:

    Post # 5
    864 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    MrsMeowton:  Use a cordless drill to twist the stems. It cuts down on the time and gives your hands a break. Take the bit out, twist to clamp down on the wire, start the drill. I had over a hundred stems. No way I’d do it all manually.

    Post # 10
    314 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    If you really love the brooch bouquet, maybe you could make at least a mini one for yourself and tie it all together by sticking a brooch or two in your bridesmaid bouquets? There’s also a lot of etsy sellers that make “bridesmaid” sized brooch bouquets you could use for you if you like the smaller ones. They would be easier to carry and they’re cheaper!

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