Bulk DIY flowers or DIY silks? Show me yours!

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Which did you find more budget friendly -- silks or bulk real flowers?
    Silks! : (5 votes)
    36 %
    Bulk real flowers! : (9 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee

    I don’t have pics bc they’re not made yet but we’re doing silk bouquets.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee

    Disclaimer: I wrote this response on another post & I’m copying and pasting it for you here. 

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    lyfe_girl :  

    We DIYed and ordered from Costco in bulk. They flowers were SO fresh. They came in on Wednesday (straight from the farms in South America), we arranged on Thursday and the wedding was on Saturday. All was beautiful. (https://www.costco.com/bulk-flowers.html

    We paid about $1,000 in total (this includes some Juliette garden roses we had shipped from England for my bouquet). It’s hard to split up between everything we used flowers for, but that’s somewhere around $50 a centerpiece. Some examples of their super prices: 100 roses for $80, 30 stems of hydrangas for $95, 100 calla lillies for $100. I went around to various thrift stores/dollar stores/yard sales for the vases.

    – 12 centerpieces

    – Bridal bouquet

    – 4 bridesmaids

    – 6 boutonnieres

    – 6 aisle runner vases with flowers for ceremony

    – Various bathroom/card table/mantel flowers

    – Flowers for the cake

     

    If you really don’t have the time, use a florist. But if you have a few spare hours or a crafty aunt who is willing to place some fresh roses & greens into vases, I would save money and DIY. 

     

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee

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    lyfe_girl :  

    Thank you! If I remember correctly the full list is as follows: 

    From Costco: 

    – White roses ($80)

    – White calla lillies ($99)

    – White hydrangeas ($94)

    – White lithianthus (doesn’t seem to be currently available)

    – “150 Stem Assorted Green Fillers” (includes Lysemachia & ruscus) ($99)

    Ordered in bulk from local florist: 

    – Silver dollar eucalyptus 

    – Bupleurum

    – Juliette roses from England

    – Light peach spray roses 

    – The pink cone-shaped flowers. I’m blanking on their name.

    (I don’t remember the exact cost from the local florist, but my total cost was $1000, so it must’ve been around $500 for everything at the florist. The specialty roses were expensive, but worth it for my bouquet, in my opinion)

    Picked on the side of the road: 

    – Queen’s Anne Lace (free)

    – Additional leafy fern things on the outside of bridal bouquet (free)

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    We also did Costco bulk flowers and they turned out great 🙂 I would highly recommend 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee

    We used Fifty Flowers to purchase all bulk flowers. Flowers + vases (from ikea) + candle holders )from dollar tree) all cost about $900 total. 

    The most difficult thing was transporting the flowers to the venue. 

    Putting together the mini centerpieces was time consuming, but not too difficult. My two sisters and I did it all in about 4 hours on the friday before the wedding. 

    I did not have a pro-florist in the family like you do, so we kept it simple with white/ivory/blush, so we felt like we couldn’t mess it up too much. I really like the simple look, so for me it was great! 

    My dad and I planted 105 succulents in missmatching goblets the month prior to the wedding. This was nice because they were like favors people took home, and they didn’t need to be done the day before like live flowers did. 

     

    DIY succulents:

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    Practice: tried out mini centerpieces ahead of time

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    Practice: tested succulents and flowers together

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    Actual Wedding:

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    jewelry close up

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee

    We used fake flowers purchased on sale from Michael’s.  It was really stress free becasue we could make everything so far in advance.  They came out beautifully and people were so surprised when I said that they weren’t real!  We made all centerpieces, the cake topper, and bouquets from the fake flowers. We ordered corsages from Amazon.  In total we spent about $400 on flowers, and I couldn’t be happier!  The last picture shows our table decorations as well as a bridesmaid bouquet laying on the table.  The nice thing too about using fake flowers is that you don’t have to worry about anything falling apart or wilting.  Plus, the bouquets were very light weight 🙂

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    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    Silks also made day of way easier. I didn’t have to worry about something going wrong (wilting in heat, florist getting in the wrong ones ect) and I feel like they look great in photos.I also added some Sola wood ones, some in the bouquets I dyes to exactly match the guys shirts and I feel like that tied everything togttoge nicely, couldn’t have done that with real. Bonus I have center pieces to give to people who want them and to keep forever myself and I may be able to sell the rest.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee

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    lyfe_girl :  Yes I was super pleased with Fifty Flowers – the quality was good and everythign was on time. (they reccomend order 10% more than you think you need, and I took that reccomendation) I really liked the customer support I spoke to, it’s obvious they work with a lot of high-stress brides, so they are very calm. 

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