(Closed) Calling all DIY flower brides! How much of a hassle am I getting myself into???

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
4 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

Flowers were way, way down on my wedding priority list and because I wanted something really simple, I couldn’t justify paying someone to do them when I knew I would be able to do it myself. I did some research on arrangements and found a ton of videos that showed exactly how to arrange the flowers. In the end, I went solely with carnations and I’m pretty pleased with how everything turned out.

The flowers were delievered on Thursday and I immediatly plopped them in buckets of water. I told my bridesmaids before hand that this was the only project I really needed help with. On Friday we put in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and despite our massive hangovers from my bachelorette the night before, by the end of the movie we had completed all our centerpieces and bouquets. My maid of honor and another bridesmaid came back after the rehearsal to complete the boutonnieres, which maybe took them another 45 minutes.

If you have a game plan and keep it simple, it’s really not that bad. We saved a ton of money and our flowers lasted for a good week after the wedding. Make sure to pick flowers that are hardy and order extras to account for any damages.


Post # 19
7414 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

commenting to come back at read later – so much great info!

Post # 20
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Cammie83- those look SO good!

I, too, was originally planning to DIY the flowers with a special order from Whole Foods and have had my entire family telling me for 9+ months “You can’t do that! It will be too stressful – you won’t have the time!” but offering no other solution. (When what I really need to DIY is willing hands and if no one is willing, then they need to fork up some $ because my flower budget is $300 and in the SF Bay Area, florist have a $2k wedding minimum)

Needlesstosay, I have ended up consulting with two florists who overwhelmed me with the “What do you like?” question (honestly, I know nothing about flowers) and in the end I had a mini-wedding meltdown.

Thanks everyone for the info posted! It’s making me reconsider DIY-ing and reaffirming that sometimes you shouldn’t tell your family every detail of the wedding =)

Post # 21
22 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Cammie83:  those are amazing centerpieces.  What kind of base did you use? Is that just a bowl?

Post # 22
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Saraswati:  I’m doing DIY – haven’t done it yet but here are the tips I have so far.

  • Have them arrive on thursday – keep them in a cool lit place.
  • Assemble EVERYTHING the day before – and store in a cool place till the big day.
  • Order more then you need for the bouquets – some might be bruised from delivery.

Post # 23
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@kate169:  +1


I’m doing my own flowers and just ordering a bunch of them, then throwing them together in mason jars. I’m not picky about how they look.. flowers are always pretty so I don’t see the point of making sure they’re arranged JUST RIGHT. But I mayyy have someone else do my bouquet.

Post # 24
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Cammie83:  How many carnations did you use for one centerpiece, bouquet, etc.? How did you place them in and keep them in there?

Post # 25
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you’ll be fine.  Just be sure to assemble them the day before and leave them in the fridge overnight.  I am actually doing the same for centerpieces only – I did a test run of making a bouquet out of curiousity and it lasted for like 5 days.  I got the flowers from Safeway.

Post # 26
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I am so over everyone telling me that I need to have my flowers professionally done.  While I think most don’t understand flowers or how to do a bouquet, I think it is irrational to think that no one is capable unless they are affiliated with FTD. =)  My flowers will be simple, roses and baby’s breath for the most part.  I have considered having my corsages done by a friend that is a florist, just so they don’t fall apart on me as a rookie, but bouquets, centerpieces, flower girl bunches…I could do them in my sleep with all the tutorials online.  What I wanted to comment on and thank you all for is the websites where people can order these flowers from! I am lucky that the hall will allow me to use a cooler of theirs to store my flowers the day before.  So that is something you can also ask if it is available to you.

Post pics if you end up doing your own flowers, I would love to see how everything turns out!

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