(Closed) Deconstructing bouquets as centerpiece flowers?

posted 5 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Would it be possible to reuse the bouquets as the centerpiece flowers?

    Yep, sounds good to me

    Yep, I did it

    Nope. I tried it and it didn't go as planned

    Nope, i dont think you'll have enough flowers

    Nope, bouquets are hard as hell to take apart

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  • Post # 2
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    minniegrace:  Like many questions, the answer is, it depends. If you look at how bouquets are constructed, the individual stems are usually wrapped with florist tape, then they are grouped together and more florist tape added at each stage as they bouquet gets bigger. That means a lot of florist tape to unpeel to get at the individual flowers.

    If you tell your florist your intentions, they may be able to construct the bouquet using less florist tape. You could do a hand tied natural style bouquet where the flowers are simply gathered together like you would do at home.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

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    minniegrace:  While it’s possible, I have to wonder who will be doing this deconstruction.

    My recommendation would be to order some bulk flowers from Costco or something and use those. They have a lot of different options – and only cost somewhere between $120-$200.

    http://www.costco.com/bulk-flowers.html

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    minniegrace:  I mean you could, but most formal photos of the bridal party have the BMs holding their flowers. Plus the staff turning the room over are going to be busy enough setting everything up without having to worry about deconstructing bouquets and setting them back up as centerpieces. I guess you could get your florist to do it, but then you’d have to pay her to stay through the ceremony and work during that cocktail hour. How much are you really going to save considering you would just need to buy an extra 40 loose flowers? 

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

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    minniegrace:  The flowers might stretch that far, you mentioned that the bouquets would be substantial. Honestly, I’m wondering if you’ll have enough time – I’ve taken apart a bridesmaids bouquet before under similar circumstances and it was far more difficult than anyone had anticipated. I’m not sure if the florist had been told that dissasembly was the intention when she made them, though. It sounds like yours might be easier to take apart.

    I’m sorry, I’m not trying to pick apart the idea. 🙁

    Post # 8
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    minniegrace:  Do you have a pic of the type of bouquet you asked for? If you have 19 tables, and are using bottles for the flowers, they really only can take 1-2 stems per bottle, so you will need 38+ flowers.  You could easily have that from the  bridesmaid bouquets. To be on the safe side, you could ask the florist to include some extra greenery in the delivery, so you could put a sprig of greenery  with the flowers.</h6>

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    minniegrace:  If you buy bulk flowers, you could put them in the vases the day before or the morning of (with water of course) and they could be in a crate or box in another room ready to be placed on the tables. Not sure why they couldn’t match the altar flowers, just find out what your florist is using and order bulk of those. Even if my BMs had volunteered to work between my ceremony and reception I never would have wanted them to – I wanted them to go and enjoy the cocktail hour! They are the most honored guests, so they should be enjoying the festivities with the rest of the guests! 

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee

    It also depends on how long your bouquet will hold up- sometimes because the heat/cold and how long you do your photos etc. part of your bouquet will wilt and some flowers will die. 

    Your best bet would be gettig costco/supermarket bulk flowers vs. a potential wilted bouqet as centrepeices.

    Me personally- i wouldnt chance it but thats just me!

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I am doing this. We are taking bridal party pics before the ceremony so after the ceremony, our planners will take their bouquets while we are doing family pics/cocktail hour and plop them on the table centerpieces where they will live for the rest of the night. Why waste money on more flowers when I have four bouquets ready to be repurposed?

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    We used the boquets whole to decorate the head table and other areas.  I wouldn’t deconstruct them….

    I ordered bulk flowers from fifty flowers for my centerpieces. I got a white combo pack and it worked well for $100. 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee

    I thought the bridesmaid bouquets belonged to the bridesmaids.  Maybe they are willing to give them up but I would not assume so.  Using them in whole as a centerpiece is one thing.  They can still get them back at the end of the night.  Destroying them is another.  jmo

    Post # 14
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    If I were a bridesmaid, I’d be sad not to get to keep my bouquet.  Plus the bouquets I ordered would have looked wilty and sad as single flower centerpieces as per your picture.  They get pretty manged in construction.  Also the grocery store is pretty cheap.  We made tons of smaller vases of flowers no problem with randoms we picked up at two stores.  They were so pretty.  If you don’t want to waste money on pro, just swing by the store – maybe even see if they’ll order in the colors you want ahead of time.

    Post # 15
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    Newbee

    I always like to keep and dry my bridesmaids bouquets, purely for sentimental reasons. But on the other hand, I would put the sentimentality aside to save my friend some money.

    As PP have mentioned, some flowers wilt very quickly over the course of ceremony and pictures. I have heard of brides and bridesmaids needing to pick out wilted flowers as the day goes on. So depending on the type of flowers, your bouquets may not stretch as much as you plan.

    Feel free to continue with the deconstructing idea, but here’s another low-ish cost idea. I’ve noticed that grocery stores like Giant and Safeway have started selling DIY bouquet flowers. It’s not a full bouquet, it’s just different bunches of the same flower in the same or similar colors. They’re maybe $4-$8 each for something like 10 flowers. If you’re not super picky, you may want to look into picking up a few of those a day or two before the wedding. 

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