(Closed) Did you make your own real bouquets/bouts/corsages? Share pics&feedback if so!

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
7103 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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harleybeachbride6: Hey, I didn’t try this, I’m not that creative I’m afraid, have you tried YouTube-ing it at all? 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Ceremony: Cellon Oak Park; Reception: Alachua Woman\'s Club

We did all the flowers for my sister’s wedding in March 2015 and will be doing the flowers for my wedding next March with most of the same types of flowers. We bought flowers from Sam’s Club and had them delivered Thursday for her Saturday wedding. We used white hydrangea, baby’s breath, light pink roses and spray roses, and assorted greenery. I made my sister’s bouquet and my Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet (no other BMs), the groom’s and groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and my mom’s wrist corsage. My mom made all the centerpieces.

My mom prepped all the flowers when they were delivered on Thursday (re-cut the stems and placed in 5 gallon buckets with fresh water and the plant food that came with them). We planned to keep all the flowers in my parents’ camper with the AC turned down really low but the AC decided to die the same day. So we ended up putting them in the walk-in fridge at the place my sister-in law worked. We arranged all the flowers Friday night after the rehearsal dinner (centerpieces and bouquets) and finished up Sat morning (boutonnieres and corsage). My sister procrastinated on EVERYTHING for her wedding so for mine I plan to start the flowers on Thursday and finish up Friday before the rehearsal. We have the venue booked for both Friday and Saturday so we can set most things up Friday.

These were the practice boutonnieres and bouquet I made with grocery store flowers a few weeks before:

Here are some of the pro pics with the actual bouquets and boutonnieres:

My mom’s wrist corsage was the last flower item I made and I was rushed and didn’t get the practice beforehand so it was kind of floppy and I wasn’t very happy with it but really I blame that on the time crunch.

Here’s a random pic of one of the centerpieces from when we were taking stuff down and cleaning up after the reception.

And these are some pro pics that include some of the centerpieces and some with our bouquets that we sat in vases.

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2144 posts
Buzzing bee

Following this thread 🙂

Post # 6
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

We are planning to order all of our florals from Sams Club also but will be putting them together the morning of our evening wedding. I’m ordering silk for my bridal bouquet (I don’t want to run the risk, however pp florals turned out beautiful) and our bridesmaids and groomsmen will have peach hydrangeas. We aren’t doing corsages and our centerpieces are non floral but will be surrounded by simple bunches of baby’s breath and cream hydrangeas. I think so long as you have the manpower, and time, to tackle doing your own florals, you should be golden and save tons of cash. 

Post # 7
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

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chelle84 :  how did you keep your hydrangeas from wilting?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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chelle84 :  those look gorgeous and professionally done!  Wow!!


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harleybeachbride6 :  I would experiment with fake ones from a craft store.  Just to play around with the colours and style.  Then order the real ones (or keep ’em fake?) so you’ll be prepared 🙂

Post # 10
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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chelle84 :  You did an amazing job!! Did you have pervious experiance? How did you know how much to get? Where did you store the florals before the wedding?


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harleybeachbride6 :  Have you seen https://flowermoxie.com/  ? It’s a helper to the bride that wants to DIY but needs some direction! I havent place my order yet, but I’m pretty sure we are going to go this direction. Also, she is very helpful and will even do a custom design for you if you have something in mind! Just a thought 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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harleybeachbride6 :  Following for info. I am making my own feather bouts. It is proving to be a challenge lol. I think I really need to get some floral tape to make the bottoms look cleaner. I was wrapping them in wire but they are getting too bulky. Ughhhh lol If I do pull this off though it will be a huge cost saver. From $210 ish to only $60 on materials. 

Post # 14
14 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

Following for ideas.  I am hoping to DIY with real flowers for my wedding next year due to having a small budget and am needing any inspiration and advice!

Post # 15
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I made my own flowers and assembled my own centerpeices. I used fake flowers, and a few days before the wedding I invited my bridesmaids and my DH’s godmother over for a ‘boquet making party’. I wanted everyone to have a ‘custom’ boquet (which was simple because all the flowers were white), so I bought up a bunch of flowers ahead of time and let the girls create their vision. We also assembled the boutineers for the guys. A REALLY big help was my ‘honourary’ bridesmaid was an art student majoring in scultping…which was suprisingly applicable to technical design of boquets, boutineers and centrepieces. One of the groomsmen (who was the DH of one of my bridesmaids) came over after the flower part was done to help assemble the centerpieces.

If I could do it all over again I would have chosen a different ribbon. It had a sparkly undertone, but on the wedding day the sweat from everyones hands had some of the sparkles leech out….and I would have skipped the floral tape and used green electrical tape right off.

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