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

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Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I plan on making my bouquet, four arrangments and a bout… plus whatever is left over will be placed into smaller table arrangments to be used throughout the weekend. I ordered ivory hydrangeas, pink garden roses, a box of pink spray roses with greenery, and silver dollar eucalyptus, all from fiftyflowers.com. They have really helpful tutorials (as does YouTube) from prepping the flowers to how to make a bouquet. I plan on purchasing flower prep (floral tape, snips, flower food, quick dip and crowning glory) on Amazon. For what I want, I’m probably spending around $500 but for what I was quoted- that would be practically for the bouquet itself. I’ll post pictures once the wedding is over (mid September). Good luck!

Post # 33
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Blushing bee

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harleybeachbride6 :  Your Maid/Matron of Honor dress and bridesmaid dress def go together! How gorgeous is your step daughter! Love the fade out on the bottom of your Maid/Matron of Honor dress.

The flowers, for sure on the right track but I agree a small pop of colour would just lift them, small sized pink or coral coloured blooms maybe. (coral being a subtle continuation of your theme)

I’ve seen some of your dress pics on other threads – just gorgeous. Can’t wait to see your recap pics! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Following this thread as I am planning on doing my own flowers for our small court house/registry office wedding in December, I’ll let you know! 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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harleybeachbride6 :  So I also used Flowermoxie.com (Amy is fabulous) and I also knew NOTHING about flowers prior to the wedding. I found a few inspiration pics I sent to her, as well as pictures of my dress, reception, and the “wedding vision inspiration” photos and she basically came up with what would look good, what flowers are hardiest and easiest to manage based on my (lack of ) skill, and then put together a list of how many of each i would need for the number of bouquets, bouts, and centerpieces required.

All flowers arrived in a single box on the Thursday before a Sat wedding. We took everything out, stripped leaves, trimmed stems, and put them in buckets with flower food then just left them in the garage (no AC – it was probably mid 80’s outside but much cooler in the garage).

Friday myself and a few friends and family (like 5-6 people total) did basic arranging and did 25 centerpieces, 6 bouquets, and 1 bout (groom only). It was actually SO fun. It probably took us about 2-3 hours but we were having fun and it was slow going in the beginning but then we really got into the swing of it. Plus my centerpieces involved 2-3 vases per table (each relatively small and of varying heights) so it took longer then just doing 1 bigger arrangement.

We left the centerpieces in the garage over night with lots of water and then put the bouts and the bouquets in a mini-fridge we’d borrowed for that purpose. Early Saturday morning a friend of my mom’s (guest at the wedding) popped round to tweak things as she worked as a florist previously in her career. While the centerpieces looked good beforehand and I would have been happy with them they looked FABULOUS after she tweaked. She just has an eye that is developed only with experience.

No pro pics yet but I can update with them if you want later. 

I highly recommend Flowermoxie — we were quoted about $2500 by a florist and paid about $800 (+ our time of course). I was SO SO nervous but honestly it ended up being a fun bonding experience with my girls! If you have the spare time to do it in the days ahead of the wedding, definitely go for it!

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think that if you have a beautiful beach venue and pretty beach centerpieces, then to just use flowers for bouquets. We did a destination wedding in the large backyard of a mountain home, so flowers definitely made the most sense. You definitely don’t *need* flowers and I think you’re florist is right.

If you’re super nervous, then working with flowermoxie is probably the best way to DIY (versus ordering things yourself). You can then take the list of flowers that will be in your bouquet and purchase some a few months out from a local florest so that you can trial and play around with making a bouquet.

I did not do a run through prior to the wedding because I knew my mum’s friend was coming so worse case scenario she was going to fix what I screwed up. If I hadn’t had that safety net I probably would have trialed a bout, 1 bouquet, and 1 centerpiece. 

We had SO many extra flowers — to the point that we took two LARGE bucket-vases and filled them with the remaining flowers and used those to mark the entrance to the ceremony space. Turned out beautiful, but we seriously had so many extra flowers (granted I wanted smaller bouquets then normal so used less then recommended). 

 

You can totally do this! Especially if you have a couple friends that are more creative-types (not necessarily with flowers, but just an eye for color, design, etc). I have zilch of that but my best friend is a very creative/artsy person so was able to provide basic tips (rule of 3s, not too symmetrical not too asymmetrical, etc).

Post # 40
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Newbee

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harleybeachbride6 :  We had a bouquet making party the morning of the wedding. We bought 150 roses for about $150. Got some floral pruners, floral tape, ribbon, and corsage pins for about $50, and made 8 bouquets for the bridesmaids, 2 mini bouquets for the flower girls, and 1 throwaway bouquet for the bouquet toss. Took us about an hour, with the bridesmaids in an assembly line, and it was so much fun! They came out beautifully. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 42
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Newbee

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harleybeachbride6 :  being that I had never made bouquets before, I thought it was pretty dang easy, to be honest!! The only “difficult” part was ensuring we clipped the stems straight so that they would fit together well when we put them together with the floral tape. The pruners from Michaels are pretty strong though, and cut through the hearty rose stems. I practiced with a cheap bouquet of flowers from the grocery store, and that helped. 

Post # 43
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Newbee

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harleybeachbride6 :  I also bought some floral “spray” on Amazon to help the flowers last throughout the day. We dipped them after we made the bouquets in the morning, and, and they lasted through the night!

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