(Closed) DIY bouquets-Is my florist just trying to scare me?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

He’s likely trying to keep your business. Though there are probably some truths to what he said (anything DIY is going to add more stress/work), it’s in his best interest if you don’t go this route and instead stick to purchasing from him. Many other bees have done their own bouquets, so I think you should look around for boards about that (esp. in DIY) and go for it!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ebet24: My friend DIYed bouquets and they came out wonderfully! I think he just wanted your $. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We DIYed all of our flowers and they came out beautifully.  He probably just wanted your business and $$.  I ordered my flowers unassembled from a well-known florist that was so accomodating to work with, and I have friends that just ran around to different grocery stores the day before and worked with what they could find.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Seems simple enough to DIY, I think he’s just trying to scare you.  I didn’t DIY bouquets, but my mom did all the boutineers the night before, and they came out perfect.  Do you have a Whole Foods near by or market florist?  They dont charge a mark up or labor to assemble bouquets, just the going rate for the flowers.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

See what happens if you thank him for telling you this and that you REALLY would LOVE to have him do the bridesmaids bouquets, but $90 is a LOT of money to you.  See if he is willing to split the difference with you and take $45 off of his proposal price. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The only thing I’m thinking of is that unlike other DIY projects you would have to make these pretty much the day of the wedding.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

See if any friends/family members would be willing to take on the task.  I think it will be more stress for you, but it’s super easy to DIY.  Delegate and save the money!  Also, since these are the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, faux florals might an option with the real touch flowers and then you could get them done now and not stress at all.  I would think that you could get the stems for around $5 a piece and be in line with the DIY fresh price and have time to play around with the look.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We had artificial calla’s in our otherwise real bouquets.  You could not tell the difference at all and the florist actually encouraged using artifical calla’s, because she said the real ones were so fragile.  The artificial’s were $7/each.  You could make them ahead of time that way?

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

my sister used artificial calla lillies for her wedding.  She also had each of us bridesmaids carry three then she had a few more in hers.  You couldn’t tell that they were artificial and they looked great!

 

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Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

Don’t be scared by your florist! I did all of my flowers myself, and they came out beautifully! No one could tell that they weren’t professional. Of all my DIY projects, flowers were definitely one of the easiest that I tackled, and I have no previous experience arranging flowers. Your florist is probably just trying to get more business (and money) from you. But stick to your budget. You can have amazing DIY flowers and still stay within your $300 budget.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Originally, my Mother-In-Law bought the flowers for the bouquets and bouts from a wholsaler. Well, they died the next day (wedding day). She rushed out and literally went to a local grocery and did it again (first she had her sister the florist do it… she wasn’t around the second time). Honestly, flowers weren’t too important to me. I noticed that something was amiss because they weren’t the flowers I had picked out, but they were perfectly nice. Here are my beyond DIY bouquets…

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think you should DIY. It’s a great compromise to stay within your budget and your design sounds simple enough to execute well. Maybe have your Maid/Matron of Honor around to help or just to have a second set of eyes to look at them.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We DIY’d our flowers and I loved them BUT you have to make sure that saving the $90 is worth the extra stress. I had myself,my 2 sisters, my Darling Husband, Brother-In-Law, my mom and dad, and 3 nices/nephews helping and it was still really stressful the night befor and day of to make sure everything was done. I would just make sure you can get the flowers you want when you need them (seasons vary and deliveries vary so it’s not always 100% guarentee) and make sure you know how to take care of them. I think white callas bruise really easily so I would just do your homework and have a back up plan.

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