(Closed) DIY brooch bouquet help!

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
Member
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I made a brooch bouquet for my wedding (I’d post a pic but it is already packed and ready to go to FL!)

A few tips:1 –  This will not be a *cheap* option.  I don’t know what your budget it, but the amount you are paying for the brooches will equal the cost of a cheap bouquet.  Just FYI.

2 – You will need more brooches than you think you do.  I thought I would need about ~30, I ended up used somewhere between 60 – 70(ish).  I collected my brooches from goodwill, flea markets, yard sales, etc (so they were all pretty cheap) but keep in mind it took me 1.5 years to get that many brooches.  So if your wedding is in Nov, start searching now, or plan on paying $$ to buy them off of ebay.

3 – Putting the bouquet together is a bitch.  Plain and simple.  I ended up re-doing mine 3 times, and I am still not entirely pleased with it.  One of the bees did a brooch bouquet and blogged about it – I followed her instructions, but maybe that bee just has more talent than me, but she made the “putting it together” part look a LOT simpler than it was (for me at least).

4- Floral tape will quickly become your best friend and your worst enemy.

5 – It was a much bigger undertaking than I though it would be. It is what I really wanted, so I was OK with that, but if you are on the fence, just know you will spend several evenings (a) cleaning the brooches and glueing the pins down. (b) them several more evenings putting the wire stems on the brooches. (c) then actually putting it together.  

Again, I have 1.5 years to get this done….but if I was just starting now (in late may) for a November wedding….in addition to all the other DIY stiff I did….I could never have gotten the bouquet done.

OP – I don’t mean to dissuade you – I really do like my brooch bouquet, and I am glad I did it – it compliments my dress really well and it is something I can display after the wedding. But just be aware that it is a major undertaking!

Post # 5
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I started mine about 2 months ago and havnt touched it.  It is quite a pain.  I probably spent 225-250 for 60 brooches and supplies.  I got all my brooches on ebay and a few came from family. 

You absolutely need to set a limit on what your max is per brooch.  It will add up quickly.  Sometimes you will overspend on them because theyre larger or you have to have it.  My max was $5, I think I spent 6 or 7 a couple times.  My avergae price overall was still $3.50/brooch. 

If you are creative/have patience, it will be worth it.

Post # 7
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@baileyryan12:  I looked into that first.  My only issue with ordering one off etsy is that they were even more expensive and I wouldn’t be able to pick out the brooches.  And I wasnt sure if I could put thta much trust into the seller.  But if you’re ok with all that, go for it.

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