Post # 1
IS anyone else doing DIY Centerpieces? I was thinking about it.. a friend of mine had the vases i want/need. She has 30 cylnder vases.. 10 of 3 different heights.
We are paying for most of the wedding ourselves and cannot find a resasonable price. I will be paying for my Bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquet..
I was thinking of a simple Red Rose and white Calla Lilly bouquet nothing too fancy more flowers then green.. I have been prices the roses and think i can buy at least the flowers for under $300.
Post # 3
If you’re thinking of doing your own fresh flower centerpieces, here are some things to keep in mind. They’re usually delivered to your house a few days before the wedding. You have to take them out of the box and store them in your fridge in water until the wedding day. Then someone needs to arrange them into centerpieces on the morning of your wedding – you’ll probably have to enlist a couple friends to take care of that for you.
Believe it or not, Sam’s club delivers fresh flowers in bulk right to your door, and their prices aren’t bad. I have no experience dealing with them though.
Post # 4
yes i am looking into having fresh flowers and i have been looking at coscto…
which is very similar to sams club.. and yes my friends are totally down with helping im just wondering if it would be way too much
Post # 5
Maybe you can pick up a couple flowers and do “time trials” with your friends. Have them arrange a centerpiece, and then take it apart and do it again. That way they’ll be really efficient on the wedding day and you won’t have to worry about a time crunch. Not to mention, you’ll get to see how they do the arrangement and critique them. 🙂
Post # 6
i think it’s totally doable if you prepare well. hiring a florist to do them can get really costly, so DIY is a great way to save some money. just make sure you have everything organized and ready, so it goes quickly on the wedding day. i second jen’s suggestion of a trial – that would definitely help!
Post # 7
We did it for my wedding. We ordered from 2groses.com and had a great experience. Their prices were the best I could find. Like the other ladies, I would also suggest a trial run. It’s totally doable though. Good luck!
Post # 8
I am DIYing my flowers and say go for it! Just be sure to do a test run before hand with your firends that will be helping you. By doing a trail run you will find out what works, how long it will take and also get a feel if it really is something you are ready to tackle.
You might also want to do the flowers the day before the wedding so you don’t run around with your head cut off and super stressed. If you have a room that you can keep cool say around 60 degrees or less with ac and you keep the flowers hydrated you should be good for at least 24hours.
I would also reccomend staying organized by getting all your floral supplies ahead and making sure you are not missing any tools. I know there have been some great post on DIY flowers here so just keep doing some research and go for it!
Post # 9
I did my own centerpieces. The cheapest centerpieces are ones that don’t contain flowers. Could you do feathers instead? Or plants? Or candles?
Post # 10
I did mine for less than $10 each total. I get compliments on them everytime someone comes to the house (they are laying around in every empty space in every room, LOL).
Post # 11
You’re definitely not crazy– it’s a great way to save money, and is actually pretty easy. We did DIY flowers for our wedding, from fiftyflowers.com, and I loved how they turned out. I typed up a long post with tips, if you’d like to give it a read– I know before I decided to do DIY, I did lots of research to help me be less nervous. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-pics-diy-flowers-from-fiftyflowerscom
I didn’t worry about refrigerating them– I just kept our roses and spray roses in buckets with flower food and fresh water, in an air conditioned room. They arrived Wednesday, and my helper put most of the arrangements together on Friday, then finished last touches on Saturday (we had like 1000 stems, so it was quite a big job). My best advice would be to get someone you trust to HELP you. And do a practice run before ordering so you can accurately tell how many flowers you’re going to need to fill your vases.
But don’t be scared! Pretty flowers are pretty flowers, and it’s pretty hard to mess it up. 🙂
Post # 12
It’s definitely do-able just don’t make them too complicated. If your centerpieces are going to be flower heavy I would def do a trial run for timing. Try to see if you can even prep them the night before. And I would def enlist the help of friends that are not in the wedding.
I’m going with very simple modern centerpieces that will only have one large flower each.
If you are getting married local look into wholesale florist near you. Better prices than any online wholesaler in my experience.
Post # 13
I”m doing my own as well. I have four done and 6 more to go.
Post # 14
@JenBrandner yes for sure i will run a trial run.
@Janie yes florists are really expensive and i am sticking to something simple
@soon2bemrsC i will check them out, I’m not for sure where i am going to order from i am still looking around thanks for the recommendation
@Misswatermelon YAY! i dont feel so bad and cheap now LOL a few people in my family thought i was crazy but i told them if they aren’t coughing up for it then hush it LOL
@amariem I love fresh flowers and i am pretty much set on Red roses and calla lilys i have seen a few people have faux flowers but i love fresh flowers..
@TKSJewlery Wow those are beautiful! where did you buy the flowers? those are very pretty
@jhphi i seen one of your threads about yours thanks so much for your link i was looking for it but couldn’t find it WOW so they stayed fresh from wednesday till Saturday… HMM that gives me hope!
@gerbera good idea about having people who aren’t in the wedding help.. that is so awesome i was thikning about it.. i do have a few people who aren’t in the wedding who have been Volunteering their services lol
@MrsMonika Im assuming you are using Faux flowers.. do you have pics of them
So those of you that are doing DIY Centerpieces are you getting your bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets made or are you doing all flowers?
and what about Boutonnieres & corsages’
Post # 15
yep! I wanted carnation pomaders for my table centres but decided to DIY them using tissue paper to save on costs – I need to make 24! We’re attaching them on top of vintage glass candlesticks and grouping them on the tables with LED tealights. Using tissue flowers means I can prepare these a good while in advance of the wedding so not worry about flowers/refridgeration etc at the last moment which takes a bit of the pressure off. Have you thought about using an alternative to real blooms? Lots of bee’s have taken that sort of approach with some really effective results. x
Post # 16
We are planning to do fresh centerpieces ourselves. The plan is to assemble the day before. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂