DIY Ceremony Decorations – how much would this cost?

posted 4 months ago in Decor
Post # 3
63 posts
Worker bee

I didn’t do anything like what you’re talking about. But I did purchase eucalyptus from Costco and I was impressed by the quality and quantity we received. 

You might need two orders to have the amount of stems that are in your picture for each of your chairs.

Just a note, we had to do all of the care (I.e., trimming the ends) which took quite a bit of time, so account for that.

Post # 5
2144 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

MissClaudiaCaswell :  what’s the point of this comment? Nearly every wedding involved flowers or greenery. You seem to be trying to be nasty for no reason. 

schmayne :  the 2nd option will be way more cost effective than the first photo. I’d probably buy a bundle from your local florist to try to DIY it first then multiply by the number of bundles you want. It’s better to test it out now rather than risk it later. 

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: May 2019

We bought 200 olive branches from Sams Club and did two 14′ long garlands with them and had plenty left over. We had lots of flowers, including a ton of roses and I think it was only $300 something? Sam’s club also has greenery packs. However I would warn you it took a lot of work and willing hands, we spent a good day on flowers before the wedding.

Post # 7
2014 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Have you got any friends with olive trees? Our inlaws have a few so we cut greenery from them. Would be cheaper 

Post # 8
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2020

I did this for my engagement party. I made them the day before.

If you’re cutting your own greenery make sure you choose hardwood plants with thick leaves, the finer/more delicate the leaf the quicker it with die (notice that eucalyptus has very hard/thick leaves). I cut the greenery the morning before (36ish hrs?) and put them in the fridge until i could arrange them that afternoon. After doing them up I put the small arrangements back in the fridge (24 hrs before) but the large table arrangements didn’t fit.
The table arrangements dried out and went crunchy but they still looked fine. The ones in the fridge still looked perfect though.

Post # 9
212 posts
Helper bee

I was planning to get eucalyptus from a local wholesale flower market (like the kind of place a florist goes to buy flowers, but it’s open to the public). They were super cheap, like $8 for a bundle big enough to make several arrangements. However, when we got there the day before my wedding, they were almost sold out and only had 3 bunches left. I was a little bummed because I had wanted my arrangements to be mostly greenery and only a small amount of flowers. But then on the morning of my wedding, my sister pulled up and her trunk was full of beautiful eucalyptus! She had just found some on the side of the road and cut down a bunch. We also supplemented with other branches from trees in my yard, and just improvised. We even used one plant that is definitely a roadside weed, but looked beautiful in my centerpieces!

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