I have seen so many posts of brides who did their own flowers, and they look great! I priced florists this week, and while they would definitely work for me, I know that I want a lot of flowers. The quotes I got were for bouquets, bouts and corsages, and some loose stems for my centerpiece bud vases. It was in budget, and it will look fine. But I wanted hoardes of flowers. I want flowers hanging off our arch. I want to line the aisle in arrangements and overflow my bud vases. I can’t afford that through a florist, but I think it could be achieved if I hit up 50 flowers or an online bulk flower seller.
So this thread is asking for any of the DIY flower brides for practical advice (and pictures are always welcome) please.
How difficult was ordering and care? How did you figure out how many stems to order? How much did it complicate your day before/day of preparation? Did you achieve the look you wanted? Any advice you can offer would be great!
Good for you! I think that is a great idea to use the florist for your bouquets and corsages and doing the rest yourself. All of my wedding flowers are going to be DIY. My Mom and I are even trying to grow some of our own flowers.
I know that Costco and Sam’s Club have really good prices on bulk flowers. You might even be able to get away with using some grocery store and/or farmers market flowers. Good luck!
I think if I go DIY for all the extras, I’d probably just DIY the bouquets and that stuff, too, so that all the flowers match. I’m definitely hoping people who did their own bouq will speak up because that makes me the most nervous about skill and difficulty level!
The bouquets for me, were the easiest. I just started with a few flowers and kept adding them in the gaps as I went along. For my sister’s wedding she had all “big” flowers…spider mums.
For my SILs wedding, I used a combination of roses and fillers. I basically used the same technique…adding a few flowers..taping them with floral tape, and then adding more and more flowers until I got the desired size. I added the fillers last by just sliding them here and there amongst the roses.
I did my own wedding flowers. I ordered from Sams Club and Fifty flowers. The flowers look a little sad when they come, but they just need a drink. The flowers arrived on Tuesday. Right away, you need to remove the leaves that sit below the water line, cut off about 2-3in and put them in buckets of water to hydrate. Keep them in a cooler place too. My wedding was on a Saturday. I arranged my centerpieces on Thursday, and body flowers (corsages) on Friday. Any living flowers that go on your arch should be done the day of the wedding if you want them to look good and actually live. You should also consider adding water tubes to the flowers on the arch. Do a test. Get a rose and place it out of water. You will see that it does not stay happy for long, especially if you are in warmer weather. Be warned that you will be STRESSING the few days before your wedding. Think twice before doing your own flowers especially if you have a large wedding party and lots of guest tables.
I’m ordering all my flowers from Sam’s Club and making 3 bouquets, 3 boutonnieres, bridal arch, and ceterpieces with hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, and roses. My Future Mother-In-Law has ordered bulk flowers from Sam’s Club, and she was very happy with her purchase. They have specific care instructions for each flower. I am having a Saturday morning ceremony, so I ordering my flowers to be delivered on Thursday night and make all the arrangement on Friday. My Future Mother-In-Law used to work at a florist, so she will help me make them. And I’m also asking my bridesmaids and other girlfriends for help.
Since you have done this before, my question is about storing the flowers. We are going to do centerpieces and bouquets the day before. I was thinking of storing bouquets in refrigerator and others should be okay in an air conditioned house? Please give advice. I can’t seem to find the answer. I am using roses and hydrangea. I have already read about how to revive wilting hydrangea should they wilt…
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