(Closed) DIY Flowers

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

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!

Post # 5
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am planning on DIYing my flowers and I’ve done several practice bouquets. I recommend you hit the grocery store with $30 bucks and buy a few bunches and give it a try before you make a decision.

If you’re wanting a nice round hand tied look you’ll want to cross the stems on an angle. (basically placing flowers in an X while turning the bouquet)

Here’s a few great tutorials…


Let us know how it goes!



Post # 6
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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.


Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009


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.

Post # 8
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I did my own flowers and had a good experience, but I had help and I kept it simple. And all arrangements were made 1 or 2 days before the wedding. However it was more work then I thought it would be.  

I made 14 centerpieces, 8 with fresh flowers, 6 with branches.

If you want complicated centerpieces and lots of extra flowers I would give it a good thought!  Having to do anything decorating wise yourself on your actual wedding day gets VERY stressful.  



Post # 9
11 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

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. 

Good luck!

Post # 10
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

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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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