Post # 1
I am struggling with whether to do my own floral for the wedding including centerpieces and bouquets or to shell out the cash for a florist.
I have read a lot of post about people who did their own and got great prices online. If you order flowers online, do you need a fridge or anything to keep them in prior to the wedding? How did you keep the flowers fresh until the wedding. Did you assemble the centerpieces at the venue or prior?
I am looking for any feedback regarding doing my own and how involved and hard that would be vs. hiring someone. Any advice?
Post # 3
This is a great post because I am doing the same thing. What I have read so far (and it’s not much) order the flowers so they come a few days before the wedding so they have time to open. And keep them refrigerated (NOT frozen). I’d love to hear other’s suggestions too!
Post # 4
This thread has a lot of good info:
Brides who have Made their own bouquets…..
Refrigerated is best, like an empty extra refrigerator or (dream) a walk-in kind. A cool basement would work, also. I’m planning to close the door to the coldest room in my apartment (it’s usually a curse, because it’s always freezing in there!) and crank up the AC for a couple days. And maybe buy some dry ice from a local place to help keep the room temp down.
Post # 5
Check out the related posts mentioned at the bottom of the page.
A lot of brides have posted about how they did theirs- you can just read them!
This post answers many of your questions:
DIY Flowers…where to get them, how to begin?
Post # 6
I did fake ones. I went when Michaels was having a 50% off sale and spent $200 on all my flowers. I did candle centerpieces with real rose petals as a blanket. Over all, I spent about $500 on all my centerpieces, decor, and flowers. Not too shabby in my book. Yes it took a lot of time (thanks mom!) and this is feasible depending on the color of your flowers. i went with realistic ones in shades of cream and ivory and blush. Not roses, more general flowers. Needles to say, I’ve converted all the skeptics. They look pretty darn good if i say so myself. Something to consider. I’d be scared of doing my own real ones without a LOT of help!!!! I’d probably mess ’em up pretty good
Post # 7
My mom and I are planning on doing our own flowers. My best friend is doing her own for her wedding too. They are set to come the wednesday before the wedding, and we’re all going to go help put them together. They do need to be kept cold but not frozen otherwise they’ll turn brown. The only flowers we’re not doing ourselves, is the bout’s for the guys and the corsage’s for the mothers. I just want simple bouquets for the girls and myself so they shouldn’t be too hard. As far as the centerpieces go, some of the online companies have centerpiece kits as well. They aren’t that expensive either, and as far as I’ve been told all you do is take them out of the box, clip the bottom, and arrange how you want them in the vase or ring shape.
Here are some great sites where you can order your own flowers:
Post # 8
I’m planning on doing my own flowers, and I’ve been warned NOT to put the flowers in the refrigerator. Most floral refrigerators are about 45 degrees, and a regular home refrigerator is much too cold for flowers. It would be a better idea to keep them in a well air-conditioned room without direct sunight, and mist them with water often. Another helpful hint, use a little sugar and bleach in the water. The sugar provides a food source and the bleach helps kill bacteria that may live in the water and cause the flowers to rot. Also strip the flowers below the waterline to minimize rot. Hope this helps!
Post # 9
Great Post. I am planning on doing my own too. Luckliy, I have alot of time to plan and search for good prices.
I am most stressed about the actual construction and placement of the centerpieces the day of the wedding. My church is not particularly close to my venue so it would alot of back and forth for anyone who was in the wedding to do. I was considering hiring a someone just for the day to transport and arrange the centerpieces.
Has anyone heard of doing this?
Post # 10
Marylizbeth- I hired a Day of Coordinator (I paid a flat fee for her services, but some charge by the hour)- she was with me helping at the ceremony while her assistant was setting up the venue. It was a huge relief to not have to worry about it getting done.
I had DIYed a lot of my wedding, but I didn’t want to have to DIY on the day of the wedding! I wanted to be able to focus on getting married instead of setting up!
I wrote a review of her here (she’s based in the Hudson Valley, but has done weddings in NYC if that’s where you’re wedding is):
Vendor Review (Planner/Coordinator): Hudson Valley Events