(Closed) DIY Flowers

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I haven’t had my wedding yet – but I am doing DIY hydrangea centerpieces for my reception. Can I suggest doing a trial bouquet to work out the kinks?

I did this and was able to learn some tricks – like measuring how long the stem should be cut at and how to tie the flowers up. . . .

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am doing the bouquets for my sister’s wedding and we will definitely be doing a trial before hand to make sure we get the flower combination she wants, etc. It will also give us an opportunity to take photos of the bouquet to use for reference on the day of.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been a Bridesmaid or Best Man a few times already and we’ve DIYed our own bouquets a couple of times.  It honestly does not take that long.  We used roses and each Bridesmaid or Best Man made her own bouquet.  If you’re just going to do bouquets, it’s really fast and easy.  We used the green floral tape to wrap the stems and then wrapped that with a pretty ribbon.  I thought they came out so pretty (and for WAY less than what a florist would charge). 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

definitely try do to a trial beforehand with the exact blooms you are going to use, and see how long it takes and how it comes out.  and if you are going to do them the night before, do a lot of research into how to maintain the blooms properly overnight (room temp, water temp, preservatives, light, etc.).  you want to make sure your bouquet will make it through the ceremony and pictures without wilting.  

Remember that a huge part of the florist’s job is in the preparation of the flowers just as much as it is in the presentation.  i don’t know much about dahlias but there are certain flowers like hydrangeas that tend to brown very easily if they aren’t properly prepped and maintained.  So it could be worthwhile to look into a florist.  i was in a wedding 2 yrs ago where the bride DIY-ed all her white hydrangea centerpieces which she bought in bulk from costco.  handling the stems was very messy and the weather was unexpectedly hot, and they wilted in about 20 minutes!  I’m all for DIY projects if you can swing it but definitely know what you can get yourself into!

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