(Closed) DIY Flowers decision after meeting with florist…a little help!

posted 8 years ago in Decor
  • poll: To DIY or to not DIY?
    Yes, I DIYed my flowers, and it went fine. : (9 votes)
    82 %
    No, you will not have enough time. : (2 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee


    My daughter wanted simple flowers-in mason jars on the 8 tables.  I purchased seven dozen  dahlias from a local farm (she picked the colos she liked and ordered them a few weeks before-and then picked them up 3 days before the wedding)  On the day of the wedding-(wedding @ 5pm) the venue asked us to set up BY noon!  So we set up tables, chairs, table linens, shepherds hooks with hanging candle jars and she picked out the (assorted) flowers for the arbor, and then for each table, placed them in the mason jars.  She originally wasn’t thinking of even having bouquets (the groomsmen wore peacock feather bouts that a friend made), and my aunt -florist who came to the wedding helped her with the arbor and made simple arm bouquets for the women witha couple of greens & from plenty of wired ribbon leftover for the arbor.   If you want simplicity-you can definitely do it!  I think I read a comment somewhere that Martha Stewart frequently uses “Spray Roses”-is what Proflowers.com calls them-I had to look up the name) rather than long-stemmed roses.  Which sounds like the volume you are talking about.   I certainly wouldn’t know how to make the ribbons into pretty bows for bouquets, but you could probably Google and practice that beforehand! 

    Post # 4
    494 posts
    Helper bee

    Try growersbox.com. You can get a ton of flowers for cheap and they add all of the filler too.

    Post # 5
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m doing my own flowers because I just wanted cream garden roses and spray roses. Very very simple arrangements. Definitely check out growersbox.com because while I’ve been shopping around I’ve found that Fiftyflowers is the MOST expensive.

    You should buy some flowers locally and do a test run. See how long it takes you to do each arrangement so you can budget your time accordingly. For our wedding I’m going to prep the flowers myself (removing thorns and leaves) but have the ladies of the family help arrange them the day before the wedding.

    Post # 6
    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    Recruit some help from multiple people, people love flowers.  You could do it by yourself but it will be 10x easier with help.   And you’ll be fine.

    Post # 7
    34 posts

    another thing you might consider….. check with all your friends, craigslist, etc., to see if there is someone who just LOVES doing this type stuff and see if you could get them to help that morning……. shouldn’t be too hard to do.  There’s always at least a few people in the mix who would love to help!

    Post # 8
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have DIY my bouquets – I went with silk flowers so that I could do them ahead of time; I have 6 bridesmaids and a junior bridesmaid so it was too time consuming to do them the night before the wedding. i bought I high quality silk flowers – i think they look nice.

    Having said that, if you only have 2 bouquets to do, I would definitely DIY.

    I was a bridesmaid in a wedding last year and we all carried gerber daisies. We did wrapped bouquets and I did them myself the night before, no problem (and there were 5 of us) Also, the bride had potted plants for centrepeices and we did those the day before and potting takes way longer than putting rose stems in a mason jar!

    A suggestion if you want roses – do you have a Costco near you? A friend of mine did roses for her bouquets, she went to Costco and ordered the colors she wanted and they had them in for her the Thursday before.

    I beleive they are $15 for 2 dozen!

    Post # 9
    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Hi!I totally plan on DIYing my flowers. I will have my bouquet, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man Bouquets, 4 bouts and all the centerpieces.

    But going in knowing that I wanted to DIY everything I’m looking at super simple CP with minimal flowers to save money. I will also hopefully have my FMIL’s help depending on when she gets in.

    I would also check prices on wholesale florists near you.

    I will be traveling for my wedding and initially I was going to hit the flower district. I’m starting to think I might just order online as well. But do fear delay of delivery!

    I would def do a mock trial this summer.


    P.S. I’m looking at Gerbera Daisies and Sams Club has been the cheapest for me!

    Post # 10
    928 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If youre not a DIYer and are kinda hesitant, I dont know that I would take on the task. You have to be fully committed and have help. You can do it but you have to committ. Before you decide to DIY and while you have the time, I would meet with other florists. Don’t just base this on ONE meeting with ONE vendor. There are some great vendors out there and you should consult with some more before you decide to DIY. I’m sure if you really want a florist, you can find a good one that will understand your vision and give you what you want within your budget.

    I didn’t vote because I’m pretty sure you can DIY but from reading your post, I think you should at least meet with a few more while you have time now to book one just to be sure.

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