(Closed) DIY flowers for centerpieces – anyone have experience with this?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I suggest making the centerpieces the day before the wedding, or at very least prep the flowers (cutting off thorns & leaves, trimming stems to size) just because that takes longer than you would think.  Your inspiration pics look pretty simple so it can definitely be done- who will be doing the actual set up?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Hmm, definitely ask your DOC if she’ll do that.  I don’t think mine will actually arrange the flowers, so I’m putting all the flowers in their vases the day before.  She’ll pick them up on wedding morning and set everything on the tables.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i’m doing this. except i’m using dahlias, dried craspedia, and some flowers from my mom/aunts yards. all i can say is, it’s gona be a busy morning. i’m hoping to have all the vases ready and setting at my venue with flowers in them the night before, and in the morning i’ll just move them to the tables. i am ordering dahlias from fiftyflowers. the only thing i’m scared about, is if they come in too green. i’ve read a few online reviews, from this company and others, about certain flowers not being colored, too green, and rananculas were one of them. see if u can find the review. i know they have a wonderful return policy, but that doesn’t help you for the day of, and would leave u flowerless. i’m using the dried craspedia because i can order that now, and it will keep til october and on, and i will at least have enough of that for each table. i suggest finding a substitute in case you have any setbacks. (ex: grocery store flowers, wild flowers from a newarby field, etc.)

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m DIY my flower centerpieces as well.   I have about 125 bud vases that will line the center of 12 tables.  I did a trial run at my shower, purchasing a bunch of different flowers and fillers that I thought would work.  I arranged these in larger vases and they turned out beautifully (this took a lot of time).  Once the shower was over, I snipped some of the stems from a few of the flowers and arranged them in the mini bud vases.  Arranging them was so simple and the flowers only started wilting a few days ago (over a week after the shower).  I would suggest buying a few flowers first and experimenting with them.  My favourites were ranunculus, spray roses, peonies (although the stems are not as strong as roses but should be ok) and green hypericum berries as filler.  As Zouave said, dethorning roses and removing excess leaves is a pain and time consuming!  I’m picking my flowers up two days before the event and doing the trimming right away.  The day before I plan on arranging all the flowers into the vases.  Remember to keep your flowers in a cool place if you are ordering before, otherwise they will start to open up.  Hope this helps!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Do yourself a big favor, and do this the day before. This isn’t something a DOC/caterer normally do- they’ll put the arrangements on the table, but won’t generally do them.

I think these will look gorgeous, by the way. You could get boxes from a liquor store that have the bottles dividers, so the vases can be easily transported.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m doing my own centerpieces too. DEFINITELY do this a day or two before and find a safe way to transport them to your venue. If you can’t set it up the night before, put it some place in the order/arrangement you’d like it on the table, and then your DOC or caterer can just place them on the tables in that exact format the morning of. That’s what we’re doing!

Good luck!

 

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