(Closed) DIY Flowers for over 30 tables??

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
113 posts
Blushing bee

hydrangeas actually last a long time in a vase. i have a hydrangea bush and when i cut stems for our living room, it stays pretty for at least a week.

Post # 6
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

Miss Snapdragon also posted about a friend who turned bouquet/centerpiece making into a pre-wedding bash:

Mums and Mimosas

 Perhaps you can get your gals together the day before the wedding and make it a party!


Post # 8
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m doing all the flowers DIY style – I have to save for the things that I really want.  I have had people come up to me offering help and there are some people that I will totally use and take that offer, others I will say thank you but no thank you.  Pick the people who you really trust and value.  Maybe you have some crafty friends who you can have be in charge of the setting up for the day?  Sit down with the people who seem the best fit for the task and talk to them.  See how they really feel.

Good Luck!!

Post # 9
4 posts
  • Wedding: February 2009

I was totally going the DIY route (I even bought all the vases!), but ultimately decided to hire my DOC who also does flowers on the side.  I only have 10-11 tables.  With 30 tables, I would definitely be stressed out even if I had a lot of friends and family helping me out.  I spent countless hours doing research on wholesale flowers, vase prices, and florists, and ultimately, hiring someone else to do it for me only cost a couple hunded dollars more.  But that being said, I’m doing mine for under 1000, including ceremony arrangements, bouquets and boutonniers.  It might be worth for you to DIY if you’re saving a lot more $$, and you don’t get stressed too easily.

Post # 10
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

thank you sydney for posting this! i have been worrying about this situation myself. i went to the florist about a month or two ago and i was blown away at the price of flowers! me and my fiancee each have 8 attendants and we are having about 250 guests. or plus. which means 30 + tables. my dad has been pestering to do DIY flowers. we are doing like 3-4 different sized jars and vases on each table. so they should be pretty simple to put together. i hope! i was planning on getting the flowers a few days before the wedding day. my dad is the pastor of the church we are getting married at. the church has a beautiful area out back with green grassy hills and elm trees and a baseball park connected to it. SO what we are going to do is chill one of the rooms in the church. turn the AC up high and keep the flowers in there. and the day before me and some friends and family will put them together. i agree with you though that i need someone in charge the day of to keep everything in order and to make sure the tables look cute! but i am going to try my hardest to get everything done ahead of time and have plenty of people helping out the day before so that there is not much stressing out!!! i think if it is organized and done right than it should be a lot of fun! 

Post # 11
1 posts

Be careful using the blue hydrangas.  I did a wedding a couple of years ago for a friend with over 45 tables. I ordered blue and green hydrangas. Maybe I ordered small blue ones and large green ones, maybe not. But the blue were much smaller than the green and wilted before the wedding day. They did not last long at all but the green lasted forever. Good luck !!

Post # 12
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

What time of year are you getting married? If its still cold out you may be able to just keep them outside or in a garage. 

We are getting married in less than a month (yay!) I have an artsy friend who will be doing ALL of the flowers. Maybe you can recruit a few aunts or friends to help? 

Our venue has tons of vases leftover from previous events so we are using those for FREE. All I did is ask, they said no one asks for them so they just sit around. 

We are using a local wholesaler and i have budgeted $1200 for flowers including centerpieces, corsages, bouquets, boutineers,  altar arrangements etc. This is for EVERYTHING floral.. tools, tape, foam, flowers and a little something for my floral friend. We are expecting about 100 guests

My advice is to start practicing now, this will give you an idea if you can do this or not. I just bought grocery store flowers and rearranged the bouqets to my liking. 

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