Post # 1
I’d like to DIY flowers for my centerpieces. For the floral part I’m just thinking maybe blue hydrangeas in mason jars. Is this too daunting of a task for a bride? I know that the flowers need to be done, like the day of the rehersal so they still look beautiful for the wedding day. I’m thinking of hiring a day-of planner so she can get them set out on the tables, but with over 30 tables where can I possibly store all these flowers? Has anyone ordered their flowers from Costco and done them themselves a couple of days before the wedding and not had a break-down??
Post # 3
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 # 4
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
here is a previous thread on diy flowers that might be helpful!
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
and here are mrs. cherry pie’s diy flowers in mason jars!
Post # 6
- 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 # 7
Thank you irmango, I don’t have much experience with hydrangeas so it’s nice to know that they’ll hold up a while. And thank you mrsbee and penguin! Those links were great ideas. I’m just so afraid I’m going to be super stressed the day before the big day but I guess I shouldn’t be scared to enlist the help of all the people that keep syaing, "If you need anything, ANYTHING at all to help with the wedding, let me know!"
Post # 8
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.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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.
Post # 13
Thank you for the tips! And Andrea, since you’re probably getting married before me (mine is 6/11/10) you’ll have to let me know how it goes! I also heard (maybe it was on here!) that you can check our floral arranging on YouTube, I maye have to give that a go. Anyone else have bad luck with blue hydrangeas like iheartbonjovi? That make me nervous!