(Closed) DIY Flowers: How many bunches to buy?

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I am DIYing all of my flowers too! I found a few pictures of bouquets, bouts and arrangements that I liked and brought them with me to Hobby Lobby. The salespeople in the floral section are really helpful if you need them. I found it was also easier to grab a few bunches and smoosh them together to see what kind of size I could get with what I had. It also depends on what flowers and how many clumps of flowers are in each stem.

I would definately go down to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and play around with what you might like in a bouquet then take it from there as far as how many of each flower you should buy. And don’t forget to take along your list of arrangements so you don’t have to guess!

Post # 4
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

There’s really no way to know how many stems to buy unless you’ve tried making the bouquets and arrangements.

I used fresh flowers and practiced twice before my wedding so I knew exactly how much I would need.  For the practices, you can use the same flowers over- ie make the bridal bouquet, disassmble it and make the next bouquet, etc.  Take pictures of everything so you can remember how it looked and how many stems you used.

If you have a picture of the exact bouquets you want, you may be able to count the number of blooms to estimate.

Post # 5
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

All of this REALLy depends on the flower. Some flowers like say a hydrangea would only need one or two blooms. Peonies are also really large heads so they don’t take as many depending on the size bouquet you are looking for. Also depending on how you are buying the flowers (wholesale, Kroger, Sams) will depend on how many are in a bunch. My wholesaler has different size bunches depending on the flower. My peonies come 5 stems to a bunch but the rananuclus come 10 stems to a bunch. Something like an orchid would be 1 stem.

Also remember that when you cut the flowers do it at an angle under running water. If it is day of and the roses or whatever haven’t opened like you wanted them to you can run them under a warmer/hotter water for the blooms to open.

Best of Luck!

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