(Closed) DIY Flowers… How Many Stems/Lets See Photos, Please.

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

How many centerpieces will you be doing?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

With all that no I don’t think it is enough. Stems break, some aren’t full etc and it really depends on your bouquet type. A good rule of thumb is increase your order by at least 30% of what  you think you need.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sunflowers are huge, and so are the stems. You may be fine. I have seen brides with as few as 5 stems for a bridal bouquet.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you’ll be fine. I had 140 dahlias – which are probably a bit smaller than the sunflowers, and had enough for 5 bridesmaids (with 6 blooms in each) and a few at each of 16 tables.

I had 100 roses, used 22 of them for my bouquet, and the rest at the tables.

Have a back up plan though!  Fiftyflowers called me the day before the delivery and told me the ranunculus I ordered “did not meet their quality standards” and offered me a substitution – it was no big deal for me, I just got more dahlias – but if your whole theme revolves around the sunflowers, just make sure you have a contigency plan.

Also – though I do not regret DIY-ing my flowers, just be aware, it takes a LOT of time, and its harder than it looks. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time the morning before the wedding to arrange the flowers. Between unpacking them, trimming the stems, leaves, petals, and thorns, then doing the arranging and making the bouquets – it took me give or take 4 hours.

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

Skip the bathroom flowers. Where are you ordering from? We ordered from Sam’s Club, and out of 340 stems, only one wasn’t usable.

For roses- make sure you have something to dethorne them with (ow!)

I ordered:

100 roses
50 calla lilies
150 mini-callas (2 bridesmaids bouquets, 10 bouts, and also used in centerpieces)
40 asiatic lillies
 
I also picked up spray roses (for corsages), freesia, and bear grass from a wholesaler/grocery store. We had 13 centerpieces, with a little bit of everything in them. Think we had 400 total flowers. I think your numbers could work- the Maid/Matron of Honor bouquets had 24 mini-callas, whereas you could do a dozen roses or 6 sunflowers and it would work.
 
In addition to the DIY time, you may need an hour or two when the flowers arrive for prep- unpacking, cutting stems, putting in buckets, etc. (assuming you receive the flowers in advance.) Do you have helpers? I had 3, which was great- I focused on my bouquet, my Maid/Matron of Honor did the two Maid/Matron of Honor bouquets, and was the bout/corsage maker, Mom’s friend did centerpieces, and Mom was everyone’s helper.

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@HereWeGo:  You’re welcome!

Another thing that really helped out- I had printed out inspiration photos for the MOHs bouquets, my bouquets, corsages and bouts. (We just sort of winged it with the centerpieces- if you can do a trial run with these, not a bad idea) I also had ideas for how to wrap them- check our your library for wedding flower books.

You can also move flowers throughout the day. Meaning- your ceremony flowers could move to the cocktail hour could move to a side table. Our bouquets ended up on the cake table.

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