Post # 1
Hey Bees, Looking for some advice from other bees who have DIY’d your flowers. Here is the DL on my May wedding, 4 bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen, one set of grandparents on each side (so 2 grandpas 2 grandmas) and 2 sets of parents. 100 guests so about 10 rows of chairs and a little decore for the arch at the ceremony
Ok… now to my question Mr. Xray and I went out looking at flowers and places to order whole sale then DIY ourselves. I have some expiriance helping and my Maid/Matron of Honor is a pro but latley very busy so hard to get her opinion. I know we are def ahead of the game but I am a VERY budget concious bride. What i want to know is with those kinds of specs how many blooms are we gonna need to order???
Roses & Spray Roses
I guess just looking at an estimate with those specs what would we be looking at?? Thanks for any help bees!!!! Mr. Xray and I really appreciate it!
Post # 3
I’ll try and help since I am DIY’ing my wedding flowers as well.
To wholesale buy your flowers I would suggest Costco and/or Sam’s Club.
4 bridesmaids: If you are planning to do a “ball bouquet” for the bridesmaids and if you want to keep their bouquets small (this will cut down on cost a lot) I would suggest about 3 flowers (5 flowers tops) to each bouquet. To make their bouquet look fuller I would suggest using ranunculas flowers with spray roses, or you can switch out spray roses for cala lillies. (all of these flowers are May flowers so they should be cheaper! yay~) If you go for the ranunculas/spray roses the bouquet will look something like this:
If you’d like to go with ranunculas with lillies the bouquet could look something like this:
4 groomsmen: I am not giving my guys any flowers, this could help cut down your costs but if you feel like you really want them to wear flower(s) I would suggest only giving them one flower, I would choose a single rose or a single cala lilly. Either flower is extremely easy to pick up at your local grocery store. If you have these stores look for: Fred Meyers / Safeway. They have good prices on these kinds of flowers, plus roses can stand up to the wear and tear of a wedding.
4 grandparents: I have never been a big believer on giving your grandparents a flower to wear but if this is something you’d like to do and again keep saving your money I give the four of them roses, all the same color to save money and just a single rose.
4 parents: Again to save money I would choose the rose (or spray rose) and give them all the same color of rose, if you’d like it can be a different color from the grandparents but I am just thinking of the easiest way to save money.
Wholesale flowers online: I love this website, they are a lot cheaper then what I’ve seen flowers go for, http://globalrose.com/ or this site: http://bloomingbulb.com/p-48889-ranunculus-tecolote-gold.aspx
Total: If you did 2 ranunculas for every bridesmaid you would want 8 stems of ranunculas and 4 stems of roses. If you did one flower per each groomsmen you would want to buy 4 stems, if you bought one flower for each grand/parent you would want 8 stems of any flower. I hope this helped you somewhat…
Post # 4
I ended up not going to the DIY route but there are people who can help you from fiftyflowers.com – they have an online chat function. I bet wholeblossoms.com also has that feature. You should try both, ask them how many blooms you need to order of each type, and take it from there!
Keep in mind seasonality – different flowers are in season at certain times of the year, so for example, for my November wedding, the cost of peonies would be outrageous. When you look at the website for those wholesalers, you can see if it looks like the cost of each type of flower is more expensive in May than other times of the year – and unless the flower is really important to you, you can nix it to save money.
Don’t forget that you probably want some green filler! Wholesalers seem to offer several kinds, or you can choose just one type (e.g. seeded eucalyptus, ivy, etc.).
Which of those flowers is your favorite? The roses (especially garden roses and cabbage roses), calla lillies, lillies, and ranunculus will be more expensive than spray roses and hydrangea. I asked my florist to make each bridesmaids’ bouquet with 3-5 large garden roses, and the rest will be spray roses and some other things. Since the garden roses are my fave, each of my centerpieces will have 1 large garden rose with some wild-looking green filler and some hypericum berries. Anyways. Sorry to ramble!
My florist is making the boutonnieres for the guys with a spray rose and a small bit of seeded eucalyptus. You don’t need to order too much for the bouts. Same thing goes for the corsages for the parents and grandparents.
If you are really stressed about time, you can go to the grocery store the day before the wedding or even the morning of the wedding. Some days I really wished we had just skipped the florist, because that is taking up a huge part of our budget. Whole Foods has really beautiful bouquets pre-made, and I do think they end up being cheaper. You could buy similar bouquets for your decorations, and just break them up into smaller bunches.
Post # 5
@JoJoDahling: WOW!! Thanks so much really!! Love how detailed it was and easy to follow great to get an idea on what the cost will be. We found a great local florist at our farmers market that if we order at whole sale prices there and DIY they let us use there space and cooler to keep the flowers till the even which is great as our venue is 2 blocks down the road! Very excited (and SOO reasonable!)
@MsVoyageur: Thanks! I am gonna check those out as well really happy for all the support here, you ladies are the best!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I went the DIY route-
From Sam’s Club, I ordered: 50 Callas, 150 MiniCalls, 40 Asiatic Lillies, 100 Roses.
From grocery stores, we picked up: greenery/filler, spray roses and freesia (smelled fantastic in my bouquet!).
This gave us: 15 small centerpieces, 10 bouts (mini callas-we made extras), 2 BMs bouquets (about 20 mini callas each), bridal bouquet, 4 corsages (spray roses), 2 nosegays (spray roses), and some extras.
I was REALLY happy about the quality from Sam’s- only one rose was unusable. I received the flowers 3 days before the wedding- the asiatic lillies really needed 4 to open up properly. Calla lillies were SO easy to work with. If you do roses, be prepared with floral shears to get rid of any extra thorns.
My best advice if you decide to go DIY: get inspiration photos for everything (found lots of ideas in the library), and do a trial on anything you’re not sure of at least a month before. Despite doing this, the centerpieces ended up being a “okay, let’s just wing this!”
And keep it simple where you can. I purchased calla garland from Michael’s for the arch, which made things SO much easier the day of. Also-having just one flower in the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet made that a breeze to do, and made my bouquet really stand out.
Post # 8
@rebwana: Beautiful! I know Mr. Xray loved the look of the calas and didnt even know about the Minis!! those would be great bouts! here is a pick of my inspiration for my BMs, as I will not be having a traditional bouquet but a broach bouquet!
not quite as big but you get the color idea! They will be in navy dresses with the matching orange shoes!
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Mini-callas are great for bouts! We used a smaller regular calla (orange) for DH’s bout, to make it stand out.