(Closed) DIY Flowers…where to get them, how to begin?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Well, the cheapest online website for flower petals is fiftyflowers.com – I can honestly say this is a great company (we ordered all of our flowers from them and they were great).

 What sort of flowers are you ordering?
 Fiftyflowers is great, but if you need mini calla lilies- http://www.flowersandfreshness.com has a great deal on them- you can get like 100 for 164.00 (and they are also quality) Their roses are also a little cheaper, my one complaint was I wish I would have used fiftyflower for all my roses. Not only did I order the wrong color from flowers and freshness (totally my fault), they called me a few days before saying there were out of the type I ordered and would replace it with something similar. Yes, the flowers were similar but the size of the rose head was medium instead of large (if you know what you want though, it would be better. the roses I did get were fresh and beautiful). The roses I ordered from fiftyflowers.com were very large heads- and the website will write a little about each type of rose so you can guesstimate how big the flower is. It’s nice to know.
I did some mock ups with wholefood flowers- they aren’t as cheap as an online wholesaler- and their flowers aren’t as fresh. We ordered some to practice with and they started wilting a little within a few days. When you’re doing your own arrangments you want to get your flowers 2-3 days prior to the event so they can rehydrtate properly and you have time to arrange them.  If you’re going to order flowers, I would make your own bouquet- that way, you get what you want and it’s special. If you google DIY wedding bouquet (or look on wedding bee) there are so many posts about this.

Things I didn’t know I wish I did-

– Don’t buy glassware or candles offline.. it’s a deal- but they rape you on the shipping charges

– When you buy flowers, over buy a little bit.  I needed a little more than what I thought

– Make sure you think about the colors long and hard you’re ordering. 

– double check everything.

– Give yourself TIME. Our wedding was on a Saturday I took three exams on Thursday and three on friday because I was still in school. By the time I got around to the flowers I was worn out and threw them together.

– When your flowers arrive, break them down then.If you order roses or any other flowers with leaves still attached, remove them.Then place them in water to rehydrate and open.

I was really happy I did my own flowers… for around 600 dollars I made 4 bouquets, several house arrangements (our wedding was at home), and did arrangments for all 16 of my tables.

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Post # 5
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Don’t put your flowers in the fridge unless you know what you’re doing- I have heard horror stories about this. One of my sister’s friends DIYed her flowers and the flowers wilted (maybe the refidgerator was too low?).  I wouldn’t chance it. 

   Our wedding was on Saturday, I had the flowers delivered on Wednesday.  When they came we peeled off all the leaves and put them into tubs of water (I’ll post a picture below).  When you first get your flowers the heads likely won’t be open (it really freaked me out at first)- it takes a few days for them to get that big. 

  The roses I ordered were http://www.fiftyflowers.com/product/Amelia-Creamy-White-Rose_336.htm - I think they may also have this type on flowersandfreshness.com for much less (not sure which site I used for my bouquet roses).  I would browse http://www.fiftyflowers.com and read about the flowers you want to order.  The great thing about this site is they post how to care for your flowers after you recieve them:

  1. Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps. Do not remove the cardboard sleeve or the rubber bands holding the flowers together in a bunch. 
  2. Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water. 
  3. Add floral food to prevent bacteria from forming in the water and to give added nutrients to the roses. If you do not have flower food, it can be purchased at any local florist. 
  4. Remove any leaves that fall below the water line. Not removing the leaves may cause bacteria to form and shorten the rose’s life. 
  5. Using sharp scissors or a knife, cut the stems diagonally under running water approximately one inch from each stem’s bottom edge. 
  6. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water. 
  7. Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Roses may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate. 
  8. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. 
  9. To keep the roses fresh, change the water every 24 to 48 hours or when the water becomes cloudy. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.

 The site posts this sort of thing for any kind of flower you want to order.  Here is also the link for rose petalshttp://www.fiftyflowers.com/flowers/FreshRosePetals_20.htm   

     To answer your question about them wilting- my wedding was August 16th, 2008 (I see you’re getting married around that time too!)- my flowers held up really well.  In the picture of my sister holding the bouquets you see a few petals falling off, that’s not because of the flower- that’s because I dropped the bouquet down the stairs :)  For our arrangments we used spider mums (which lasted for 14 days, those bad boys are hardy), roses (they started to brown after about 7 days), and calla lilies (they last the same as roses). 

  A little tip is if you’re going to use white or cream roses, don’t handle the flower head with your bare hands.  The oil from your fingers gets onto the petals and they brown (not sure why, but I learned this the hard way).

  The best way of doing your own flowers is to do as much research as you can, know what you want, and have a plan (practice with flowers from the local grocery store- that’s a good way of knowing how many you need as well).  I had a plan, but since I was in a hurry and ordered the wrong color flowers- it fell through.  Our arrangments didn’t look bad (we were married on our farm so they fit), but they didn’t look how I originally wanted them to.  I meant to order 400 white roses… instead I ordered hot pink. 


 If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.  I wish I would have known then what I know now- my sister’s wedding will be much easier!  Good luck!


Post # 6
16 posts
  • Wedding: March 2009

I am also doing DIY flowers, but with a small wedding party I only have my bouquet, the Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, 3 boutionnieres, and 2 corsages.  I am hand tying my bouquet with satin ribbon but if i’m making my bouquet the day before and wrap with ribbon then, how do i keep them in water without the ribbon getting absolutely soaked?

Post # 7
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Do you have a planner or DOC? Often they can get flowers for you from the local wholesaler using their tax ID number, if you don’t want to go the online route. It’s usually cheaper. That being said, I have ordered from Fifty Flowers before and they were good.

I echo Maureen — don’t put your flowers in the fridge! My Mother-In-Law did this to my SIL’s flowers and all of our bridesmaids bouquets were gross and brown because they froze. See Shortcake’s recap for further evidence of what happens if your flowers go in a fridge that’s too cold.

Post # 9
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Flowerbud.com sells bulk flowers. I didn’t do my own flowers, but I order from them all the time!

Post # 11
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Ugh.  I just posted a bunch of links to other posts about DIY flowers and it’s being held back by the stupid spam filters!!!!

Post # 13
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Flowersandfreshness is a better deal- and I did like the quality of their roses, my problem really was that I ordered the wrong kind and color because I’m a moron.  60 bucks is a lot of money to save- do a few google searches to find out more about the rose types they have on flowersandfreshness.com you want to find  how big the rose head really is and what the color is like in real life. 

  For the bouquets- My sister is holding hers and mine.  I think all together I ordered 50 roses- I probably used a good 20 for my bouquet. 


  I actually just checked and flowersandfreshness actually has the amelia creamy rose for sale- I would definitley order from there.  They are so much cheaper, and they did have great customer service.  I like fiftyflowers.com because they have a big selection- but flowersandfreshness.com prices beat fiftyflowers. 

   Make sure you double check your order though! 🙂

Post # 14
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

oh and just incase- my bouquet wasn’t all roses.  I have about 15 mini calla lillies in there

Post # 15
2 posts

I used theflowerexchange.com and was really happy with them. We got all the flowers on Wednesday and it took my mom and I one and a half hours to trim and remove the stems from everything. We stored everything in the basement and kept the house a little cooler than usual just to be safe. 

On the Friday before the wedding I gathered some very helpful people. My mom, two sisters, my moms friend and myself went to work. To keep things looking similar and to avoid the centerpieces from looking like they were made by 5 different people we all took jobs. We figured how many of each type of flower would go in in arrangement. My mom and two sisters put together the centerpieces, while my moms friend went through and edited everything to make it looked uniform. We realized that some of the arrangements were looking a little spare and my sisters went to the field next to my parents house to pick some queen anne’s lace to make things look a little fuller.

I made all the bouquets and boutonieres myself because I had practiced before and knew I could handle it. I didn’t wrap the ribbon around the bouquets until the morning of the wedding.

The only problem that occured was that we ran out of flowers to make corsages. My sweet sisters ran out the next morning and haggled the florist down to $10 a piece for four corsages. 

A word of the wise, not everything will go perfectly. Except it and move on. Flowers are beautiful no matter what. All together we made centerpieces (12), bouquets (6 +1 bridal), aisle decor (6) and boutonnieres (7). It also will help to have someone (a good friend and my aunt in this case) who can transport everything to the site. 

Although I don’t post here a lot, I wanted to respond to this post. I had a lot of people tell me it would be too much and that I wouldnt be able to handle it. I knew I had my moms support and had three other very helpful people  there. I wouldnt have changed the way things went. It saved us over $1000 and was beyond worth it. If anyone needs more advice or help, I would love to help. 

Sorry for the crummy pictures, I dont have my pros with me. The first is my bouquet and the second is one of our centerpieces (or bar display in this case).

Post # 16
33 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I like fiftyflowers.com, I had some flowers delivered for my best friend from them and she said they were fantastic. I havent used flowersandfreshness personally, but I cant help to think the quality is different just based on their price though.

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