(Closed) DIY or Go with Florist?!?! Help!!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

how much help will you have? how much time? will you have places (refrigerators) to store floral arrangements? how early can you get into your venue — will that leave enough time for you to get hair/makeup/dressed? have you done floral arranging before? it’s harder than it looks.

personally, i would not take this own because it would be soooo stressful. especially if you think it won’t be much cheaper. if budget is a huge issue, see if someone else (mom maybe?) can take the lead.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am not taking this on myself.  I helped another bride do her flowers and lots of people had to help and I thought it took away from the experience those guests had who helped her put the arrangments together and set up for the wedding.

If you can work it into your budget, I would suggest paying someone else to do it.

Also, if you wanted to recoup some of the costs, you may be able to purchase the vases and things your florist would use and avoid the rental fee they would charge and then re-sell them after the wedding to make some of the money back.  The net might be a gain compared to paying to rent them. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was going to do DIY flowers – I even made this elaborate spreadsheet detailing prices by flower type and vendors.  In the end I decided to go with a florist to save me a lot of headaches later… however I am mainly having the florist do bouquets, boutonnieres, church decor, etc…  I haven’t decided if I’m going to have the florist do floral centerpieces or not for the reception.  I’m still playing around with the idea of doing that myself (with family help) – depending on what I decide for the centerpieces.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think you have to be commited to the idea and excited about it, otherwise if you aren’t saving lots of money I’m not sure it is worth the stress. I considered DIY and started doing research beore deciding that I would rather spend my time doing other things in the days leading up to my wedding. Maybe have a florist do your bouquets etc. and do simple centerpieces?

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

my Future Sister-In-Law got married in August and we did her flowers…they had the rehearsal dinner on thursday so friday morning all the bridesmaids, myself, and some other girls..mostly hungover from the rehearsal dinner, gathered at her parents house for some DIY flowers, we did bouquets and centerpieces and it was so much easier than i expected. It was also a great expereince having all the girls together talking and laughing while we did it. it was breeze, easy enough that i decided im def DIYing my flowers. Saves a ton of money and they were absolutely beautiful.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@tseay: I love the Olmstead! The caterer there is good too (we have tons of business dinners there). I would have used it but we weren’t going to have enough people to meet the minimum.

For your florists I’d say if you’re not going to be too picky about the finished product then go with the newcomer and save some money, but if you want your arrangements to be precise to your inspiration I’d go with the people with more experience. Just depends on what you value.

I defintely think you could do your bouquet. There are a tons of tutorials online so just google it. Just do a trial run first (with a smaller bouquet) if you’re nervous so then you’re not having to figure out what you’re doing at crunch time.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you feel OK doing a bouquet, that one you pictured is very simple, but would require probably 40 roses.  You’d need to order them from your local grocery or something, because I don’t think it would be cost effective to order online for just that.  The Fresh Market sells dozen roses for 8.99 or 9.99 and you can have them special order you the Vendela roses (which is what that bouquet looks like to me, it’s a creamy/ivory rose with a high petal count), so it’d cost you about $40 for the bouquet, plus the price of whatever you used to wrap and pin it with.  Just be sure you get the roses a few days ahead of time so they can open up real pretty.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

DEFINITELY DIY your bouquet!!! I did mine and all of my girls for around $150 total.  That included 15 roses in each of the 4 bmaids bouquets, 3 hydrangea stems in my MOHs and mine was a mix of both.  I absolutely loved the way they turned out and when I say it’s super easy, it’s ridiculously super easy!  Pics below. 

As for the rest, we had the entire day before to setup but since the weather in Texas is finicky (and the room could get really hot and wilt everything overnight) we ended up going with a florist for the reception only.  Ceremony was all me and so were bouquets!  Saved us thousands of dollars! 

For bouquets- get floral tape and tape together 2 stems at a time pretty tightly.  Arrange bouquet how you’d like from there by starting with a single stem in the middle and adding the pre-taped stems around that.  Tape as you go to until you get the shape you want  By keeping the stems in two’s it allows you to get the correct shape you want with smaller groups of flowers.  tape the entire bouquet at the end and wrap with ribbon to finish.  So simple!  Plus, by doing it on your own, you can hand open the flowers gently so they look picture perfect on wedding day!  A lot of bouquets I’ve seen fro florists have really tight flowers in them and it makes the entire bouquet look smaller.  PM me if you have any questions and good luck!  🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m doing half and half. A florist is doing my bouquet, the corsages & bouttenneires (?) and the alter arrangements and arch flowers (we’ll have the alter arrangements do double duty for the ceremony and reception, as well as 14 calla lilies or orchids for the centerpieces (one per table, we’re doing a submerged flower and candles thing). I’m DIYing the centerpieces, then we’re DIYing the bridesmaids bouquets and I’m going to order rose petals online.

Originally we were only going to have our alter arrangements done by the florist. My mother was going to do the corsages and bouts herself, and we were going to do all the bouquets, including mine. But once we got to the florist and she got a quote for the corsages and bouts and realized that she didn’t want the stress of doing those a few days before the wedding. We figured the bridesmaids bouquets would be easy to do as my sister has done this before and we’re only using one flower (yellow roses) for them.

I agree with previous posters–decide if it’s important for you to have perfect flowers or if you’ll enjoy DIYing the flowers.

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