Post # 1
Hello busy bees! I have a question for you all…
what do you REALLY think about DIY flowers?
i was originally planning on doing all my own bouquets for me and my bridal party, and also do my simple centrepieces. But recently a family friend said that I should definitebuy have MY bridal bouquet made professionally because everyone will be focusing on it and my dress.
i know making bouquets can be difficult but I tried to do up a mock one this weekend, and I thought it was pretty nice. And I got the flowers at Costco for $17.99/2 dozen. Wow!
So I don’t know if you’ll agree that I should have my bridal one professionally made, and then make my own for centrepieces and bridesmaids, or if you thinki could do it all?
im trying to save as much money as possible, so if I can pull it off I want to!
thanks for the opinions ladies!
Post # 3
You can do it. It doesn’t matter, no one will know if you made them or the florist it is a good way to save money. However keep in mind if you plan to get them all at Costco there is no guarantee of colours or availability. This year I heard of a local bride ordering flowers from Costco and had her order cancelled right before her wedding due to a valentines day truly change. You can get wholesale flowers and make your own bouquets as well just make sure if you are dependant on a company to get something in writing. I made my own bouquets for my wedding and spent a lot of time and effort but honestly they were not as much of a focal point I thought they would be. It was a busy day that went by so fast I wanted them displayed on the head table and that did not happen. I saw one bm bouquet laying in the grass by the garden ??? kinda silly
Post # 4
I made all of the bouquets for my wedding out of paper and used books for centerpieces, so take this with a grain of salt, but….
Do your own! First of all, people will be focusing on YOU. Do you remember the bride’s flowers from all of the weddings you’ve been to? Probably not as vivdly as her dress, or her beautiful smiling face.
Secondly, that bouquet is very nice. If the ribbon was a solid color satin, I wouldn’t be able to tell between it and a professionally done bouquet using the same flowers. If that family friend wants to gift you the money for a professional bouquet, then sure, why not. Otherwise, if you hadn’t told her that you were DIYing it, she wouldn’t be able to tell.
Post # 5
Of course you can do them…but is that what you want to be doing the day before/morning of? I think if I had added another thing to my plate that day, I would have lost it. We did a lot of DIY however, handed the reins over at a certain point, and couldn’t be happier. It was nice to have the florist responsible for all of it instead of me.
Post # 6
Ya I think you really need to think through evvvvvverything you have to do the day before and see if doing hte bouquets fits into the schedule. You’ll also need a cool place to store them, transport them to the venu etc….
I did the bouts and 2 alter arrangements for my own wedding the night before and that took a good 2 – 4 hours once all was said and done.
Post # 7
It depends on what you’re going for. I am ALL for DIY. I was planning on doing DIY fresh, but then I did more researching and calculating and realized it was going to take an insane amount of time, even for simple ones. And transporting them was going to be nightmarish. Making the bouquets doesn’t take that long, but trimming everything does.
So anyway, I decided to go silk and am SO happy with that decision. They are done, packed in a rubbermaid tub where they won’t get crushed, all set for easy transport.
I’m going to be honest with you on your bouquet. If you are going for a pretty straight up and down bouquet, I think it looks fine. Although you might want to cut out some of the leaves, sort of hard to tell from this photo.
To ME though, it doesn’t have a very nice shape. The width of the top of the flowers is too similar to the width of the stems. I like a little bit of a rounder bouquet, personally. To me this sort of looks like gathered up flowers with ribbon around them instead of a bouquet that was purposely made.
BUT – that is just my personal taste in bouquets. And even if you want to work on the shape more, I totally believe you can still DIY. There are so many amazing tutorials on YouTube and other places. The key to a rounder bouquet (if you want that) is sticking them in on an angle and then using tape to hold them together at that point where your hand was so they are all at the angle you want. The videos are way more helpful on this!
Post # 8
Awesome advice! Thank you everyone!!! 🙂
Post # 9
I am all for DIY flowers! I’d just keep it simple though, because it could get really overwhelming if you try to do TOO much 🙂
Post # 10
DIY flowers can be amazing, you just have to make sure you have PLENTY of time and practice beforehand. I did all of mine the day before with the help of about 10-12 other people. We were exhausted, but it went fantastically! We de-leafed and arranged over 600 stems of flowers 🙂
It took us about 3.5 – 4 hours with that many girls to create 7 bouquets, 6 bouts, 12 large centerpieces and 12 small centerpieces. Also made 8 skinny bouquets for the aisle. Total cost for the flowers – $500
Post # 11
DIY flowers are great. Just be sure to try to make yours a little more creative, so that it sticks out and is more of a focal point.
My grandma ended up making mine, she had 6 silk rose bouquets, and I made my brooch bouquet. She was panicing the whole time; however, because we were running out of time and couldn’t figure out exactly how to put them together. In the end, it all worked out.
Post # 12
I was originally going to do my wedding flowers. After sitting down with my coordinator, she strongly advised against it. Your day will be jam-packed with hair/makeup/bridesmaid/photo issues. Will you have time to get your flowers, put them together, keep them from wilting, transport them to the venue? Not to mention, putting together flower arrangements is an art in itself. Not to say it can’t be done, but you’ll have to keep it simple.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
You can do it- I did ours. Couple of pieces of advice:
-Get an inspiration picture for your bouquet. I think your sample is a really nice start, but you will want something a little bigger/bolder. A couple of nice examples on this page: http://ekobloom.com/?cat=35 You might want to add some other flowers, bear grass, etc.
-Actually- get inspiration photos for EVERYTHING- make it so much easier. I checked out a bunch of library books, and found my bouquet inspiration online.
-Plan on spending a couple of hours the day the roses come in. Roses were the most work of the four flowers I had, having to dethrone, degreen, cut. Have PLENTY of buckets- you can’t have too many. If you’re doing roses, have a dethorner, and at least two shears.
-Yes, you will need help. The day before I had 3 helpers- Maid/Matron of Honor, who had done wedding flowers twice before- she did the bouts, two Maid/Matron of Honor bouquets and 3 corsages, Mom’s friend, who did 13 centerpieces, and Mom, who helped out whoever needed it. I focused on my bouquet, and did a little bit of centerpiece work.
-How are the flowers getting to the venue/who will arrange them on the tables?
Yes, it’s work- for me, it was a lot of fun- we had a nice little assembly going in my kitchen, and it was great quality girl time. I was SO proud of my bouquet- it would have cost probably $250+ from a pro, and all of our flowers were under $450.
Post # 14
@StephieBee: I still swoon over your flowers every time I see them! I’m pretty sure I have your post favorited. 🙂
Post # 15
You can do it! I did my own flowers from fifty flowers, with 6 girls the day before. I wrote about it here with lots of pics: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-flowers-from-fiftyflowers
Post # 16
@somethingaquamarine: HAha, sorry, I don’t mean to spam! Just trying to help girls with DIY flower questions 🙂