(Closed) DIY Wedding Flowers – am I a money saver or sucker for punishment?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it’s totally up to you and how comfortable you are! If you’re happy with what you can do, then go for it! I would suggest adding more flowers and at various lengths around the edges if the example is a bridal bouquet. Does that make sense? Right now it looks a little like small for a bridal bouqet, and adding more flowers and rounding out the sides so the stems are less obvious would make it really pop, IMO.

Darling Husband and I got married alone and I had my bouquet made from a flower shop. It was beautiful, and I named my price and was very happy with it. A year later we had a big party and my mother and grandma DIY’ed my flowers. Still though, I wouldn’t quite call it DIY since they owned a flower shop for several years. Even though they are really experienced, it ended up a lot of work for them to go get the flowers and arrange them all! 

I get that you’re doing silk so you can do them more in advance, but it really depends on how much time you want to devote to it. Either one will work out great, especially if it’s not a huge priority for you.  The effort level just varies! ; )

Post # 4
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 5
748 posts
Busy bee

I agree with the person above, it’s all about what you want. I’ve seen DIY bouquets that no one could tell weren’t done by a proffessional florist. And if the photo is a mock-up bouquet I think it’s pretty good.  (I’d make it a bit bigger and add some crystal, but that’s my style)

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