Post # 1
We ended up putting most of our budget in our venue which is perfect since we are so in love with the place. But now I really have to skimp on the flowers. I did my research, I got a great quote from Whole Foods, I found some inspiration and websites to assist me, and I have decided to DIY all of my wedding flowers. Of course I am having my doubts though. I need some motivation from other brides who are also considering tackling this task. I am pretty sure I can do it all and I have the help of my mom and bridesmaids but will it all still be too overwhelming?
Post # 3
we DIY our flowers. We kept it simple though…. we only used Hydrangeas, Spider mums, and babys breath. But then again, we had a very simple but pretty vintage wedding
we only put the flowers where it really mattered. Aisle, alter, tables, a few on the card table and guest book table, and a few at the bar.
What is your theme? what look are you going for?? do you want a TON of flowers or a few??
Post # 4
@RockStar33: I want to use Spider Mums and Hydrangeas too so that is pretty awesome! I also want to incorporate Green Calla Lillies in there as well. My theme is black and white with apple green accents. The decor in the reception hall is going to be black table linens and black seat covers with white sashes. I think green flowers will really pop on a black table so I want to stick with green, simple and clean looking centerpieces. For my bouquets I want to use Green Calla Lillies and for the church I am just going the silk flower route so I can make them way in advance. I came across these pictures online to use as inspiration.
I realistically think I can recreate these looks but I have never done anything like this before so I should probably do a few test runs beforehand.
Post # 5
My original plan was going to be a great way (imo) to DIY centerpieces. I was going to buy 100 orange roses and 100 hydrangea stems from Costco (cheack out their prices), and one type of flower would go in a single wine bottle (3-4 bottles per table). I drink a couple of bottles of wine a week anyway so I started saving them. I could spray paint the bottles but I found a style of wine bottle that matched my color theme. So I started only drinking wine made of glass that’s this really nice blue color (the wine was cheap too). The men were going to take care of the saetup the day of since we were allowed at the site all day.
Also don’t underestimate using fruit in your decor
or potted plants
Or potted plants
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I would say keep it simple, get flowers that are long lasting and durable (roses, ranunculus, dahlias) and enlist help! Brides DIY their flowers aaaaallll the time and they look fantastic. As long as they are not brown, NO ONE will notice (or care!) that they’re not professionally done!
Post # 8
I’m planning to just get a mix of flowers (whatever is available that I like) at the grocery stores or whole foods for my boquets. We are using lilacs from our back yard (hopefully) as our centerpieces. We’ll have white tablecloths and purple napkins and the venue has a big purple wall, so I’m excited about the colors working out. I also plan to incorporate some of our tulips and other blooms if they sprout early enough. I’m going to get a vase for our sweetheart table for my boquet as the main decoration and use petals as extra decor for our table, the cake and guestbook tables.
I just couldn’t see paying some of those rates out there for flowers. I’ve seen lots of bees do it and it looks great. I do think I’ll do a test run, just to see how hard it will be, but the grocery store here said they will also will put together your boquet for a fee, so I can always do that if I get into a time crunch.
Post # 9
@KRutter0: I did it, and I’m NOT a crafty person. You can do it, as long as you go forward with reasonable expectations. They’re not going to look like they’re out of a bridal magazine, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be beautiful. Stick with sturdy blooms in a small number of colors (florists are experts at mixing the right amount of colors and textures…for DIY I’d suggest keeping it simple).
It did take a bit more time than I’d anticipated, but it worked out okay for me because getting towards the end of that crazy week, I was happy to have an excuse to hide in my parents basement by myself for a few hours before the rehearsal dinner.
I did roses and dahlias. 5 bridesmaids bouqets, 1 bridal bouquet, and 15 tables. They weren’t perfect but I was surprised when I got a lot of compliments on them – someone even asked me who “did my arrangements”. 🙂
For supplies you’ll need: a good stem cutter, floral wire, floral tape, ribbon, and some pearl tipped pins – I got all of the above at Michaels.
Post # 10
You can totally do it! Don’t get your heart too set on specific flowers, since they may not be available or would be too expensive. But definately do a trial run and I think you’ll get a better idea of what you’re getting into
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Calla lillies are so easy to work with- practically arrange themselves!
tips: I got a couple of library books for inspiration, and had inspiration photos for all the bouquets. I had help the day we arranged- one helper did bouts/corsages/two BM bouquets, I focused mainly on my bouquet, another did centerpieces, and the fourth helped everyone else out.
I did trial runs for centerpieces- we ended up winging them the day we made them, but the trial runs helped in determining what flowers were easy to work with/how many we’d need, etc.
BartenderPlease gave good advice on the tools you’ll need- also, you can’t have too many buckets (to store flowers for a day or two beforehand.)