Post # 1
So I am a month away from the wedding and all of a sudden I just realized that me trying to do that bouquets and boutonniere’s might be a mistake. I just have the Maid/Matron of Honor and my own bouquet to worry about. Then the Boutonnieres for the groom and the best man. I am not sure if I should do floral centerpieces. I was just thiking of going to Costco and working with the flowers that they have in stock a few days before the wedding but I might be crazy.
Did anyone else do anything similar or have any advice for me. Very tight floral budget and it’s a destination wedding. I guess the main questions would be if you did your own arrangements, how far in advance did you buy them and did they last through the wedding? Was it very complicated to arrange?
Any help and advice would be helpful. I am fearing I might have made a mistake and I started to look for florist and it’s like $20 for a boutonniere..yikes!
Post # 3
I think you can totally do it but I would practice ahead of time. I’ve made bouts and corsages before and it takes some practice to get the hang of it. So buy some cheap flowers and give it a go and see how you like it.
Post # 4
What kind of centerpieces & bouquets are you trying to do? I did my own, and got them from Costco. I was a great experience, but I think it will depend on how fancy you are trying to go.
Post # 5
Here are a few guest pictures of my flowers, for reference
Post # 6
I did it!
I made EVERYTHING the day before, but I had already done a trial run, so it was easy. And, my flowers/ centerpeices were very basic (but I like simple so it worked out.)
I had all the flowers delivered 2 days before the wedding b/c shipped flowers are not in full bloom, so I wanted to give them time to open up. I got them at about 5PM, put them in ice water and let them stay overnight. The next day (day before the wedding) is when I made them.
I had a “white wedding” so we used simple carnations & hydrangeas.
Post # 7
What colors are you using? I cant express enough how much better I feel that the majority of my centerpieces are don’t right now and as soon as I get more twine, my bouts will be complete. One of my colors is yellow and I foumd am amazing dried flower that looks just like it’s fresh flower. I plan to mix real flowers in on that day but I’m not 100% relying on them. If my fresh flowers don’t work out, my dried ones will be amazing enough on their own. And I have 7 bouts to make and 6 bm bouquets plus my own, so I had to find a way to deal with the stress.
Post # 8
@AnnieAAA: Oh my goodness your flowers look great!
@AJester2: I am thinking of using yellow and white flowers. I wanted to order Peonies online and just have a peoni bouquet and then go to the local store to buy flowers and use those for the other bouquet and the boutonnieres. I still haven’t finalized the centerpieces.
@les105: They are cute, you guys look great too!
I am a mess because I am using the centerpieces from my bridal shower but of course there aren’t enough for all the tables so I was going to put the tall centerpieces (made of a square vase halfway filled with white sand and what looks like beach grass put prettier) So I don’t know what else to do with the table since we are now using white pintuck linens and I feel that it might clash. We are getting married on the beach so I don’t want the obvious theme just subtle.
Post # 9
I have done both. For my aunts wedding we ordered flowers from Costco…just seasonal mixed bunches. I made 2 bouquet’s, around 13 boots and corsages, and 6 main centerpeices with an additional 7 accent centerpieces. This was all done by me the day before the wedding. I only refridgerated the boots and bouquets. It turned out great.
For my own wedding I really wanted to do the same…BUT I was more picky about the color of my flowers since it was the only color in my wedding. Also I realized I could only do so much. We lucked out and found a florist who could order the flowers I chose PLUS bulk flowers to DIY. Since my wedding party was just 4 (including us) I had my florist do my 2 bouquet’s and 10 boots/corsages. He then made 4 centerpeices for me and ordered me bulk flowers to DIY (and cut down on cost) my 2 ceremony urns, aisle decor, and 9 other centerpeices. I had taken on everything and we had ALOT of details. Flowers were the only part of our wedding that we paid someone to do it. It was worth every penny as I don’t know when I would have had time to do it all.
Good luck in your decision.
Post # 10
I don’t know ANYTHING about real flowers since we are using silk. But here are a couple thoughts…1. using something other than flowers for bouts so you can make them ahead of time. We’re doing olive accent looking ones. 2. single long stemmed flower for bridesmaids. Again we’re doing silk so maybe there aren’t as many long stemmed real flowers.
Arrangements…no idea 🙂
Post # 11
@les105: Those Bridesmaid or Best Man flowers do look lovely and don’t look too hard!