Doing your own flowers question

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
Hostess
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

Commenting to follow really as am thinking of doing my own BUT I would have to get them transported in the morning as I won’t have time 

Post # 3
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99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Have you considered silks? We have a family friend who is very good with them, and will be doing all of our bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres.  Nice silks aren’t cheap, but for $800 so far, compared to the $4000 I was quoted by multiple florists, I can deal. Silks would allow you time to complete them prior to your wedding, and hopefully prevent any stress in the day leading up to it 🙂 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

hoosierb :  Do you have a recommendation on where to get silk flowers? I had never put much thought into tryign to get silks before… but it sounds like a smart idea

Post # 5
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Busy bee

My Fiance and I went to Michael’s and looked at the flowers and played around with combinations until something looked right to us.  We also brought with us the color swatches from the bridesmaid dresses.  For inspriation, I did make a pinterest board to see what I liked.  Our other big inspiration was price haha.  We made our bouquets and all decorations with fake flowers at Michael’s.  Our table decorations were flowers in spray painted wine bottled.  We used wine bottles because they were free (we just had to collect them) and because they had a narrow opening, meaning that you needed fewer flowers in them to create an elegant look.  We found several pictures on pinterest of this idea looking nice, and so we went for it!  The colors of the flowers in our decorations were the same as the colors in my bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets.  We picked the flowers for the bouquets first.  That was simpler for us.  We had a lot of fun making everything, and we saved a ton of money!  Good luck with your search!  It sounds like you’re on a great path for yourself!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

arriaza415 :  it’s a local place called Silk Scapes in Indianapolis, but I’m sure if you Google Silk flower shops you’ll be able to find one near you. We’re also able to rent vases from them, and they have all kinds of flowers/arches/trees to rent too 🙂 I’d be careful at large scale craft store as they can sometimes look waxy. You might also try Etsy!

Post # 7
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99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

arriaza415 :  here’s a blurry picture of my bouquet very roughly thrown together in the store, along with another random one I took! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

We are thinking of going with Bloominous for a few key things like my bouquet and a few different centerpeices, then buying the majority of our flowers from Costco and using the Bloominous instructions to put them together. 

We have a jewel tone color palette. 

Post # 9
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47175 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What exactly constitutes “some experience in flower arranging”? Unless your home is gigantic, those flowers arrangements are awfully large in scale for an average home, and require a huge number of flowers. Your aisle decor also uses potted tree style plants as the base and they are not cheap.

Where do you plan to store all those flowers before you arrange them and the arrangements themselves after they are done. I don’t know anyone with a walk in cooler at home.

 I’m all about DIY but there’s a line everyone needs to draw. There’s a reason florists exist. They have the skills to do what the rest of us mere mortals can’t

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I ‘sort of’ did my own – my wedding was in a very remote location so there was little chance of having the flowers done by someone professional. I had the farm/florist send me bulk flowers and greenery (wholesale prices), but had her do my bouquet and my husband’s boutonniere which was sent with the rest. It worked out really well – but my advice would be to make sure you build in a lot of time to get it done the morning of the wedding. Don’t underestimate how much time it will take, and I’d say if that’s the extent of what you’re setting aside for DIYing for the day, that’s a good thing. Leave it at that. Anything extra (on top of getting ready, photography, hair etc) will just stress you out. I used the floral arrangements as a ‘de-stressor’ that morning as everything else felt like a whirlwind around me!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I did similar to PP. We ordered flowers in bulk from the florist at Kroger. I showed her the vases and let her decide how much and what to order based on our colors. The morning before the wedding we picked up the flowers and then my sister’s Mother-In-Law was in charge of putting them together. She also decorated the reception area and helped get food set up so I’m glad I didn’t have to worry about it. The bouquets and boutineers were done by the florist. I don’t know how much money we saved doing it this way but I loved our flowers and it was only a little stressful picking them up the day before the wedding but it was all planned out well. If I could do it again I wish we had done shorter vases because guests had to move these out of the way to see each other when talking.

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