- 3 years ago
- Wedding: April 2018
Been there and done it! Neither my mom or I have any professional experience, but can be crafty. Where I was living at the time had a flower district, we went there two days before the wedding and bought enough flowers to do 3 bouquets (one for me and two bridesmaids), boutonnieres, and all the tables (I think we had around 15 or so, but can’t remember exactly). My colors were teal and light pink so I kept all the flowers light and creamy. It was WWWAAAYYY cheaper than getting a florist and we got so many compliments on them. We stored them in the refrigerator until heading to the venue to drop them off. Here’s the pics I could find.
We did something very similar this past summer. We got our flowers from a wholesaler for the most part. We had the flowers delivered Friday morning. Me and a team of about four girls spent a good chunk of the day doing everything. Remember to get floral foam for the centrepieces and soak it all the night before, which will require big tubs depending on how many you’re doing. Also, you’ll want enough scissors that are strong enough to work with floral stems (one thing I didn’t think of). If you’re doing bouquets and boutineres you’ll want ribbon and floral pins. We put our centrepieces/bouquets etc. in a large fruit cellar overnight to make sure they stayed fresh. Maybe even a basement or air conditioning would help. I wouldn’t do the flowers any sooner than a day in advance to keep them looking fresh. Definitely make an arrangement ahead of time to ensure you order enough. Also, order on the high end in case any wilt, break or get discoloured. Good luck!
– 25 ft of greenery Garland for ceremony arch
– Roses to decorate the Garland with
– 12 small ceremony chair arrangements
– 8 bouttonieres
– 2 flower girls
– 14 centerpieces
– 4 cafe table centerpieces for cocktail hour
– cake flowers
-extra small arrangements to stick in random places
I didn’t want to be over-ambitious, so I kept everything small and it still took quite a while to complete. I agree with Julie’s that your inspiration arrangements are HUGE! It’s going to take a huge fridge to keep the flowers fresh too.