(Closed) Experienced DIYers – Help!

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Will you have time to diy your bouquets with real flowers? Do you trust others to take over if you don’t? Don’t just factor how long it will take to physically put them together, but do you have time for how much prep diy flowers will need?

Plus if you don’t have any experience, do you have the time and money to practice, practice, practice?

I love diy and if you’re okay with these things then I’d go for it. But if you have doubts, I would seriously consider this route.


Post # 4
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

First of all I would suggest you check out my step by step for making a bouquet:

Secondly, I would suggest you do a trial with inexpensive flowers to see if you get the hang of it.
You can do your flowers say the thursday before the wedding, but its important to store them in a fridge with no food in it (no onions, fish, cheese) cuz then your flowers will smell like food … not good.

I didnt DIY my flowers but wanted… and regretted my choice.
But Im a flower gal and knew the basics…

Check online and read as many tutorials as you can.
Lastly, I would maybe suggest more durable flowers if your DIYing

Roses, Daisies… orchids are pricey and fragile.
Just my two cents… hope this helps


Post # 5
355 posts
Helper bee

i am a serious DIY’er like yourself, but you might want to rethink this one. i’ve heard too many stories of brides and moms up till 3-am the night before the wedding arranging flowers. there are so many creative things you can do yourself BEFORE the wedding. flowers just have to be done so last minute that i don’t think that’s something we should be worring about on our wedding day. i do hear you though about costs…at least visit a florist who can give some cost saving advice and quote you first before deciding on this one:)

Post # 6
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

if you are going to go ahead and diy the boquets then make sure you plan simple ones.  purple orchids are beautiful and can look remarkable all on their own so you have that going for you.

also planning on a simple shape will help. dome shaped boquets are easier to assemble than say a cascade.

evaluate the complexity of the bouquet you are considering before going foward with it. and def speak with a florist about how well the flowers you are considering can stand up to being poked and prodded and wired–also how far in advance they can be worked.   if they cannot be worked at least a day in advance (preferably two) then I would say go with the florist.

Post # 7
425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

It totally depends on the flowers you want and how many you need.

I am making my own bouquets.  1 bridal, 4 bridesmaids, 3 corsages and 8 boutonnieres.

I am buying 100 roses and 30 calla Lilies for around $290 with mixed greenery.  

I am guessing I will have at least 10 extra stems if not more.  I bought some floral tape and wire along with other supplies from a local craft store for around $15 for all of it.

Hope that helps. 


Post # 8
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m going to DIY my flowers, but I’ve done quite a few events such as fundraisers in the past, so I feel comfortable taking it on.

For a large, hand-tied bridal bouquet I would leave at least 45min of time. Most of it won’t be putting it together, but processing all the flowers (taking off leaves, thorns and trimming them). For a good sized bridesmaids bouquet, 30 min and less for the subsequent ones when you get the hang of it. Boutonierres and corsages take about 5-10 min depending on how many flowers. Of course, this is all after you’ve gotten the hang of it and practiced, practiced, practiced.

I’m buying my flowers at the LA flower mart, and the bridal party budget is about $250 for 1 bridal and 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 10 boutonnieres, 3 nosegays for mothers and grandmothers. 

If you want to try it out, go to your local grocery store and pick up some inexpensive flowers to practice with. If there’s a costco near you, they carry growers bunches (just one type of flower) for about $8 and often have purple orchids.

Post # 9
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I know people have some pretty strong feelings about carnations, but I LOVE them and think they would be a great diy flower. They are fairly sturdy and VERY cheap in the flower world. Also come in tons of colors.

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