(Closed) Flower Moxie DIY Flowers?

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I haven’t committed yet, but I’ve been in touch with Amy at Flower Moxie and so far she’s been SUPER helpful. There is a bride on this board that used the service for her wedding and the photos of the flowers were gorgeous. I’ve heard lots of positive reviews and Amy has been a pleasure to correspond with so far. She’s pretty upfront and realistic about how complicated your vision is or isn’t, what the expected time involvement will be, etc. I would definitely reach out to her and have a conversation as she very well may say “what you want is too much for you to undertake yourself” or she may say “it’s totally do-able”. 

She managed to give me a quote that is roughly half of what I would be paying to a regular florist, I’m just waiting to figure out who is going to be around in the days leading up to the wedding to decide whether to go this route or instead go with a traditional florist. I don’t mind doing the flowers if I have some people to help (either with the flowers or ticking off other tasks).

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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northshorebride:  I feel like I sing Flower Moxie’s praises every time I get the chance, but I LOVED the experience. 

Amy is INCREDIBLY helpful — from email communication and phone consultations right up through the big day, she’s available and so insanely sweet. 

The wholesaler sent us yellow/goldenrod garden roses instead of the peach that we’d ordered. Amy had them overnight new ones that were perfect with no hassle on our end!

I’d been quoted about $7k for my floral vision locally and with Flower Moxie, my parents spent about $1,800. 

Here are a few pictures from our big day.

And our recap is here if you want to see more! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/pro-pics-are-here-recap/

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Can someone explain what flower moxie is?  this is interesting!! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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newbridetobe12345:  pretty much flower moxie is like halfway between hiring a florist and doing DIY. 

You can choose florals from the site or get a custom quote from your inspiration/Pinterest pictures. Amy (the owner) will figure out how much of which flowers, greenery, filler you need and have it delivered to you two days before the wedding. 

There are written instructions, videos, and Amy is available by phone and email the whole time to help. It takes the guesswork out of DIY without paying full on floral $$!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

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BeachBee1988:  So its basically just buying the flowers, but you DIY your own arrangements after you recieve them?  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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newbridetobe12345: She takes a photo, identifies what flowers you need to accomplish the photo, quantities, etc. for how ever many centerpieces you need.

Youll then get written instructions on how to put them together as well as videos demonstrating how to do it. You put them together once they arrive. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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northshorebride:  Her videos are pretty universal, so they’re helpful for understanding the basics of how to work with the florals and put them together. There are also arrangement specific videos.

For these custom florals (not the ones on her site), she sent written instructions for each step with what to do first, what quantity of each flower, etc. SUPER easy. I’ll try to dig out a set of instructions to show you what I mean If I can get my hands on it.

The longest part for us was prepping the flowers. When they’re delivered, you need to unpack them, count and sort them, snip the ends, and remove thorns. My mom and I did it just the two of us and it took probably 2hrs? 3hrs? That happens on Thursday (for a Saturday wedding).

We did 10 bowl centerpieces for our round tables and then garlands on the rectangles. We then did 8 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 2 Flower Girl bouquets, 1 bride bouquet, 13 bouts, and probably 20-30 small vases?  

Each bridesmaid made one bowl centerpiece and her bouquet. I had an aunt head up the efforts – she helped everyone and made sure we all looked uniform – and she put together my bouquet and the bouts. The garland just had to be misted with a spray bottle. I think we had the girls come over at 10a and we did florals while socializing as a group. We were done with all but the bouts by the time that we left for the bridesmaid luncheon at 12:30p and it was a great bonding event for a large group of women who didn’t all know each other very well at the time.

Obviously I had a lot of hands on deck, but I also am super particular and didn’t want things to look DIY or slapped together. I think we could have spent more time and we also could have spent less. It’ll really depend on how much (wo)manpower that you have on board and how many perfectionist tendencies you have on board! 🙂

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Our Backyard

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BeachBee1988:  Thanks for sharing all your first hand experience. I’m looking into doing something very similar to your arrangements. I wonder if she ships to Canada?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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MrsGauthier:  really good question! I don’t know about international events or where her wholesalers can ship — but it’s worth an email! Check out FlowerMoxie.com for contact info!

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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northshorebride:  My SIL was on a pretty tight wedding budget, and I told her about flower moxie after reading it on here. She ended up using it for her wedding last November. I wouldn’t do it for myself, but then again I hate all things DIY. I thought the flowers all looked fresh and nice upon arrival, so no problems there. The downside is having to unpack, sort, trim, and get everything into water. Plus having the space to keep it all. Us bridesmaids help her sort and snip everything. She tasked another friend with arranging it all. While the centerpieces looked fine (nothing amazing, but not terrible) the bouquets were terrible. Like, we were literally pulling stuff off of them before walking down the isle because they looked so bad and stuff was hanging. Here’s the thing I’ve learned in my 8+ years in the wedding industry…..wedding bouquets are not easy to make. In fact, they’re HARD. It’s the #1 DIYed item that I generally hate, because it just takes a certain finess to get them looking good, staying tight, etc.

That’s my experiences with moxie. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We used cable ties to keep bouquets tight! Then coverEd them with ribbon – no problems there. 

Sorry to hear that your SIL’s didn’t come out great, though 

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starfish0116:

Heres a Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet (sorry – cropped to avoid faces). This is kinda side-to… Looking for a front on pic.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

This sounds cool, but I agree it seems hard to DIY a beautiful bouquet! especially the elaborate ones with flowers that hang down.  

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