Post # 1
How many of you out there have done your own flowers? bouquets and center pieces? I’m really thinking we are going to do our own, I already always love doing that sort of thing and I am lucky that my moh has worked at two different florist in the past few years! now it’s just finding flowers I can buy at a decent price that aren’t already arranged…..
On a side note I am now trying to grow some of my favorites I want to use so that I can have some extras if they happene to be blooming then 🙂
Post # 3
I’m definitely thinking of doing my own flowers in milk glass vases, either getting the flowers from Whole Foods or from Costco. IDK about the bouquets though, might get those professionally done….
Post # 4
We are DIY-ing our centerpieces… My mom is super crafty, so that is a bonus. We have put in orders at Michaels and Hobby Lobby for specific flowers when they are having their 50% off days…So, they just hold them back for us.
I think the key to DIY flowers is texture and realism. There are SO many flowers that are realistic these days, its silly to not consider it. Plus, it makes great “gifts” for close friends or family at the end of the night. I plan to keep several to decorate our home with as well.
As for ceremony flowers, we are getting them from a florist. The DIY centerpieces allowed us to spend a little more in this area. Bonus!
Good luck and have fun! (I think the only time you really need to stress about DIY is if Martha Stewart is invited.. otherwise, people are generally encouraging! lol)
Post # 5
we did our own centerpieces. i just bought flowers wholesale and put them in different vases/pitchers that i bought at thrift stores, going for an antique vintage look. it was easy b/c i just picked on flower, cut them, and stuck them in the vase. i’m not very good with flowers, nor is anyone in my family, so i wasn’t going to do anything harder or mess with bouquets and bouts.
Post # 6
artbee – can I ask where you were able to find the real flowers wholesale? that is the one thing I seem to be having trouble finding……
ktbrady – a friend of mine said she used costco for not only her flowers but the cupcakes for her wedding a few years ago!
Post # 7
Hi, I have found lots of on-line sites for flowers. Just google bulk flowers or wholesale flowers-and compare prices for the type of flowers that you want, and if they are available at that time of year. Also, do you have any farmers markets or flower farms around where you are? I bought seven dozen dahlias from a dahlia farm here for only $70.00!!! Of course, you are in a different area of the country, and you would have different flowers blooming in March, but if you have flower growers in your area of flowers in season from local growers your flowers will be fresh and way less $$. Best Wishes!
Post # 8
My mom knows a place in Orlando that does wholesale flowers (fresh flowers). I will check with her and get back to you.
Also, a lot of people here have ordered online from Costco, Sams, and FiftyFlowers. There are a lot of posts with good reviews. Here is a bee that did her own trial run!
I think if you are going to DIY your fresh flower centerpieces, the key will be practice and accepting if they aren’t perfect.
If you can order flowers ahead of time then you can practice and see what looks best and know exactly how much time it takes to make 1 centerpiece.
Also, when the wedding day comes, don’t expect each centerpiece to be perfect. As long as you don’t mind the “natural” look then you’ll be fine.
The other reason we decided not to DIY our fresh flowers (although I am still toying with the idea since Publix can’t seem to pull their act together) is we would have to make up the centerpieces (about 20) on the Thursday or Friday prior to the wedding. Usually flowers in order to be kept at their freshest need to stay in a refridgerator or cooler. We don’t have one big enough to hold all those!!!!!
Another thing we didn’t really want to mess with was the bouquets and bout’s. They are a bit more time consuming unless you are using all one flower (carnations, roses, etc). However, if you want a variety of flowers it may take a lot more time arranging them into the perfect well rounded bouquet. I didnt really care about the bouts and I ordered mine from Publix for $8 a piece or something. That was worth saving me the headache.