posted 1 year ago in Flowers
Post # 2
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Had my bouquets done professionally to make sure they stayed together.

Used orchids for table centrepieces which was fiddly and I stressed about having enough flowering at the right time and transporting them to the venue

Decorated the church myself, (with my mum and brother) this was really fun and a great day before the wedding activity. It cut down on cost massively as we picked up some seasonal blooms and used cuttings from the garden.

Post # 3
45 posts
  • Wedding: September 2020

I am dong my own flowers but I used to be a florist.

If you are keen on doing them yourself, buy some flowers and have a practice at home before making your decision. 

Check out youtube for tutourials.


Post # 4
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

I did my own flowers with my Mother-In-Law who’s also very crafty and had a florist do the ceremony, reception and other areas of our venue.

pros: got to hand pick the flowers I wanted direct from the floral supplier (cymbidium orchids, ecuadorian roses etc), saved money (we were quoted $1800ish from memory for bouquets, boutonnières and flowers for parents/flower girl etc and ended up spending $600ish), we were able to make them “unique” in adding bits and pieces from my parents and MILs properties, total control over the size/structure of the arrangements and the boutonnières 

Cons; Time consuming, we ended up spending an entire day (day before the wedding) doing them with 3-4 people on hand to help get them all done! Timing the flower buying (ended up going for fresh flowers 6am day before the wedding) and buying additional flowers to practice on a few months prior. 

Here is what they looked like in the end:

Post # 6
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

Lol thanks. That’s what I’m saying though – budget the extra time if your 100% set on DIY flowers! I had planned to be at a day spa by 2pm and it just didn’t end up happening because the flowers took so much longer than anticipated. Wiring the flowers, dethorning etc can take more time than you anticipate! I’m glad we did them because Mother-In-Law is so crafty and they came out lovely but if I had my wedding again I’d consider opting the florist route largely from a time wise perspective. 

Post # 8
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I always envisioned me having dark blue hydrangeas, and my bridesmaids having white. Hydrangeas would have cost a LOT, and I only wanted hydranges. So I found a website that would ship me the flowers. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to pin ribbon onto the stems, but I wanted really simple bouquets and saved lots of money. I bought 40 blue stems for $119.20 and 30 white stems for $48. Only spent $167.20.

Post # 9
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - Montsalvat, Victoria

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missexcited1985 :  I’m not sure if you have to or not (assume not?). We had a florist do the rest of our flowers on the day so I’m not sure. I think it will depend what type of flowers you work with – the cymbidium orchids, snapdragons and the roses had to be wired because otherwise they were going to get lost/snap. Good luck! 

Post # 10
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2021

Florist will do all.  Having to worry about wedding flowers the day before or day of my wedding is just another stress factor.  If you are doing DIY with silks and you have time to practice, then by all means do so.  But there is a huge difference when a professional does the job and for me, I’d rather save money on another area of my wedding than to have terrible flower arrangements.

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