Post # 1
For the longest time I planned to do my own flowers for the wedding (bridal and bm bouquets) and reception centerpieces. Well, I met a vendor today at a bridal show and she had the most incredible arrangements with price tags attached.
I fell in love with a simple 8 garden rose bouquet, total cost, $50.00. Another great bouquet with a mix of flowers was $55.00, with a bm bouquet at half the cost. I have 4 bms so by using her, I would probably spend $25.00 or so, per bm.
She also had beautiful centerpieces for $20, $25, and $30 (she said that included use of the glassware). I expect to have 17 tables, so if I go with the $20 piece, total cost would be roughly $340.00, plus tax. My wedding/reception site is 45 minutes away and may deliver for FREE (I told them I might be willing to pay for gas, which is 1/2 tank or so, and I would try to recoup it some other way).
Question: Is it worth it for me to do my own flowers? How does the price compare with what you have spent on bulk flowers and vases? Also, if you think DIY flowers are better pricewise, how do I determine the amount of each flower to buy for each bouquet and arrangement?
Post # 3
I’m a believer in DIY flowers- if you feel like you can handle the project. It will make your week a little more stressful, you have to prep the flowers, change the water everyday, and then arrange them. You also have to get them to your location and set up (which obviously this lady does)
To better answer your question about DIY, I would have to know what your vision is.. but- If you want to DIY- I looked online and you can get 144 garden roses for 200 dollars. You could use 20 of those for your/BM’s bouquets (possibly make the BM’s bouquet smaller by using only 2-3 garden roses and add another type of complimentary flower- maybe mini calla lilies?). You could then use the remaining 110 garden roses for your reception- to make the reception flowers a little more special you could add other flowers, on flowersandfreshness.com you can get 100 mini callas for 150.00 dollars- that would bring your total flower expense up to 350- plus you’d likely spend another 120 in glassware and ribbon- so you’re looking at 420.00.
The difference between DIY and your florist would probably be your DIY arrangments would use more flowers while I’m guessing hers use a bit of greens and would be smaller. Your cost also depends on how much greenery you want to use. You could cut out the calla lilies and use greens (i’m not a fan of greens, so I factored in the calla’s).
Honestly, this decision is up to you. If you’re in love with what she does- then I say go with her. If you feel like you want a little more, I would do it yourself. DIY will cost about the same as hiring this florist- but the difference will be the DIY flowers will a larger sized arragements with more flower heads. I had the type of bouquet I wanted priced out at a florist and her quote was 120.00- I made it for around 20.
There’s a lot of things to consider! It’s a hard decision goodluck!
Post # 4
I think if you want simple bouquets totally DIY them.
However, I do think the centerpieces are a good deal- by the time you buy/rent the glassware, anything you’d save by DIYing the flowers would be negligible.
I DIYed all my flowers (mind you I had non-floral centerpieces!) and got 100 roses, spray roses, greens, and hypericum berries to make 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 7 bouts, and 2 arrangements for the church all for less than $150 delivered! And the quality was great.
If you’d like to see photos of mine and read more about the vendor I used, I wrote about it in this post:
Brides who have Made their own bouquets…..
Also info here:
DIY flower vendor recommendations?
Post # 5
I think that if the original reason you were going to DIY your bouquets/centerpieces was a monetary one, then going with the florist might be the better solution. If you think about it, any savings that you might get from buying your own flowers is negated when you think about buying the vases, and any extras associated with it. Plus the time it might take to put everything together might be less stressful for you in the hands of another person. Good for you for finding a good florist deal though!!! that’s why I LOVE going to bridal shows 🙂
Post # 6
I am a floral designer and I did all my own flowers. This did not include centerpieces or arrangements for the church. I had seven bridesmaids, and this was a massive project. Since I used real flowers everything had to be done the day before and the day of, which was completely exhausting. If I had to do it all over again, I would’ve hired a floral designer so I could relax more my wedding day.