Post # 1
Hello! My sister and I (and a lot of other family members) are pretty decent gardeners, so we’re thinking about growing some of our own flowers for my wedding. The wedding date is 10/12/13, so we’re thinking basic fall flowers like sunflowers, dahlias, and the like. We’re doing a trial run this year to see what works and if this might be worthwhile. The flowers won’t really be in my color scheme, but that doesn’t bother me. I’m all for keeping things natural and using what’s available at that particular time of year.
Has anyone else grown their own flowers (or anything, really) for an event? Is anyone thinking about this? I guess I’m looking for tips or helpful hints. I dont’ want to go too deep over by head, but I think it sounds like fun and would be a great way to save some money and bring my own hobbies into the planning.
Post # 3
I would be hesitant to do this as you can’t be sure how the flowers will look the day of your wedding. There could be a drought, flower disease, general bad luck w/ them growing, etc. And you can’t time when the flowers will be in full bloom. I’m doing my own flowers from fiftyflowers and the thing will only cost $400 for the whole wedding.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
I wanted to do this too, but was worried about floral failure like @alphagam84
I would recommend having a backup plan (perhaps grocery store flowers or online floral purchase) just incase it doesn’t work out.
But this is great, very eco, and super budget friendly! AWESOME!
Post # 5
We got engaged in November 2010 and had some time to possibly think about planting flowers. Our main flower is peony and my mom has TONS of them in her yard. Too bad our wedding date came around and thanks to the long winter of 2011 the peonies missed our “wedding” date by two weeks. The weather has been kooky so we decided to play it safe and order flowers in bulk as well as hopefully use some from my mom’s gardens.
My advice is greenhouse it. i.e. convert garage space into green house space. The weather has been really unpredictable as of late. Go talk to local gardeners of the flowers you are thinking of and ask for their opinion as well. GL!
Post # 6
We are planning to do the same thing, My mom has some nice white hydranga bushes that are pretty reliable and hopefully I can get some white hydrangas by the end of August. We are probably getting some stuff from a wholesaler as well, so if anything doesn’t work out we’ll just get replacement flowers from the wholesaler. It’s awesome that you can do a test run though!
Post # 7
Also: take a good look at the actual cost it would be to grow your own. Unless you’re starting everything from seed in a greenhouse, it’s not cheap to buy plants.
Add in the soil and fertilizer costs; it might not be as economical as you think.
Post # 8
I say go ahead. Keep good records of planting dates and seed or plants used this year so you know what worked.
Plant in succession each week so you will have crops at various stages of readiness. Plant more than you think you will need. Annual plants are fairly easy to grow.
I haven’t done this with flowers, but I have grown potted bulbs as spring centerpieces.