Post # 1
Not gonna lie, I’m totally considering this… Anyone else think about it? Anyone doing it? I’ve found a few websites for inspiration, and I don’t want a ton of flowers to begin with. I jsut sort of like the thought of growing them ourselves, leaving them in their pots for the wedding, and then planting them in a garden when we buy our first house.
On the other hand, i’m a realist. 😛 I live in an apartment, and there’s a good chance this will flop and I’d have to buy flowers anyway. But, it wouldn’t be very expensive to try, and I want some house plants anyway, so I might as well!
Who else has got the lady-balls and green thumbs to try this with me? Here are those links I was talking about
Growing Your Own Wedding Flowers
It would take a bit of planning on the front end, but it also jsut seems fun and hobbyish. 😛
Post # 3
Really? No interest at all in a green, cheap alternative to a florist or bulk flower sales? No opinions or black thumb horror stories? 🙂
Post # 4
I wanted to do this so badly!! But I’m across the country, live in a tiny apt., and worried about when they would bloom. I was afraid I’d miss the full bloom by a week or two. If I had a garden I would definitely do it though because then I could plant many differnt flowers and hope something would bloom on our wedding day.
I’d love to see or hear how it goes for you!
Post # 5
I will definastely use any flowers I can get to grow. I cannot keep flowers alive in pots for the life of me. Tropical plants are all found, flowers are all dead. That said, I will try to grow some (early May so I may not have too much luck with things I haven’t planted yet.)
Maybe you could try forcing bulbs? It could help save on space and mess factor. What kinds of flowers are you thinking?
Post # 6
I live in a tiny apartment with an ok sized balcony and I’ve had magnificent gardens. The kind with flowers spilling over, tall tall sunflowers, and this year I have 120 tulips just poking out of the soil to start the season. I’ve even had the apartment complex send me nice letters for thanking me for “adding beauty to the property.” And all if it from seed/bulbs too. No purchased plants. BUT, tbh, I would never attempt to grow my own wedding flowers lol.
I do have to ask you about your experience level. I don’t want to give you advice if you have been gardening for years. Have you grown a container garden before? And how many hours of sun do you get? Do you have just a balcony or do you have a small patch of earth? What kind of flowers do you want? Do you want to grow from seed/bulbs or from purchased plants?
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We’re doing this! Well actually my dad is. 🙂 He’s retired, kind of ADHD and loves project, LOVES gardening and probably spends 15 or 20 hours a week puttering around out there, has a huge garden with not that much need to grow veggies (they’re gone 6 months a year so they don’t can anymore), and they live in the town where our wedding’s at.
I’m not sure yet what we’re doing, but probably zinnias, dahlias, daisies sunflowers, etc in a bunch of bright colors. We’ll cut all the blooms a day ahead of time or so. I’m so excited – I’m way more of a wildflower girl than a rose / lily girl, so it’ll be perfect.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I don’t want to DIY my flowers at all because I have a sedan and an hour drive to my venue. It just wouldn’t work for me
Post # 9
@lolot: That sounds so wonderful!!!! Those are some of my favorite flowers to grow as well, its going to look so pretty!
Post # 10
@sheepandbear: Haha! I appreciate the friendly concern. To be honest, this working out is not in my favor. But I want a bit of greenery in my apartment anyway, so I don’t really care even if it fails. 😛 I expect I would still have to buy some flowers, so this is really more of a garden of hopes than anything else. ~_^ If it works, that’s great, if it doesn’t, that’s great, too!
I have some experience gardening with my father (lifelong gardener) at my parents home, but the first little plant I tried growing on my old apartment’s balcony was destroyed by Oklahoma’s massive heat wave a couple of summers ago. I am balconyless this time, so plants will be grown in doors.
As for flower types, that’s where the imminent research will be coming in. 🙂
Post # 11
Well, not a total disaster. My daughter used a few for her arbor, but we didn’t have enough for the entire wedding, but then our back up plan was to get some from the local dahlia farm. 😉
Post # 12
I guess I’m sort of doing it a little. Getting married in Sweden in the city where my grandma lives and I’ve asked my mum to plant some flowers that I like in grandmas garden. Then we can use some of them for the reception. Very simple stuff though, and I do have a back up plan.
Post # 13
@Asia: Oooh they are all going to be indoors? I’m gonna go ahead and say that you wont have too many flowers since most flowering plants require ~6+ hours of direct sunlight per day. And you will need quite a few plants (which takes up a lot of space) to make even one bouquet.
There are some things you can grow to actually get flowers indoors such as impatiens. They love being grown inside by a window. Also, Coleus loves to be grown inside and they have such brightly colored leaves which really brighten up a room. Aside from that, I would just go to your local nursery and pick out a few houseplants that dowt flower such as an ivy. They add such wonderful green!! Yesterday I got two HUGE MASSIVE indoor plants from the nursery for $18 total and one is a massive ivy!! There is a photo of my impatiens that I grew from seed below.
I lived in Norman and OKC for a while and now I live in Dallas—the heat can be so brutal that I had to water twice a day (and I only have morning sun in the summer.) I was gone for a few days at my best friends wedding in July and it wiped out my ENTIRE garden too since the person who watered for me only added like half a cup to each pot lol.
Impatien plants can be purchased for like $2 a plant as well. They make probably 4 times as many blooms as in the photos. I took a photo becasue I was so proud they bloomed lol.
Post # 14
@Asia: I went to a wedding that the grooms aunts & mother grew the wedding flowers. Wow, were they beautiful !
I think you should def do this since you are interested. But I would suggest having a back up plan, just in case something goes awry.
Post # 15
@sheepandbear: thanks so much for the tips and tricks!
@karineh: Oh yeah, a backup plans a must. 🙂 There’s only so much hubris a bride can lump upon herself. 😛
Post # 16
@Asia: Sure, you can try, but it’s not very practical for a newbie to attempt to time blooming period to a specific day for a wedding. With the early spring we’ve had over recent years, predicting bloom time is near-impossible for experienced gardeners like me.
Depends on the time of year and if you will go for flowers that are very long blooming.
My neice attmped this, wanting to grow tuplips so that they’d be in bloom at her outdoor wedding. Simply didn’t happen, spring did not cooperate.
I grow a lot of flowers, have been doing it for 30 years, and I’d not likely try this.