(Closed) Growing your own wedding flowers

posted 5 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Would you attempt to grow your own flowers?
    I wouldn't. I just don't think it would work. : (21 votes)
    32 %
    I would, though I'd have a backup plan. : (33 votes)
    51 %
    I am doing this! I'll let you know how it goes! : (9 votes)
    14 %
    I did this! It worked out great (details below) : (0 votes)
    I did this! It was a horrible disaster! (details below) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Why bother with flowers at all? We're skipping them! : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 4
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    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
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    322 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
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    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
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    9202 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We’re doing this!  Well actually my dad is. πŸ™‚  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
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    6212 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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
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    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @lolot:  That sounds so wonderful!!!! Those are some of my favorite flowers to grow as well, its going to look so pretty!

    Post # 11
    Member
    7694 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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. πŸ˜‰

    Post # 12
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    3039 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
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    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @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
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    594 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @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 # 16
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    3585 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @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.

     

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