(Closed) Has anyone DIYed their own bouquet?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

You will probably have to do it the evening before at the earliest, and keep it in the fridge. However, I’ve been told that this is one of the hardest things to DIY, so unless you are using fake flowers (which you can make up way in advance), are an experienced flower arranger, or are having something incredibly simple (eg roses or tulips wrapped in ribbon)… I probably wouldn’t risk this. It could go quite wrong, and if it does then you have very little time to put it right.

… in fact, this is exactly why I am becoming increasingly nervous about making my own wedding cake… last minute DIY can really backfire.

Post # 4
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ll be doing mine! But as the previous poster stated it’s gonna be quite simple (cala lillies tied together with ribbon). Since my wedding will be in the evening I plan on doing mine the day of so the flowers still look pretty(:

Post # 5
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i am planning on doing this, and we did a practice run that worked out well! that’d be my main tip – do a practice run or two to get the hang of it first. find out what is the best day for the flower market – some days are better than others. i didnt wire any of my stems but it depends on the flowers, some have weak stems. you’d also need to wire them if you want to make a shield style bouquet.

I used lots of florist tape. basically grab three flowers and wrap the stems with florist tape. this makes the centre of your bouquet that everything else will attach to. then keep adding a couple of flowers at a time, wrapping each layer in florist tape. when you’re done, wrap the stems in ribbon to cover the tape. use a really sharp knife to cut off all the stems to the same neat length.

i put my practice one in a glass in the fridge door, with a couple of centimetres of water in the bottom that i kept refreshing. honestly, it still looked good up to five days after i made it! my bridesmaid did the same thing with the glass but kept it out of the fridge, and hers lasted 2-3 days. 

have a play around and have fun!

Post # 6
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Initially we were going with DIY flowers but decided that not stressing about it was worth it for us (and our mothers).  Luckily, we got a really great deal from a woman who works out of her home.

Post # 7
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You can do this the day before. I didn’t wire any of my flowers, but I had “hardy” selections. An inspiration photo and a practice run is a must. Also- the simplier you keep it, the easier it will be. Calla lillies, for example, take barely any time at all. Roses are a little more high maintenance (removing thorns and leaves.)

Post # 8
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It is important to consider the types of flowers that you are expecting to work with, and the look of the overall bouquet that you’d like to create.  I wouldn’t do this earlier than the day before, but if you’ve done a trial run you’ll have a much better idea how the particular flowers you plan to use will hold up.  Sturdier flowers do not necessairily have to be wired, but more delicate flowers can be a bit tricky to coax into place. 

(Also take into consideration the expected temperature on your day, the expected time you’ll be holding the bouquet, etc.)  I’d recommend having all the supplies (floral wire, tape, shears, any ribbons or other decorations that you plan to include in the arrangement) gathered in advance to minimize stress on the day you actually make the bouquet. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m purchasing all of my flowers (roses) from my local Costco.  I think they’re about $17 for 2 dozen with the thorns already removed.  I would recommend you keep your bouquet simple and avoid tender flowers (irises, lily of the valley, etc).  Certain flowers will need to be wired (gebra daises, orchids, etc), so I would stay away from those to cut down on your work load. 

I agree with other PPs about doing a test run.  You can make the bouquets the night before and keep them in water in a cool place.  Test your refrigerator as sometimes it can get too cold in certain areas and damage your flowers.  Best of luck!

Post # 10
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I made my toss bouquet, Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, and nosegays for the moms. I agree with PPs about the test run and doing it the day before…although I’ve read that you should not put them in the fridge but just the coolest and darkest place in your house since produce in your fridge emit gasses that can brown your flowers. You may want to ask your grocery store what days they get deliveries because you don’t want to get old flowers. It will probably be better if you pre-order from them since their stock will vary. Yes and like PPs say, use hardy flowers as they are so much easier to work with. I also made orchid bouts and while they turned out great, they were a pain in the a$$. Roses, calla lilies, mums, hydrangeas, carnations, and stock are pretty easy to work with. Tulips aren’t too bad, but they do break a bit easier than the others. I still buy grocery store flowers on sale all the time to make little bouquets and flower arrangements for the house. Do that for your test run.

Post # 11
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I am DIY my boquets,  I did a mock up with white carnations.  Let me tell you! that thing lasted over a week in the fridge, PLUS an additional week on the counter lol 

Carnations are a very sturdy and versatile flower though.

I recommend maybe doing a boquet all the same flower…it will be easier to make.

I am going to just go with it, buy flowers, arrange them and there you go! Theyre only flowers, right?  No need to be scared, it will work out πŸ™‚

Post # 14
29 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Cathedral ceremony, reception in a converted hardware warehouse

Might I suggest Sams Club for flowers on a budget? I just got married and ordered flowers from them, and it was perfect. I ordered two packages {a 17 piece and 14 piece} and it was less than $330 for tow brides bouquets, six bridesmaids, a tossing bouquet, various boutiniers and coursages. They were delivered on Thursday for my Saturday evening wedding. They were the white package, of all white roses with some lily’s in the bridal bouquet. Alot of brides have posted good reviews about using Sams Club, and I completely agree with them- gorgeous flowers, good price, and you don’t have to fuss with DIY πŸ™‚

Post # 15
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Go for it!  Unless you want a complex mix of flowers that really would take an expert to arrange.  I did mine and they were gorgeous but like others stated I used 1 type of flower: peonies.  They are a large bloom so when bunched together they are stunning!

My advice is to do a few practice runs.  Order/buy more flowers than you think you will need.  Don’t put the flowers in the fridge as the condensation will make them brown.  Keep them out of the sunlight and turn the a/c on.

We did all bouquets and boots the morning of.  Flowers look fresher that way.  And I had 9 BMs and 8 GMs plus the B&G and the mom’s corsages!  But my mom is great at flower arranging too and did a great job on the boots. πŸ™‚

Post # 16
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

For a friends wedding last summer we made all the flower arrangements, bouquets and boutennieres (sp) ourselves the night before.

She had ordered a couple hundred carnations from a local flower shop, and we went to a local superstore and purchased some pre-arranged bouquets. For the table centrepieces we bunched about 6-7 carnations together in mason jars.

For our bouquets, we took apart the pre-arranged bouquets (lilies, white roses, and a few other flowers I don’t know the names of), and made our own bouquets as to how we liked them. We wrapped the stems with black ribbon and used double sided tape to secure them.

For the boutennieres we used different colour carnations and cut most of the stem off, and then stuck pins through the base. Could honestly not tell they weren’t made by a florist.


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