Post # 1
- Wedding: Grand Tradition Estate
So on account of our apartment complex increasing our rent by $200 and not wanting to be in debt after the wedding, my Fiance and I decided that we will be DIYing our flowers for our March 2016 wedding!!! I just bought 20 vases for $21 and we have a bunch of extra vases from over the years. So that covers the centerpieces and table vases. We will be making 1 bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaids buquets, 1 bridesman boutineer, 6 regular boutineers, 3 corsages and 16-19 low centerpieces, ceremony floral decor (flowers for the aisle chairs, “Welcome” signage and alter area) and random floral decorations for the reception(guest book table, gift table, cake). Am I missing anything?
I have a lot of family that is willing to help but its just the preperation that I am worried about. Advice is welcomes since I have no idea what I’m doing!
Post # 2
I did my own flowers and they turned out really well. I would definitely do it again. My mom and SIL helped me make my bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, a tossing bouquet, 11 boutonnieres and 7 corsages. We also did 15 centerpieces but they were super simple, just a flower or two in assorted bottles. Everything took us about 4 or 5 hours.
I found it really helpful to do a few practices. I made a sample bouquet and boutonneire at home a couple of times with grocery store flowers that were similar to what I wanted. I could test out how to store them for a day or two and figure out a better estimate of how many flowers I actually needed to order.
I would also recommend figuring out all of your logistics about the flowers before hand. That was the hardest part for me. Who will pick them up or where will they be delivered? Where will they be stored before you can work on them? Be sure to have buckets and flower food and trim all of the stems before you put them in water. Where will all of the arrangements and bouquets go over night so they stay fresh? Who will deliver them to the venue when they’re all ready?
Also buy a few more rolls of floral tape than you think you’ll need.
Post # 3
lisaann24: I am planning DIY-ing flowers too.. can I ask what temperature your place (where ever you did them) was set at?
We keep our home a little higher than most (75ish) so I’m afraid it might be too warm for them to hold up. This is the only thing I can’t find answers to on Google. LOL.
mrsimmekus: Sorry! I didn’t mean to hijack your post! Where do you plan on ordering your flowers? I am ordering part of mine from Sam’s Club (hydrangeas- they have the best prices and most consistent reviews for them) and getting different colored roses from probably fifty flowers.
If you are doing the bouquet toss- don’t forget about the toss bouquet!
Post # 4
iheartpenguins: I did them all at my sister’s house just a few weeks ago so the heat wasn’t on yet. But outside it was about 55 so I would guess inside was around 65 or so.
I ended up keeping my boutonnieres and corsages in ziplock bags in the fridge. I sprayed them a little first with water and they held up really well. Bouquets were in water overnight with the floral tape around them and we did the ribbon wraps in the morning.
Post # 5
We went diy-ish with flower moxie. check out flowermoxie.com and see if Amy can work up a quote for you. She was great to work with… She also has YouTube tutorials to help!!
Post # 6
mrsimmekus: Hi! I’m also getting married in March 2016!!
I’m DIYing my flowers too. I live in LA and we are getting married in Palm Springs – so a major factor for us was how well would flowers handle the desert heat. I wrote a post on it here if you want all the pics.
We are DIYing lots of small centerpieces (I’m not cool enoguh to make 3 foot tall arrangements!), the succulents can be done weeks in advance (becuse they’re potted plants) and the cut flowers will be done the day before the wedding. But we are doing centerpieces, bouquets, and altar decor only. I’m not making any coursages or bouts. If I get any corsages or boutonnieres I will order them seperately.
We are ordering from sites like FiftyFlowers and GlobalRose, and we are also buying locally at the LA Flower Market (if your city has a wholesale flower market I highly reccomend you check it out!!). I know loads of people also order from Sams Club, so that’s an option.
There are loads of youtube videos that show how to make/arrange the bouquets, and the trick is using the floral tape to hold them all together. Otherwise the stems all slide out of place.
I bought a handful of flowers to experiment with, and I timed myself. It took me (working alone, no help from moms or bridesmaids) 2 hours to do 3 ceterpieces and 2 bouquets. I figure once I have an assemply line of people helping it will go much faster. I’m dedicating the whole day prior to the wedding to this DIY project. I’m not trying to pack 12 DIY projects into the last day before the wedding.
I highly reccomend doing a trial run either on your own or with your bridesmaids just to see how it works.
Good luck!! And post pics!
Post # 7
I didn’t do my bouquets, but I did the centerpieces. To make it easier and cheaper, I just ordered one type of flower. It was wayyy easier as a novice to just stick them in a vase and not have to deal with fillers and all that jazz. I think the flower I used was called stock?
Also, try to pick flowers that have a lot of blooms on each stem. It fills up the vase more with less. So for example, a vase with a hydrangea stem in it looks a lot fuller than one with a gerber daisy. The more you can stretch the flowers the cheaper it will be.