Is anyone DIYing real flowers??

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I did my own flowers using Costco and fifty flowers.  If you’re not crafty, you can purcahse premade bouquets/centerpieces from them.  I highly recommend you use hardy flowers with woody stems, and avoid things that may be too delicate or require extra wiring to stay upright (i.e. lily of the valley, moth orchids, etc).

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I did it for centerpieces (I used Mason jars -gasp- and other random bottles).  We picked up whatever looked nice and sorta matched our colors at the grocery store – we’re more eclectic like that.  The moms and I put them together the day before and had them in clusters everywhere.  Worked fine, nice and inexpensive.  I did, however, have a florist do the bouquets/corsages.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I am doing my own flowers with my mothers help. She has a lot of experience with wedding flowers though. Be careful If you haven’t worked with flowers much as to the care that each kind takes. There a DIY based flower companies online as well such as bloominous and flower moxie. I will most likely use a mix of flowers from costco and also from a local grocery store floral department. Also there are many places that have florists that have a DIY discount, they show you how to make bouquets etc, for a discounted price on the cost of the floral arrangement. You can see if there is anything like that for you locally.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I already have vases and lanterns. Planning on grabbing whatever they have in the florists department of the grocery store up the hill the day before. Not set on specific flowers or colors, whatever looks nice is fine. Restaurant staff sets up decor and centerpieces so I won’t have to physically do it myself but I’ll give them photos of how to arrange things. I was prepared for DIY but its nice having one less thing to worry about. No bouquets or corsages. Not that wild about flowers and don’t feel these are necessary items for us.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I probably will. My mom is a “master gardener” (it’s a real certified thing, look it up) and would grow them herself except that we live 2,000 miles apart. So she’s gonna order them wholesale and then do the arrangements for me. I will probably have minimal floral decorations anyway, so those will be simple and she’ll concentrate on the bouquets and buoutineers and corsages  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I used fiftyflowers.com for my petals and centerpieces and it turned out perfectly. I love the wildflower-esque look so I didn’t want them to be tightly bound and perfect. We sat the night before and arranged them in bunches – like four of this flower, ten of this, whatever – and then we trimmed the stems to have an overall arch for the flowers. It was easy but it did take about 2 hours with four of us working (and drinking lots of wine and chatting lol). There were about twenty centerpieces. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We used a florist for the bouquets and I certainly don’t recommend DIYing those!!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

siobhan00 :  all of the roses should be fine (I used spray roses and peony roses), the calas should hold up, but take care not to bruise the stems.  The orchids will probably require some wiring though if you’re wanting to use them individually.  If you plan on using the whole spike, you may not need to wire, but it is still a delicate flower.

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