(Closed) is it a good idea to DIY flowers, or hire someone!?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Worker bee

If you know something about arranging flowers, then DIY them. You can order them offline from wholesale sights or from Sams Club. But, if you aren’t set on flowers there are other centerpieces you can do without flowers that are cheaper. Search alternative centerpieces on the Bee!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I DIYed.  Things to consider would be how much time you think you’ll have last-minute (like the day before) and how much help you’ll have.  It helps if you have LOTS of help and someone who at least kind of knows what they’re doing.  I had each of my girls make their own bouquet.  I did all the bouts/corsages and my bouquet.  And then my girls (x5) plus two other ladies did all our centerpieces.  To save even more, I used filler/greenery from my yard (I’m a big fan of gardening).  I ordered my “cheaper” flowers from Kroger (local grocery store) and fancier flowers from 50flowers.com.  They turned out great and definitely saved a bundle!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I really wanted to DIY all of our flowers but since I’m really the only one that would be doing them (BM’s live in another state and family lives a significant distance away) I decided to call around and see what I could find.  Ends up that I found a florist who costs the same as if I had DIY-ed but without all the time crunch stress.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@ashley5741: I agree – find someone you know who does flowers – or look on craigslist!

we spent right around $500 TOTAL for all centerpiece stuff (vases, sand, paper for the ‘lanterns’ AND all of the flowers – plus the 3 boquets) – and a friend at work, who does flowers as a hobby put them all together for me! they were AWESOME!

after the wedding, I sold all the vases and the sand and 15 hand-made boquets on cragslist for $150! 😀

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are not doing this for centerpieces, but we are DIYing the bouquets. We are going to the city flower district a couple of days before and picking up anything that looks good. My mom is going a couple months beforehand to get an idea of what will be in season. Keep them in buckets with water and they’ll be fine. Then the night before we’re going to put them together, and hopefully everything will work out! Unless you’re having a really small wedding I wouldn’t do it for centerpieces, unless you can get something thats bulky and simple, like a bunch of hydrangeas or babys breath in short vases.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I will be DIYing mine, but I think it depends on how much help and knowledge those helpers have.  I have 5 bridesmaids, 2 moms, 2 of FI’s sisters, and his SIL who previously owned a florist helping with mine.  We will be making 6 bouquets, 6 bouts, 4 corsages, and 12ish centerpieces the day (or maybe 2 days) before.  And our venue has the capacity for us to store everything on site.

If you don’t have to make too many or you have great helpers I say go for it!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

If you have the time DIY yourself.

If you aren’t sure how to go about it, look into your community colleges near you.  Some of them offer Florist classes and see if it’s something that would benefit you.

Otherwise Youtube has some great videos.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2007

It all depends on how complicated you want to do it.  If they’re simple arrangements, and you have tons of help?  Go for it!

Otherwise, I would pay someone.  You could even find someone maybe through craigslist?  Some budding florist hungry for their first job?

I DIY’d my own flowers, but knowing as a bride how busy I’d be during the days coming up to the big day, I used real touch flowers and went the fake route.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are DIYing our bouquets, bouts, and corsages (we have non-floral centerpieces.)

I work for a florist, but am not a florist by any means.  LOL.  I deal with weddings only, I don’t do anything with the flowers except quote their prices.

I play around with old flowers here to get ideas on shapes, and I make practice bouts out of broken flowers 😉

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I DIY all of mine & DEF do a practice trial run. If it weren’t for my trial, I wouldn’t of bought enough flowers (bc during my trial I realized that I wanted double the amount of flowers then I initally thought!)

If I could of paid someone to do them, I would have, it was kind of a pain, but when your on a tight budget, you have to do what you have to do. The best part is everyone thought they looked great & I had alot of help the day before the wedding to get them all together.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We DIYed centerpieces and aisle flowers. It was very easy… but I made sure that it would be ahead of time when deciding what to do b/c I have no experience with flowers. I just bought from wholesale, picked one kind of flower, cut them, and stuffed them in a vase. Easy peasy.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i will be DIYing but am using silk real touch flowers and i dont have that many projects involving flowers other than my bouquet and the the pomanders for the FGs, my BMs wont carry flowers, they will have fans instead

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I wrote a big post about this very question on my blog today – here it is, it’s the 7 Deadly Sins of DIY florals ; ) Hope it helps – i’ve undertaken DIY flower projects from parties to friends’ weddings and LOVE arranging flowers but I’m still on the fence about trying to DIY my own wedding…think it’s totally do-able especially if people keep it simple, it’s just a question of whether you WANT to do it, or whether it might make more sense to DIY non floral centerpieces or ceremony decorations (birdcages, fruit, etc) that aren’t as perishable and delicate and that can be done in advance.  hope it helps! 

http://www.floretcadet.com/archives/250

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