(Closed) Making your own bouquet?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Wow! I admire you, I think I’ll just choose the main color for my wedding, and leave the rest to professional, but I’d like to * BUMP *

Hope someone can help you out πŸ˜‰

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@thegoogler88:  Do you have any wholesale flower places near you? You can pick up enough from there to make a bouquet and try it out! I know we have one here in Austin so I dont have to order an $80 bulk Dahlia just to try out my DIY skills πŸ™‚  A grocery store one should work as well!

If you wanted to incorporate both colors into your bouquet, I would look into blue hydrangeas or blue delphinium, and maybe some plum dahlias or garden roses to have a larger volume flower in there as well.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do they sell flowers at the farmers market in Raleigh? I made my own bouquet with a combination of flowers from the farmers market here as well as wholesale flowers I bought from Sam’s (blue and white hydrangeas, white and pink roses and fuschia dahlias and daisies).  It was super-easy to do and turned out great.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m making my own bonquets as well although I’m making them out of silk flowers.  We can’t afford a florist either.

 

My colors are navy (fiance is an NCO in the Marine Corp) and plum.

The primary color for me is the plum so my flowers are going to be a plum purple gerbera daisy and then I’m using white star lilies to make it pop. Since the girls will be in plum dresses.

 

In terms of trying flowers out I would try going to a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels and messing with their silk flowers.  If you buy some and love them but want to use real flowers for your wedding… you have two options use the silk flowers as the toss bonquet or keep the silk flowers so you have a bonquet from your wedding forever.

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

My first thought for blue was also hydrangeas. We’re also doing DIY-flowers, and the library has some great resources on DIY. Just keep it simple, and you should be fine!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m planning to do the exact same thing! Floral arrangements are so expensive, particularly when the word “wedding” is added, and we’re on a very tight budget.

 I’m planning on roses and hydrangeas right now, although that may change. My town has a great grocery store with a good, ftd-affiliated flower department. I can buy flowers there to make my own arrangment – they can order just about any flowers I want, with a little notice. I’ve found a few how-tos online, the best of which seems to be: http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-flowers/articles/homemade-bouquets-basics.aspx?MsdVisit=1

I’m not confident, though, that I’ll have it in me the day-before- or day-of- to make boutonnieres and corsages in addition to my own bouquet, so I’m having the flower dept. do those (they do bouts for $5 each and corsages for $10, which is insanely less expensive than what I find most places). They need only 3 or so weeks notice for the order. 

Your colors sound very pretty! I’m crazy about blue hydrangeas, and you might consider purple calla lilies. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@thegoogler88:  are you open to using artificial flowers? I opted to make my own artificial flower bouquet & I love how it turned out. There are lots of artificial flowers out there that don’t look cheesy or fake, you just have to buy the right ones πŸ™‚ I watied for a coupon & sale at Michales to get the supplies I needed. The nice thing about an artificial bouquet is you can make it exactly how you want & you can make it far in advance so that’s one less thing to worry about right before your wedding! I’m a professional wedding photographer & as long as you don’t use the reall cheap-y artificial flowers, you’d never be able to tell the difference in photos.

Here’s mine:

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@thegoogler88:  I just stumbled across this: http://www.bloomsbythebox.com/pub/flowervarieties.cfm

The prices look really good. Most wholesale flower companies I’ve found online have humongous minimum orders, but this one sells in small bunches. It may still be more than you are looking for if you’re just doing a bouquet. I’m doing at least one table arrangement as well, so it’ll probably be worth it for me. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

You could try visiting a Michael’s store to pick out some flowers. If you’re creative you can do wonders.

My mum is unemployed right now and was playing with flowers. She ended up making church floral arrangements and my bouquet. Here’s my bouquet:

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did mine from hobby lobby flowers, I am really proud of the way they turned out.  It was less than $20 and I did all the bead stems myself too.  They might be too simple for some, but they were perfect for what I really wanted.

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