- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I am planning to DIY my own bouquets, bouts and centerpieces the day before my wedding. (I am receiving a lot of helping hands that day, so I’m not too worried about getting it done.) I have never made floral arrangements EVER in my life, but I’ve been doing a TON of research online and feel pretty comfortable with where to go from here.
Last weekend, I drove out to my MOH’s farmer’s market about an hour from my house to pick up a bunch of trial flowers from her flower guy. She’s spoken to him about my wedding and he graciously brought the flowers I requested and even offered to let me take whatever else I wanted while I was there. Very sweet man. We plan to get the actual flowers from him as well the day before the wedding. Here’s what I went away with:
In all, after counting everything, I think it was 113 stems altogether. We got mini purple carnations, purple lisianthus, purple stock, purple larkspur, white/ivory hydrangeas, full white carnations, green pompon buttons, and solidago (filler). The man was so helpful – he only charged us $30 for all of it. (Apparently would’ve been around $60 to the public).
My Fiance and spent about 2 hours trimming the ends and removing the leaves from each and every stem. It went quickly since we were watching Supernatural at the time 🙂 It was surprisingly easy and fun. This was the result:
I wish I had taken more progress pictures as I went through to share with you guys, but what I ended up doing was really basic. I did the bouquet first, and that took about an hour and a half. I followed similar steps to this tutorial. Started with the lisianthus, added a couple roses, and bound with floral tape. I continued this process, mixing the flowers up as I went along to create texture and different color stories. Something I read somewhere which held true here was to make sure to group flowers together instead of doing 1 by 1. Example – group 3 roses, then 5 carnations, then 2 pompon buttons, or something along those lines. I used a LOT of floral tape, but I wanted those suckers to stay in place. Here’s the end result:
I will be using a different ribbon, but that was what I had on-hand at the time. I’m really, really pleased with how it came out and I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to replicate it when the time comes. I am thinking of adding lighter purple hydrangeas to give it a little more lift and poof.
Now on to the centerpieces. All I wanted for this was fluffy, roundish, cream flowers. My vases are these ones from Ikea.
I actually viewed this tutorial and it helped me a lot even though the flowers weren’t totally the same. I taped off the top of the vase in sections, so that it looked like a checker board. That really helped with keeping the flowers in the right place as you go along. I used the hydrangea first (only 3 stems) and that was my base, since they took up the most space. After that I filled in with a little of everything else – cream roses, green pompon buttons, white carnations, and then just a little bit of the solidago on the back for some cool shape and texture. I did what the chick in the video said (and as I mentioned earlier) and did clusters of flowers. I think it created a really cool look:
Now, originally I wanted purple larkspur here as well to add some height, but the more I look at the photos, the more I prefer just the while cloud look (espcially since the table linens are a plum color). Here’s what it looks like with the larkspur:
We will be getting votive candles in little glasses from the venue, and this also does not include the table “number” stand.
What do you bees think? Anything I should change? I’m really pleased with the outcome!
***Sorry the pics are so large, and the post is so big!! Was trying to be informative:P ***