- 10 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
Got married August 20th! Woohoo! Since we were trying to keep costs down I decided to order real flowers and do the arrangments, bouquets, boutineers (sp?) myself-with the help of friends ;)I am including a couple step-by-step info for the DIY girls out there. But if you want any extra info just ask!
1. The order: I planned on orange bouquets for the girls and a mix of orange and white for me. Bouquets: 1 bridal, 6 bridesmaids, 2 matron/maid of honor, 1 junior bridesmaid, 2 mothers, 1 toss. Boutineers: 1 groomsmen, 2 fathers, 2 best men, 6 groomsmen, 3 ushers, 1 ring bearer. Approximately 14-20 table centerpieces (including those on gift table, extra for the cake, etc.)
American Floral Distributor (10 white dahlias, 25 white football mums, 30 white cushon poms, 6 white button poms, 20 green hypericum-berries). Notes LOVED them! Most flowers opened well with delivery date Thr for Sat wedding.
Costco (150 orange carnations, 80 white spider mums). Notes these came 1 day early! Came Wed and was for the best to get the bloom open. Loved them as well!
Fiftyflowers (75 orange dahlias). Notes, beautiful and loved them but should order for Wed delivery for Sat wedding. Mine were delivered THR and were not completely opened by assembly. They were about 1/3 the size of the dahlias from American Floral.
MyFlowerBuyer.com (100-160? Orange ranunculus, 50 orange Spider mums, and 60 orange Daisy poms). Notes so many problems! Fist they couldn’t get my order in the 100 quantity ordered so to get them I had to pay for more, secondly they couldn’t get orange in any of them! The ranunculus were dark-orangish red and the other were dyed. I disliked them.
So my original Florist (who was recommended by everyone for being budget friendly) gave an estimate of $2000. She could “cut-it” by reducing the bouquet size to about $1700. I ordered all these flowers, ribbon, tape, thin-gauge wire, plant flood for under $900. Now we had some emergency bucket purchases, but that still kept it around $950. I also ordered more of the flowers I wanted instead of the cheaper “filler” flowers she wanted to use. I also had bigger table centerpieces than she was going to make. Now I would also like to mention that I could have cut this order dramasitcally and done it all for about $600 (especially if I would have made a few more compromises). If I knew then what I knew now!!!
2. Construction: The best plan we found…I had my mom and dad team receive all the flowers, remove leaves, cut stem bottoms, and place in food/buckets Thursday before the wedding. This took them a couple hours. I would like to say they live out of town so this was their first chance to help and were okay with me taking advantage of them 😉 We used about 15 buckets. We kept them in the unfinished portion of our basement (layndry room), out of direct sunlight, with the air conditioning on. There was no wilting even for the flowers that arrived Wed. The day of assembly I had 3-5 helpers at different points. The best thing to do is divide and conquer and give people tasks they are good at. The whole process took about 5 hours, including the mimmosas and bloody marys 😉
1 person made boutineers (super easy see below). I arranged all the flowers in the order/collection I wanted. Another person rubber-band the flower stems together (2-3) to hold in place while I held them. We then passed off to another person who wrapped all the stems in tape (note the white florist tape I bought did not work as well as the green-who knew?). When this was done 2 people wrapped in ribbon and pinned each bouquet while the remainder of us arranged centerpieces. Done and done!
Bridal Bouquet: 5 white dahlia, 5 orange dahlia, 6-8 orange ranunculus, 3 white football mums, 6 orange carnations, 3-4 white spider mums, 6 hypericum, 3 sprigs from some succulent-like plant growing in my front yard.
Bridesmaid Bouquets: 3-4 orange dahlias, 5 orange ranunculus, 4 orange carnations, 3 orange spider mums, plus some hypericum, and the maid/matron of honor had the mystery front yard greeniery
Mothers: 3 orange carnations, 2 white spider mums, 3 orange ranunculus.
Groomsmen/ushers: 1 orange carnation, sprig of mystery succulent-like flower, best men had hypericum as well
Groom: 1 white cushion pom, 1 white button mum, hypericum, and mystery green stems
Ringbearer: 1 white button mum and hypericum
Table Centerpieces got mixtures of remaining flowers in different sized mason jars.
Constructing boutineers, helpful hints: I cut the carnation with about 1-2 inch of stem left. Cut a thin gauage wire in half. I used 1 half to slide through the base of the carnation halfway and then brought the wire down to a point. I then wrapped in brown florist tape (I couldn’t find black and even next to the tuxs you couldn’t tell it wasn’t black). Then I added the greenier and wrapped everything again in tape. I trimmed the wire were it was too long and did a little curl at the end. Done! Stored in tuberware in the fridge.
Other notes: the bouquets and boutineers (after made) were stored in an empty fridge until the day of the wedding…so overnight. The centerpeices we left out. The flowers lasted through the wedding and all day Sunday out of water without wilting…just in air conditioning when we were out of the August heat! My husband’s boutineer also lasted until Monday morning. He said it stayed better than any he has ever had to wear in friend’s weddings! I would also HIGHLY recommend removing the bouquets from water the morning off, during travel, or at least minimizing the water, ours splashed and soaked up the ribbon. It held together but was annoying to carry the first hour or so. Also, I ordered from lots of different vendors, somewhat because I wanted different things, but also because I was nervous someone would mess something up. Boy I am glad I did! I now know who I like if I ever needed to do a project like this again.
I would definitely do this again and help any of my friend’s weddings. It was fun, I got exactly what I wanted and I saved money!