- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hello ladies! Just wanted to share my experience and photos from DIY-ing my own wedding flowers! My wedding was in June, and was a destination wedding in Rhode Island. I had decided early on to DIY my wedding flowers because I knew the cost of flowers by a florist would be sky high. I did do plenty of trial runs ahead of time so I knew exactly what I would be doing.
Anyway on to the photos!
I got my flowers at Wegmans, a high end grocery store chain on the East Coast. I was lucky to find a location 1.5 hours away from my RI wedding location, so the girls and I piled into the car early Sunday morning to go pick up the flowers (my wedding was on Monday). I had ordered 90 ivory hydrangea stems, about 250+ roses in bright pink, orange and bicolors, 20 pink peony stems, 100 stems of greenery and about 100 peach hypericum berries. Wegmans initially wasn’t sure if they could get the peonies, but 3 days before the wedding they called to say that EVERYTHING had come in! My contact at Northborough Wegmans was amazing to work with from start to finish. I ordered the flowers about 1 month in advance.
So here we are at the store picking up the flowers. This is what my actual order looked like when I got there…all sorted in big buckets, about 3 carts full.
Then I added some green hydrangea, more roses, more peonies, some bunches of white stock, and about 8-10 small potted pink hydrangea into the mix.
Checking out was an experience. We had about 4 carts of flowers TOTAL. Also, note to others…if you are traveling for your wedding and plan on dropping about $1k in flowers at a grocery store…call your credit card company first. Apparently $1k at a grocery store gets flagged as “suspicious”….oops.
Here is the car full of flowers. Thank God for my mom’s Suburban!
All the flowers went into a couple “cool and dark” rooms in my rental house for the rest of the day. We still had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner to go to!
That evening, after the rehearsal dinner, we pulled the flowers out of their cool and dark place, and got to work. I want to say that I could NOT have done this all without my awesome bridal team. Even my bridesmaid’s husband pitched in!
This is the picture of what it all looked like in the thick of it all. We had buckets of flowers EVERYWHERE. There was an assembly line going… I had the wet floral foam and the hydrangea and some of the roses, and my mom and a family friend added more roses & the greenery, and my Maid/Matron of Honor would spray the final product down with Crowning Glory spray (highly recommended!)
Things may have gotten a bit silly over the course of the night…LOL!
For my centerpieces I used copper “pots” and small glass fishbowl vases…I got everything at the Dollar Store for $1 a piece. I had like…12 of each I think… so I spent $25 on vases/pots. I made sure I had all the necessary pieces to do this, wet floral foam, scissors, floral tape, wire, ribbon, pins, etc. I think I spent $50 on supplies.
Here are the final centerpieces (medium and small) “resting” on the floor of my bedroom (with the AC cranked). We had about 12 medium centerpieces and about 12 small centerpieces.
I made the bouquets the next morning….in total we had 1 bride bouquet, 2 Bridesmaids bouquets, 1 toss bouquet, 1 bouquet for Mary (I’m Catholic), 2 posies for the MOB and MOG, and two tiny posies for the flower girls. We also made 8 boutounniers.
Final product! It was such a labor of love, but the end result was beautiful!!
We used potted pink hydrangea for the church, I bought most of them at Wegmans and then some at a Lowe’s I spotted on the way back to the rental house (which was funny, three girls running around in tiaras buying pink hydrangea!). They all came home with me and are now planted in my backyard. Every time I see them I think of my wedding day!
If you are DIY-ing cut flowers for your wedding, my word of advice is to make sure you have plenty of helpers and PLENTY of time. If I could do this over, I would have gone to Wegmans the day before and did the arrangements 2 days in advance and the bouquets the night before. It was tiring doing these the night before, but it was making the bouquets the morning of my wedding that was the most stressful! However I do not regret DIY-ing my flowers at all…they looked gorgeous in the end!!
Thanks for letting me share!!