- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
Hello ladies. So I know many of you are looking to save money on flowers but find the task of DIY to be a little bit daunting. You may be thinking, “Can I do this?” Well here are some tips and strategies that I learned along the way.
1. Find an inspiration picture. Something that looks do-able but has the vibe that you want for your wedding. Be realistic. Are you really going to hand-wire thousands of orchids? Pick flowers that are easy to work with and have a sturdy stem.
2. Buy all materials needed for the project. Vases, plastic floral strippers, floral tape, corsage pins, buckets, floral food, ribbon, and floral foam if needed.
3. Complete a trial-run. I think this is one of the most important steps. Go to a local floral market/grocery store and order all the flowers you intended on using to make 1 bouquet mock-up and 1 centerpiece mock-up. This will allow you to play around with the flowers without the loom of your wedding the following day. You will be able to get a sense of how long each piece will take and if it is honestly do-able. I did this about 3 months before the wedding to give myself time to hire a florist if it all went horribly wrong. haha Thankfully it went well. Here is my trial run experience that I wrote a post about a few months ago. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-trial-run-for-my-diy-fifty-flowers-wedding-what-do-you-think
4. Find a reputable whole-sale company. We went through fiftyflowers.com and found it very easy. The roses all came on Wednesday which allowed us to strip the roses of thorns and whatnot all while watching a movie. On Thursday, the hydgrenga and solidago came so we were able to strip them and prepare them as necessary. On Friday, all the ladies in the family came over to our beach house and prepared all the centerpieces and bouquets.
5. Get Help. I had all the ladies in the family come over to arrange the day of the rehearsal. We worked from 10-12 and were all finished. I had done the math prior to all the ladies coming. That way I could tell each person how many yellow roses per centerpiece, etc. Once everyone got there I had them all watch as I made a sample centerpiece. Then I had them work in teams of 2. It went so well. I kinda walked around and helped as needed.
6. Don’t be picky. If you are asking important women in your family to help, you cannot be picky. Understand that they may not have the same eye as you, so don’t bite their heads off if it is not perfect. Just tweak the arrangements as necessary and have a laid-back attitude. If you know you would be perfectionist crazy, this may not be for you.
7. Get help. We hired a day of coordinator to pick up all the arrangments from our beach home and deliver/set-up at the venue. She was also in charge of take-down and delivery back to our home. This saved our families from having to do too much work and was honestly worth the $200.
8. Be proud of your hard work. It was so amazing to see the centerpieces and bouquets at the venue. The ladies in the family felt so proud to have been a part of making something for the wedding. It made us appreciate the flowers much more than if we had just ordered from a florist.
Are our flowers perfect? NO But did we love them? YES
Here is a picture of our Inspiration that I found on the internet.. Wedding pics to follow.