(Closed) Please convince me not to DIY flowers!

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Historic cinema

I’m a florist and there’s no way in hell I’m doing my own flowers! lol

There is so much more work involved in floristry than people think!

Post # 17
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Newbee

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goldgoldgold:  $800 is a good price, but I’d just make sure that you weren’t getting filler flowers.

I ended up DIY’ing my own flowers because the quotes that I was getting were insane!  

I went with Flower Moxie, http://www.flowermoxie.com because they sell by the bunch, which was a lot cheaper than having to buy an ENTIRE BOX on one type of flower.  It was nice because I just told them how many bouquets and centerpieces I needed and they did the math for me and then broke it down.  Like, use 5 stems of roses, 6 stems of stock, etc.  It was really easy as long as you have a little help.  =)

You can also watch the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClsNpgOV72CWs5QpAOCJr5g

Hope that helps, and good luck!  

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Calamigos Ranch

That is the steal of a lifetime. What city are you in? I think every bride in your town would be dying to get the name of of your florist!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You don’t need the added stress!!!! 

Post # 20
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Wannabee

If you have experience with it and do some mock ups, maybe?

I love DIY but since I have zero experience with flowers and how to keep them alive after I’m done, I hired a florist. PLUS they take care of all the setting up, breaking down, moving things around and I don’t have to worry about it. That alone is worth their price. 

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think that the DIY works best for a small amount of flowers and for faux flowers. I DIY my bouquet and my 2 BMs. The groomsmen will not have flowers, just pocker squares. It cost maybe $40 or so. My venue included the centerpiece flowers. The $800 sounds pretty good. You should likely go for it. I doubt that you will find a better deal in your area. The extra $200 may be well worth less stress and having it done right the first time. 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

You are getting a great deal! You’re getting a lot of centerpieces for what they’re charging you. I wouldn’t DIY if I were you; hydrangeas aren’t a terribly hardy flower. If you don’t soak them long enough, make sure they’re hydrated and cool, etc., they can wilt and look pretty awful. You might be saving money, but you won’t be saving yourself time and stress, two things that you’re going to wish you did save yourself right before your big day!

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Old Art Building

I DIY’d my flowers and would do it again in a heartbeat.  Flowers for centerpieces were ~$500, mix of pink bouquets and blue and green hydrangeas, and 6 bouquets for me and my maids ended up costing us $70 at a U-Pick Flower Farm the day before the wedding.  I had TONS of help, however, from my Mother-In-Law and her friends, as well as my girls.  If you don’t think you’ll have the help, then I wouldn’t recommend it.  Photos:

 

 

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lake Lyndsay, Hamilton OH

I am DIYing my flowers for the wedding. They cost is around $300. I could not imagine paying a ton for something that will be dead within a week. Granted I am not using floral arrangments for the reception decor. Just flower petals floating in tall vases and my bridal party is three bridesmaids, 4 groomsmen, a junior groomsman and a junior bridesmaid. We have a membership to a floral wholesaler which is saving us tons. I love DIYing every and anything that I can. In fact I will not be using professional services for anything but the music and catering both of whom are friends of the family which equals more savings.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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goldgoldgold:  I wouldn’t DIY if you can get it for that price. The time you’ll get to save and spend a little more relaxed is definitely worth the extra $200, believe me!

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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goldgoldgold:  I would not have been able to DIY because I wanted huge centerpieces. I had a budget of $3K for flowers and I spent a little under that. 

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