(Closed) Show me your DIY Flowers :)

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My matron of honor and I made our bouquets and the boutonnieres. We picked all our flowers from the Los Angeles flower Mart, got stem tape, stem wire, ribbon, brooches for the base and went to work. It was fun and I saved so much money.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I will add more photos when we get our professional photos back. But want to add this was not difficult with a few people helping and cost about 1/4 of the price of a florist! 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I worked with a friend on my flowery/branch centerpieces….A family friend did the bouquets, she is a professonal florist. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

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desirella :  your flowers are seriously so gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜ How much/what did you order and what did each of the bouquets cost (if you don’t mind)? I wish I lived next to a flower mart like that! 

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prettyshinythings :  your flowers are beautiful too! What’s that peachy pink one next to the peony? Kinda looks like a cafe au lait dahlia but I can’t tell.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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Jarielle :  Thank you so much! I was beyond thrilled with how they turned out. We spent about $130 which made two bouquets and about 8 boutonnieres. 

Flowers:

-3 bunches of peonies. Two bunches were smaller peonies and one was big. 

-1 bunch of garden roses

-2 dozen long stem roses

-1 bunch of dahlia mums (we searched high and low for these because my husband wanted them as boutonnieres and managed to find one single bunch in the exact color he wanted!)

Fillers:

-Blue thistle

-hypericum 

-random greenery for the boutonnieres 

-There are two bunches of fillers in my bouquet that look like flowers and I don’t know what they are called. They are the lavender colored ones and the fuschia colored ones. 

My advice would be not to skimp on “fillers” which I wanted to do because we were saving so much already but my matron of honor kept insisting we get more fillers and that really helped fill everything out nicely. There are so many types of interesting and pretty fillers and they are cheaper. 

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Blushing bee
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    desirella :  Thank you! There are flowers I don’t necessarily like on their own but everything just works so well in yours. The color, the texture, they even look big enough for a centerpiece. Did you find the flowers got smushed when arranging or you needed more than expected? I’m terrified I’d either run out or it’d turn out awful and I’d have no backup plan, cause I’m particular and things like ranunculus being flat would drive me mad lol.
Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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Jarielle :  Funny thing is I love ranunculus and they were originally in my trial run bouquet but for some reason for the actual bouquet I bought small peonies thinking they were ranunculus! Oh well, everything turned out perfect. I would be careful with ranunculus though because they are extremely delicate…even more so than peonies and they got squished and not very noticeable in my trial bouquet. 

Did flowers get squished? It was a tight bouquet and certain flowers were easily squished or swallowed by other flowers. The key is to work in layers. For example: start with 4 flowers in a circle and stem tape those together. Then arrange flowers around those and stems tape again. Pull any flowers upwards that are being swallowed. Repeat.  Fillers also help because they create a barrier between flowers so there’s more of a differentiation/contrast.

I’m really particular as well and I was being stubborn on no long stem roses, and very little fillers because they are “cheap” but clearly what did I know…I wouldn’t have loved my bouquet as much without them. I have never been drawn to peonies…I’ve never bought them for my home and my bouquet was full of them. My matron of honor saw me getting overwhelmed and told me to just focus on colors and everything just fell into place. 

Did I run out? I was terrified of not having enough either and that is why I’m grateful my matron of honor made me buy more fillers than I thought I needed along with the long stem roses because it was those items that really saved the day and got my bouquet to the size I wanted and had enough left to make her bouquet. All the fillers also made the boutonnieres really special. 

How to keep flowers as fresh as possible: We made everything on Sunday for my Tuesday wedding. I bought two items that I highly recommend. 

-floralife quick dip 100: it’s a pre treatment for flowers. Once you have the flowers, you cut the stem a bit and dip it in this for a few seconds and then place in water. This helps clean the stem,  prevent droopy stems and maximizes water intake. For any flowers that you don’t want to bloom too much, just stick those in your fridge.

-crowning glory flower spray: this is sprayed onto finished bouquets, arrangements etc. this spray forms a light wax barrier on your flowers to keep them from losing moisture especially once out of water. I put our bouquets and boutonnieres back in the fridge after this. My bouquet still looked pretty good a few days into our honeymoon!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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chel2thec :  Making Bouts for the guys ๐Ÿ™‚

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Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Not really flowers but i DIY’ed our centrepieces with succulents and moss!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

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Jarielle :  the peachy flower is a cafe au lait dahlia! I had planned on having deep red/ maroon dahlias in my bouquet and surprise- no one had any. So I swapped them out for the cafe au laits morning of and loved the way they looked! We used a single one plus a few fillers in the bridesmaid bouquets too ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2017

 

My bridesmaids and I made our bouquets the day before, and I think they turned out great! The flowers that I ordered weren’t exactly what I was expecting (the white roses were more creamy/yellowy, and the “light pink” roses were definitely darker) but I still loved them. 

 

We actually had a bit of a problem morning of the wedding where two of my bridesmaids bouquets had turned brown over night! No clue how, they were in the exact same environment as all the others. Fortunately, we had enough leftovers for my Maid/Matron of Honor to quickly create two new ones for the girls that had lost theirs. 

Post # 15
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Newbee

Time of the biggest thing. And practice!  The lengthier part of the process is tidying the flowers up.  Keeping them cool and in water helps improve survival time.  I’m still learning but each attempt gets better. Get to know flowers and how they handle and your bouquets will be much improved.  ๏ฟผRoses need de-thorning and most flowers need de-leafing which is incredibly time consuming. 

At present it’s around 1hr for a bridal bouquet. Enlisting help eg for buttonholes is vital.  

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