Post # 1
I want real flowers and I have a decent budget for them, however I love a good deal and I am tempted to buy diy flower kits online to make 5 bouquets, 3 boutonnieres and 3 large centerpieces.
I am trying really hard to think but I cannot understand when people say I will not have time to diy my flowers the day before my wedding. Why? What did you have to do for a whole day before the wedding? Did you diy your own real flowers? Did you hire a florist and later regretted it, or found it a lifesaver?
Post # 2
zulee : well, there are several things to consider.
1) flowers are time consuming – like, much more time consuming than you would ever think, and that’s even if you’re simply sticking them in a vase (bouquet arranging is a whole new level of time consuming)
2) they’re messy. do you have the space to work with the flowers?
3) they need to be stored properly – do you have the refridgerator space to store the flowers so they don’t die? typically, you have flowers delivered about 2 days before because most flowers ship closed, so you want to give them about two days to open up. do you have space to store flowers for 2 days?
4) transportation – do you have a way to safely get the flowers from wherever you’re making them to the venue safely? as in, without them being crushed?
if you feel confident about all of the above, then maybe DIY flowers are for you. i know that i won’t have time to do them the day before my wedding because our venue is about a 2 hour drive for us. our check-in time is 1pm, and we have to unload all the stuff from the cars. Then, at 2pm I have a nail appointment with all the ladies in my bridal party (that’s scheduled 2-5 because mani pedis always tke forever when you have a group). Our rehearsal is then at 5:30, followed by the rehearsal dinner at 7. Dinner is hopefully only about 2 hours, so we get back to our hotel around 9:30-10. at that point, i want to take a bubble bath, try to relax, and get some sleep. i don’t want to be arranging flowers all night. but that’s just me. if you don’t have anything else planned for the day before your wedding, then go for it!
Post # 3
catskillsinjune : +10000
Exactly. I was debating to do my own flowers, even try faux, but then quickly realized I don’t want to deal with it. I’m not the most crafty person and I know I would get easily frazzled.
If you have the budget, do real flowers from a professional. It will take stress off of you!
Post # 4
catskillsinjune : Thank you! Excellent points!
Post # 5
Amy Turner : I don’t get easily frazzled but simply having someone else deal with it all is definitely the best argument. Thanks!
Post # 6
zulee : If your centerpieces were all 1 type, where it was just snip the ends and plop into a vase… sure go for the DIY.
If you have looking at kits with several different types of flowers, that need to be arranged…. nope. The day before your wedding you will care less about one more decision OR stress about how the flowers do not look how you pictured…
You stated you have the budget for flowers… take this stress off your plate. 😉
Post # 7
We are doing DIY flowers. That said we are doing a simple look with babys breath, blush roses, and just green plants. We doing all the bouquets for centerpieces and tables but are having the bridal bouquet, flower crown, and bouts made professionally. Our venue is 15 minutes from my parents house and we have lots of ice chests for flower storage in the garage (just put a thin layer of ice in the bottom and set vases on top). Transporting them should be easy with a couple trucks. My Maid/Matron of Honor, my mom, a couple BM’s, and Future Mother-In-Law will be doing it the day before then transporting them to the venue that same day. We have rehearsal there later that day. We can drive into the middle of the venue so it will be easy to unload all the ice chests.
Post # 8
zulee : The worst part about flowers is that they have to be done last-minute (if they’re real). This means that you might be up the night before creating these bouquets. If you’re cool with that, then find some assistants and go with it 🙂 If it’s going to add stress, then pay someone else to do it 🙂
My sister is doing my flowers–she has floral experience and is a perfectionist. When she did my cousin’s wedding, she was up late the night before (with myself, my fiance and my other sister) creating everything.
It’s also what you make of it though. If you’re doing 3 centerpieces that consist of a bunch of 15 white roses only, then that’s much easier than an elaborate centerpiece with draping orchids or all kinds of delicate peonies or varying heights and fancy design. Or if you’re picking bouquets of wildflowers the day before, you could handle it.
It is what you make of it 🙂 How elaborate are you thinking? Do you have an inspiration picture?
Post # 9
I was surprised at how quickly the day before my wedding went. And I think all I had to do was pick up cupcakes and our cake and deliver all our decorations to the venue. I didn’t even have to put anything together really-our venue provided that for us! I slept in from celebrating with friends from out of town the night before, and it was nice to have some time with them. I think the less you HAVE to do the days leading up the better.
Post # 10
This is my inspo photo for florists but I am aware that if I had to do my own they would be much simpler!
Thank you all lovely bees, you are helping me see that diy would take way more brain power than I am willing to invest!
Post # 11
I was going to DIY my bouquets because I thought how hard can it really be? But at the last minute I booked a florist, and omg I was so glad I did because those bouquets were BEAUTIFUL. If I had done them myself they probably would have been pretty because flowers just are pretty, but the florist ones really made my heart sing! And I could be sure they weren’t going to fall apart halfway down the aisle or anything 😛
Post # 12
I did all mine the Thursday before my Saturday wedding. My only issue was getting everything set up but that was mainly due to morning rain. If I had to do it again I would of dropped off the flowers first then went and got my hair done. But what would of cost me 3k was only about 900.
Recap: my DIY, etsy filled wedding(super pic heavy)
Post # 13
Hm it’s not letting me paste the link if you want to see you can look at the posts I started.