(Closed) Tips for DIY florist brides?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

I’d like to hear about this too

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Are you using vases to do your centerpieces? If so, use clear sticky tape to make a grid on the top. Then place one or two stems in each little grid square. That will keep them all in place and make it easier to shape. Also, if you are using different flowers, always do bunches of one or three, never and even number.

Gerber daisies need something to hold their stems up or they droop. I’ve heard that hydrangeas can die very quickly if not in lots of water and super fresh.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’d like to hear more about this as well, also thanks for the tip! I had no clue!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

After getting about 5 floral quotes for just simple bouquets and loose flowers, I too decided to go the DIY route. I’ve been doing some small test runs here and there when I see cheap flowers advertised (our local floral shop has a buy 1 get 2 bunches special on select weekends). 

I agree with the hydrangea statement above — the white hydrangeas are great, but in my experience the blues are horrible for bouquets/arranging.  A few of my florists noted that they don’t use colored hydrangeas, instead they spray color the white hydrangeas.

I’m using white hydrangeas and roses for the bouquets and just doing some loose flowers here and there for the reception and ceremony decor.  I found very good success with dethorning and cutting the roses the day before and letting them sit in big buckets of water for assembly the next day.  With those two flower types, I’ve also put bouquets together and set them in a vase of a water and two days later they still looked good.  But, my plan is to do the cutting/pruning the day before and assembly the morning of, unless I get ambitious and have time the night before. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I’ve been researching this for a while. I know you said you have read about them a lot, but after reading these articles, I feel like I should be fine to DIY. I’m only using white and blue hydreangas, I might be adding some Juliet roses to my bouquet, but not sure yet. Hydrangeas are easy because they are such big blooms, you really can’t go wrong.

http://apracticalwedding.com/2009/10/our-diy-well-dit-wedding-flowers/#more-

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/diy-do-it-yourself-weddings/articles/homemade-centerpieces-basics.aspx

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/bouquetwraps.html

Just a few, I’m not nearly as scare dabout it as I was before. I am going to buy a few stems to do a dry run about 1-2 months out, that way I can work out any kinks before hand. Hope some of this helps!

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I worked for a florist for a while as a wedding director, so hopefully I can answer some questions for you!

Are you wanting to use a certain type of flower? Is your wedding indoors or out?

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I also found that the blue hydrangeas drooped and wilted quickly. I’m DIY through Sams club I think. I’m trying to decide between dahlias, peonies, ranunculus and garden roses, all in deep red, no greenery. I’m only doing three flowers per centerpiece, each in a separate bud vase. I also am looking for tips!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

LOL i asked my mom for tips on diy florist stuff and she said the only tip she had for me was to hire a florist. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I did my own flowers, I loved the results but it was a bit stressful. I got married Dec. 23, so the holiday made everything a bit more difficult, My flowers were flown in and my purple vendela roses never made it on time. I was able to get some for my bouquet but not for my centerpieces. What I am trying to say with this is, you must have a plan B, just in case something does not work out.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am using mason jars and DIYing my flowers. The first thing i’ve already done which has been super helpful is to wash and dry all of my mason jars, or containers and then put them in wine bottle boxes. The dividers help so they don’t break and transport will be super easy. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

I’ve noticed a few people have said that the blue hydranges specifically dropped quickly. I was curious if anyone had any experience with the purple ones…I would really love to have them. If I was to go thru with it, any suggestions how to keep them “perky”?

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