Post # 1
so i’ve spent hours reading other bee’s experiences with DIY flowers, i look at fiftyflowers.com almost every day, and i still can’t decide what to do! i’m on a tight budget. I really want to make my own bouqets, and as far as centerpieces go (flower-wise), i’ll have 4 small bud vases per table requiring only 2-3 flowers/vase (just cut the stem and pop them in) my wedding starts at 2pm.
will i have enough time/energy to make:
4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets
100 bud vases- 2-3 flowers/vase
i will have the help of my mom, BM’s, Future Sister-In-Law, + more family. i’m thinking assembly line?
i was thinking we could do all the arranging friday night after the rehearsal? about how many hours do you think this will take? looking for guidance, opinions, experience!
thanks so much
Post # 3
since Im not a florist, that would stress me out.. but if you have plenty of help! go for it!
Post # 4
I think if you have help – then go for it! there is tons of information online how to make stuff, go for it!
Post # 5
what time’s your rehearsal? i wouldn’t want to be up all night doing flowers, or rush through dinner because i have to do flowers.
we’re having a rehearsal lunch, and we’re diying centerpieces after that. like your idea, it’s just cut the flower and plop it in the vase, no thought or arranging to it, very simple. and lots of help. i’m scared to do my bouquet and bouts though, so those i’m leaving to professionals. i’ll have to wait a week to let you know how it goes!
Post # 6
ah so it looks like you guys are split 50-50, just like me!
@artbee- rehearsal is friday night, 5pm and dinner around 7pm… a rehearsal lunch would be awesome!! wish we could do that too…so you are just doing centerpieces? do let me know how it goes, thanks!
Post # 7
i made all of my own flowers and i started months in advance so i wouldn’t get stressed out. if you are able to make them and just store them somewhere in vases it’s the best way. then you can just put them where they go on the day of. i made my bouquet, 4 bridemaids, a pomander for the flower girl (which took at least 40 small flowers), 2 hanging pomanders and the corsaes for the mom’s. i did it every night for a few weeks as i had time and energy and i was done with months and months to spare. once you get the hang of it you can easily do it assembly line style. do a few practice ones first and then see how to set up the process. i.e. cut all of your petals, then shape them, then attach them, etc. for me it was totally worth the work.
for another bride who loves poppies
Post # 8
im doing the centerpieces, church flowers and Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets myself, im getting mine done by a florist because its not as simple… im not doing bouts or corsages at all..
Post # 9
It might be easier to handle DIY flowers if you use fake flowers for the bouquets and real ones for the centerpieces (or vise versa). Then, you can do some stuff months in advance and only have a little left to do the day of the wedding.
Post # 10
If you’re going with fake or real flowers, it’s totally do-able! It will most likely take you a couple hours to get everything exactly the way you want it (trial and error, double checking, etc.), so make sure you allow yourself enough time. Also, if you are using real flowers and are worried about their longevity, pop them into your fridge over night (don’t put it into the freezer, anything below 32 degrees will ruin the flowers). Being in warmer temperatures will open up the blooms more and could cause the flowers to wilt prematurely. I really would recommend doing a mock trial with your bouquet and make sure it’ll work for you. 🙂
Post # 11
I think it’s totally doable but that you shouldn’t be involved in doing them. Have your friends and family do it but do not plan on doing it yourself – that will be recipe for stress. However, if you can trust someone to be in charge of the flowers and “let go” and realize that they might not be exactly how you envisioned I think you should definitely DIY. Flowers are pretty – someone with good taste can make them look even prettier. 🙂
I’m having my mom in charge of all the flowers except for the bouts and corsages, since that’s more detailed complicated work. I have zero worries on this score. (My mom on the other hand – plenty worried.)
Post # 12
I say don’t because I did mine and I was up till 4am the day of my wedding.
(Not to mention that I do this every week for other weddings and have experience)
Post # 13
I did a test run on making my own bouquet & one centerpiece – so I could figure out how many blooms to order and how long it would take to set up. The bouquet only took me about 30 mins – with 25 roses. This included taking each head and wiring it, wrapping each individual wire and then wrapping the wires together. My centerpieces are 3 julep cups with 40 roses total and have ribbons around them. But all my flowers were prepped ahead of time (cut/thorns & leaves removed).
I think it you had help you could definitely get it done but maybe do it earlier in the day before the rehersal so you don’t have to stress out and stay up late.
Hope that helps!
Post # 14
I’d totally DIY the centerpiece vases. I’d leave the bouquets up to a professional. Maybe for the bouts you can do something that doesn’t require flowers so you can DIY them well in advance.
Post # 15
I think it would be pretty simple to do the centerpiece ones on your own. Have you considered buying some and trying it out to see if you think you can do it?
It still might be affordable if you diy your centerpieces but then you outsource your bouquets. Just remember to use in season flowers. And try to use cheaper flowers like roses, hydrangeas, and carnations.
Post # 16
If you didn’t want the stress of doing it yourself could you buy the flowers through fiftyflowers and hire someone on Craigslist to do the arranging? Like PP’s said they might come out better than if you did it yourself…and you could give whatever price you could afford.