(Closed) to those brides who have done your flowers yourself…

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I plan on doing my own flowers. I’m also wanting wildflowers, and considering buying dried/preserved flowers online. They look beautiful! For all my flowers (including decorations), it will be no more than $150.

Post # 4
2227 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I also plan on doing it myself but my budget’s closer to $600-800 on flowers. This includes my (very large cascading) bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 10 boutonieres, 15 centerpieces, aisle decor & other little touches. Essencially, the look I’m going for couldn’t really be achieved without twice the budget unless I do them myself. 

I did a trial run this summer which really let me know what to expect for the actual week of. For example: Even though the Flower Exchange suggests deliveries 2 days before the event, I found my flowers required 2 full days of hydration before I could arrange them properly (they kept opening after I had made my trial bouquet!!)

Even if I had the cash I don’t think I would pay over $1000 on flower arrangements, simply as a matter of principle.

Post # 5
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I (and mom, grandma, and a friend) did my own flowers the day before the wedding.  Make sure to clear plenty of space in your fridge, and apparently there are YouTube tutorials for bouts/corsages.  Even on a bigger budget, I’d arrange my own flowers again in a heartbeat…it really was a good bonding activity with my mom and grandma.

Post # 6
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I worked at a florist a million years ago. I felt confident I could do my own flowers. I enlisted the help of my nieces, friends, Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man. It took all of us 4 hours and an additional 5 hours me myself for a total of 9 hours. I know this seems like a long time but we completed 18 centerpieces, 2 huge wreaths for the iron gates to the courtyard, 3 bouquets, 8 boutonierres, 4 corsages and 4 various vases of flowers. I spent $90 on supplies (floral preserve, oasis, floral tape, containers …etc) and $500 on flowers (roses, carnations, cymbidium orchids, greens, daisys…etc).

If you think you have to help, the energy and the tims to do your own flowers heres a few suggestions…

  • Get help from family, friends and your bridal party. Even if they’ve never worked with flowers they can strip thorns from roses and de-leaf the flowers or mix floral preserve.
  • Have a large work area, lay everything you need out so you’re not searching for something and taking time away from your task at hand.
  • Keep the flowers cool, preferably an air conditioned room. If you have central air just close all the vents except the room with the flowers.
  • Transport the flowers in a van or SUV. Use a turned over box such as an apple or orange box and cut an X in the bottom big enough for the container to fit snug. This way the flowers wont tip while in transit.

I was very proud (and my husband too) that I made my flowers and they came out exactly how I wanted. Here’s a few pics.

Post # 7
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did my own flowers

Buuuut all my flowers were bouquets of dried lavender!

I ordered a bunch off of etsy and we had them on the aisles, my boquet, and a big wreath behind us up at the altar–they smell great and we got to keep them afterwards. We used them as part of our centerpieces too

Post # 8
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My maids and I made our own bouquets under the guidance of my Maid/Matron of Honor who worked at a florist shop once.  I didn’t have the budget for a florist, but if I did, I would still make my own bouquet.  It was fun just to have that time with my girls the night before the wedding.  The centerpieces were metal trees that held cups for votives and carnations, so minimal floral arrangement for those.

We wrapped the bouquets with ribbon.


Post # 9
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

I did them myself, and I was so happy I did! Not only did I save a ton of money (everything only cost me $300, and I had so much left over!), but I loved getting exactly what I wanted. I had trouble envisioning how I wanted everything to look, so I was thankful I got to go and pick everything out and then play with flowers as I was assembling the. So much better than paying $1000+ and then not getting what I wanted (sadly, and oh to common tale around the hive). I would do my flowers again in a heartbeat, whether or not I could afford a florist. It was seriously one of the easiest projects I took on (and I had zero experience beforehand), and I had so much fun doing all the arrangements. 

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