(Closed) Who arranged their own centerpieces/ceremony flowers? What was your experience?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Ms.Sugarsnap: We simply set out all the jars and everything ahead of time and picked up the flowers the morning of the wedding. It only took about an hour because I had all my aunts and cousins there to help me. It’s really not that huge of a deal, to be honest with you, if you have help!

Post # 4
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

bump- I’d be interested to hear about people who DIY’d wildflower-y looking centerpieces.

Post # 5
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m interested as well. I want to DIY mine only if it won’t be a big ordeal.

Post # 6
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did! We got semi-wildflower type flowers from a local farm. Dahlias, lilies, coxcomb, zinnias, marigolds, and then we had a little bit of eucalyptus and tuberoses or something just as a bonus. We arranged everything, just simple centerpieces and my bouquet, the day before, and honestly the most stressful parts of it were 1) that the farmer had convinced my mom that the lilies were super delicate, so she kept fussing about them, and 2) that everyone helping me didn’t really pay any attention to what I tried to tell them about how to arrange them (simple things, like height and to take off leaves that would be below the waterline!). They came out really nice, and I loved my bouquet that I made myself, but I honestly wish I had not let anyone help, or just got a tiny bit bridezilla and said “Look, I’ve practiced this, I know what I’m doing, can you all please just remove leaves and cut them down to about a foot long and let me arrange?” Arranging them didn’t take that long, and I eventually went back through all the centerpieces and fixed them when everyone had left. Not a huge deal, but then they were simple centerpieces and there about something like 9 of them. Sounds like you’re going for more than that.

I also wished we’d gotten more dahlias and less lilies, but that’s purely a picky aesthetics thing of mine. I guess I would suggest doing what I’ve heard of others doing and make an example arrangement and tell everyone helping to make it look as much like that as they can. And definitely practice beforehand, get similar flowers and see how it works with some of the containers you have, so that you know how you want it to look and that it’s possible to have it look that way!

Post # 7
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I saw these lids on pinterest- you might even be able to DIY them or something similar. Looks like they would really help to keep the flowers in place.

Post # 8
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

All of our flowers were DIY, and we did them the day before. I agree with TankGirl about doing trial runs, so you know how many flowers you’ll need to order, what combinations you like, what flowers are easy to work with, etc. 

I got a couple of library books, and had inspiration photos for the bouquets- I’d advise doing the same for your centerpieces. You don’t need to follow your inspiration exactly, but it’s really helpful.

Post # 9
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We’re doing it semi-diy… I found and ordered pre-made natural touch calla lily centerpieces (in a vase) so I don’t have to spend the morning of doing them. All we have to do is put them on the tables and then add the lighting, beads, ribbon, and scatter beads on the table around the vase. I’m still debating on adding votives. It’s only for 8 tables, so it’s not that big of a deal.

As for the ceremony portion, that’s something I’ve been working on for months using silk flowers and getting those ready in a way that set up should be as easy as just using zip ties on the day of. This includes 3 4-foot flower/bead curtains, 1 large and 2 smaller swags, aisle/chair 3-flower arrangements, and depending on the budget, I will purchase 4 wisteria garlands to complete the look. 

Personals: ordered from bloombridal. Those should be arriving within a month of the big day. 

I have a DOC on site who is asking me to bring all the stuff the week of the wedding. I still have to have a meeting with her to find out if they’ll set it all up (I have more than just flowers, obviously), but my Fiance has plans of setting up the ceremony himself. (I’m kind of scared, lol)… Ah, he’s great at interior design anyway, so I have to trust him and it won’t kill me if he doesn’t follow my vision. It’s his day too!! 🙂



Post # 10
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I, with help did my flowers for our wedding. I got exactly what I wanted and for much less. Depending on how many flowers you need to do (arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc) you’ll definately save money. Two florists quoted us $1300 and we spent about $600 (flowers, vases, etc)  I asked my Bridesmaid or Best Man, Maid/Matron of Honor and family members help and even if they didn’t have any experience they helped with prepping.

The flowers were bought 3 days before the wedding and arranged the next day. We used my sons garage and the pool table was covered with plastic and served as a workbench. My biggest fear was “How do I keep the flowers fresh til wedding day”? and since there was obviously no walk in cooler the only thing I could think of was to turn the air conditioner on for a few days. We closed the vents to all the rooms but one, the guest room and thats where the flowers were stored. We rented a cargo van to transport all the flowers and my son drove to the venue the morning of the wedding. To keep them secure I turned cardboard boxes upside down, cut an “x” and put the vases/arrangements in.

In the end I was happy I did our flowers but it can get a bit overwhelming. You have to plan, do a few trial runs and be prepared if anything unexpected comes up. I suggest going on Youtube and checking out videos of what you have in mind. Even though I have experience arranging flowers I’ve never done bouquets and Youtube was a great resource. Having a lot of help and assigning jobs to everyone is the key. Be organized, make a list and re-check everything.

Post # 11
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I DIYed our flowers! But we had some different circumstances –

Our wedding was on one day (we just used bud vases with red roses from the supermarket), and the reception was the next night. We had the entire day to set up for the reception.

I ordered about $300 bulk flowers – roses, dahlias, tulips, and tons more – and with a few people’s help, we arranged about 30 different sized and shaped vases. They looked incredible, and compared to many ladies’ $1000++++ flower budgets, I felt almost smug for how inexpensive and beautiful they were!

If you’re doing the wedding and reception on one day like most brides, that would be too stressful. So, you could do them the day before, provided that you have EVERYTHING else taken care of already and can focus on the task at hand. You’d also need a large fridge or very cold spot to keep them so they don’t wilt.

Like others recommended, definitely do a trial run with the flowers you like to make sure you can create the “look” you’re going for.

For ordering your flowers, check out Sam’s Club / Costco for their great prices. I ended up ordering through a local florist who was wonderful to work with, but I can’t lie – the red roses from the supermarket held up way better than the florist’s, so don’t overlook the supermarkets! Good luck!

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