(Closed) Who else is DIYing their own flowers? Or am I the only crazy one?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I did!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@futuremrse: I think DIY’ng your own flowers is a great, budget friendly idea!

Getting married on a cruise ship, we can’t have real flowers, so we are making our own fake bouquets for that and then we are doing something like what you are doing for our home reception. If you have people at the ready to help you do it, I say go for it!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m curious about this too! I want to DIY our centerpieces and I have plenty of help, but other people keep trying to talk me out of it and say I have no idea how stressful the days before the wedding will be. I’m definitely interested in hearing stories from brides who have done it!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I plan on doing my own flowers as well, with the help of my mom and other family members.  I am only worried about making the bouquets because I am not quite sure what I want, I might just do orange gerbera daisies, but I really love orchids.  I am also planning on ordering them online, which I am very nervous about… 

I am interested to hear tips and advice from brides who have done their own!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@SapphireSun: Wow! I LOVE YOUR ARRANGEMENTS! Could you do a DIY tutorial or provide info about what flowers you used and where you got them? If you don’t mind me asking, how much did they cost?

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m DIY’ing my own flowers as well, and I am also getting a lot of flack for it.  Just hang in there. It’s your wedding, and you should be able to do what you want! At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Umm… as far as a tutorial goes… we went to a wholesaler, bought $431 worth of green and white flowers that they happened to have on hand… and put them in teapots whatever way we thought they looked good.  We tied them off with elastic bands, so we could give away the flowers without having to give away the pots.

My aunt did the carried bouquets, and I pretty much just sat there and told her whether I thought they needed more of green, or more white, so I can’t take full credit there.   

I believe my bouquet has roses, fresia, hypernicum berries, and chrysanthemums.

BM’s had carnations, and two types of chrysanthemums.

Centrepieces had roses, white and green chrysanthemums, a smaller green chrysanthemum and hypernicum.

The flowers stretched to 4 bouquets, 10 centrepieces, 2 alter arrangements, 2 boutonieres, 4 corsages, a toss bouquet with enough left over for a huge bouquet for my grandma’s birthday and a good size arrangement left at my aunt’s house for the gift opening the next day.

I went to the market and ordered the flowers we wanted on Tuesday, and picked them up on Thursday for our Friday wedding.  I had a huge crew of help though, with two aunts, a cousin and my mom who all have a pretty good eye for these kinds of things.

I think the main thing is to be flexible if you’re going to DIY.  I went a couple weeks before and the hydrangeas looked great.  When we went right before the wedding they looked a little sad, so we had to re-imagine the bouquets on the fly. 

If you have your heart set on a specific flower, DIY might not be for you.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m planning to do my own centerpieces, too. I found plenty of tutorials online and have bought already my centerpieces that will be tall candle holder pedalstals and planning to order my flowers/roses from an online farm and/or sam’s club or bj’s. I can’t wait to start working on them. I’m going to practice making one before the wedding. I’ll try to post a picture of it. Not doing a lot of my wedding stuff and planning myself takes away from the fun of having a wedding I think.

But for my arrangements all I need is a large wet foam ball, a plate, and some glue/tape and of course the flowers, and it will look so classy and elegant. I’m going to place candles and other votive cups filles with roses around the centerpice to fill up the bottom of the arrangement.
Can’t wait!

Candlesticks

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Doing things yourself could be a huge money saver, or a big headache at the same time depending on how creative you are or how much help you have from others.

Personally I am not able to do anything myself, I just don’t have this artistic sense in me… But if you do, I don’t see a reason to why not do it! Especially of you have help from others. 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Since my venue provides the centerpieces and natural foilage and decor…I only need to do the boutinerres and bridal bouquest! AND I am more than THRILLED to take on this challenge!

Best of luck and have FUN with it as much as you can!

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