I want to make MY OWN!!!

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MissFlores Posts : 18 Registered: 6/13/07
I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 20, 2009 12:35 PM

Hey Girls!!!!!


I would like to make my own bridal bouquet and my bridesmaids one too, I think it will be cheaper to do it that way. My MOTHER wants to have the florist make them, which by the way it will be more money! I have no problem doing it myself, I think it will be easy and cheap. What do ya think?
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rubyred1 Posts : 968 Registered: 8/9/07
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 20, 2009 1:28 PM Go to message in response to: MissFlores

I made all of my own flowers. I used wooden roses and silk lilies and even had some rose scented spray. My flowers were made weeks ahead of time, and they were fantastic. They were very light, and no one could even tell the difference. It was fairly easy to make them, and definitely more cost effective. I probably spent $150 total on 5 bouquets, and 9 bouts. Plus, I have my bouquet in a vase as a centerpiece for my dining room table.

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myra Posts : 5,550 Registered: 3/28/06
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 20, 2009 1:44 PM Go to message in response to: MissFlores

The wedding advice that I always give is to weigh cost vs. stress. If, as the PP said, you use fake flowers, then you can work ahead of time and not be under any time pressure. If you use fresh flowers (definitely my personal preference), they have to be done close to the time of the wedding. That may increase your stress level, especially if you do not have any helping hands. If you do a simple, hand tied bouquet (and practice ahead of time), you should be ok. A complicated arrangement is best left to a florist.
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auntofthebride Posts : 9,354 Registered: 4/2/06
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 20, 2009 6:06 PM Go to message in response to: MissFlores

Dear Miss F,

Here's an idea: Do a trial run.

Get the flowers, make a bouquet and keep track of the time and money you spend doing it.

If your trial bouquet looks nice, then go for it. If it look dumb, or if you spend way too much time getting it together, then think again.

You don't want to do it for the very first time on W-Day morning!!!

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Jream Posts : 157 Registered: 7/29/08
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 20, 2009 7:48 PM Go to message in response to: auntofthebride

I think another part of it depends on who's paying for it. If your mom is paying for the flowers, and that's really what she's okay with doing, then go with the florist. Otherwise, you might be able to ask her to front a different bill or something similar.

If you're paying, then do whatever you want. I'd take auntofthebride's advice and do a trial run though.

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Nalamienea Posts : 2,924 Registered: 6/13/08
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 20, 2009 9:07 PM Go to message in response to: Jream

I know a lot of women here think fake flowers are a better, cheaper way to go, and I respect that. A really good friend of mine swears up and down that "no one could tell" that her flowers were fake and from michaels, but I could. Maybe this makes me a floral snob or something, but fake flowers (unless you spend a ton of money for the good ones) just do NOT look like real ones and simply take the whole wedding down a knotch, in my mind. It's kind of the same to me as using plastic table clothes on the tables, you know? I realize some women may not agree with me and I'm totally okay with that, to each bride her own, but I would always encourage the use real flowers.

Now, florist or diy? I priced a ton of flowers at online locations like costco.com and such that are said to be a the "low cost" alternative to the florist, but when it came down to it by the time I paid shipping on those the cost for me was only about $40 different from the florist. The difference for me I think was that I gave the florist a lot of creative control and told her that my budget was tight. It was up to her to pick the flowers that would offer the most impact for the money. Then I actually was able to do a little bartering too!! I bought some topiary forms at joanne's fabrics for next to NOTHING at a B1G1 free sale, and asked her if she would discount some flowers if I gave them to her afterwards, and she ended up filling them with moss and flowers for free for me! She was able to rent me some urns at a very reasonable price, and constructed a whole set up for mine and my MOH's bouquets for a rental fee of $15. She blew my socks off!

I think if you find a good florist you can trust it's worth it a thousand times over!

 

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ArtBride Posts : 4,838 Registered: 5/9/07
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 21, 2009 11:24 AM Go to message in response to: MissFlores

I've tried to make DIY floral arrangements for other occasions and it isn't as easy as it looks. Stems break, flowers bruise easily, etc, etc.

Silk flowers are more forgiving if you make mistakes, but I personally agree with Nala. They look crappy and cheap to me. I don't care how well they're done - they always look bad to me. So for me, the price of real flowers is worth the cost. The additional cost is also a small price to pay for me to NOT have to do it myself. My time is worth more than saving a few bucks.

Like Nala, I didn't have a large floral budget. Well, I could have spent more than I did, but I just didn't care much about the flowers, so I wanted to get out of the florist having spent as little money as possible. I think I gave the florist a pretty big shock, as she was all by-the-book 'You have to spend 20% of your budget on flowers.' I said, 'No, I don't think I'm going to do that. I really don't want to spend ANYTHING on flowers, so tell me what I can get for the price I want to pay.' If you bargain with your florist and continue asking questions, you'll be surprised at the deals you can get. I'm still shocked at the difference between the first price that she quoted me and the final amount I ended up paying.

Anyway, to answer your question, I do not think the time and effort involved in DIY flowers is worth the money you'd save. Perhaps if I had a lot of free time, I'd feel differently - but I don't have much free time, so I'd rather spend more on flowers and NOT have to arrange them myself, which isn't easy, in my experience.

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ChelsRae85 Posts : 371 Registered: 5/16/09
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 21, 2009 12:10 PM Go to message in response to: ArtBride

Here is what we think we're doing:

1. We are using both real and fake flowers.

2. It will depend on how close to the flowers people get whether we do real or fake. For instance, the guests are not going to be close to my bouquet, or the bm bouquets. So we're getting the "real touch" hobby lobby flowers. They're more rubber and silky than most fakes and feel like the real thing. You can still tell they're fake, but from far away, they're not going to be AS obvious. Also the arch we use for the ceremony will have fake flowers. It will be several yards from the front row of guests and I don't have the time on wedding day to decorate it with real flowers. No one is going to care.

3. Centerpieces for the reception tables will not involve a lot of flowers because they're more expensive than candles and colored sand, stones, branches, and other decorative items. So our centerpieces WILL feature real flowers, just not many. I think we're going to feature ostrich feathers in ours to cut down on the amount of florals we use.

4. So that I can still have the fun of DIY florals without looking cheap, we're actually using flowers that my aunt already grows in her garden, and the one flower that I want that she doesn't grow (peach roses), we're planting a few bushes next spring, because the rose bush will last and will be a memento long after the wedding is over. Because my wedding is going to be in the evening, I have the morning to tuck fresh flowers into premade centerpieces.

In the meantime, I would reccomend that you buy a few books on floral arranging, or borrow from the library. I am blessed enough that both I and my aunt have done floral arrangements for years for our County Fair, and she has had probably 100's of ribbons by now, so I know she's good! :D It's not something that I would do if I didn't have time to train myself better and/or utilize her expertise.
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Palmtree2 Posts : 9 Registered: 5/5/09
Re: I want to make MY OWN!!!
Posted: Jun 23, 2009 8:33 PM Go to message in response to: MissFlores

I think that's a great idea! If you do go this route, you should check out russwholesaleflowers.com! They have great prices on both fresh & silk flowers :)

Best of luck!
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