With my wedding anniversary coming up next week (3 years!), I wanted to share with you how I DIY’ed my wedding flowers and saved tons of money!
I have been a Pinterest-aholic since I was first placed on the waiting list for Pinterest years ago. So naturally, I wanted beautiful, Pinterest-worthy wedding flowers – but flowers are so expensive! Boutonnieres alone would have blown my budget. And you can’t even keep them forever. I really did not want to spend thousands of dollars on a florist, so I did a little bit of shopping around. Here’s how I was able to DIY our wedding flowers for less than $500! (Pinnable image at the end!)
1. Support System
Seriously, you can’t do this alone. You will need lots of hands, and lots of pizza as payment. A few nights before the wedding, all of my bridesmaids came to town, I invited my cousins, aunts, my future mother-in-law, the mother-in-laws of my bridesmaids – I literally cashed in on all of those “if you need any help at all, let me know!” offers. We grabbed a bunch of pizzas and wine and threw a flower party! It was really fun! It also helped me to enjoy the moment and get a little creative ahead of the big day.
2. Sam’s Club / Costco Membership
A lot of people don’t know that Sam’s Club and Costco both sell bulk fresh flowers! They have Eucalyptus, Hydrangeas, Roses, Baby’s Breath, Daisies, Carnations, Lilies… so. many. flowers. And so reasonably priced! You can get 36 stems of Garden Roses for $84 (and if you use Ebates, you can get 1.5% cash back). If you don’t have a membership card already, or know someone who does – I was able to get a cheap membership to Sam’s Club through Groupon! I know they run that promotion a couple of times a year, so just keep a look out! They even have pre-made bouquets you can purchase if that’s what you’re looking for.
The Sam’s Club website also offers a lot of information on how to care for your flowers, tips for arranging your flowers, etc. I was able to score free shipping, and choose what delivery date I wanted. Because I have a touch of anxiety, I ordered them to be delivered the day before the flower party, just to avoid any issues. This worked for me, however my hydrangeas didn’t exactly last (I’ll get more into that later). The flowers came boxed up with explicit instructions on how to unpack them, cut them and place them into vases with water to hydrate. You’ll probably want to let them hydrate over night because they’ll be very thirsty from the travel. All of my flowers were the right color, they were all alive, and I was very happy with my order!
Because I had ordered a total of nearly 250 stems, vases weren’t going to cut it. We used 5 gallon buckets filled with water to hydrate the flowers before the flower party, and they worked perfectly!
I had a concept in mind for centerpieces, and sketched out a few ways to create the final product. Luckily, my parents are awesome and helped me out a lot 🙂 I found wooden spindles at Home Depot that we spray painted gold, and nailed into wooden blocks so they’d stand on their own. My dad hammered a giant nail in the top of the spindle to hold the flower balls we would make at the Pizza Party. Obviously, this was just for my own centerpiece, but make sure you plan ahead for the tools you’ll want for your own centerpieces!
For the flower balls, I purchased these wet-foam balls and these trays to help keep the fresh flowers alive. If you do purchase the wet-foam balls, just make sure you order the right size for what you’re thinking! For our centerpieces, I punctured the tray so it would fit onto the nail at the top of the spindle, then used electrical tape to seal the tray to the nail. When you’re ready to arrange your flowers, follow the instructions to wet the foam ball, and stick it right on the nail.
Here are a few other tools I had available at the flower party: (pretty much every “station” should have some shears!) The spray bottle is to spray the flowers throughout the night and in the morning to keep them perky and fresh!
5. Wedding Party Flowers
If you are doing your wedding party’s flowers this way as well, just remember you’ll probably want some floral tape, floral wire, ribbons, etc depending on your vision for your bridal party! I asked my bridesmaids to make their own bouquets and I think that made it more fun and personal! I’m going to be completely honest – my amazing cousin and mom made the boutonnieres for me while my fiance/husband and I spent time with our bridal party. Have I mentioned how lucky I am? Here are some floral tools so you don’t have to look around too much!
6. Things to Consider:
Because I’m not a florist, there were a few things I learned along the way that I need to share with you! Most importantly: hydrangeas need a LOT of water! I read this ahead of time and blew it off, thinking I’d be able to water them and keep them hydrated. This is the last thing you need to be worrying about ahead of your wedding! All of my hydrangeas died the night before the wedding. Lucky for me (again… so thankful, so lucky! Actually hashtag blessed) my dad has a hydrangea bush! My amazing cousin and mom came to the rescue, while my bridesmaids and I were enjoying our time at a hotel, these two swooped in and rescued the wedding flowers! They plucked the hydrangea bush clean to replace the dead ones!
So when you read that the flower you really want requires a LOT of water, maybe save those for the end and put them into your centerpieces the morning of the wedding! I don’t know what I would have done if those two lovely ladies wouldn’t have been available to help!
Another nugget of information, in the spirit of keeping flowers alive: if you can, put them in a cool, humid place! If you cannot, then make sure to spray them with water if they look droopy, and keep them out of direct sunlight so they don’t fry!
Are you doing your own wedding flowers? If you’ve done your own wedding flowers, do you have any tips to pass along?