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Friday, July 28, 2017

DIY Flowers

Hi everyone,

A common item that people DIY for weddings is apparently flowers.  While beautiful, florists are costly and it often gets cut in favor of other items.  A lot of people order flowers in bulk, either by the stem or as pre-prepared bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.  We briefly considered DIY flowers, but luckily got some additional funds and elected to use them for the flowers.

I did do a DIY flowers trial with some grocery store flowers from Harris Teeter.  For the wedding, I have chosen hydrangeas and babies breath for the bouquets and centerpieces, with roses in my bouquet and the fiance's boutinniere.  Harris Teeter had all of the flowers I wanted in the appropriate colors, blue and white. 

First I tried the boutonnieres.  We decided to do babies breath only for the groomsmens, carnations and babies breath for the best men and fathers, and a rose and babies breath for the fiancee.

First, I took 2 to 3 stems of babies breath and taped them together.

Then I taped them together, either two bunches to each other, or two bunches with a carnation or rose in the middle.  I then put burlap, yarn, and ribbon around the bottom of 3 options.  The fiance went with the ribbon.

Finished products - I like options!

I also did some practice bouquets and centerpieces, smaller than real life.  Hydrangeas are huge and take up a lot of space, so the babies breath was mainly filler.  I started with taping together 2 to 3 stems of white hydrangeas.

Then I added in babies breath (for the all white bouquet) or blue hydrangeas and babies breath, for the white and blue bouquets/centerpieces.  I finished it off with the grey ribbon again.

Things turned out ok, but it did take a few hours to get the hang of things.  All in all, I am glad we found a florist who does beautiful work for reasonable prices.  I don't need this headache before the wedding.  Here is a look at some of my wedding flower pinterest inspirations I sent to my florist.

I could get lost in Florida weddings forever, and I often find myself doing just that. For instance, this morning I spent far longer than I would care to admit with this beauty at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club captured by Tonya Beaver     Pretty and inexpensive way to decorate your aisle     Nautical Wedding Centerpiece.  Pinned by from has high-quality hydrangeas in blues, greens and creams for your DIY floral arrangements.    Beach and Gold Resort Flower wedding arch ideas

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