Last summer a friend of my sister’s planted an idea in her head. She had DIY-ed the flowers at her own wedding and could not stop raving how easy, inexpensive , and fun the whole experience was. She gave my sister the name and location of the flower warehouse she used in Orlando and told her to do it too.
That’s all the encouragement my sister needed, she was sold on the idea of DIY flowers from day one and when my aunt – a former florist – agreed to help her, it was game on.
My sister and aunt worked together for months on selecting flowers, exchanging arrangement ideas, and covering just about everything wedding related. The Thursday before the wedding, my sister picked up the flowers, and a gang of us headed to my aunt’s to help with arrangements. The whole process of making the boutonnieres, corsages, and bouquets only took a few hours and really was a fun experience.
Then, on Friday, we took the remaining flowers to the reception site and finished the centerpieces on site.
The flowers looked AMAZING. My sister and aunt did an incredible job designing every last detail and no one believed the flowers were all DIY. Why would they? They were too perfect to be!
In the back of my mind, I’d always wanted to follow my sister’s lead with the flowers. My budget is just as tight, and the way that our friend raved about it, she convinced me to go that route too. I was just a tad bit nervous about the added stress DIY flowers might cause. Could it really be that easy?
Why, yes, yes it could.
The flowers were probably the least stressful part about my sister’s wedding. Once every flower was picked up and accounted for on Thursday morning, she just sort of rolled with the punches and put her trust n my aunt (who was amazing). She had no need to stress. There was plenty of help and everything turned out gorgeous.
Watching the process unfold, I began to grow more and more excited about my own flowers. Holy crap. We could do this.
My aunt started quizzing me on my wedding almost as soon as Kelly’s was over. She had so much fun with Kelly’s wedding, that she was thirsty for more and I could deliver. The emails started last week and – WOW! – my aunt IS amazing.
I sent her my wedding flower Pinterest board and, not only did she send me back notes on what I had selected, but she dissected every photo and what flowers were included.
1) Brides.com – winter wedding flowers ll – green protea, white peonies, standard white carnations, wood sola flowers, succulents, camellia buds, tallow berries, hypericum berries
2) stylemepretty.com – more pretty winter flowers – anemones (black centers), dahlias, succulents, dusty miller
3) Google.com – white coral, balsa wood flowers
4) wedding.com – calla lilies, orchids, mums, roses, gardenias, freesia
5) stylemepretty.com – winter flowers – anemones, freesia, phlox, tulips
6) emmacasephotography.blogspot.com – anemones, roses, blue thistle (also called sea holly), succulents
7) bridal hood.blogspot.com – succulents including air plant, seeded eucalyptus, eucalyptus, gypsophila ( b. breath)
8) stylemepretty.com – cool winter flowers – anemones, roses, lamb’s ear, gypsophila, hydrangea
9) brides.com – cymbidium orchids, silver brunia, anemones, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, Vendela roses, dusty miller
10) wedding.theknot.com – winter white flowers – peonies, ranunculus, roses, berries, dusty miller
11) rouge-allure.tumblr.com – dahlias
12) tinywhitedaisies.tumblr.com – ranunculus
Can I tell you how much I love my aunt?! Because I do! I really do!
I also got a quick lesson on which of those flowers would be a little pricier because of season (ranunculus and anemones are Spring flowers, peonies are Summer, dahlias are Autumn, etc.), which ones could work for January ( succulents, camellias, gardenias, stock, phlox, star of Bethlehem, freesia, etc.), and some blues options for the “pop of color” I was after (holly, Veronica, and volkerfreidin delphinium) <– there was a lot of flower googling on my part. 😉
There were also these notes:
- Bride, bridesmaids – style of bouquet? – tussie-mussie? How many
- Moms, grandmothers – how many? wrist corsage or pinned?
- Groom, groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers – how many?
- Throw-away bouquet?
- Ceremony flowers? Other decorations? Alter? Aisle? Chairs?
- Reception: Tables – centerpieces? Other pieces? Sign-in table? Cake table? Dessert table?
umm… obviously I have a LOT to think about. But I’m excited to get started!
I have a “flower date” with my aunt on July 15th and I can’t wait to see where it goes from there!
Did you DIY your flowers?