Okay… confession time: We used NO florist for our May 2016 wedding and the flowers were amazing!
First, my friend Douglas and I handmade all of the corsages and boutonnieres for the wedding with fake flowers from Hobby Lobby. We made four corsages total, for my mum, my great aunt, Joshua’s mom, and Joshua’s grandma. We made nine boutonnieres total with fake orchids (my dad, my step dad, his dad, his grandfather, our four groomsmen, and ring bearer). I’m not crafty, so we had to buy everything like a glue gun. We brought home everything we liked and then just returned all unopen/unused flowers and I would say it was about $50 (~$4 each) and two hours of laughing nonstop trying to make these things. That’s far cheaper than getting these at the florist.
They looked so good my father in law tried to save his by putting it in a cup of water and storing it in the fridge following the wedding. haha. 🙂
And we did not have to worry about keeping the real flowers looking fresh.
For my bouquet and my four bridesmaids’ bouquets, we made them as well the morning of the wedding. We went for breakfast around 8am and then headed to Publix around 9:30am for a late afternoon wedding. At Publix, we grabbed all the flowers we liked (but we could have done this more cost efficiently if need be) from the floral section.
Now, my mum, sister, and I scoped this Publix out weeks before the wedding and knew they had a very large flower section that was refreshed every morning. I would not recommend this without some local research.
Then my bridesmaids and I went home and had a “bouquet making party.” We listened to music on the big front porch of our beach house (where the reception was held) and sorted the flowers by color. It was my vision that we each have bright, multi-colored bouquets but each would be different for each bridesmaid. My bridesmaids each picked their dresses with the only stipulation being that the dress was purple.
Then we each picked the flowers we liked and made our bouquets to our liking. My sister-in-law goes to Clemson and wanted a large orange flower; I wanted a giant bouquet. They turned out lovely and so beautiful!
We used floral tape to keep the bouquets together and tied purple ribbon around to make a handle. I wanted long ribbons on the bouquets that would flow in the wind.
(My bracelet was “something borrowed” and the pin on my bouquet was “something old.”)
All the extra flowers were used as decoration for the reception and we used the bouquets to decorate around the guest book and favors.
It was SO EASY and FUN! If you’re looking to save money and don’t have your heart set on particular flowers, then I would highly recommend this!