Did you know I used to do wedding flowers? When I was first married I had a small business doing wedding flowers. I stopped doing it after I had my first baby and never really started up again. So when my friend asked me to do the wedding flowers for her brother’s wedding, I was super excited. But I didn’t have the same connections as I did before.
So here are some tips on doing wedding flowers without a florist.
For large amounts of flowers, order wholesale through the internet. For this wedding, we are ordering hydrangeas and white roses through Costco. Costco has great prices but a limited selection. Since it’s been awhile I can’t really recommend any of these sites based on personal experience, but they seem to have decent prices and a bigger selection: www.theflowerexchange.com, www.growersbox.com. Remember, these are wholesale flower sites so you will have to purchase a LOT of flowers to get the price.
For smaller amounts of flowers, try your local grocery store! They always have a small floral section which might have some great filler flowers. You don’t need a lot of these to go a long way.
For greens and possibly other flowers, ask your neighbors with beautiful flower gardens if they’d be willing to donate to the wedding. 🙂 I’m raiding my mom’s garden for this wedding.
For floral supplies, you can find lots of items such as wire, floral tape, and floral foam at craft stores and even Wal-mart. Remember to get corsage pins too! For things like flower water picks you should ask a local florist if you can purchase some from them.
And don’t forget silk flowers! Silk flowers have really come a LONG way in the last several years and now you can find high quality silk flowers that look very realistic. They probably won’t be cheaper, but if you have a situation where you need the flowers to last for several days or perhaps two receptions, silk is a great alternative. Look for the best silks at Hobby Lobby (where they are nearly always 50% off), Michaels, and decor stores like Tai Pan Trading.
Betcha couldn’t guess these flowers are all silk!
This is the bouquet I made from all silk flowers. Most of them we found at Tai Pan Trading, but the hydrangeas we actually got from Walmart!
We bought the following flowers to make up this bouquet:
- Green Roses
- White Poppy
- White Freesia
- White Dahlia
- Green Berries
- Dark colored Hypericum Berries
- Bear Grass
For the stems, I wrapped it in a striped black and white ribbon (you have to wrap at an angle so it lies flat) and then added an accent ribbon in the green. The bride had collected some brooches which we used here on the stems and actually inside the bouquet.
To make a bouquet, you start with your largest and bushiest flowers (the hydrangeas, dahlias, poppies, and roses) and form a little round bunch. Then you can add in the smaller stuff where you like, filling in gaps and adding on the edges. To make grass loops I used floral tape to hold the loops in place. I held the whole bouquet tightly in my hand until I got it how I liked. Then I started taping (with the floral tape) as close to the base of the flowers as possible. Then I taped a good distance down, how long I wanted the ‘handle’ of the bouquet to be. And then I wrapped it with the ribbons. Not too hard! Silk is easy to work with because you can bend the flowers to be the direction you want to be in.
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