Happy Friday! Today I am excited to share Kristen’s story… A perfect example that you don’t have to DIY it ALL to save money.
“I was on the fence about DIY flowers because I knew it would save us money but I had no floral experience and was worried they would not look to great. At first my mother was totally against it worried that it would be too much stress around the wedding, but she had me tying bows on 200 jars of spice for our favors, so the flowers were the relaxing part!” Kristen ultimately decided to DIY her reception flowers but hire a florist to do her church flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres. Kristen explains, “We were quoted over $3000 for just the centerpieces with these flowers for our wedding from our florist, tack on the cost of the church flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres it was going to be an almost $5000-6000 expense so we decided at the very least to DIY the reception flowers. We contracted with a florist to do the pew flowers, the bouquets and the boutonnieres for a total cost of $1000, and we set our budget for $1000 for the DIY reception flowers. We went from a $5000 expense down to only $2,000! When you run the numbers DIY really is a save and it’s a beautiful and fun project.”
Kristen watched a few floral design videos on YouTube with her mother before deciding on her main flower, hydrangeas. “Because of all the little stems on the underside of the hydrangea it acts as an easy grid to fill in other flowers. The hydrangea took up the bulk of the centerpiece size, 5 hydrangea in a vase created a very full look and only took seconds to make. We then picked our filler and roses based on the wedding colors of blush, pink and ivory. I spent weeks looking at every single flower on the website to make sure I was making the correct choice! I must have changed my mind no less than fifty times!”
In the end, her mother placed the order (“she was really impressed with the customer service she received. It made us both even more comfortable with our choice to go with Fifty Flowers.”) for the following flowers: Hydrangeas and White roses were ordered from another wholesaler and the following were ordered from Fiftyflowers.com, 72 stems Mythos Garden Roses, 16 bunches of Kiss of Pink Spray Roses and 5 bunches of Seeded Eucalyptus. We also sent her 36 stems of Peach Juliet Garden Roses as we had some extra stock, and they were a huge hit! “These ended up being the highlight of our centerpieces and everyone LOVED them.”
“I was home alone when the boxes arrived and I ran out of the house and practically climbed on the delivery truck to help unload the flowers I was so excited. All the boxes were brought in and I had buckets of room temperature water ready and waiting for the flowers when they arrived. The flowers were very hearty and healthy, but I did have a mini bridal meltdown and started crying in the middle of the boxes, luckily my mom was close to home and was able to get there quickly to help me. We really had an enjoyable time sitting on the floor surrounded by all the buckets and flowers. With the two of us it took a couple hours to get everything trimmed and guard petals removed. We were done in time for dinner and ready for a glass of wine!”
“The next day once the flowers had time to hydrate and bloom a little bit two days before the wedding we started putting the arrangements together. This was the quickest and easiest part. With the hydrangea as a grid we were able to fill in roses to any of the empty spots and even out the shape. We put the arrangements back into the box and designated one car to transporting the flowers two hours away to our reception, we only had a few arrangements left to make that my mother actually finished putting together the morning of the wedding while we were getting our hair done. We received the flowers on a Wednesday and processed them on Thursday we put the arrangements together and on Friday we traveled to the wedding location. The flowers were still beautiful, it not more beautiful by Saturday night. All in all it was a fairly easy project it took a little bit of time but not too much and was quite manageable with the two of us. We ended up making 18 centerpieces for the reception tables, two large arrangements for the seating chart table and two arrangements for the sweetheart table for a total of 22 arrangements.”
Kristen has some tips for future DIY Brides, “We ordered WAY more than we needed and a lot of the flowers we gave away to the hotel staff when we arrived at the wedding location. I would highly suggest using the form on Fifty Flowers to calculate what you need and do a couple practice runs with similar flowers from the grocery store. You will save even more money by not having extras. My next step is do a little research, watch some videos and use the tools and tips on the Fifty Flowers website for flower care and how to process everything. Once you have an understanding you can prepare for your flower delivery and it will make everything go smoother. My next tip, get some wine and some music. Don’t treat it like a task or another to-do, enjoy the process! In hindsight if I had to pick just one DIY project to do it would be the flowers time and again. This was the best DIY project of the whole wedding and was the easiest. Who would hate sitting around buckets of beautiful flowers days before their wedding that was all the spa I needed!”
Professional Photos by: Kristin Mccarthy
I hope you enjoyed Kristen’s story! Be sure to come back for lots more DIY Inspiration and Real Wedding Stories!