- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
Sam’s Bulk Flowers
I LOVED making all my flower thingies! Starting with my bouquet!
pic taken by Tiffany Garcia Photography (found her here on WeddingBee!)
I knew right off the bat that I wanted to DIY my own bouquet, BM’s bouquets, the guy’s boutonnieres, centerpieces, everything flowers I wanted to do! So again, I did my research, called up local florists, trial runs, you name it!
Majority of all my flowers came from Sam’s Warehouse. Their online prices were great, however here’s a lil tip: Go to the store & check out their bulk prices in the floral dept. They tend to carry the basic flowers (roses, carnations, hydrangeas, plus a few more) in your basic colors (white, red, pink) for a LOT less than they do online. My colors being green & purple, were a lil harder to work with, but since I used white carnations for filler, in the end I just needed a few colored flowers to bring it all together. I did order “florigene” carnations in Moonvista from Sam’s online because I couldn’t get that color in the store.
Ok, so this is what my flowers look like as I unwrapped them. Had to cut the stems at an angle, & place them in buckets with flower food. Another tip, for some reason the flowers I ordered in the store didn’t have the flower food. Luckily I was prepared (from doing so many trials, lol) that I grabbed a few packets from the floral dept while I was there.
(white & purple-“Moonvista” carnations from Sam’s)
Garden shears & scissors purchased at Dollar Tree.
I guess I just kept having a brain fart when it came down to the amount of floral food & water, but I just could not understand how much of which, so I called a florist & she said just a tablespoon of floral food in the bucket of water will suffice (whew). So that’s what I did.
My alstroemerias were really sad looking when they first came in, the florist told me it would be about 3 days for them to bloom, good thing I got them on a Tues for a Sat wedding.
Here are all my Sam’s flowers, the green bunches I bought individually, green carnations & poms, about $5 a bunch.
After waiting 2 days, we started working on our bouquets & bouts. We sorted them all out & just kinda arranged them how we liked.
I did watch a bunch of youtube videos on how to make a bouquet & boutonnieres and I think these were the most informative ones.
I really liked this one because she explains how to handle the floral tape when making boutonnieres by using your pinky, which really helped. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzcXLEWSZFQ&feature=youtube_gdata_playerI bought floral tape and wire at Dollar Tree & they worked great. (I should get paid for advertising Dollar Tree as much as I do 😉
As you can see, my alstroemerias opened up quite beautifully after 3 days, perfect timing for the centerpieces
Here’s a pic I took of the centerpieces right AFTER my wedding, sorry I didn’t take pics of the BM’s bouquets or the guys bouts right after I finished them 🙁 but I’ll have the pics from the wedding soon 🙂
The “tall” green hydrangeas were the only ones that I bought from Kroger. I only needed 9 stems of green hydrangeas & Sam’s didn’t have them in a small quantity. The “tall” ones are also Starbucks Frappuccino glass bottles that I glued a strip of green ribbon along the rim. One hydrangea stem made them look tilted, so I added 3 white carnations to help fill it out. OH!, Kroger also had Ti Leaves for sale, 6 leaves for $5, which was an awesome deal. One florist quoted me $5 a leaf! I don’t think so! . . . Anyways, I used the Ti leaves to line the interior of my vases & bottles, for some reason I don’t like the stems to show, so I hid them with the leaves. I bought the shorter square ‘vases’ at Dollar Tree, they’re actually candleholders, but I liked the thickness & shape of them so I just used them as vases for my small centerpieces. (my bridal bouquet is the big one to the far right)
The next pic was taken 8 days AFTER my wedding, so please disregard the tall centerpiece as it was already starting to wilt. I haven’t received my photos yet & I wanted a pic of how my tables were arranged so I re-created my table setting with my leftover supplies.
Oh how I LOVE Dollar Tree! I bought my disposable “silver” plastic ware there (pictured below), my champagne flutes (I don’t like the screw on ones, or regular clear cups), the small square vases, the paper doilies (YES!, paper doilies, I wanted chargers, but just couldn’t justify the expense 🙁 the purple napkins that are under the doilies, and dyed my table runners from there.
Taken during the reception by Tiffany Garcia Photography :
And again, my bridal bouquet & Groom’s boutonniere. This is the only pic I have so far. The one thing I loved about my bouquet were the lil green hypericum berries. I used them in all the guy’s boutonnieres too
So for all you DIY brides that are a lil iffy about making your own bouquet, don’t be! I had a total blast making everything, yes it’s time consuming, but the sentimental value in knowing that you put your heart into it is priceless!