DIY Flowers

Well, maybe not do it myself, but have a family member do it HERself?

So, early on, Mr. Lace and I visited a nearby florist that came recommended by a friend. We brought photos of what we wanted and researched names of flowers we liked. However, once we got a quote of what we were hoping to have, we literally had to scrape our jaws off the floor. We weren’t ready to shell out over $2500 for flowers. They’re already stinking dead!! When the florist adjusted the centerpieces, bouquets and bouts for our budget, we didn’t like what he’d proposed for us.

We walked out of the shop pretty distraught. What were we going to do? To pay for a compromise of what we wanted and what we could afford, we’d have to cut back somewhere else in our budget. We decided to sit on it for awhile and revisit after we’d researched a few more florists.

Christmas rolled around and we hadn’t really had a chance to begin Yelping florists. Enter Mr. Lace’s aunt and uncle.

They approached us at Mr. Lace’s family get together and asked if they could do our wedding flowers. Wait, there’s more. They wouldn’t just arrange and transport them for us… they’d PAY for them as our wedding gift. Um, where do I sign?

We didn’t even really have to talk about it. We heartily agreed, partially because of the cost, but partially because if there were family members who wanted to do something at our wedding, we wanted them to be involved in our big day. So we agreed to come up with some designs and we’d meet with them in April to do a trial.

Well, time rolled on and April approached. Mr. Lace and I began researching flowers that we liked so we’d know what to look for at the Flower Mart. Since we were going vintage, we needed mason jars and LOTS of them. We found some designs that we liked and put them all together in an Excel spreadsheet (Mr. Lace’s specialty). This past Saturday, we met up with Mr. Lace’s aunt and uncle early in the morning at the downtown LA Flower Mart. Okay, well not that early, but 8 AM on a Saturday!

The Flower Mart was AWESOME. I think it’s worth visiting at least once just to see the variety that they have. And if you like flowers, you’ll like just walking around and looking. You’ll probably be tempted to make a purchase or two to spruce up your house. Mr. Lace and I were prepared, though. We showed them the pictures and they took us on a quick walk through of the Flower Mart, made some suggestions and let us go and purchase the flowers we wanted to use for the trial since they had to pick up flowers for their shop.

We were looking for bells of Ireland, white china mums, jade roses, white ranunculus, white sweet pea, white peony, hypericum berries, lisianthus and green dendrobium orchid. We walked around comparing prices and all of a sudden, an hour had passed. We decided we had to buckle down and make some purchases before our meter ran out! Within 30 minutes, we found all the flowers we needed EXCEPT the ranunculus and peonies. Mr. Lace said we needed to get going since we were supposed to meet his aunt and uncle at their shop in Hollywood, but I was determined to find them. He took the flowers we had already purchased and headed back to the car while I decided to take one last look at the vendors right outside the Flower Mart. I quickly scanned each store as I walked by and dodged florists pushing large carts full of flowers in search of my elusive ranunculus and peonies. I spotted ranunculus across the street and carelessly jaywalked over to them. Yes, they had ranunculus galore, but mainly in WHITE. The other shops had ranunculus in EVERY OTHER color, just not the one I needed. I quickly purchased a bunch and set out to look for the peonies. My phone buzzed. It was Mr. Lace. He had started circling the block to come pick me up, but he saw me run across the street. He asked me to meet him at the corner. I felt defeated that I didn’t find my peonies for the trial, but decided we’d have to ask Mr. Lace’s aunt and uncle how we could guarantee finding our peonies. Right when I was going to re-cross (okay… jaywalk) across the street, I spotted them. There was one bunch left in a big white bucket. I quickly hailed an employee down to wrap them up for me. I didn’t even ask how much and at that point, I didn’t care. However, I still gasped when he took my $20 in exchange for 4 peonies. :(

We headed over to the flower shop and after a short conversation, Mr. Lace’s aunt got to work.


Mr. Lace’s aunt trimming the flowers and prepping them. Mr. Lace trying to look useful.


The small mason jar


The medium mason jar


The large mason jar


We’re planning on having all 3 arrangements on each table. It’s pretty simple, but I love it.


Mr. Lace went to grab a quick lunch for us from the Thai place next door. Mmmm noodles. Once the bowl was set down in front of me, I was completely useless.


The BM bouquet


My bouquet. And yes, I do still wear a hair tie around my wrist every day. Note to self: Take that off on our wedding day.

We were so happy that Mr. Lace’s aunt and uncle offered their services to us because they did such a nice job AND they are involved in our wedding day in a big way!

Is a family member helping out in your wedding in some special way?


Mrs. Lace

Pasadena, CA
Wedding Date:
June 2010
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  1. Member
    roux 1469 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:20 am

    These look great! I’d definately look into DIYing our flowers, I don’t think I could pay $300 for a bouquet of dead flowers even if they are beautiful! I especially love the arrangement in the medium mason jar, and your hair tie made me laugh because I wear one everyday too! I’m lucky I don’t have a hair tie tan line on my wrist.

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 9:21 am

    the flowers look really pretty (and I still wear that hair tie, too!)

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 9:25 am

    Those look fantastic! You’re lucky to have a family vendor. Seems like they’re really talented.

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    Bull Frog 5 posts, Newbee @ 9:34 am

    WOW! Those look great! I am doing my own flowers too and so nervous about it! These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  5. stripes Member
    stripes 1063 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 am

    These look fantastic & I LOVE the LA Flower Mart! :)

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    mrsRtobe 225 posts, Helper bee @ 9:38 am

    those are beautiful flowers! How lucky to have talented family members.

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 9:41 am

    They look great! I love the look – simple and elegant :). Oh and I wear a hair elastic on my wrist too – my photographer had to remind me to remove it for our engagement shoot!

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    Margie, Guest @ 9:43 am

    So that “note to self: take off the hairband on your wedding day”… TOTALLY IMPORTANT! I was the same way (before I chopped all my hair off); I ALWAYS had a hair tie with me, either in the hair or on my wrist. Lo and behold, both in ALL of our engagement photos AND our wedding photos there is a black hair tie around my wrist. And no one said anything. My mom said she thought it was some sort of bracelet. A black rubber band. Yeah. I cringe every time I look through our album.

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    Sara, Guest @ 9:50 am

    I’m working on doing my own flowers (see my latest video experiment). Flowers are soo ridiculously expensive I can’t imagine shelling out that kind of money so I’ve been learning to do it myself. And it’s not as hard as I thought!

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    farmersdaughter 1675 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:52 am

    I’m a hair tie on the wrist girl too – it made a special appearance in all of my senior photos when I graduated from high school. =) PS, your centerpiece arrangement concept is really similar to mine, and it looks lovely!

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    AmberWaves 326 posts, Helper bee @ 9:55 am

    They turned out fantastic! Wonderful flower choices. You are lucky to have such wonderful family members willing to help out.

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    fromcharleston 651 posts, Busy bee @ 9:56 am

    i like the mason jars and all the green and white! looks like you found a perfect solution to expensive florists.

    and ps-i still keep a hair tie on my wrist too. it’s convenient!

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    Kingcake 258 posts, Helper bee @ 9:57 am

    We had the same experience with a florist. She insisted I spend 10% of my total budget on my flowers. I was not about to spend this much $$ on flowers. Now we’re DIYing and I can only hope they turn out as beautiful as yours!

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    heather25 1959 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:21 am

    So your Aunt-in-law is a florist? Awesome!

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:25 am

    That’s flippin awesome on the floral arrangement AND having family involvment! Major score! I too still wear a hair tie around my wrist!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:41 am

    oh wow that’s awesome that it’s going to be a family affair–the the arrangements came out lovely! i’m distracted by the noodles as well. and like you, i wear a hair tie around my wrist every day as well. :)

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    Iamalighthouse 60 posts, Worker bee @ 10:52 am

    I love peonies!! They are so beautiful and the flower markets are the best!!

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    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:03 am

    Our flower story is much the same. My aunt is gifting us with everything. I could not be more thankful for it. And hey.. I still wear a hair tie around my wrist everyday too. No shame in it. it’s super useful. I, too, will have to have DOC take it off my wrist day of. haha

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    lace 702 posts, Busy bee @ 11:09 am

    @Roux, @eriqua, @Miss Hamster, @Margie, @farmersdaughter, @fromcharleston, @alivoo01, @Mrs. Pug: Even when it’s digging into my skin and causes a indentation in my wrist, I’ll still wear it. Mr. Lace always looks at the indentation on my wrist and says, “Are you sure that’s healthy to have a tourniquet around your wrist everyday?”

    @heather25: Yes! Isn’t it? I think we could start our own wedding business with all the family and friend vendors we know!

    @Kingcake, @AmberWaves, @farmersdaughter, @Sara, @mrsRtobe, @Miss Stripes, @Bull Frog, @Mrs. Perfume: She made it look easy and if I didn’t have people watching me, I’d probably be able to do it given enough time and flowers, but I’m so glad someone is doing this for us! :)

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    lace 702 posts, Busy bee @ 11:10 am

    @Miss Hot Wings: It’s come in handy when my friend’s need one a hair tie too! :) Oh hooray for awesome aunties! I remember your post about flowers earlier.

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    DianaLynn 197 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:22 am

    My aunt is doing my bouquets, which makes me so excited to be able to have her involved. And I also still wear a hair tie every day :)

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    Ms. Purple 527 posts, Busy bee @ 11:35 am

    I love your flowers! they look great.

    We’re having his aunt, who’s a florist do all our wedding flowers. I think its a great resource to have and I’m very greatful. But do you ever find that its hard working with family? Sometimes i feel like what i’d like is not being heard.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:41 am

    The centerpiece arrangements are divine. Love ’em!!

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    turtle 776 posts, Busy bee @ 11:58 am

    Those are gorgeous!! They totally look like they’re from a fancy florist! I wear a hair tie around my wrist everyday too.

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    HappyBeester 20 posts, Newbee @ 12:36 pm

    How nice to have a family friendor!
    The LA Flower Mart is awesome!

    I was the MOH for my fiance’s brother recently, and for sure the hairtie around my wrist showed up in majority of the the wedding party pictures!…and it was pretty bad because…it was a stretched out hair tie that you just dont want to retire yet!

    Be sure to get someone to point it out!

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    lace 702 posts, Busy bee @ 1:12 pm

    @HappyBeester: HAHA! You mean the one that I have around my wrist right now? I had to go from two loops to three loops around b/c it’s getting so stretched out.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:15 pm

    The flowers look awesome, how nice of them to offer to do it as a gift!

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    Ella1978 2043 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:17 pm

    Love those Lace. They are very whimsy, yet elegant! The centerpieces are amazing!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:26 pm

    i really like your trial bouquets and centerpieces! what a great gift of your aunt and uncle. total score

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:25 pm

    That is awesome!!!!!

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    OctPumpkin 593 posts, Busy bee @ 6:11 pm

    Really pretty and elegant. I am still waiting for a long lost family member to pop up and offer to do my flowers for me. What, no? Okay, I guess I should find a florist then.

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:52 pm

    These flowers are gorgeous! Go Aunt Lace! I am also a habitual hair tie on the wrist person. I might wear it all day long and not even use it once. What is worse is that I often sleep and shower with it on too. Clearly I have an addiction. I need to find a support group. :)

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    labrat 468 posts, Helper bee @ 9:48 pm

    Mr. Lace’s family is awesome! I wish we had some florally gifted family members to do our flowers. In the end, I’ll probably attempt to make them all myself as I didn’t see spending a fortune on flowers either. Not with a beautiful natural landscape surrounding me. =)

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    Carol, Guest @ 1:09 am

    gorgeous! you’re so lucky! i totally wish someone would do my flowers for free… :)

    mason jars are so awesome. i’m totally going to have them at my wedding too.

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    Best Friend Lace, Guest @ 3:22 am

    hmm… that reminds me, I think I took home the hair tie you lent me when we went out to kbbq last week. sorry. btw, when is that fatty post coming out? haha..

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    ramen 349 posts, Helper bee @ 4:49 am

    i loooooooooooooove the LA flower market! if only i had gotten married in socal, i would have totally attempted that. LOVE the flowers, esp the china mums in the jars.

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:37 pm

    they look beautiful!!!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:34 pm

    seriously amazing! I think they are gorgeous! I love green/white combo…so fresh, so classy…

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    MOHmama 404 posts, Helper bee @ 6:46 pm

    Love the bouquets. Beautiful! What a wonderful gift they are giving you two. I’m my sister’s matron-of-honor and my husband and I are gifting them with their wedding day transportation because otherwise they will just drive his parents’ car or something.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 8:15 pm

    Sooooo pretty! How nice of your family!

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