Our Florist Is Whole Foods.

After I received a quote from a florist that totaled over $350 for three bouquets, I decided that there had to be a cheaper way to do things. Now, I’m not big with DIY projects (my philosophy is that if it can’t be done while drinking a glass of wine, it’s not worth doing yourself), but bouquets don’t look that hard to make, so I decided to give it a try. Here’s how I did it!

Step 1: Buy supplies.

We bought white hydrangeas, green hypericum berries, and green trachelium at Whole Foods for a total of $22. We also purchased floral tape, straight pins, and ribbon from Michaels for about $10.

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Step 2: Cut the stems.

Turns out that hydrangeas have really thick stems that cannot be conquered by ordinary scissors and need a chef’s knife. (Step 1.5 is to wash the raw-chicken residue off your cutting board from dinner last night.) If you have roses or really any flower with a more delicate stem, scissors or pruning shears will be just fine, but we had to pull out the big guns on this.

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Step 3: Prune the flowers.

Strip all the leaves off your flowers. Be careful not to pull off flowers that all branch off of a main stem. This step is extra easy if you have your maid of honor to help you.

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Step 4: Arrange those suckers into a bouquet.

Start with a base of a few flowers and build out. Just play around with your supplies until you get a shape you like.

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Step 5: Wrap the stems with floral tape.

Make sure to hold the stems nice and tight while you do this.

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Step 6: Cover the tape with pretty ribbon (or twine or lace or whatever).

Michaels didn’t have the black and white striped grosgrain ribbon that I really wanted, so we got the brown and blue equivalent instead to give us an idea of the look.

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Step 7: Secure the ribbon with straight pins.

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Step 8: Admire your work!

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Step 9: Display your flowers in a beer mug and make a mental note to include a vase on your registry.

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So there you go! That’s how to make a bouquet. It took about 20 minutes from start to finish. I’m glad we did a practice run because we didn’t have enough accent flowers and greenery to achieve the look I really wanted. Next time, I’ll know to buy more. But, hey, even with more fillers, it’s still a much better deal than the $165 the florist wanted to charge for a single bouquet!

Did anyone DIY their own flowers? Did you love the savings or regret not hiring a professional?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:43 pm

    GORGEOUS blooms, Miss T! I’m a sucker for hydrangeas and we used hypericum berries too! Bravo, girl!

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    coyote 1522 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:17 pm

    Gorgeous!! You made that look so easy!!

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    luckyduckinlove 220 posts, Helper bee @ 1:43 pm

    You make it look so easy, I don’t regret hiring my florist – but now I’m thinking it might be cute/sweet to DIY simple flowers bouquets for the rehearsal particularly with all my extra ribbon samples!!!

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 5:11 pm

    I’m impressed!

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 7:04 pm

    That took 20 minutes?! Wow, they look great.

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:51 pm

    Love your flowers, Miss T! I also did DIY flowers, and I am always recommending it! It was so much more affordable, I got exactly what I had been envisioning, and it was one of the easiest projects I tackled. I honestly don’t see why more people don’t go the DIY flowers route. :)

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    sweetducks2230 72 posts, Worker bee @ 11:50 pm

    Whoa! Very impressed. Flowers is something I actually won’t be DIYing… I don’t trust myself enough to really do it well!

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    Plantation 46 posts, Newbee @ 10:16 am

    @Miss Treasure: AWESOME! That’s what I was hoping because day of is going to be busy :)

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    WillyNilly, Guest @ 8:35 am

    @Lauren: Hi Lauren, as someone who has pre-ordered for marketing events at work, yes you CAN call and work with their florist. In fact, they like that someone takes an active interest and talks shop with them! :) Also, I found that once I set up a relationship with the grocery florist, they gave me discounts! Good luck.

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    taurusbrideny 153 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:36 pm

    Two thumbs up! I plan to DIY some part of my floral decor. Thanks for the itps.

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    Valerie, Guest @ 8:56 pm

    I made my older daughter’s bridal and 4 bridesmaids bouquets last year and will be doing the same thing in a week for my younger daughter’s wedding. All with flowers from Whole Foods. It was actually a very fun and relaxing task (for me), and they turned out great! Wish I could post a pic here :)

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    Michelle, Guest @ 1:06 pm

    Hello! These look great and I am planning on doing DIY next spring for my wedding! How many days before were you able to do these without having issues? Thank you so much :)

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    jay, Guest @ 5:52 am

    This combination is what I’m thinking of for my own DIY centrepieces and bouquets! (Plus yellow lilies or tulips). My whole foods florist actually recommended for hydrangeas to hammer the bottom after you trim to flatten it out and the stem can get more water (they’re thirsty flowers!)

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    Shannon, Guest @ 4:34 pm

    Thank you for your page…i also am on a tight budget and will be making mine myself.. i never thought of going to whole foods but we are also planning to do the same thing.. thanks for making it look so easy.. Thanks again!!

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    lilvicklynn 2 posts, Wannabee @ 9:14 pm

    Those look great! We are also using white and green hydrangeas and DIY’ing our bouquets as well as our centerpieces, did you know you can order flowers in bulk from Costco for super cheap? You can literally order 200 Stems of roses in any color for under $200, and they will deliver to your door. AMAZING! Also, as your are arranging and pruning your hydrangeas, be sure to either ‘mash’ the bottom of the cut stem, or put it in Alum powder. The cut ends like to seal themselves off when cut therefore preventing them from drinking up the water!

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    Dana, Guest @ 8:26 pm

    Your commentary was super funny! I especially liked the display in beer mug and add vase to registry! Well done!

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