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.


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.



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.



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.


Step 5: Wrap the stems with floral tape.

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


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.


Step 7: Secure the ribbon with straight pins.


Step 8: Admire your work!



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


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?


Mrs. Treasure

Wedding Date:
September 2012
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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 8 posts, Newbee @ 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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    Samantha, Guest @ 11:21 am

    So I actually work at one of those super market floral shops lol, and I saw a lot of the comments an just had to post some secrets and tips. Firstly, it’s going to sound weird, but your supermarket floral shops are actually a great tool to use compared to private florists, we get our flowers much more frequently (meaning flowers that are fresher) and usually our mark-up price on flowers is lower because we typically buy more, and try to be competitive with our pricing. If you do choose to DIY for your flowers, just keep some things in mind; *never* cut flowers with regular scissors, (especially roses, callas, tulips, gerbera daisies, or anything else with a soft stem) this will crush the stems and prevent water from reaching the blossom and with roses especially, their heads will become droopy from the air that travels up to the top. You should use a knife (a sharp paring knife is probably the closest kitchen utensil to a florist knife, which is basically a large Swiss Army knife lol) as often as possible, and pruning shears for anything with a thick woody stem. ***Always*** wait until after you have arranged your bouquets and taped them to cut your stems and put them directly into water, if you cut them first, you will trap air in their stems. A good rule of thumb to go by for ribbon on your handles is to do three inches more than what *one* hand will cover on the stems, most bridesmaids don’t use both hands to hold their bouquets except for pictures, so you can keep them a but shorter if you adhere to this rule. Free stuff is always helpful; grab 2lb deli containers and lids from your grocery store, cut a circle in the lid big enough for the handle of your bouquet and fill with three fingers worth of water, and voila, you have an insta-travel case for them that will keep the stems in water and upright. Also, if you want to experiment with the close ended hand tied bouquet, ask for boutonnière bags from your florist or grocery store florist ( you’ll probably get those free too), put a couple slightly damp cotton balls in the bottom, arrange your bouquet and put the freshly cut stems into the cotton balls. Wrap with your stem tape and carefully use the ribbon to cover the whole thing. Secure only at the top with pins, or you could puncture the bag and end up with soggy ribbon. And if your store/florist ever has a sale on dozen roses, that’s when you should pay for them if you choose to order flowers ahead of time, they’ll usually give you the sale price if you pay then and there! Good luck!

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    Julie, Guest @ 2:12 pm

    Looks great!! But my bouquet from the florist will only be $45….hard to beat that price and considering the work involved.

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    Delia, Guest @ 8:25 pm

    My daughter had a tropical theme wedding, Was beautifull with our tropical flowers. Bromeliads(Centerpieces) we bought at Lowes, palms from Walmart and elephant ears from her front yard. Other tropical flowers were purchase at Sam’s club in bulk. Bulk flowers were used for the brides bouquet, addition to centerpieces, boutneirs, and five bridesmaids bouquets. Color were purple( the brides favorite color), fushia, coral and a touch of orange. Do not have a wholefoods in our area, these were a good alterative to completing our look.

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