Flower Girls

Before I start recaps, I want to address one last thing. I’ve mentioned before that we planned on making our own bouquets. The day before the wedding, I went to Whole Foods with my brothers and bought enough flowers to make three bouquets. I spent a total of $117 and got 12 stems of white hydrangeas, 12 stems of green mini hydrangeas, and a few bunches of hypericum berries. We took them back to the hotel where MOH M, Bridesmaid L, my mom, my gramama, and I put them all together.

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Me and Bridesmaid L putting things together

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My mom turned out to be quite the expert at floral arrangement.

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Gramama helps take leaves off the berries.

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My mom helping my sister, MOH M, with her bouquet

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Bridesmaid L documents the activity.

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My gramama takes a break from helping to check out my wedding band.

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My finished bouquet!

We followed the steps I outlined in a previous post. Once we were finished, we kept the stems long and put the bouquets in water overnight. The next morning, we trimmed the stems down before leaving for the church. Hydrangeas are notoriously wilt-y, so we wanted to give them enough to drink before the long wedding day. They held up pretty well!

It took us probably 30–40 minutes to make all three bouquets, and it cost about a third of what I was quoted by a florist. It was definitely worth it for us to DIY our bouquets, and I would recommend it to others.

BLOGGER

Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    cafrinb 33 posts, Newbee @ 11:28 am

    They look beautiful! (And I’m glad you’re back, and am looking forward to the recaps)

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    kit_kath 1327 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:30 am

    So pretty! I want to DIY the flowers but I’m afraid that the store won’t have the type of flowers I want day of. My flowes are very common and in season (tulips and daffodils in sping) but I couldn’t stand leaving it up to chance. Were you able to contact the store ahead of time to assure they would have the flowers on that date?

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:33 am

    Gorgeous! I don’t think I could have managed my bouquets myself just because I had no idea where to start or what flowers to use, but your’s are just lovely.

    I can’t wait for Treasure recaps!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:36 am

    @Kit_Kath: I knew I was forgetting to write about SOMETHING in this post! I called Whole Foods a week or two before the wedding and told them what kind of flowers I wanted. They ordered extra hydrangeas for me and set them aside so they wouldn’t be out with the general stock and no one could buy them. It worked out perfectly!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:43 am

    It looks amazing! I’m so glad DIYing your bouquets worked out so well!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 12:13 pm

    I love them! They look so pretty! My mom is a bit of an expert at flower arranging too.

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    lovelynners 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:59 pm

    ooooh You just inspired me to make my own bouquets to! Well depending on the quote I get. Did you keep them cool in the fridge or anything?

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:01 pm

    @lovelynners: Nope, just left them on the counter overnight in our hotel trash can filled with water.

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    babylo0n 290 posts, Helper bee @ 1:18 pm

    How beautiful!
    Did you have to put the heads in the water or the stems? I was told yesterday that I ned to put the heads in water if I plan on using hydrangeas as our centerpieces.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:21 pm

    @babylo0n: We just put the stems in. They did get droopy after about 5 hours (ceremony and photos), but once we put them back in water, they perked back up.

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:27 pm

    They look great! We are DIYing our flowers too – but I’m worried we are taking on a lot more than we can handle! We will need to make 10 bouquets and then all the flowers for the table tops. It’s going to be insane. I wish we had a Whole Foods near us. That would make ordering flowers a lot easier.

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    leo, Guest @ 1:37 pm

    Just reading this post i have got a lots of useful ideas about weadding planning .thanks for sharing this post.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:01 pm

    These look great– nice work!

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    mswallaby 2069 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:02 pm

    Those look beautiful! Good job on the DIY – I’ve read how temperamental hydrangea can be, you totally pulled it off. I can’t wait to see the flowers in the pro pics, I’m sure they are stunning!

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:09 pm

    Great job! For my own sanity, I am leaving the bouquets up to the professionals! I entertained the idea of DIY’ing them for about 5 minutes and decided I would rather not have to stress about it the night before. We got quoted 35-45 for each hydrangea BM bouquet and about 100-150 for my peony bouquet so I figured it wasn’t gonna break my budget :)

    Good job though, they look great!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 2:13 pm

    I am INSPIRED, girl!! Did they really hold up all that day and the next?!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:21 pm

    @Miss Care Bear: Oh, that’s pretty good. I was quoted about 3 times that for basically the exact same bouquets we ended up making.

    @lealorali: They did! They were pretty wilted by the end of the reception, but when we stuck them in water, they still looked great when we got back from our honeymoon.

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 2:51 pm

    You bouquet looks amazing!

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    Anesya 53 posts, Worker bee @ 3:35 pm

    We are DIYing our flowers also, so I appreciate the information, again (I must have missed your previous post). I thought about Whole Foods since they always have amazing flowers, but decided to go the farmer’s market route. Your bouquet is beautiful. I personally think hydrangeas make gorgeous bouquet flowers, so good choices!

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    peachsnapple 1409 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:47 pm

    Lovely job! I’m also thinking of DIY-ing my own flowers, and your post makes it sound so easy!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:46 pm

    It looks great, I’m glad you got such a great price specially since it took that little time.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:40 pm

    Your bouquets look amazing, great job!
    Can’t wait for your recaps, Treasure!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:49 pm

    I love this! I think these look amazing. And what a great way to save some money!

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    BridieBea 867 posts, Busy bee @ 9:58 pm

    These are really nice! I’m always a little anxious when I hear people are DIYing their bouquets, because having a former florist as a mum I see a lot of the practical risks that others sometimes don’t.

    Like people overestimating the amount of time cut flowers last for, underestimating how important the right conditions are (just a little water? No!), assuming all flowers need the same conditions, and most importantly; failing to recognise the difference between florists’ flowers and the ones you buy in Tesco.

    I think it was a wise decision to buy them from Wholefoods, because at least then you know you’re probably gonna get quality. They look gorgeous and really professional!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 2:03 pm

    props for this. they came out awesome.

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