Renee is the DIY expert on our bride blogger team! During our initial interview we asked who her florist was, and you can imagine our surprise when she said she arranged the bouquets herself! Below she shares tips for creating your own bouquets using wholesale flowers from Costsco. A word of caution though: At the very end she notes that this project was tricky for even a DIY pro, so if you plan to create your own bouquets we urge you to do a few trial runs to make sure your comfort level is where it needs to be in the days leading up to your wedding day. That way, if you find you can’t get there you’ll still have time to work with a local florist and eliminate the stress of a DIY mishap from your wedding planning efforts.
When setting your wedding budget, you may not realize how much flowers can cost you. When I was working on my initial budget I definitely didn’t put enough money towards flowers, but as I adjusted my budget I got to thinking: Am I able, and do I want, to spend this much on flowers?
I’m a traditionalist and like real floral bouquets, but I just couldn’t spend a couple thousand dollars on bouquets for me and my bridesmaids. I knew this was another area of wedding planning where I needed to call upon my DIY skills. I knew I wanted real flowers so I started shopping around at discount shops and wholesale distribution. I eventually found flowers called Mountain Bouquet from Costco, and they had growers choice white, which was just what I wanted! I took a look at the reviews and the majority of them were positive, so I decided to go for it.
I purchased the White Mountain Bouquet and had them set to be delivered the Thursday before my Saturday wedding. This would allow the flowers a chance to open up a bit, or me the opportunity to scramble to a florist if these didn’t work out. I had them delivered to my mom’s house where me, my sister, and my mom were going to assemble them. Just to note here: If you order these you need to be home to sign for them, they will not leave them if you’re not home – we found this out the hard way.
Assembling the bouquets takes some time so you definitely will want help. If this is your first time I would say you need about 1 hour per bouquet. Once they arrive put them in water and the provided plant food, keep them in a cool dark place. I would recommend assembling these the day before the wedding since they take a while to make. If you assemble them too early I would worry about the flower wilting or browning. All together, we assembled five bouquets following the steps below.
Cut all the stems to the correct length. We cut them to 8 inches but you can cut them to your preference – just make sure all stems in the bouquets are the same length. Some of the stems can be tough to cut through so I would recommend floral scissors or at least a new sharp pair.
Arrange the bouquets. The flowers I purchased came prearranged but we had to adjust them a bit to better fit the bouquet. For mine we arranged two of the bundles to make one larger one.
Wrap the bouquets with floral tape. Several craft stores such as Hobby Lobby and Michaels have rolls of green floral tape for sale. This tape is perfect to use and it sticks to itself as you wrap the stems. Make sure your flowers are where you want them and all your stems are even at the bottom. Begin wrapping the stems starting from the bottom and working your way to the top – you’ll want to wrap them pretty tight.
Wrap the bouquets with lace. This step is optional but the green floral tape isn’t the prettiest so I wanted to put white lace around the stems. Starting from the bottom wrap the lace around once and secure it with a dab of hot glue – work your way up the stems once you get to the top secure with another dab of hot glue and tuck the end in so it’s not showing.
Now you are finished and have amazing looking bouquets for a fraction of the cost! And I’m sure you will make wonderful memories as I did with my mom and sister. I do want to note that I do a lot of DIY projects and making these can be a bit tricky. If you don’t consider yourself a DIY pro, I would suggestion doing a trial run to make sure you are able to get the bouquets to look the way you want before proceeding. If you find you are not comfortable with the level of DIY skill necessary, it’s not worth the last minute stress before your wedding. Happy crafting!