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Just Said Yes September 2023

diy decor on a budget

Samantha, on October 29, 2022 at 10:43 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 9
Hello Brides,


I need HELP and hoping someone can provide some insight on the following :
I am trying to have a budget friendly wedding and would prefer to not spend an arm and a leg on flowers.
If I was to make my own flower arrangements (boho theme wedding), when do I need to make these? The night before? 2 days before? I will need to make all centerpieces, bouquets, decor for venue, everything flower related…

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Latest activity by Skylar, on December 7, 2022 at 7:17 PM
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    Just Said Yes September 2023
    Samantha ·
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    Also, does real flowers look better than fake flowers if I was to chose that route ?
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  • Jm Sunshine
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    I recommend using FiftyFlowers.com. They have great customer service and have both diy and pre-made arrangements. We used them for my daughter's wedding and put the arrangements/centerpieces together 1-2 days before the wedding and they were still beautiful end of the reception in 90 degree weather. Another alternative is Costco although they have a minimal selection.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    Another vote for Fiftyflowers.com. They have a great customer service line that will help you with any questions and they have detailed tutorials online. They are less expensive than a regular wedding florist and you have more options.


    Also, many people prefer the look/texture/scent of fresh flowers that cannot be reproduced with fake flowers. Plus, many fake flowers are more expensive than fresh, contrary to popular belief, and fresh are biodegradable which fake are not. Also, if allergies are a concern, fresh flowers that are commercially grown are not a trigger for many, unlike fake which are a breeding ground for dust and other allergens, which is also a common misconception that fake are allergy-free.
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  • Pat
    Expert May 2023
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    I saved a ton of money NOT using flowers for the table centerpieces! (over $1500! ) Just another thought for you to mull over. I did a quick search (boho themed table centerpieces) and some ideas were using textured candle jars, using succulents, and the classic metal lantern. Here is the link ..... boho wedding centerpieces

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  • Taylor
    Rockstar October 2022
    Taylor ·
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    We bought pre-made arch flowers from Etsy. Same for bouquets. You can get plenty for a reasonable price off there. Then I bought and dyed wood flowers myself and hot glued stems on. We did them in the week leading up to the wedding for centerpieces. I also bought fake flowers/ large grass stems (idk what they’re called lol) from michaels and Amazon for our ceremony and sweetheart table. We probably saved thousands doing fake flowers. Etsy would save you a lot of time but if you plan to do it yourself I would give yourself a few weeks for sure
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  • Michelle
    Super August 2021
    Michelle ·
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    This is a great link with many pretty options, Pat.

    OP, you can start collecting inexpensive colored glass bud vases, glasses, etc at thrift shops like Goodwill. Adding a single dried flower, feathers, etc. per container would be a quick and straightforward way to decorate. Fresh flowers will need storing until the hours before. As you're having a boho wedding, you can be as alternative as you like. Good luck.

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    Savvy October 2023
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    I understand, I am DYI my centerpieces also. I have not came up with a theme yet but i know I am using silk flowers and feathers. My mom can't be around real flowers. Here a pic of what I have been working on.

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  • Pat
    Expert May 2023
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    Here is our DIY centerpiece, front view.diy decor on a budget 8
    And here is the other side 😁diy decor on a budget 9
    Beach wedding, no artificial flowers or flame candles allowed at venue. The wooden plaques were bought at Dollar Tree, along with the round mirror. Amazon was my best friend for the rest LOL. I bought enough for 12 tables, but realistically will probably only have 10 tables, so the other 2 sets will be broken up and used as decorations for other areas. Each set cost me $18.00 total.

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  • Skylar
    Dedicated June 2030
    Skylar ·
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    If you choose to use fresh flowers, please make sure you have a lot of buckets you can put them in. Maybe get one bucket for each pack of flowers you purchase, then put some water in them and change it out about every 24 hours. Please make sure that no leaves are submerged (you can trim them off). There's a lot of videos on Youtube that can help you with flowers, if you're not sure where to start. Maybe even buy some dollar store faux flowers to practice with. I wish you good luck with the flowers!
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