FinallyMrsT
Master October 2015

logistics of repurposing bouquets into centerpieces -- who does it?

FinallyMrsT, on March 30, 2015 at 5:05 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 20
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Hopefully booking my florist this week, and I've always had this idea that we could rearrange the elements of the bouquets for the reception centerpieces, but the more I think about it the more unrealistic it seems. Conceiving of the centerpieces is one consideration, but my main concern would be who actually does it after the ceremony. I have one good friend, who isn't quite close enough to be a BM, who loves helping with weddings -- I would totally trust her with this task, but I don't want her to spend all (or really any) of the cocktail hour doing this. Taking advantage of people's kindness during the planning phase is one thing, but I won't put my friends to work during the actual wedding. I can't imagine that this would be a quick and easy thing, and I would rather not even attempt it at all than have it done all willy nilly.

Am I overthinking how difficult this would be? What have you done/are you planning to do to make this work?

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Latest activity by KTizzle, on March 31, 2015 at 10:23 AM
  • M
    Master July 2015
    m ·
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    I'm doing this with my bouquet and my six girls' bouquets. I'm just going to tell them to find an empty vase (there will only be six!) and throw a bouquet in. They can help.

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  • MrsDitlow
    Super September 2015
    MrsDitlow ·
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    Couldn't you just use the bouquets as they are in the centerpieces? Have a few other elements and vases ready to go for them, no one would be able to tell. Smiley smile

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  • alyshadanielle
    Master April 2015
    alyshadanielle ·
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    It would only take a few minutes unless you have an abundance of bridemaids. My bouquet will be our centerpiece for our sweetheart table. I am doing this myself lol.

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  • FinallyMrsT
    Master October 2015
    FinallyMrsT ·
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    Should've added: I'm guessing the day of coordinator will have way too much to do to even touch this (and I def don't want her to be focusing on flowers, of all things, when she'll have humans to wrangle), and my florist won't be hanging around for the wedding.

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  • L&G
    VIP August 2015
    L&G ·
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    I will be putting the bouquets on the head table instead of ordering separate flower arrangements for it but I don't intend to rearrange the bouquets at all

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  • VWCat
    Master October 2015
    VWCat ·
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    We're probably going to put my and BMs bouquet on the cake table and caterer table as decor. Our reception site is right next to our ceremony so it won't take much work for us to place them in the vase once pictures with the flowers are over. The bouquets should definitely be reused, and it won't take long at all!

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  • xograce
    Expert February 2015
    xograce ·
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    My florist stayed several hours and reused certain parts of the ceremony for the reception. She also took the bridesmaids bouquets and put it around my cake table while my guests were at cocktail hour.

    See if your florist can include that in her set-up list.

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  • FinallyMrsT
    Master October 2015
    FinallyMrsT ·
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    Even with my 7 bridesmaids, it's still not enough to have one for each table...which is why I'm not really considering just plopping each one into its own vase and calling it a day. Having fresh flowers as part of the centerpieces isn't a deal breaker for us (I'll probably embarrass myself attempting to mess with paper flowers), but we would like to have them. Definitely not buying separate flowers for the tables, though.

    Anyone have experience splitting the bouquets up? I have one friend who broke the bouquets up and rearranged them, so I assumed people do that, but I have no clue lol it seems like a huge fucking hassle

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  • SarahMarie
    Master May 2016
    SarahMarie ·
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    If your talking about disassembling the boquet then I would say don't do it. But if your bridesmaids are walking to the head table (or dedicated place) and placing their boquet into and empty vase it is easy peasy.

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  • SarahMarie
    Master May 2016
    SarahMarie ·
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    Plus, depending on the kind of flower and how long the day is (or how rough the bridesmaid)...those flowers can get pretty sad looking. Smiley smile

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  • Natalie
    Master May 2015
    Natalie ·
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    I would say don't breakdown the bouquets, that is too much work. Could you maybe to two different centerpieces? One that would have an empty vase for the bridesmaids to place their full bouquet and a different centerpiece with different flowers or no flowers. It is pretty common to vary the centerpieces and have two versions for variety.

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  • annakay511
    Master July 2015
    annakay511 ·
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    We are repurposing our 8 Bm bouquets as our 8 low centerpieces. The florist is making the BM bouquets slightly larger than we would have normally and will be cut to fit in the vases. The vases will already be on the tables and the girls will just put their bouquets in the vases during the cocktail hour.

    ETA: We have 15 tables so we are paying for 7 tall centerpieces.

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  • onawho
    VIP August 2015
    onawho ·
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    I am doing this.

    I am dropping mine and my MOH's bouquet (only have a MOH and a BM) in a mason jar and it will flank my FH and I on the head table.

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  • C & K
    VIP June 2015
    C & K ·
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    I am also doing this. My bouquet, as well as the BMs' bouquets will be the centerpieces for the head table. The guests' tables will have smaller and simpler arrangements.

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  • Monique  Wilber
    Monique Wilber ·
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    This actually should not be a big deal; I did this for a wedding last year.

    Did you know that handtied bouquets, minus the ribbon, is how many European florists make their centerpiece bouquets?

    Just let your florist know that you want to use the bouquets as centerpieces. They will need to get vases that will support the floral part of the bouquet and let the stems hang (in other words, you don't necessarily want the bouquet leaning sideways in the vase, although done thoughtfully, that can be an artistic look - I think that's celebrity florist Jeff Leatham's signature look!).

    Let your girls know to look for the empty vases on some of the tables and to put their bouquets in when they come in for the reception (or during cocktail hour). The florist will know about this ahead of time and will put a couple of inches of water in the vase. Easy peasy. No work for any of your bridal party/guests.

    Best wishes!

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  • R
    Devoted August 2015
    R ·
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    I am doing this, but our bouquets will just be on the kings table and smaller centerpieces on the other tables. This was our florists idea and she will be arranging them.

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  • KitandKaboodle
    Master November 2016
    KitandKaboodle ·
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    We're using their bouquets as centerpieces for their table.

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  • M
    Master August 2015
    Mrs Cheapskate ·
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    Yup, me too. Using our 3 bouquets as flowers for the head table. Just before the end, Im giving the 2 MOH bouquets to the only 2 young, single girls we have coming, in lieu of doing a bouquet toss.

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  • Maltese
    Master June 2015
    Maltese ·
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    Head table centerpieces. WIll have empty vases sitting on the table for them

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  • KTizzle
    Master June 2015
    KTizzle ·
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    The only time I would suggest doing this is plopping the bouquet in a vase either at the head table or at whichever table the bridesmaids will sit. Just make sure the vase has something in it to weigh it down. Bouquets are top-heavy and will likely knock the vase over if it's empty. You're right to not want to ask someone to take apart and rearrange the bouquets. It can be time consuming, and often the bouquets are wrapped quite tightly using floral tape then hot glue and pins on the ribbon. I'm not sure if an hour is enough time to do 7. If you're not comfortable with just putting the bouquets into an empty vase, I'd rethink this.

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