Hi everyone! I am seeking advice on DIY bouquets and centerpieces (basically all of the floral aspects) with sola wood flowers. Being that it would be a DIY we would also have to set up at the venue as well, which we have 90 minutes for.
I've ordered a centerpiece kit to trial the feel and true look but was wondering if anyone out there had experience or tips concerning the DIY. Attached are photos of the kit I ordered, the bouquet style I want, and my inspiration for the tablescape (one of the large candles would be replaced w the kit). From anyone experienced - what kind of timeline would you recommend? Our date is 10/17/21 & I would like to have all of this finished at least 2 weeks in advanced.
I am using wooden flowers from Pine and Petals. Because I’m not really s flower person I only did the bouquets, bouts and corsages.....honestly I told them what design I liked but how I wanted it modified. They sent the final design for approval, and then sent everything already made to me about 6 weeks before my wedding day. Having them do it all didn’t really cost any different. My flowers look beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
Ahh!! Our date is 10/16/2021 and I’m thinking of doing something similar! I’ve been looking at bloomsbythebox.com- they sell a bunch of kits and flowers in bulk and they have a ton of tutorial videos. I just started looking into it so I’m not totally sure either. I don’t want to be stressed out with flowers the day of and I know a lot of florists will set up/take down for you, but DIY definitely seems a lot cheaper!! Does anyone know how far in advanced you could start prepping the bouquets/centerpieces etc. with real flowers??
I’m planning on doing some sola wood flowers. I’ve messed around with dying them so far, it seems pretty easy. LuvSolaFlowers always has good sales and I really enjoy tutorials on YouTube from Oh You’re Lovely.
I just finished my sola flower centerpieces. I had about 300ish flowers. It took me and my step daughter about 2 hours to dye them all. 2 days to dry. When it came to assembling it took me about 3 weeks out of frustration with the filler lol. It took maybe 30-45 mins per set and most of that was fighting with the filler. I'll attach some pics of our process
I actually found solawood flowers from Ross and dyed them to match my wedding colors
I used DIY sola wood flowers for my wedding and loved it! They were so much fun!
Here are some tips: Add glycerin to your dye solution (this keeps the wood flowers soft and not brittle, Use acrylic paint and water for your dye solution (you can get bottles of acrylic paint at walmart for 50 cents.). Dye the flowers outside if possible. Watch "Oh You're Lovely" on youtube. They have amazing tutorials.
So I don't have experience with wooden flowers, however my current job is a florist! I'll offer a couple of tips in that vein if that's okay.
1. If you're making a centerpiece, make sure you look at your arrangement from a lower angle. Remember, you'll be looking at it while you're sitting, so you don't want any gaps from that angle, and you don't want to make it too tall.
2. If the arrangement you're making is a decorative piece, most of the time, they're "one-sided"- all the flowers are to the front of the vase, with greens and etc. as a decorative backing, like this
3. When you make your handhelds, your objective is ROUND. When you're working with your flowers, the ones you'd like to be your focus are called your "focal points". In the picture below, it's a simple handheld of roses, so you want to make sure that no matter which side of the bouquet you're looking at, you're looking at a front-facing rose. Your stems should all be the same length, and you should pre-tie your bouquet with something before you put the higher quality bow/ribbon around it. This will ensure that it keeps it's shape while you're working with the ribbon.
4. It's always a good idea to look at your piece from multiple sides, angles, and perspectives- It helps to take a step back too, and see if you have any asymmetrical sides, or pieces sticking out farther than others. A good rule of thumb is to work in odd numbers- one focal in the center, and one for each of the sides, then fill in around it.
In the example with the red flowers, the red flowers are my focal points, and because I was working with an even number of flowers, I used a tall decorative green in the center.
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Hi there! We ordered flowers from GlobalRose and FlowerMoxie. I ordered about a week and a half before the wedding and had them delivered 3 days before our event. There’s a little prep work for the flowers you have to do when they first arrive to get them to bloom. My bridesmaids and I did all of our bouquets and arrangements the night before (GREAT excuse to drink wine and hang with the girls 😂) and out then in water overnight but you could probably get away with doing them two nights before. We hired a wedding planner for day of coordination and
setup, but I fully decorated one table as a guide and she did the rest. We had a few helping hands help us clean everything up the next morning. I’m so glad we did DIY flowers and we got so many compliments on our arrangements, it’s definitely worth it! I also had a few leftover flowers, so I made a couple arrangements for the house and the flowers lasted 2 weeks after the wedding! Hope this helps a little!