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To DIY or not: moss + foliage (or use florist?)

Jami, on November 16, 2015 at 8:26 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 8
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Hi WW-ers, newbie here! I'm having my wedding on July 2, 2016 at the beautiful Haight (thehaightelgin.com) I'm trying to DIY a lot of my wedding since I love crafting, and had originally planned to make all the centerpieces/bouquets myself, using paper flowers. (I've attached a photo of some I finished.) I'm still planning on doing this--about 2000 flowers finished-- but now I also want to add some foliage/greenery/moss around the centerpieces to get a more forest-y look (see other photos). Are any of you DIY-ing your own flowers? Buying all the greens and moss myself seems like a huge hassle, but I'm not sure if a florist is in our budget. ($30,000, but only around $3000 is unaccounted for-- and I don't want to cut it too close!)

So do any of you have any Chicago-area florists you'd recommend, especially if you're doing greenery? What are the price points? Thanks! (I'm also not sure if a florist would be down to work with all my DIY stuff as well, since it would be a mix of both)


Latest activity by Raevyn, on November 17, 2015 at 9:07 PM
  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
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    So cool! I love your inspiration pictures!!! I'd do some online research to see how much you can get greenery and moss for at wholesale price, and also talk to some florists.

    You can check out florists through the WW vendor search and see if any of them highlight the style you are looking for in their pictures on on their websites:


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  • Brandy Blackford
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    Moss can be super messy if you aren't used to handling it and I would hate to see you make more work for yourself with the clean up and trying to make sure it is treated properly so it doesn't smell. Call up a few florists and ask what the cost would be and if they will work with your items.

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  • Christina
    Master October 2017
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    @Jami - Welcome to WeddingWire! Smiley smile

    I love your inspiration pictures ~ that second one is especially cool! But, as @Brandy mentioned, it does look VERY involved/like a lot of work.... Are you experienced working with real flowers / moss?

    As @Lynnie mentioned, try looking through the portfolios of some local florists --- you can see their basic price points right on their WW page (under 'FAQ') and read reviews from past couples.

    Good luck!

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  • Leslie
    Dedicated August 2016
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    Are you open to the idea of fake moss? Most craft stores carry it and it looks much easier to work with than real.

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  • Kim0423
    Devoted April 2016
    Kim0423 ·
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    If you are open to fake moss and silk/sola flowers and dried fillers, the second photo may not be too difficult to create yourself. The round part could be created with vine wire:


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  • FinallyMrsT
    Master October 2015
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    I have no tips to share, but I just wanted to say how much I LOOOOVE moss incorporated into centerpieces. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  • Shayna
    Super June 2016
    Shayna ·
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    Does the Haight allow you to use any florist? For some reason I am under the impression that they make you use the one in their building.

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  • Raevyn
    Dedicated May 2016
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    DIY! DIY! You'll feel so proud of yourself afterwards. Plus it will save you money. I'm DIY my flowers also.

    At Costco / Sam's Club you can order them in bulk. (I haven't tried yet, but I've been doing some research.) Then I'm going to rent vases or buy super cheap ones... fill it with water and put them into vases (4 stems each). Costco comes with 30 stems in a package. So That's flowers for about 7 tables. I know I've seen some greenery in the bundles. You should check it out. It wasn't badly priced.

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