Here at Blooms By The Box, one of the most frequently asked and most important questions for a DIY’er is “how many flowers should I order?”. Why so important? Obviously you don’t want to run out of flowers for your project, but who really wants to order too much and waste money? So much of flower arranging is approximation, but Blooms By The Box has created these guidelines and a flower quantity chart to help you achieve flower perfection!
Let’s start off with the biggest flowers. Remember: bigger flowers take up more space, so you can buy less. This is often a great way to create full-looking arrangements and save money.
Hydrangea was recently featured in a post on Weddingbells. Blooms By The Box is absolutely in love with this trend! The article also features pictures of peony and rose bouquets, which we will discuss in a moment. Not only are these “monobotanical” bouquets gorgeous, they work out perfectly for our DIY brides! Just look at this easy yet elegant blue hydrangea bouquet from Sugar and Art, perfectly captured by photographer Katie Stoops.
So how much do you need for a hydrangea bouquet or arrangement? For a small arrangement, use 2-3 stems. Medium (like the one pictured), up the dosage to 4-5 stems. For a large bouquet, 6-8 stems is your answer.
Another extremely popular flower with a large bloom is the peony. Peonies are exceptionally great in DIY arrangements because they look wonderful in every stage of growth, from bud to bloom. Be Chic just featured 5 different bouquets with peonies on their “Top 10 Summertime Bridal Bouquets of 2013″, 3 of which were made with only peonies. 5 out of 10 is pretty impressive for one flower! Notice that these delightfully fluffy peonies, photographed by One Love Photography, range from partially to fully opened.
A large peony bridal bouquet like this one would require 10-12 peonies. Bridesmaids could carry medium bouquets of 6-8 stems, and you might want to give your flower girl a small bouquet of 3-4 stems. These quantities can always be adjusted for your individual preferences. Don’t forget the greens!
Are peonies going to be out of season during your wedding, or too expensive for your budget? Have no fear – we have the perfect substitution – garden roses! They have the same round bloom with slightly fluffy petals. Even when peonies are in season (November thru July), garden roses convey a romantic, sophisticated vibe. They also come in quite a few more colors.
These garden roses, featured on Style Me Pretty and photographed by Carla Ten Eyck Photography are a bright and summery choice for any bridal bouquet. To make a large bouquet like this with only garden roses, use 10-12 garden roses. 8 or 9 blooms would make a medium bouquet, and 3-4 garden roses would make a small bouquet.
Looking for more help with your arrangements? Click on the picture below to check out our complete quantity chart on BloomsByTheBox.com!
Have more great ideas and tips for DIY arrangements? Let us know!
As a bride, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the most important and defining decisions is your flower scheme. The idea of DIY’ing your flowers may be daunting, but Blooms By The Box is here with plenty of resources and help! In reality, DIY is all about having fun and getting personal! In that spirit, we have come up with a list of 8 of the benefits of arranging your own flowers, some of which you may not even have known about.
1. You can win a $100 American Express Gift Card! Most of you are DIY’ing your wedding flowers so that you can save money, and we are certainly sure that getting $100 back doesn’t sound so bad. We will be drawing a winner on the 30th of each month! Winners will receive an email notification.
HOW TO ENTER
Submit photos of your DIY Flowers from a professional photographer to be eligible to win. You can email the photos to (Diana (at) bloomsbythebox.com) or submit them here (Don’t forget to enter your email in the photo submission) OR Post a review to Wedding Wire or Project Wedding and email us a link in order to enter. Email the link to Diana (at) bloomsbythebox.com
2. You Save Money. When you order wholesale flowers online you are saving money by becoming your own personal florist. You are getting all the flowers you need to make bouquets, centerpiece, corsages, and boutonnieres at a fraction of the cost when you by pass the florist. Don’t forget decorations for your ceremony! The photo credit for this lovely aisle decoration goes to The Nickersons.
3. You Get to Tailor The Look to Your Personal Taste. DIY’ing your flowers means it’s all about you! You choose the flowers, colors, textures, and accessories. There are hundreds of different options, and Blooms By The Box is there is help you achieve your dream flowers! This trendy bouquet, photographed by Caitlin Thomas Photography, uses succulents and eucalyptus for a fresh and sophisticated look.
4. Styles Are Trending in Favor of DIY. Whimsical is in, which often incorporates uneven lines and shapes – particularly in bouquets. You’ll notice in the picture below that the bouquet, photographed by Laura Murray Photography and featured on One Hitched Lane is far from perfectly round, yet still breath-taking! It features ranunculus, mini cala lilies and stock.
The rustic look is also extremely popular right now. What could be simpler than throwing some wildflowers in a mason jar? It’s so simple, and yet the effect is romantic and personal. Check out these rustic vintage centerpieces featured on Wedding Chicks with photo credits to Alea Lovely.
5. You Get a Great Selection of Flowers. When you DIY with Blooms By The Box, you get a large selection of flowers to mix, match, and play around with. Blooms consultants are ready and available to help you select the best options for your needs. While a florist may add their own personal touch, in this case, you get to add yours.
6. You Spend Time With the People You Care About. DIY’ing your flowers is a fun project, and it is guaranteed to bring people together. Have a flower-arranging party with your bridesmaids, your mom and maybe even your future mother-in-law is a wonderful way to tighten old relationships and forge new ones.
7. You Place the Focus on Your Marriage,Not Your Money. Arranging your own flowers is the perfect way to draw attention away from materialism, and onto you and your intended. Personalized flowers, carefully planned and arranged, add a wonderful note of sincerity. It is so important to add a touch of personality and meaning in every aspect of your wedding.
This beautiful photo is credited to Opiefoto Photography Studios.
8.You Get Lots of Help! Whether it’s from an online picture tutorial or a personal conversation with a Blooms By The Box flower expert, there are tons of resources at your disposal! Check out this tutorial for gorgeous and simple peony centerpieces, featured on Style Me Pretty Living. You’ll notice that there are six different arrangement options, all inspired by one type of flower.
Whatever your style, DIY’ing your flowers is the key to seeing it through! For more tips and inspiration, visit BloomsByTheBox.com and start creating! What are your dream wedding flowers?
Vintage flowers are in! And we wanted to feature a greenery that brings modern and vintage together to create a statement look that will grace 2013 weddings. You may not see it as often now but we predict that this cascading amaranthus bouquet will really take off. Amaranthus is readily available in green and red but also if special ordered can come in white. Keep reading for DIY flower tips for replicating these bouquets on your own!
This beautiful bouquet featured on Green Wedding shoes, photographed by Jasmine Star, bouquet styled by Jesi Haack, is setting the fashion forward vintage trends. The bouquet includes red hanging amaranthus, pink and white anemones, pink astilbe, and greens. If you want to DIY this look you will need to scale down the size to decrease the budget and keep bouquet construction simple. A trial run would be a great idea.
This bouquet uses all BloomsByTheBox.com flowers! Dan and Melissa Photography submitted this photo to us after their bride and groom raved about their about DIY flower experience with BloomsByTheBox. This vintage inspired bouquet is a combination of cream vendela roses, seeded eucalyptus, and green hanging amaranthus. Here is the direct proof that you can make your own DIY vintage bouquet!
Does it honestly get any better than this bouquet captured by Mustard Seed Photography on 100 Layer Cake? We are not sure if it does, and its super simple to make, you don’t have to worry about a perfect shape. Just combine garden rose ohara, brunia silver, scabiosa pods, red hanging amaranthus, pink and white spray roses, queen anne’s lace, and seeded eucalyptus (all found seasonally on BloomsByTheBox!). The imperfect shape takes the pressure off for perfection. This is something that is certainly do-able for a DIYer. To keep the budget low make sure you make it close to this size.
DIY Suggestions: When attempting a cascading bouquet, amaranthus is easy to use because of it’s naturally long, hanging structure. It will automatically hang from the bouquet in a cascade. Add greenery with similar characteristics like ivy to add to the cascade. Try a trial run to make sure you can pull off the look you want.
You do not need a bouquet holder but you can use one if you feel more comfortable.
Check out this cascading amaranthus bouquet tutorial to to see how to use a bouquet holder with oasis foam. I would suggest skipping the bouquet holder and making it simple and easy by just making a hand tied bouquet (see tutorial on link).
Do you agree that this style will be popular this year? Would you try it on your own?
When you are going to DIY flowers you have some thinking to do when it comes to bouquet wrap. After you have construed your bouquet (see a tutorial here) you will most likely want to decorate the stems with ribbon, burlap, lace, fabric, or personal mementos. There are endless options and possibilities. Current trends include bright ribbon, patterned fabrics, lace, burlap, vintage broaches, and rhinestones.
This gorgeous combination of bright flowers includes red, oranges, pinks, and whites are complimented by the striped ribbon. Featured in Southern Weddings and shot by photographer Courtney Dox this bouquet inspiration is a perfect display of the impact that bouquet wrap can have. Even, when all the colors stand out!
Yet another amazing bouquet wrap inspiration from Southern Weddings magazine. This time, photographed by Kristyn Hogan Photography, bright yellow paired with pale pinks are matched up with the glitter ribbon. The glitter ribbon really gives insight into the bright personalities of the couple! Straying away from the traditional ribbon paid off!
Southern Weddings Magazine’s featured Riverland Studios photos to reveal an all white wedding with pops of turquoise blue. The couple used the bouquet wrap accents to create a cohesive theme through out the wedding. Check out the post to see their turquoise colored car accent!
Last but not least, a DIY bouquet from Wedding Chicks! Click on the link to see the original post! But take moment to appreciate that big gold bow. What a statement piece! Gold is in and this bouquet of peonies, garden roses, and succulents is all around hitting it out of the trendy park!
What do we think DIYers? Any ideas?
April showers bring Do-It-Yourself May flowers, when budget couples begin planning upcoming DIY wedding projects, including bouquets, centerpieces, décor, boutonnieres and corsages. May and June, the most popular wedding months, offer the greatest selection of lush and colorful flowers readily available throughout the U.S. – and at the best value of the year.
Wedding couples today are budget and value-focused, and seek out ways to save money without compromising quality or style. Resources like BloomsByTheBox.com’s DIY Flowers 101, an online picture tutorial and video series covering flower preparation, flower care, arrangement transportation, floral design elements, tools and techniques, have made do-it-yourself flowers a significant point of savings in today’s wedding budgets.
To make it as simple as possible for couples to save money with DIY flowers, we provide extensive educational resources. Couples get free consultations for picking flower quantities, ship dates, and instructions. We also offer a free DIY Guide to Wedding Flowers, online flower tutorials, videos, and an extensive online flower lesson series.
BloomsByTheBox.com is celebrating Do-It-Yourself Flower Month by including a free DIY Wedding Flower Supply Kit with all orders over $300 placed in May. The kit includes essential tools for creating bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.
Spring and summer provide an abundance of vibrant flowers that look incredible in colored bud vases. Maybe this idea would be more suited for a bridal shower or engagement party, either way wholesale flowers online are inexpensive and perfect for staying on budget. Whatever your choice, clustering bud vases together and filling them with flowers is extremely simple and low stress!
Use (from left to right) fuchsia stock, pink larkspur, hot pink ranunculus, purple tulips, lemon garden roses, and yellow spray roses. Fill bud vases that are color tinted with textured shapes and sizes.
Use burlap, extra flower petals, or accessories for some extra personality. This simple DIY is the perfect low stress project for couples on a budget. There is no professional skill needed.