When I first became engaged, something my now-husband and I agreed upon was sticking to a budget. Thankfully our parents were able to provide a very generous amount so we had the big ticket items covered (primarily venue and caterer). Personally, while I love flowers and think they add a lot to a wedding, I couldn't justify spending more than $500 on floral arrangements that were just going to be thrown away at the end of the event. That's when I began doing research about DIY and wholesale flowers and I stumbled upon Fifty Flowers.
After reading reviews and seeing that others from my area had success, I decided to try it and placed an order using basic flowers that went with our color scheme. I'm not much of a DIY-er and so I was a little worried about how this would go, but since I didn't have a specific vision of exactly what I wanted the flowers to look like, I figured I would be okay.
While I personally enjoyed being able to have full say in what the flowers looked like (I wanted a small bouquet that had a nice pop of color to complement the bridesmaid dresses), I think I caused a little stress on my family who helped me put the arrangements together. Primarily because they ended up being more of a perfectionist than I was! If you're a huge perfectionist, based on my family's reactions to this task, I would not recommend assembling everything yourself! That being said, all in all, it only took a few hours for us to wrap bouquets and make the boutonnieres for the groomsmen and since I was the most laid back of the group, it went well for us. We had PLENTY of flowers leftover and put them to good use in our centerpieces. I also used some baby's breath in my hair.
The flowers were on their last edge the day of the wedding. Particularly the sunflowers were struggling and we had to pick and choose which ones to use for our arrangements. The dianthus ended up being my favorite much to my surprise. The Scarlet O'Hara Roses weren't as burgundy as we expected, but they mixed really nicely with the dark dianthus and the bright sunflowers.
All in all we saved money, added a minor bit of stress, and had beautiful flowers that I was happy.