I decided to diy our wedding flowers and it was so much fun! I would totally do it all over again with the excellent service provided by Fifty Flowers. I also had two more orders that I placed from Fifty Flowers for, 24 white calla lilies, and 50 pink carnations that were used in centerpieces, and 12 white hydrangeas that were used in our alter flower arrangements. Every single variety of flower and green that we ordered came looking beautiful and well hydrated on their way to us.
I had bought a 5 pound bucket of FloraLife flower food, some oasis foam for a couple of arrangements, and the spice alum for the hydrangeas. I also bought Oasis floral scissors & bunch cutters, and a larger Fiskers branch cutter for the pittosporum. For the preparations, I had purchased 16 5 gallon pails and 12 2.5 gallon pails. The vases that I used for the centerpieces and to place our bouquets in for hydration were from Dollar Tree. For the alter arrangements, I bought footed vases from Party City. I also had a few smaller navy colored vases that I bought from Amazon.
My flowers were delivered on Wednesday and Thursday mornings for our Saturday evening wedding. In preparation of their arrival, I had the buckets ready with flower food in them. We added water to the buckets as we used them. Upon arrival, I had my mom and my sister-in-law help me unbox the flowers, cut the stems, and remove leaves. Although we had tons of flowers and greens, it only took us about 1.5-2 hours each morning to process them and get them into buckets, which we felt was rather quick. We then went on to decorate other things, returning to the flowers in about 4 hours to remove packaging around the flowers and checking water levels. The scent throughout my house was amazing!
We made all of the flower arrangements on Friday morning. I began the first arrangements at 6:30am when I awoke for the day. A couple of hours later my aunt and my 13 year old niece joined me to help. It was a fun morning of playing with flowers! We finished up the last planned arrangement around noon. Seeing as we had tons of greenery left, we googled how to make a garland and my niece created a garland for our head table. I had some water tubes that I had picked up just in case they were needed, and placed a garden rose into each tube which we placed into the garland once we had it moved over to the hall.
My photographer asked me who my florist was after the ceremony as my husband and I were taking more photos and when we told them that I had done them myself they were blown away! They could not believe that they were not professionally done. I feel that the quality of the flowers had a lot to do with that. The only arranging that I had done prior to this was in picking up the occasional grocery store flowers. I found the process to be really fun! And after all of the complements that we received, my husband says he definitely knows where he plans on buying flowers for me in the future! Thank you, Fifty Flowers, for helping me to achieve the beautiful wedding of our dreams.