Make Your Own Bridal Flowers & Wedding Bouquets
If you've ever priced wedding flowers, you know what a huge expense they can be. The bridal bouquet alone can run hundreds of dollars. I got a crash course in the cost of a wedding when my daughter got engaged.
She wanted a large wedding so we were going to need a lot of bouquets, not to mention boutonnieres and corsages. There is also a separate bouquet for the bride to toss. I never realized how many flowers we would need till I started adding them all up.
Pricing Wedding Flowers
When I started pricing wedding flowers, I realized this was one expense I was going to have to minimize. The cost of real ones for a wedding is outrageous, and I didn't want to have to leave anyone out of the wedding party. All the florists quoted prices pretty much in the same range, a range I was not comfortable with.
Then I came across the idea of wedding bouquets that were made from artificial flowers. I had never considered artificial before, as I thought they would be tacky. To my surprise they were quite beautiful. This piqued my interest, so I began googling, and I was thrilled at the quality and selection of artificial flowers that I found. It was hard to tell many of them weren't real. Best of all, I found that the cost of an artificial bouquet is a fraction of the cost of a real one.
Another benefit of artificial bouquets is that when the wedding is over, you don't have to preserve it: It will last forever.
I Love Latex Roses
My daughter had chosen hot pink for her bridesmaids, but it was not a common color. I looked at the pre-made bridal bouquets that were fairly realistic looking but pretty plain, not what I had in mind, but it gave me an idea. I realized just how easy it would be to make them myself.
I went immediately to the artificial flower aisle, and was really excited to find hot pink roses. I also found off white roses with hot pink accent. My daughter's dress was antique white, so these roses were perfect. They were made of latex with amazing detail so that they not only look real but they also feel real.
The selection of artificial flowers is amazing, you can get just about any type or color you can imagine. I also found various greenery and many little jewels and accents.
Hobby Lobby has 50% off on all flowers about once a month and 50% off on wedding supplies about every other month. It really saves if you wait for the sales.
These Are All the Bouquets I MadeClick thumbnail to view full-size
What You Will Need
- Floral tape
- Floral wire
- Straight pins with pearl tips
- Wire cutters
Plus any other accents or jewels you might want to add to your bouquet.
Cheap, Convenient, & Beautiful
The great thing about artificial flowers is that you can make your bouquets months in advance and have them ready to go. I only had three months to plan my daughter's wedding so I needed to save as much time and money as I could. I can't believe how much money I saved! She got exactly the colors and flowers she wanted and we were able to afford a large wedding party due to the low cost of making them myself. Remember I waited till the flowers were on sale for 50% off. I have listed the cost to make each bouquet.
- Cascading bridal bouquet, $40.00
- Round bridal bouquet, $30.00
- Bridal toss bouquet, $19.00
- Maid of honor bouquet, $19.00
- Bridesmaid bouquet, $12.00
- Boutonnieres, $2.00