We have a lot of brides that want to do the centerpiece flowers themselves and we are more than happy to order flowers for them in bulk. Most people don't understand the bulk means that the flowers are ordered by the box, for instance a box of hydrangea comes 30 stems to a box. So it you need 45, you will really need to order 60 and find something to do with the other 15. Roses come 25 to a bundle and 4 bundles to a box, so you are looking at 100 roses.
The vintage wedding is a place that you can get creative with lots of fabrics, vases, vintage props and flowers bought in bulk. Baby's breath, hydrangea, roses, Dusty Miller, berries, Queen Ann's lace are a few of the flowers that are easy to work with. I think that most girls can with a few bits of instruction make a very simple center piece and it look halfway decent. But I've had a lot of brides end up asking at the last minute to please help them and do the center pieces because its more than they thought it would be. The bride was thinking that it would be fun and it ended up being very stressful. And believe me your wedding day is not the day to be stressed.
I would never recommend that a bride do the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages or ceremony flowers. Its a lot harder than you would think. And I would never recommend for a bride to tackle a large center piece. First of all, you need proper storage that is cooled so that the flowers can reach their optimum state of openness and not go soft on you. You need proper tools to work with as well as the proper boxes or containers to place the corsages and boutonnieres in. Not to mention delivery. Now there is a entire new ballgame. A florist or event designer will most likely have a van, either commercial or one with the rear seats removed. They will also have boxes and other containers that aid in delivery to keep the arrangements from turning over.
A seasoned designer will have all kinds of tricks that they use to get flowers to open or a certain way to put the arrangements together. And they are certainly not going to give their secrets away, those are earned and learned the hard way. As with a bridal bouquet, once you start working with it you are pretty much holding it until you finish off with the ribbon. So each stem that you would possible use will need to be conditioned and ready for the designer to use. Without a floral cooler, you would have to wait til the last minute to make corsages and boutonnieres. You could spend the entire day of your wedding making flowers and running around setting every thing up. Sound fun?
Wouldn't your time be more well spent relaxing with your bridesmaids on your wedding day. I think I would rather have fun instead of worrying about flowers.
Tammy G Barton, Owner, designer at the Flower boutique