A step-by-step guide to making your own wedding bouquet (suitable for brides and bridesmaids). Save tons of $$ and get your flowers exactly how you want them to look.
Also, make boutonnieres for the guys with the "scraps"!
Step 1: Why make your own wedding bouquet?
I put together my trial bouquet & boutonniere with grocery-store flowers, a bit of florist tape and wire and some ribbon.
The flowers include one bunch of mixed flowers ($20), a dozen small roses ($13) and a few stems of lilies ($8) - in all, this cost me just over $40... I didn't use the lilies in the end, but will talk about those a bit.
I did the trial about 1 month before my wedding, then repeated the same process for the wedding itself. Flowers turned out great - and cost me just over $120 for 3 bridesmaids & 1 big bride bouquet, 6 boutonnieres, 1 fancy boutonniere, and 2 ladies corsages (like the boutonnieres). Some florists were going to charge me exactly this much for my bridal bouquet alone!
Here is what all the "raw material" flowers looked like - keep these in water throughout the process.