Originally I was planning on getting my bouquets from a florist because I only needed two (me and my Maid of Honor) but then I started online shopping and wow, the prices of some of these items were close to $200. Since I never buy flowers on a day-to-day basis I thought I could swallow buying them for one special occasion, but that is not the case. Instead I went to my main wedding store, Michaels, and purchased their non-perishable flowers (white roses and hydrangeas) and will be making my own bouquets. Just like the invitations I would not DIY this if I had to make 30 or some other crazy number. But two is doable, and since they are fake I can be pretty aggressive with them and not worry about them wilting or falling apart on me. Also the great thing about non-perishable flowers is that I bought them this past weekend and can work on them way before the wedding date.
How much did I save compared to going with a pro? Well let's take the one bride bouquet price of $200 and not even include another bouquet. A florist deserves that money for their time and expertise, and even if I talked them down or reduced the size of my bouquet I would still be obligated to tip, so $200 seems like a reasonable estimation. At Michaels the flowers were 40% off and on top of that I had a one-day 20% off sale and non-sale coupon that made my total purchase $30 for around eight bundles of flowers. Sure they will take some work to get right when it comes to accessorizing them, but I'm simple and will mainly need some white florist tape to keep it looking posh.
If flowers are your favorite thing then by all means go the real route. Personally I have no desire for the scent or realness, and only care to have them in my pictures when I'm walking down the aisle. That's the only time a bouquet even really matters (once again, to me). What do you think of DIY bouquets? I'll post a picture of the final product in a few weeks time.
A DIY bouquet sounds scary but it's totally doable!