Anyone going through the wedding planning process knows that weddings are EXPENSIVE! One wedding project for any DIY bride is making Hydrangea wedding bouquets. We did this for my wedding and with a little research and some happy helpers, we successfully made beautiful and more importantly AFFORDABLE Hydrangea bouquets.
Another great thing about DIY’ing is that you can always learn from your experience so you can do better the next time!
A few lessons learned from my wedding:
1. Hydrangeas need A LOT OF WATER. One bouquet slipped out of the water and wilted before the ceremony.
2. Start wrapping the outer ribbon from the bottom and work your way up. Other wise the pins will visible from the bottom.
A few of the bouquets. Beautiful..but you can definitely notice the pins on the bottom.
For Christy’s wedding (you may remember her from the rustic bridal shower we blogged about a few weeks ago), I volunteered to make bouquets for her bridal party of 10. I tried my best to take pictures throughout the entire process, but we all know I’m not the best at that. I was able to take pictures of the important parts, so hopefully this will help you to make your own bouquets!
For both weddings, I ordered White Hydrangeas from Sam’s Club. I ordered them for delivery on Thursday for a Saturday morning wedding. I received a shipping confirmation once they were shipped and they were delivered via Fed Ex Thursday morning. I would HIGHLY recommend having them delivered 2 days before your event. They will arrive dehydrated and will need some time to reach their full bloom.
And here is where I SHOULD insert a picture of how they arrived. Instead, a description will have to do. The hydrangeas will arrive in a long floral box. Each bloom will have a plastic sleeve around it. The stem will also have a small plastic bag with water attached to the bottom. Each box will come with more detailed care instructions, but basically, after removing the plastic bag on the end, we cut the bottom of each stem at an angle under running water. We then removed the protective sleeve from the stems and all the blooms were placed in a large bucket (we used 5 gallon buckets from the hardware store) filled with cool water mixed with flower food. Tarp and old cardboard boxes were used to protect the wood floors just in case there was any spillage.
Here are the blooms in buckets as soon as they arrived. Not looking too pretty.
After the hydrangeas are in the water, you get to sit back and relax for the next 24 hours. (At least you get to relax about the flowers..because we all know weddings tend to be stressful). This will give the hydrangeas enough time to drink up the water and rehydrate. They drink A LOT of water, so check the water level every few hours to make sure you don’t run low.
Here are the blooms after being in water for few hours. Already starting to perk up.
(We also ordered lavender roses to make boutonnieres and small arrangements for the rehearsal dinner. Blog post on DIY Boutonnieres coming soon!)
The next morning..Much better!
Friday afternoon, we started the assembly process of the bouquets. They needed to be transported to the venue while in water and we didn’t want to take the chance of water ruining the ribbon. We decided to do half the assembly at home and the rest the morning of the wedding. I DO NOT, I repeat, I DO NOT recommend for a bride to do this the morning of her wedding. Please don’t do that to yourself..find a friend or family member that is willing to do this part. This should not be your worry the morning of your wedding. Okay, my rant is over..back to bouquets.
The first step to assembly is to gather your supplies.
Floral Scissors, Ribbon, Floral Tape, Flower food and Pins.
We decided 3 blooms were the perfect size for the bouquet. We took 3 stems and wrapped them tightly with the green floral tape. We measured about 2 fists length to determine how much of the stem to wrap. As soon as that was done, we placed them back in the water immediately. DO NOT cut the stems to bouquet length at this point. We kept the stems long so they would fit in the buckets without damaging the blooms. We changed the water, added more flower food and let these beauties sit over night to stay hydrated and full.
The morning of the wedding, we then transported all the bouquets to the wedding venue to complete the assembly. At this point, we (hubby wrapped while I photographed) wrapped the stem covered in green floral tape with ivory ribbon. We started from the bottom and worked our way up.
Once the ribbon reached the top, we placed 2-3 pins to hold the ribbon in place. The pins were pointed downward into the stem to secure the ribbon without sticking out of the stem.
And you are done! Easy, right?
To make sure these were in water as long as humanly possible, we took the ribbon wrapped bouquets to the bridal room in the buckets. When the bridesmaids were all dressed and ready to walk out to take pre-ceremony pictures, hubby hand cut the stems of each bouquet with floral shears and handed them out.
Still waiting on the professional pictures, but here are a few of the girls with their bouquets! I LOVE how they turned out!
The one thing I will have to say is that these things wilt QUICKLY without water. The flowers were handed out at 9:45am and by the end of the reception at 2:45pm, some were already looking pretty bad. In hindsight, it would have been a good idea to have small vases for the bridal party to place their bouquets in during the ceremony. But like I said, that’s the best part of DIY’ing..you can always learn a lesson for the next time!
These bouquets could have easily cost $80 EACH. But spending $70 in flowers and some additional costs for ribbon and other supplies, we were able to make 10 fabulous Hydrangea bouquets! Good luck to all the DIY brides!
– xoxo, Fify