Photo: Sugar Snap Photography

When it comes to weddings one of the most beautiful, yet most expensive budget line items always winds up being flowers. You wouldn’t believe some of the quotes I got from florists, just for the bouquets alone, mind you (we’re not even talking centerpieces, decor, etc). I literally could have funded our entire honeymoon with what some were asking. (hmm…sit on the beach and sip fruity drinks with my love, or have pretty flowers that will last about 3.2 days. Yep, that was a no brainer)

Photographer: Sugar Snap Photography
Photographer: Sugar Snap Photography

But the good news is, with a little elbow grease and some creativity, I made my own bouquets for about a third of the price, AND I got to sit on the beach without feeling guilt for the money I was throwing down the drain for flowers! Winning!

Here’s what I made:

1 Bridal bouquet

9 (yes, NINE) Bridesmaids bouquets

2 Mothers mini-bouquets

4 Grandmothers mini-bouquets

2 Ceremony floral arrangements

Rose Petals for the flower girls

And do you know how much that all cost me (including supplies and ribbon)? A whopping $345.64! And guess what, they were just as beautiful as the bouquets I had picked out in the magazine…I couldn’t have been happier!

Photo: Sugar Snap Photography
Photo: Sugar Snap Photography

Here’s how I did it:

I first spent days looking online to get an idea of what type of flowers I wanted. I knew I wanted to include hydrangeas in my bouquet because not only are they beautiful, but they are very full…so a little goes a long way in making a bouquet look bigger with less flowers to purchase. I love roses, so I knew I wanted to include a few of those as well. And I knew I wanted my bouquets to be round and a pop of green (to match my shoes and my color scheme of gray with dark purple & green accents).

I went to the Sam’s Club website and here is what I ordered:

Lime Green Hydrangeas (30 Stems)

Green Baby Hydrangeas (40 Stems)

Green & White Roses (125 Stems)

Green Hypericum Berries (100 Stems) Note: I loved the added depth these surprisingly gave the bouquets!

The total for all of the flowers came to about $326 (and BONUS: Sam’s Club had FREE shipping!). Then I spent about $20 on green floral tape, burlap and ribbons. I would recommend ordering the flowers so that they arrive by Thursday for a Saturday wedding. That gives you a day to receive them, clip and put them in fresh water (as soon as they arrive…this is important) and still be able to make them Friday morning while having the rest of your day to enjoy the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner & wedding without having to feel rushed! This also gave us a buffer for shipping error…which happened to be a great thing, because my roses were delayed a day due to a hurricane! Yikes!

Once you receive your flowers, clip them, and let them drink some water over night (they travel a long way, those puppies are thirsty when they arrive!), here are the other supplies you’ll need:

Green Floral Tape (I used about 2-3 rolls for 10 bouquets)


Ribbon of your choice

Glue gun

Floral clippers

Clear plastic rubber bands (I used Goody’s hair rubber bands – they help hold the bottom of the bouquet together where you want it while you wrap with floral tape)

An extra pair of hands to help hold the bouquets while you wrap

I started with the bridesmaids bouquets…I had 9 to make, so I knew they’d take the longest! Here are the flowers I used for each of these bouquets:

3 large hydrangea stems

2-3 mini-hydrangea stems

4 green roses

3-4 hypericum berries

I stripped the leaves off of all the flowers except the large hydrangeas…I used those as the “base” greenery around the bottom of the bouquet. Once you arrange the bouquet in your hand how you like it, place a clear plastic rubberband at the top of the stems (about where you want to start your tape…leave a small space at the top to see a little bit of the stem) and one at the bottom, where you will end your tape. Have someone else hold the bouquet while you wrap the stems tightly with floral tape and secure. (this tape is sticky, so it will stick to itself…no need to glue it down)


Once your’e done with that, place the bouquet in water and set aside. Note: It was easier to do this process for all the bouquets first, then add the burlap and ribbon together as the last step, because the floral tape will leave your hands sticky!

Next I made the bridal bouquet:

5-6 large hydrangea stems

3-4 mini-hydrangea stems

8-9 white roses

5-6 hypericum berrie stems

I basically did the same procedure as the bridesmaids bouquets, I just made mine slightly larger, and used only the white roses (instead of green ones) to make it look a little different. I used green ribbon with my bouquet to match my green shoes, and on the bridesmaids bouquet I used dark purple ribbon to match their shoes.


The mother’s & grandmother’s mini-bouquets were basically smaller versions of the bridesmaids bouquets with 3 roses, 2-3 mini-hydrangea stems and 2-3 hypericum berries…sadly I couldn’t find a picture of those – sorry!

Once you’ve got all of your bouquets assembled, it’s time for the burlap and ribbon. We cut a piece of burlap just slightly larger than the width of the floral tape around the stems, and left room to fold down the top and bottom sides (so that the edges were smooth and not jagged).  Fold down the top and bottom edges of the burlap, wrap around the base of the bouquet and secure with one line of hot glue (be careful not to burn yourself!) you’ll need an extra pair of hands for this process as well to get it tight and secure.

After the glue dries, tie the ribbon of your choice around the center, where the tie will face outward. I chose to tie mine in a knot, you can do a bow as well…it’s totally whatever look you prefer!


For an extra touch of glam, as well as my something old and borrowed, I added a beautiful brooch from one of my grandmothers, and underneath it, I tied my other grandmother’s original wedding band. They looked beautiful and made my bouquet extra special…I felt like I was carrying them down the aisle with me!

Photo: Sugar Snap Photography
Photo: Sugar Snap Photography

Photo: Sugar Snap Photography

Photo: Sugar Snap Photography

Once you’re done with your bouquets, be sure to store them in a vase with water and also in a cool place – hydrangeas are absolutely beautiful, but they do wilt easy…keep them cool!!

And that’s it, beautiful bouquets for about a third of the price… I couldn’t have been happier with the way they turned out and the money we saved!

Photogapher: Sugar Snap Photography
Photogapher: Sugar Snap Photography
Photographer: Sugar Snap Photography
Photographer: Sugar Snap Photography
Photo: Sugar Snap Photography
Photo: Sugar Snap Photography

Hope this helps for any brides who are toying with the idea of doing  your own bouquets…please feel free to comment below with any questions! Happy arranging!



  1. My wedding is about 35 days away and I’m planning on doing my own flowers through Sams as well. I looked at your post for a how-to and I feel more confident now. Also, I saw they types of stems you ordered; were the leaves in your bouquet just some that you left on the upper part of the flowers or did you order some to insert? I also have seen people recommending getting them in a day before you make them and letting them soak up some water, then after making the bouquets they refrigerated — did you do this or just leave them in vases? ALSO I was planning on buying my bridesmaids scarves like the purple ones you have in the pictures. Where did you get them? I wanted to order white ones online for them but didn’t know if I could trust the quality. It’s going to be a cold outdoor photoshoot! PLEASE tell me where you got them.. Thanks!

    • Hi Jax!

      Ok hopefully I can answer all of your questions here:

      1. Leaves – the leaves you see at the bottom of the bouquets are just some I left on the upper part of the hydrangeas. I pulled the giant ones that were further down, and it left me with plenty to give a good base at the bottom of it!

      2. Flower arrival – My wedding was on Saturday, so I had the flowers delivered on Thursday. On Thursday I took them out, trimmed them and put them in giant buckets to absorb water for 24 hours and ‘wake up’ a little. I then put the bouquets together on Friday morning so that I could get my nails done afterwards that afternoon before the rehearsal dinner. I didn’t refrigerate my flowers though…once assembled, I just put them in individual vases cranked the air down in one room and shut the door to keep it cool. As long as all of the bases of the stems stay submerged in water and it’s not super warm, you should be fine.

      3. Scarves – I got my pashminas from the Apparrel Mart in Atlanta, unfortunately so they aren’t available online anywhere…i’m sorry! But I would suggest looking on Amazon – find one that’s prime eligible with free returns and read the reviews. I’ve done that with several items and returned a few no problem! The good thing with Amazon is that Prime ships quickly, and if they are fulfilling it, they have excellent customer service!

      Here’s an example:

      Hope that helps…best of luck to you! I’d love to see pics of your bouquets once you make them!

      Jamie C.

  2. I am officially convinced that I can do my own flowers for my upcoming wedding thanks to your post and pictures! Thank you so much, you did an awesome job!!

    • Sonnia, I am convinced you can do it too! It just takes a little patience…don’t get frustrated with yourself if you have to take a bouquet apart and start over a time or two, you’ll get it in a flash! Best of luck to you!

  3. I found this post in the comments section of the huffington post story about why you shouldn’t DIY your flowers, thank you for giving that (clearly biased) author proof that you can create equally beautiful floral arrangements without breaking the bank.

  4. Hey! Amazing job. My wedding is in a year and I know I can make my bouquets, just one concern about storage, from thurs or fri for sat wedding would the flowers be okay in a cold cellar or do they need a fridge !?

    • Thanks Misti!
      I think you’d be fine with the flowers in a cold cellar. I didn’t keep mine in the fridge, I just put them in a small room with the air on full blast. As long as you hydrate them as soon as they come in, you should be fine. I would recommend waiting until Friday morning to make them though, if you receive them on Thursday. They arrive pretty thirsty, and need that time to hydrate, perk up and open up some.

      Oh and also, make sure that once you put them in the bouquet, that all of the stems are fully submerged in water at the bottom…I had one little stem that got cut shorter than the rest and it didn’t quite get wet enough and I had to cut it out Saturday morning because it wilted! 🙂

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