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Bouquet Trial #1: Hydrangea

To save money, we’re planning to DIY bouquets… kinda like “create your own bouquet” thing :)I think my bridesmaids are willing to do their own :P . I don’t know exactly what flowers I like to use, but I’m definitely using white ones.

First up is hydrangea.  I got the hydrangeas from the NYC flower district for $10/6 bunches.  I only used 5 which was about a foot in diameter altogether, 6 bunches were too big for me.  Of course I had to use the knot on the handle too!

DIY hydrangea bouquet

DIY hydrangea bouquet

I love the fullness of the hydrangeas.  But since a bunch is too big, the stem is too thin.  I like my bouquet to have a thicker handle.  Maybe I could just wrap it more with the knot to thicken it.  However, I’m still not sure what style I like to use for the ribbons/knots for the handle.

DIY hydrangea bouquet

It cost me just a little less than $11 including tax to create this bouquet:

Hydrangeas (5 bunches) = $10 / 6 bunches
1 1/2″ Satin ribbon (1 yard) = $15.99 / 50 yards – you can get this cheaper at
Knot (2 yards) = $5.50 / 10 yards

Next up, I’ll be trying on carnations.  They’re inexpensive and when bunched together, they somehow create the same effect and fullness.


Gorgeous! I wish we had a place where I could buy cheap flowers.

Love this! Beautifully inexpensive!

When will you do your bouquets, the night before? Also, do you think they will wilt throughout the day? I would like to do my own flowers as well and this is beautiful!

@ Ashley and Nicole-Lynn: Thank you :)

@ Kristin: I am planning to do it the day before. The hydrangeas lasted about 2-3 days after I bought it. I only placed the bouquet in water – no fridge or cold room.

I will be doing carnations hopefully this weekend. I think they’re pretty when bunched together and they last a long time.

Aylee, you did a fabulous job! I cannot wait to see the fruits of your labor when your wedding is said and done. I also adore the nautical knot that you’ve tied into it, as well.

Your bouquet looks gorgeous! I really like the knot detail!

Hi! I love the bouquet. I really want to do my own flowers for my wedding. Where did you get your flowers in the flower district? Thanks!

Thank you everyone :)

Wanda… I’m not exactly sure of the name of the store. But it’s on 28th St, between 6th and 7th Ave, on the south side of the street. I usually browse through all the stores in that block :)

I really love the look of both bouquets. Have you considered using a bunch of mini callas in white? I don’t know if you’d be able to creat as much fullness, but the stems are a good bit thicker.

Just a suggestion to get the stems thicker – you can use cut stems from other flowers – my florist suggested this to me and I think it may work for you too!

Very cool idea. Your bouquet looks cheap!

Beautiful bouquet design. I really like it. It is amazing concept.

great, really great. I love it and I’ll try to make it tomorrow

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