DIY Park Wedding

Charisa Gates (Bride) San Diego, CA
We had a big wedding on a small budget! There were 250 guests, but only an $8,000 budget, so we decided to have our wedding at a San Diego park overlooking the ocean, the bay, and all of downtown San Diego. It made for a beautiful evening of dancing, gorgeous ocean views, and city lights at night, and we did everything that we could ourselves!! Some friends and I made all the cakes, and I handmade about 20 feet of macrame to decorate our ceremony. I wanted to do our flowers ourselves to, and I found FiftyFlowers after looking for low-budget florists. I got some inspiration from flower stories on the website, and then I set up an appointment with a FiftyFlowers consultant. I had my favorites saved, ... and when I had my phone consultation with Violet, she helped me not only to decide on the right number of flowers for my event, she also gave me arrangement ideas and even helped me to find less expensive options that better fit the weather of my outdoor wedding! Our flowers arrived on Thursday for our Sunday wedding. All of our bridesmaids and groomsmen came over on Saturday morning to arrange our centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres. We used a collection of silver antique dishes, vases, and containers for our 32 centerpieces. The flowers were easy to take care of- we kept them in a dark cool room before and after arranging them until they were transported to our park venue. Arranging was such a fun time together! Everyone got to exercise their own creativity. I wasn't too particular on the exact arrangement of flowers but just made sure that there were the same number and variety of flowers in each centerpiece. I gave the bridesmaids a little bit more freedom on choosing what they wanted in their bouquets, but the boutonnieres were all the same. This was an incredible day, and I felt like I got the flowers of my dreams!! Show more
Flowers by Charisa Gates

Arrangements Made

  • 43
  • 6
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 6
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 30
  • 0
  • 0

Flowers Used for Charisa Gates's Arrangements

Gunnii Ecualyptus flowers for Weddings
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Boutonnieres

PERFECT GREENS!!!!! I wanted something that wasn't bulky, but still had a sweet green color and gave some good volume. We had a lot extra left over- so know that each pack of this goes far!

Blue Thistle Wedding Flowers Close up

Thistle Blue Flower ( 50 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Boutonnieres

These flowers ended up being a little less blue than I thought they would be, but they were still perfect to give texture and a hint of blue.

Kahala Peach Roses

Peach Encounter Rose ( 50 Roses )

These were our showstopper flower! Initially, I had planned for the burgudy peonies to be the most important piece of our flower puzzle, but it ended up that these were everyone's favorite. All of my bridesmaids wanted some of these in their bouquets, and I got multiple compliments from our guests on "the pretty peach flowers". I was thrilled to have these, and even saved some to have for house decoration after the wedding.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Boutonnieres

These came balled up, but bloomed nicely for the day of the wedding! I had to be extra careful, though, as the stems were a little tender. Still, they held up beautifully and brought together the perfect color to match my bridesmaid dresses.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Boutonnieres

LOVED THESE! The solidago gave a gorgeous pop of color and added a filler without being too distracting or too big.

Scarlett Ohara Red Sweetheart Rose ( 75 Sweetheart Roses )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Boutonnieres

These were a last minute choice, but ended up being some of my favorite ever! These sweet little roses ended up gorgeously dark- they fit in such a lovely way with my burgundy peonies, and having two or three in each arrangement really helped it all to look both classic and modern.

Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack ( Whimsical Sample Pack )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Boutonnieres

I LOVED THESE GARDEN ROSES!!!!! We purchased the Miso Pretty, the White Antique, and the Creamy Blush. They give a new beautiful twist to an old rose look, and gave some bigger focal pieces without being tacky or too large.


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