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Spring Garden Wedding With Oodles Of Orange, Peach

Grace Deetjen (Bride) Wheaton, IL
For many months, I dreamed about this day and it turned out perfectly, even with blissful warm sunny weather! At first, I looked at Pinterest for some general floral ideas. But then, I realized how much florists cost and started to develop a plan to purchase my own flowers from FiftyFlowers. Our wedding was 10am on a Sunday morning and we had the flowers delivered mostly Thursday. My parents set up a running waterfall using the wheel barrow outside to cut all the flowers and put them in buckets - we bought 12 5-gallon buckets for the project. On Saturday morning, I had 7 friends over and we worked for ~6-7 hours to get all the flowers arranged. It was fun and not stressful because I allocated ... enough time, and I had a couple wonderful friends who did all the de-stemming so I could just enact the plan and work on the fun bouquets. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll change your mind on at least a few things after you see all the flowers together. We had so many flowers left that I had plenty to give to my mom to arrange for her after party, and then... I knew it was a long shot, but we made a floral arch for the ceremony trellis! I brought a couple buckets of leftover flowers and two foam blocks with zip-ties to the setup morning-of, and my incredible cousin made phenomenal arrangements for the trellis. Everything turned out like a dream. I spent probably at least 100 hours researching and reading blogs to make sure it would all go smoothly and the flowers would be taken care of. DIY is not for the faint-of-heart, but I am so happy with the results. Show more
Flowers by Grace Deetjen

Arrangements Made

  • 44
    All
  • 11
    Boutonnieres
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 4
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 13
    Centerpieces
  • 7
    Corsages
  • 8
    Other

Flowers Used for Grace Deetjen's Arrangements

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

I got 100 peach roses, 100 light orange roses, 20 bicolor ivory with hint of blue hydrangeas, 10 bunches of orange sherbet snapdragons, 5 bunches of seeded eucalyptus, and 5 bunches of plumosa. This package was a great way to save money, and I'm glad Violet recommended it. The orange roses were a bit too bright and the plumosa wasn't useful for much. But otherwise, it was pretty much perfect! I will say that the seeded eucalyptus ended up getting replaced with some other kind of seeded greenery because it wasn't available in May. I loved the seeded stuff for boutonnieres/corsages. I loved the snapdragons because they were a throwback to my childhood! The hydrangeas were perfect for my four ceremony arrangements (I put them on low pillars).

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

Wax flowers are such a fun texture and the quality was excellent! This was a fun texture for the bouquets and boutonnieres.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

This was a good filler. I originally seriously wanted dusty miller, but Violet convinced me otherwise because that particular greenery is prone to wilting. One issue I had with the eucalyptus was finding small pieces that were short enough to cluster around my bouquet, and I ended up with some pieces that were too short wilting a bit because they didn't sit in the water overnight. Smells nice, too!

Used for: Centerpieces , Other

Sky Blue Designer Delphinium were unavailable and last-minute replaced with this light blue delphinium that I didn't like quite as much. The "light blue" color was just too aggressively bright for me and I was disappointed after spending so much time choosing the sky blue designer delphinium.

Thistle Blue Flower ( 50 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Corsages, Boutonnieres, Other

The thistles turned out perfectly. There were several sizes of flowers on each stem, so we were able to use the tiny ones for boutonnieres/corsages and keep the bigger blooms on to put in bouquets.

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

These are perfect! I wish I'd let them bloom out more but they were so pretty. Of the 36 stems, only one or two broke - make sure you account for this when planning number of flowers in each arrangement. I also used these for a single-stem flower in my cluster of vases centerpieces.

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

I loved these! Very durable and pretty. Fun texture and great pop of color.

Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack ( Whimsical Sample Pack )

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

I got 12 Garden Rose Rene Goscinnys and 12 Smiles in the Sky Garden Roses. Only one was broken. They were perfectly lovely although I wish I let them bloom out more!

Choose Your Own Spray Bulk Roses ( 10 Bunches of Spray Roses )

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

I got 60 stems Golden Melon and 40 stems Creamy White. These spray roses were absolutely perfect! I used the tiniest flowers for the boutonnieres/corsages (although they bloomed out quite a bit overnight) and the rest made for lovely clusters in all the other arrangements.

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