A DIY Budget Success

Kelsey Metz (Bride) SAINT LOUIS PARK, MN
When I first became engaged, something my now-husband and I agreed upon was sticking to a budget. Thankfully our parents were able to provide a very generous amount so we had the big ticket items covered (primarily venue and caterer). Personally, while I love flowers and think they add a lot to a wedding, I couldn't justify spending more than $500 on floral arrangements that were just going to be thrown away at the end of the event. That's when I began doing research about DIY and wholesale flowers and I stumbled upon FiftyFlowers. After reading reviews and seeing that others from my area had success, I decided to try it and placed an order using basic flowers that went with our color scheme. ... I'm not much of a DIY-er and so I was a little worried about how this would go, but since I didn't have a specific vision of exactly what I wanted the flowers to look like, I figured I would be okay. While I personally enjoyed being able to have full say in what the flowers looked like (I wanted a small bouquet that had a nice pop of color to complement the bridesmaid dresses), I think I caused a little stress on my family who helped me put the arrangements together. Primarily because they ended up being more of a perfectionist than I was! If you're a huge perfectionist, based on my family's reactions to this task, I would not recommend assembling everything yourself! That being said, all in all, it only took a few hours for us to wrap bouquets and make the boutonnieres for the groomsmen and since I was the most laid back of the group, it went well for us. We had PLENTY of flowers left over and put them to good use in our centerpieces. I also used some baby's breath in my hair. The flowers were on their last edge the day of the wedding. Particularly the sunflowers were struggling and we had to pick and choose which ones to use for our arrangements. The dianthus ended up being my favorite much to my surprise. The Scarlet O'Hara Roses weren't as burgundy as we expected, but they mixed really nicely with the dark dianthus and the bright sunflowers. All in all we saved money, added a minor bit of stress, and had beautiful flowers that I was happy. Show more
Flowers by Kelsey Metz

Arrangements Made

  • 30
  • 5
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 4
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 20
  • 0
  • 0

Flowers Used for Kelsey Metz's Arrangements

Mini Sunflowers ( 50 Sunflowers )

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

Perhaps it's our own fault for not properly taking care of them, but I was a little disappointed at how quickly these began to wilt. Per the recommendation of Fifty Flowers we had them delivered the Tuesday before our event on Saturday. We promptly put them in water, gave them sunlight during the day, and put them in the fridge when the sun was down. Thursday was their best day, and by Friday they were already starting to wilt. They did not play as big of a role in the bouquets and centerpieces as I was anticipating (even though everything turned out amazing without them because of the other flowers we ordered).

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

Burgundy Bohemian Dianthus Flower ( 10 bunches or 100 stems )

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

I was surprised by how much I loved these flowers. We weren't expecting to use these as the boutonnieres but when they arrived this quickly changed as they were my favorite out of all the flowers we ordered.

Scarlett Ohara Red Sweetheart Rose ( 75 Sweetheart Roses )

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

These roses while beautiful overall weren't as dark as the picture would leave you to believe. Some of them were, but the majority were a deep red rather than the burgundy. However, the combination of the deep reds and the few burgundy are still very beautiful and the flowers traveled well.


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