Flowers – Making my own bouquets from supermarket bunches?

I’ve contacted some florists for quotes for my wedding flowers, and can’t help but think what a waste of money it seems! Am I mad to think I can pick up lovely supermarket bunches for 20% of the price and do them myself? I don’t want a perfectly tidy bouquet, I like the wilder more natural look and am not set on specific flowers. I’ve watched some tutorials online already, it seems to easy to be true, I will definitely practise beforehand. But I wanted to see if anyone had any tips, or if there is something I might be missing given florists charge so much more, and I don’t really know anything about floristry. I want real flowers as opposed to fake, for the bouquets anyway, and with lots of foliage / greenery.



The florists I have contacted have quoted £95, I bought a gorgeous bunch this weekend for £10… I know they aren’t the same and the same work doesn’t go into it but I need 5 bouquets. Plus the florist charges for labour and delivery on top. I don’t care what state the flowers are in by the time the wedding evening comes, they just need to last through the ceremony and photos.



I definitely will not be putting the bouquets together on the morning of my wedding – when I buy a bunch at home they last around a few weeks so I don’t see the need to buy them the morning of the wedding, surely the day before would be fine? I am planning on buying ready made bunches, and then re-arranging / adding bunches together to make a bigger bunch for a bouquet, I know I will have to trim all leaves / thorns etc, tie them all together, add the ribbon then I would leave them in buckets of water with flower food overnight and maybe trim the stems in the morning if that makes them last longer.



  • Lexie2017Lexie2017 Posts: 189

    A bunch of flowers definitely isn't the same thing as a bouquet. But having said that, you can definitely do them yourself. There are loads of good videos on youtube, and I'd recommend practising and see how long the flowers last. If you don't mind hand-tied do be careful about removing them from water some time before you leave, otherwise you could end up with drips on your dress, but it's also worth thinking about using a bouquet holder (you'd need a 'wet' foam one for fresh flowers) as it's easier to hold (depends on the look you're going for). I wouldn't get them much before a day or so ahead as your flowers at home last because they are in water - it also depends on time of year and type of flower how long they will last out of water, but you can google all that and choose accordingly. 

  • I did floral work for a few years, as did various family members.  A bouquet is not made by tying flowers together.  That won't even hold together for a few hours given the amount of movement is would be put through at a wedding.

    Individual flower heads (the larger ones) are wired and taped.  They are then inserted into floral foam that's been presoaked.  Sometimes, for larger flowers, a metal stake is added to the end that's inserted, or they can also be glued in as well. Smaller flowers and fillers and incorporated into the taping process of the larger flower heads.

    In addition to the technical skill, there's also the matter of storing the flowers at the right temps and in water before they are designed...and then the matter of storing the designed bouquets in water and at the right temps after.  Most people don't have the space in their refrigerator for loads of fresh flowers, and even less so for bouquets.  

    You also have absolutely no idea what will be available at a super market on any given day.  Sometimes I go and they have a variety of colours and types of flowers and they look fresh...other times, they are Valentines' Day leftovers, tattered and picked through and all of two colours.

    IMO, it's not worth the risk for an occasion as important as your wedding. Cut corners somewhere else, i.e. no one needs another jar of jam as a favour.

  • mrsdivinemrsdivine Posts: 161 New bride

    There was a bride who got married just before Christmas - MrsK2017. She made hers and her BM's bouquets with supermarket flowers. They looked really good. She has posted pics on her thread; :

  • SadieeeSadieee Posts: 1,781 New bride

    There are many here who have made their own!

    Although I am not, I agree with you, flowers are of no importance to me, they just die a couple days later lol

  • MrsK2017MrsK2017 Posts: 230 New bride
    mrsdivine wrote (see post):

    There was a bride who got married just before Christmas - MrsK2017. She made hers and her BM's bouquets with supermarket flowers. They looked really good. She has posted pics on her thread; :

    Thank you mrsdivine for mentioning my flowers! 


    If you want to do it yourself, you definitely can. My reasons for doing them were mainly because I wanted to do as much as I reasonably could myself, as opposed to cost. The flowers for the three bouquets and 19 buttonholes probably cost about £100 - £150, but we had enough left over to fill three additional vases. 

    For my bouquet, the cascade, florist glue was a lifesaver. With the handhelds, I used florist tape with every layer going outwards, and they still looked good the day after. 

  • Annie40Annie40 Posts: 63

    We weren't going to have flowers, then we were going to have silk flowers, then we were going to have supermarket flowers.

    I costed it out, searched online... and found Waitrose florist. Now, they haven't arrived yet (they come on Sunday for a Thursday wedding), but I'm impressed so far. Two large bunches of sweetheart roses, 160 stems "ready for arranging" (which I think means stripped of thorns etc but if not no biggie) cost just under £70 delivered.

    I'm planning on making a small bouquet, a buttonhole,  a few in my hair, and then super-short stems with heads in the base of hurricane vases with pillar candles, plus one vase arrangement for the East window.

    Our wedding will only be 2 hours from start to finish, not a whole day, but I didn't mind spending about £20 extra to get a lot more flower heads in the colours I knew I wanted (but couldn't guarantee from the supermarket on the day). 

    So, just a thought, might be worth checking them out! (Also, I got cashback on them, I went to the Waitrose Florist via the Topcashback link so I get about 5% back on them too). 

  • Annie40Annie40 Posts: 63

    OK, just to add: Waitrose messed up. The flowers arrived on Sunday and were wrong! I ordered 100 harlequin (multicoloured) stems, and got 100 red roses instead. We specifically wanted the multicoloured ones, so I was annoyed. The other bunch was also really damaged and bruised. These sweetheart roses are TINY - 100 stems is the same size as a normal £15 supermarket bundle of two dozen normal size roses.

    I rang Waitrose and they said "No, you ordered the red". I got them to look at when this changed on the website versus when my order was placed, and I placed my order literally minutes before the website updated itself to all red! 

    However, I must say that they refunded the ENTIRE order, which essentially returns my flower budget back to me so I can get some supermarket bunches the day before. So while they got the order wrong (and many are too bashed and bruised to even use), the customer service was helpful. 

    Just thought I'd mention it in case you'd considered Waitrose florist - I'm sorry I recommended them! x

  • JivikaJivika Posts: 1

    Its really a good idea to customize of your own. You will have to spend a way less and also you yourself can ensure your satisfaction. You can take the help from Google, Wikihow, and Youtube.

  • stacey147stacey147 Posts: 108 New bride

    My way of saving money on flowers is growing my own and paying a local independent florist to arrange them and deliver them for me 

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,942 New bride

    I taught myself basic floristry from a book and Youtube. 

    I did all the flowers for my brother's wedding - 4 bouquets, buttonholes, top table arrangement, 8 centrepieces, floral arch and flowers in jars lining the aisle. Used Triangle Nursery who are online wholesalers who sell to the public and give great advice too. Whole lot cost about £250 - was mainly white and pink roses.

    Obviously I'll be doing my own wedding too. Don't recommend supermarket flowers for a wedding though as they are quite low grade and in bulk quantities work out far more expensive than wholesale, plus you can get foliage and sundries easily from Triangle too.

  • cloudatlascloudatlas Posts: 78

    It depends on your colour scheme and the time of year, but you can also think of things like lavender bouquets to keep it simple - lavender is great as its so tough and lasts well out of water. I have tonnes of the stuff in my garden - you might have a friend or neighbour who does too who would be prepared to give you a lot of lavender for free.

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