As flower farmers, we love creative brides and grooms! We’re pleased to offer DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding flowers at any scale and for any budget. Our flowers are seasonal, grown with love using organic best practices, and picked a day or so before your event to maximize freshness. And we’re here to share our flowers with folks in all kinds of ceremonies-- straight, LGBTQ, traditional, unconventional... Love is Love!
How does it work?
Before your big day, let us know what you’re thinking. We’ll help you estimate how many flowers you’ll need and what will be in season. You can place your order online through our Flowers by the Bucket page, then pick up at the farm ($100 minimum order), get them from Sprout on Saturday morning at the Geer Street Cocoa Cinnamon, or have them delivered (for a fee). We’ll give them to you in plastic floral buckets, which you can recycle, reuse, or return to us.
How much do your wedding flowers cost?
Most of our flowers are around $1.25 per stem. Most couples spend between $100 and $1000 on their DIY wedding flowers. We can work with any budget.
Which parts of my ceremony will include flowers?
One lovely thing about your wedding is that you get to plan it. There’s nothing wrong with a wedding with one simple flower crown, or a wedding that is teeming with fresh blooms. It’s your call. Here are some adornments that other folks have used.
Bouquets: Bride(s), Maid/Matron of Honor, Bridesmaids, Flower Children, and Bride’s Toss Bouquet
Corsage: Mother(s) of Bride, Mother(s) of Groom, Grandmothers, and Female Readers/Speakers
Boutonniere: Groom(s), Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, Father(s) of Bride, Father(s) of Groom, Grandfathers, Ring Bearer, and Male Readers/Speakers
Arrangements: Guest Tables, Head Table, Gift Table, Staircase Railing, Buffet Tables, Cake Table, Cake Top, Place Card Table, and Bar Centerpiece
Space Accents: Altar, Pews/Seating, Chuppah, Main Entrance, Aisle Runner, and Lobby
Other: Women’s Hair, Rehearsal Dinner, Post-Wedding Brunch, and Special Guests
How many flowers do I need?
Consider these to be some ballpark estimates for the number of stems, including greenery, you may want to include in your arrangements.
What kinds of flowers should I get?
Aim for a mix of colors and textures. Bigger flowers, like sunflowers or dahlias, will take up a lot of space, so plan accordingly. If you want to go pro on your designs, try to get a balance of five elements-- 50% filler (greens and texture), 20% discs (round-face medium size), 10% airy (wispy with movement), 10% spikes (vertical accents), and 10% focal (main, eye-catching). For example, an early summer bouquet may include a sunflower (focal), some larkspur or snapdragons (spikes), dianthus or bachelor buttons (discs), ammi (filler), and nigella (airy). Shape it like a firework explosion, cut the stems flush, put it in a vase or wrap it in twine, and you’re all set!
What flowers will be in season for my wedding?
In 2019, we’re hoping to have the following flowers in the following times. Check out Flowers by the Bucket page for images. Note that the weather is unpredictable, so talk to us before you plan on these availabilities.
Late April: Yarrow, Ammi, Bachelor’s Buttons, Dianthus, Scabiosa, Love in a Mist, Bells of Ireland, Bupleurum, Ranunculus, Anemone, Allium, Daffodils, Snapdragons
May: Sunflowers, Strawflower, Yarrow, Ammi, Bachelor’s Buttons, Larkspur, Dianthus, Scabiosa, Japanese Maple, Love-in-a-Mist, Bells of Ireland, Snapdragons, Allium, Cosmos, Poppies, Asclepias, Stock
June: Sunflowers, Ageratum, Gomphrena, Eryngium, Larkspur Craspedia, Eucalyptus, Ornamental Grasses, Cosmos, Strawflower, Salvia, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Amaranthus, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Echinacea, Asclepias, Stock
July: Sunflowers, Zinnia, Verbena, Ageratum, Gomphrena, Eryngium, Craspedia, Eucalyptus, Ornamental Grasses, Cosmos, Strawflower, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Amaranthus, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, Echinacea, Asclepias
August: Sunflowers, Celosia, Sweet Annie, Ageratum, Dahlia, Chrysanthemums, Gomphrena, Zinnia, Cosmos, Strawflower, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Amaranthus, Echinacea
September: Sunflowers, Celosia, Sweet Annie, Ageratum, Dahlia, Chrysanthemums, Gomphrena, Zinnia, Cosmos, Strawflower, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Echinacea
October: Sunflowers, Celosia, Sweet Annie, Ageratum, Dahlia, Chrysanthemums, Gomphrena, Zinnia, Strawflower, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Mint, Rosemary, Sage
What lasts for a boutonniere?
Certain flowers do better out of water than others. Depending on the season, we recommend gomphrena, eucalyptus, strawflower, rosemary, and craspedia for boutonnieres. Some flowers, like dahlias, can make it for a short while if you plan it right. Make sure you keep your boutonnieres in the fridge before they’re ready to be worn.
Can you help design the most important arrangements, and we do the rest?
Absolutely. We’re happy to work with you within your budget. See our Flower Arrangement page for sample pricing on a per-unit basis (but note that volume discounts may apply). For designs not listed, estimate around twice the cost per item. (If a six-stem corsage is $7.50 in materials, budget $15 for materials-plus-design for us to do it for you).
Do you have any suggestions for doing our wedding flowers DIY?
Yes indeed. Some bits of advice that you may find helpful:
Use clean vases (put a drop of bleach in the water to kill bacteria; it won’t harm the flowers)
Designate three to five people to do the arrangements together a day before the event
Make sure you have ample snips and supplies beforehand
Use rubber bands to bind bouquets even if they will be wrapped in twine or ribbon
Try to do the bouquets near or at the site to make transport easier
Designs with odd numbers of focal flowers --1, 3, 5-- seem more balanced
Take extra caution transporting bouquets in vases, especially glass vases