Have a green thumb? Grow your own bouquet

Bouquet from Mom's garden
Tribesmaid Blossum's home-grown bouquet. Photo by Snickerdoodle
We've seen flowers, paper flowers, brooches, buttons, and even rubber chickens in the bouquets of Offbeat Brides. But if you're really into DIY, there's nothing more home-grown than flowers from your own garden. Tribesmaid Cinmngrl and her groom are avid gardeners, so it just made sense to grow their wedding flowers at home.

Here's what they decided to grow:

  • Sweet Peas (soaked overnight)
  • Peony Poppies (in well-weeded composted ground)
  • Paper Moon Scabiosa (scattered around)
  • Assorted Tulips (chilled for one month)

She is planning for these flowers (and some she already has growing) to make six boutonnieres, two bridesmaid bouquets, and one bridal bouquet. May the good growing weather be ever in your favor, Cinmngrl, and totally update us when they're all on display!

For everyone else: if your thumb is greener than mine is, maybe this is your solution to a very personal and meaningful bouquet.

  1. Even if you don't have the green thumb, maybe someone you know/love does! My step-mom grew and dried a shit-ton of hydrangeas for our center pieces.

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  2. My mom and bridesmaids are going to a local farm to pick our flowers for the wedding! I also did a work-trade with the farm, so all our flowers will be free! We are on a small budget, so we are working in things like this. If you have a strong work ethic, talk to your local farmers…they may be willing to provide food for your caterers, or flowers if you pitch in a few weekends worth of work. Plus, it makes the wedding that much more "you"! Cheers!

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  3. I love this! I really want to either use flowers from my own garden(I'm also an avid gardener) or if for some reason they've all died by our wedding date go to our farmers market because the flowers I relaly want are sunflowers for me and wildflowers for everyone else. It for serious hurts to see the price of wedding bouquets and accessories when I bought seed packets for the exact thing I want for a fraction of the price.

    Have we heard anything about how her flowers are turning out?

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    • Hi Dana,

      2 weeks until bouquet time! There are some highs and lows in the DIY bouquet. The weather has been pretty unpredictable, so my while i usually have late tulips, they all came early! I added already sprouted poppies and they are doing fantastic. My sweetpeas started producing last week, with some really lovely long stems. I added Love in the Mist, and will take hydrangea from my established plant. Also alot of people in my community garden heard about my project and are offering up blooms for the big day. I'm excited to see how it all comes out.

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