DIY & A La Carte FLOWERS
DIY flowers are a great way to have beautiful, locally grown flowers with a personal touch, without breaking the bank. We offer two different types of DIY buckets as well as the option to order your bouquets, boutonnieres, and other personal flowers A La Carte.
DIY flowers are sold by the bucket. We fill each bucket with roughly 5-8 bunches (generally 10 stems each) of a mix of focal flowers, accent flowers, and foliage. Each bucket contains enough material to fill 5-8 wide mouth quart mason jars. All flowers are subject to tax, with an additional $5 per bucket deposit refunded to you when our buckets are returned.
Farmer’s Choice Buckets ($55 each) are a great choice for folks with a flexible color palette seeking fresh, seasonal flowers with a rustic or wildflower look. You choose between bright sunny colors or more subdued pastels, and we fill your buckets with the best of what’s in bloom. If you want fresh beautiful, colorful flowers but you don't need to know exactly what colors or flowers will be in your bucket this is perfect for you!
Your Choice Buckets ($75 each) are designed for folks with a more precise or limited color palette. We tailor your buckets to your color palette and style. As always, specific flower varieties depend on the season and the whims of nature. If you are dreaming of a blue and white wedding, or an all pink affair this is the choice for you.
DIY buckets and A La Carte items are available for pickup on the farm by appointment. We harvest and condition your flowers in our cooler so they are fresh and ready to arrange with when you pick them up. We strive to provide you with the freshest blooms possible, and we will provide you with information and tips on keeping your flowers happy, but we cannot be responsible for their freshness after pickup, that’s up to you! Since we spend most of our time in the field growing your flowers, we have limited time to correspond. We hope to provide all the information you need to make your DIY flower order, but if you are feel you need more help, we do offer consulting services over phone or email for $50/hour.
A LA CARTE FLOWERS
This is the "best of both worlds" option where you can order A La Carte bouquets, boutonnieres, and other personal flowers arranged by our floral design team to go with your DIY flowers. If you're excited to make your table arrangements but nervous about making the bridal bouquet or boutonnieres you're dreaming of, this is the perfect option for you! We work with you to come up with the right combination of seasonal, one-of-a-kind personal flowers, and DIY buckets to suit your style and budget.
A La Carte PRICING
Custom floral designs vary in price, but feel free to take a look at our A La Carte Price Guide to get a sense. Keep in mind that the A La Carte menu is limited to personal flowers like bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and flower crowns, with limited ceremony flowers such as hanging aisle decorations and greenery garlands. Since A La Carte orders require more time and communication in order to tailor our designs to your taste, we include a 45 minute consult (on the farm or over the phone) in the price. If you feel you need more time or help with your flowers we do offer additional consulting for $50/hour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is DIY Right for Me?
Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need for a great DIY experience.
Time. Do you have the time to come to the farm and pick up your flowers, and the time to create your own wedding arrangements? Make sure you have a friend or family member who is willing and able to help with arranging and set up. Plan on picking your flowers up 1-2 days before your event and make sure to give yourself and your friends plenty of time to work with them, especially if you are new to flower arranging.
Space. Do you have enough room in your car to transport your flowers? (Make sure to bring along a tarp to protect from splashing!) Do you have a cool spot where you can store your flowers before and after arranging them? No need to have a walk in cooler- an air conditioned room or cool basement is ideal. Do you have a good work space out of the sun and wind where you can make a big mess?
Materials. Do you have all of the tools and materials you need? Probably not yet. All of these items can be found at your local craft store, but it's a good idea to get them ahead of time. Here are some of the tools and supplies you’ll need for arranging:
-Sharp clippers (a pair for everyone helping you)
-Clean vases (it's important that they are super clean because bacteria and dirt will clog flower stems and prevent them from taking up water)
-Any mechanics you’ll need for large or low containers (i.e. marbles, clear tape, chicken wire, pin frogs, floral foam)
-Floral tape, ribbon, and twine for DIY bouquets, and floral wire for DIY boutonnieres, corsages, and floral crowns
-Trash and/or compost bins for your flower clippings
Enthusiasm & Creativity. Are you excited to create your own flowers, or do you have a friend or family member who is? What is your skill and confidence level working with flowers? We recommend watching a few basic tutorials on youtube and/or making a mock up. Remember, if you are excited about doing most of your flowers but there are a few elements that make you nervous, like your bouquet or boutonnieres, feel free to inquire about ordering those items A La Carte.
HOW MANY DIY BUCKETS SHOULD I ORDER?
This depends mostly on what you plan to make with your DIY flowers, and a little bit on your arranging style. We fill each bucket with roughly 7-10 bunches (generally 10 stems each) with a mix of focal flowers, accent flowers, and foliage to arrange with. Each bucket contains enough material to fill 5-8 wide mouth quart mason jars. Use this as your guide. If you like a more sparse look, use the low end of our estimate, if you like a jam packed vase use the higher end. If you have large or wide containers you'll need more stems to fill them out.
For DIY bouquets, you need more stems than you probably think. Plan on using most of a bucket for a bridal bouquet (unless you prefer a very petite bouquet) and making 2 bridesmaid bouquets per bucket. For boutonnieres and corsages you need relatively little material (less than 1 bucket for the whole wedding party), but let us know so we can make sure to include some sturdy items and everlasting flowers for you to work with. If you're not sure, round up since you can always find a place for extra flowers!
How Do IKeEp My flowers fresh?
Boutonnieres, corsages, flower crowns, and other wearables can be stored in the refrigerator until it’s time to put them on. Make sure to pin securely so they don’t flop in your photos!
Handheld bouquets should be stored in a bucket or vase with water in a cool room out of direct sunlight and wind- an air conditioned room or cool basement is ideal. Leave them in the water as long as possible. When you’re ready for them just dry the stems with a paper towel and trim them to your desired length. Make sure to dab them one last time before you take it down the aisle so they don’t drip on your dress! After the ceremony if you’d like to keep bouquets fresh just cut the bottom inch off of the stems and place in water. Some elements may not rehydrate but most will.
DIY flowers also like to be stored in a cool room out of direct sunlight and wind. When you’re arranging with them make sure you’re putting them into clean containers with clean water. Dirt and bacteria clog up the stems and prevent them from taking up water. Make sure to remove any leaves that are below the waterline. Once you’ve finished your arrangements store them in a cool room until needed. Make sure to check the water level in your containers and replenish as needed since the flowers will continue to drink.