to d-i-y or don't-i-y.

I am still debating whether or not to make the boutonnieres for the groomsmen or just get fresh ones from the florist. It's not really about the cost; our quote is for $10 each which is pretty reasonable. I'm just worried that I'll make them and then regret it when I see the pictures. I don't intend on making one for the groom--his will have dahlias to match my bouquet and will be made by the florist. Of course I can give her matching ribbon to tie them all together, but I'm worried they won't look right with a mixture of fresh and fake flowers.

To refresh your memory, here's trial #1:
Here is a look at trial #2:
I may or may not add a fresh button mum or two to the real deal (much like the first trial), I just didn't have any when I put this one together. I'm unsure about the little berry-like things. I tried to add them for some extra color, but they look weird to me.

This is the picture I gave the florist for the groom's boutonniere. It will have hypericum berries instead of the stringy green things in the picture (not sure what they're called) I'd have her add the same purple ribbon and the flower will be purple as well.
So what do you think? Should I scrap the idea and just have the florist use fresh flowers for the groomsmen bouts'? Or should I stop overanalyzing things and make them myself? With or without the colored berry things? With real berries instead? Do tell!


an aqua juel said...

I really like the real flower ones. I really like the idea of using dahlias for bouts! Was there a reason you wanted to make them yourself?

Melissa said...

I think you should DIY because they seem relatively simple and $10 ea across the board is money you could use elsewhere - even extra spending $ on your honeymoon! I like the first trial that you did more than the second because it seems more "manly" to me. I like the splash of color added by the ribbon but think that the bow is a bit much; maybe just stick with wrapping the stems. The berries really don't do much for me for floral or color effect. So, there are my two cents - do with them as you wish :)

Dona and Tony said...

If it were me, I would buy them with fresh flowers. They look nice, and you won't have to worry about having fake against real in your pictures. I think if you DIY, they'll turn out nice too, but it will be one more thing for you to worry about looking right on the day of. And you pictures will stay with you forever.

Anonymous said...

buy them

Anonymous said...

i don't know how many groomsmen you have, but $10ea is cheap. and don't fool yourself - they do take time. i have made them before for something far less important than a wedding, and there was still a pretty decent bit of "omg this doesn't look right." don't cause yourself the stress on your big day.