If you’re a crafty bride, then putting together your own big-day blooms can save you a bunch! Here are our top tips for DIY wedding flowers…
Think about whether it matches your theme
If you have your heart set on elegant peony arrangements or intricate floral arches, then DIY flowers may not be the best route for you. DIY works best if you’re either having a rustic, garden theme wedding where a mixture of blooms and colours will fit right in, or a simple style where single-bloom bouquets will work (think bundles of roses, tulips or gypsophila).
Don’t do it if you’re in a time crunch
DIY wedding flowers may save you money, but they definitely take more time and effort! If you’re making a lot of the wedding decor yourself, then it can be tempting to want to do all the flowers too, but bear in mind that the more floral arrangements you have to create, the more time you’ll have to sacrifice in the days leading up to the wedding.
Try a DIY florist service
There’s a happy medium between handing over everything to your florist, and taking on 100% of the floral arrangements yourself. Some florists will provide a budget-friendly DIY service, where they’ll deliver a bulk order of flowers to you just before the wedding so you don’t have to worry about ordering or transportation – try The Great British Florist if this sounds like your kind of option. Alternatively, some flower farms will offer to create important pieces for you, like the bouquets, and you can take on the table arrangements yourself.
Ask for help
Flowers take time, so you’ll need as many hands on deck as possible in the lead-up to the wedding day. Rope in bridesmaids, family members and friends to help prep your blooms before storage (more on that later) and put together arrangements before (or on!) the big day. The more people you have available to help you, the better – if you’re fussy about how things should be arranged, consider making little instruction cards to avoid having to re-do anything or being asked constant questions.
Work 1-3 days in advance
If you’ve discussed your wedding date with your chosen wholesaler, then they’ll know the best time to pick up or deliver your flowers – as a rule, you’ll need to have the flowers the day before you intend to make the bouquets, as the blooms will be in bud and will need about a day to open. You’ll need to strip the stems of any excess leaves, trim the bottoms off the stems and leave in buckets of water overnight, in a cool, dark location.
Centrepieces can be made two days in advance, and bouquets should be made the day before the wedding. You’ll want to have someone create any buttonholes on the morning, as they’re most likely to wilt and die if made too far in advance.
Get the right supplies
You’ll need some supplies for both preparing the flowers and putting together your arrangements and bouquets. You’ll need floral scissors, floral tape, pins, floral wire for buttonholes, and florist’s foam or oasis if you’re using it for your centrepieces. You may also need large buckets for storing and transporting your flowers, ribbons and twine for decorating the bouquets, and a variety of vases and jamjars for centrepieces.
Don’t forget transport!
Make arrangements for getting your flowers to the venue – or, if you’re arranging them at the venue, that there’s someone on hand to make sure that the flowers are distributed properly (e.g. that the buttonholes are ready for when the groomsmen and groom arrive). You’ll need more car or van space for arranged flowers, so as to avoid crushing them.
Practise, practise, practise
Whether you’re working from a book, a YouTube tutorial or a blog post, there are plenty of places to help you practise your arrangements before the day. Buy some flowers from the supermarket or cut some from your own garden to help you get a feel for creating bouquets, centrepieces and buttonholes so that you’re not totally stressed out the night before your wedding!
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