DIY Bride How to Do Your Own Wedding Flowers

Posted on 21/09/2014 by | Comments Off

DIY Bride: How to Do Your Own Wedding Flowers

A popular way to save money on a wedding is to do some or all of your own wedding flowers. Most DIY brides consider doing at least some of the flowers themselves, such as simpler arrangements such as the table centerpieces.  There are pros and cons to DIY Wedding Bouquets and Wedding Reception arrangements.

I don’t have any special design skills or floral design training, but I do my own flowers for events, get well gifts, and dinners. I had been burned by a few local florists who used poor quality flowers (missing petals, dying and yellow greenery) or missed the delivery date I requested. With a little online investigation and trial and error I found some quality wholesale floral vendors I trust and recommend.  I follow simple floral arrangement instructions on Youtube and get quality flowers to work with. I started to do this not only to save money but to control the quality of the floral arrangements I give and use at my own events.

I personally would never attempt anything as large as a DIY wedding cake, but wedding flowers are manageable. A key is locating a reputable source for flowers that provide the needed quantity of fresh flowers at an affordable price.

Wondering if you can do your own wedding flowers? Here are some recommended tips:

Tips for DIY Wedding Flowers

  • One of the most common problems of why a DIY arrangement might look unprofessional is the ratio of the vase to the flower height is incorrect. Your vase should be 1/3 the height of the total arrangement. A container may be placed inside a vase, basket or other container to elevate the blooms within the vase if your ratio needs to be adjusted.
  • To balance your arrangements and keep the flowers steady, first place two pieces of floral green or scotch tape in a cross X shape across the mouth of the vase. This keeps flowers from moving around and gives you an anchor to work with.
  • Realistically assess how much of the wedding flowers you can do yourself. As with all DIY Bride ideas, you only have so much time in the days before the event to make something, so how many things you can do yourself are limited. The quantity of flowers needed for a wedding alone makes this a large task. What is reasonable for you and how much time and help you will have a few days before the wedding? You may decide to have a professional do one large arrangement for the ceremony and/or reception and do the table centerpieces yourself, or have a professional do your wedding bouquet and do your own bridesmaids bouquets (see Martha Stewart instructions for ribbon tying a simple bridesmaid bouquet)
  • The type of flower you select impacts how much lead time to you have to work with your flowers. Some flowers can be arranged several days in advance and are hardy, others will require attention the day of the event. Calla lilys, bells of Ireland, some orchids, some peonies are more hardy and can be arranged in advance with little fuss.
  • Some flowers such as gerbera daisies and sunflowers have heavy bloom heads and require a pin to prop them up so they do not flop over. Consider this in the selection and use of these flowers.
  • The less talented you think you are, the less varieties you should use of flowers in your arrangement. Stick to a single kind of flower such as calla lilies, tulips, roses or hydrangeas that are colorful, elegant, and easy to work with. I love working with calla lilies because they are almost idiot proof.
  • When arranging flowers such as roses, cut them at three different heights. Place your tallest rose in the middle, and then place three roses around that center rose.  Continue to work outwards in odd numbered increments keeping the arrangement even on all sides.
  • If you use more than one kind of flower – you will need to mix three shapes of flowers: some tall blooms and some short fluffy blooms and an accent flower. Don’t pick all of one type such as all tall blooms because your arrangement will be unbalanced.
  • When ordering flowers from a wholesaler, they generally will come to you fresh from the grower, still in bud form and they will need to be cut and kept in water for 24 hours before you arrange them. Allow two days before your event: one to rehydrate the buds and allow them to bloom, one day to arrange. Have buckets or containers on hand and ready to hold a large quantity of flowers in addition to your actual vases or containers for your finished arrangements.
  • Make sure to have arrangements to safely transport your flowers to the venue. Some venues may or may not accept flowers the day before.
  • If you are doing multiple arrangements or bouquets, consider asking a friend to help
  • There are a few flowers that you really can’t go wrong: large calla lilies, orchids in cylinder, bells of Ireland.
  • Greenery is cheaper than flowers for filling the vase. Do your greenery first in the vase for volume, then add your feature flowers.
  • Calculate how much time it will take you to do multiples of the same arrangement.
  • Unsure of if you can pull this off? Consider a practice session where you one or two arrangements for an event like an engagement party or shower. Take some pictures, examine how you did, listen for feedback.
  • A pretty table centerpiece option is orchids submerged in water in a glass cylinder. You can get the cylinders for about XX a piece on ebay or at a crat store, and if you fill the containers with water and anchor the stalk with some stones or other fillers you can do these a few days in advance
  • Arrange single blooms in odd number of flowers
  • Youtube videos are a very valuable resource for step by step instructions for many kinds of wedding flowers.
  • Bells of Ireland are a great filler flower because they are tall, fluffy, green, little flowers, they bend to the light so can shape them, they are long lasting and hardy. Once you know what Bells of Ireland look like, you will recognize them in many larger arrangements. They are easy to work with. The best ones I have purchased are from Sam’s Club.

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