Working with a florist or floral designer definitely has its benefits, but being cheap usually isn’t one of them. In fact the main benefit of DIY wedding flowers is that you can save a lot of money. Finding, arranging, and setting up your wedding flowers yourself can be a huge task. But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, it can also be hugely rewarding. Here are seven tips for having the best DIY wedding flowers around!
1. Be flexible
Being flexible and not too set on certain blooms or arrangements can take some of the stress out of handling your wedding flower needs yourself. Some blooms may be way more expensive than you expect, and some flowers may be out of season. You should also opt for hardier varieties. You don’t want flowers that start looking wilted in less than 24 hours! Of course, you may not really know which flowers are hardiest, cheapest, and in season, for that reason you should…
2. Study up on flowers
Even if you aren’t hiring a florist to do all of your arrangements, you may be able to arrange a consultation with one. Someone who works with flowers for a living can give you great advice things like flower substitutions you can make to save money, which flowers are hardiest, and what’s in season when you’re getting married. If you’re willing to go a step further, you can take a class or workshop on wedding flowers. If that isn’t an option, you can also find plenty of information online. Check out this tool for searching for flowers by season and price, for example.
3. Plan ahead
Now that you’re a flower expert, you might think you should start ordering flowers right away. You certainly can, but planning your arrangements before ordering the flowers is a better way to go. It’s easier to order flowers for specific arrangements than to try to figure out arrangements based on a list of flowers!
To get ideas for what kinds of arrangements you want, look online. You can search YouTube for videos or check out these DIY Projects at Afloral.com. Be realistic and stick to simpler designs. Even simple bouquets can take up to 45 minutes to prepare, and a dozen centerpieces could take a couple of hours or more. Stick to arrangements that won’t leave you and your friends scrambling to get everything done in the final hours before the wedding. A way to reduce the number of arrangements you need to plan for is to reuse flowers from the ceremony in the reception. Your bouquets can become gorgeous centerpieces!
4. Buy the necessary supplies
For DIY wedding flowers, you’ll need to buy vases and anything else you need for your arrangements. Make sure the vases you get work with the arrangements you’re planning. If you find some awesome vases, you can also just plan your arrangements around them! You’ll also need to buy things like floral scissors, floral tape, floral wire, ribbons, pins, and any other supplies specific to the arrangements you’re planning.
5. Buy from a local flower market or a good online vendor
If you live in an area with a wholesale flower markets this is a great option for finding what you need for your wedding. Be sure to visit the market a few times in the weeks before the wedding to get an idea of what they offer.
Buying flowers online has also become easier, and there are more and more options. Just be sure to do the proper research before making your order. Read customer reviews and find out in what condition the flowers usually arrive.
6. Get help from family and friends
Make sure to allow enough time to prepare your arrangements, and recruit a few family members or friends to help out. If you’re ordering flowers online, they’ll likely arrive a few days before the event. You can get started making centerpieces one or two days before the wedding, but bouquets and corsages should be made the day before or the day or the wedding.
7. Know how you’re going to store flowers and get them to the venue
As soon as you get the flowers home, strip the stems of thorns and foliage below the waterline. Then place them in water, and put them in a cool, dark place. You may want to get buckets to store the flowers before you arrange them. Don’t refrigerate them–a home fridge doesn’t have the same humidity controls as a florist’s and can harm them.
With most types of venue, you won’t be able to arrange your flowers on site. You’ll want to make sure you can safely transport your arrangements without them falling apart. If you don’t have a truck or van, you may need to borrow or rent one and make sure you can fit everything securely.
If all of this sounds like too much work you can think again about hiring a florist or just skip the flowers entirely. You can have an awesome and beautiful wedding no matter which option you choose!
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