DIY Wedding Flowers – Are They Something You Should Consider?
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Smart couples planning a wedding today are always looking for ways to hold the line on their wedding costs. One option some consider is doing their own wedding flowers.
Doing your wedding flowers can save you money, but is it right for you?
Articles and videos geared toward the DIY bride abound online, explaining what’s involved in the process of doing wedding flowers yourself.
I’ve posted some of the ones I felt would be helpful to DIYers here on this site.
Checking out a few of these video tutorials will help you decide what or how much you can do and where you might need outside help.
While I never discourage anyone from doing their wedding flowers themselves, I don’t sugarcoat the process when asked either. I tell it like it is.
What To Consider Before Deciding To DIY Your Wedding Flowers
If you’re thinking about doing your wedding flowers, here’s what you need to know before getting started:
1) You Are the Person In Charge.
Once your flowers arrive on your doorstep, you become the person responsible for processing, designing, storing, transporting, and setting up your wedding flowers.
Even with the help of family and friends, be prepared to do most and possibly all of the work yourself. And if anything goes wrong, don’t count on anyone being around to help fix it.
If that sounds like a daunting task, and you don’t want to spend the time and energy necessary to make sure everything looks perfect, then DIY isn’t your best option.
If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work on your wedding flowers, keep one thing in mind.
It will take more time than you think to get all of the bouquets, centerpieces, and floral decor ready for your big day. More times than not, that’s been my experience.
Allow yourself ample time to get everything done and adjust your timeline accordingly.
2) Be Realistic, But Have Fun, Too.
When you start dreaming about creating a beautiful bridal bouquet or gorgeous floral arrangements for your wedding day, remember that it takes practice and patience to learn how to create some of the stunning designs you see.
So while you may feel confident enough to try your hand making DIY wedding bouquets, keep one thing in mind. No matter how much effort you put into it, you probably aren’t going to achieve perfection with every single bouquet or flower arrangement.
So don’t overthink it. Not every bouquet you make will be a piece of art. Just have fun and enjoy the process. You’ll be surprised at how well things will come together.
3) Start Early With the Basics.
Before beginning your DIY wedding flowers project, take things slowly so you don’t get discouraged before you even start.
Focus first on basic floral design techniques like wiring and taping stems of fresh flowers or preparing containers with floral foam and securing them.
As you gain more confidence with the basics, you can move onto larger tasks like creating bouquets and more ambitious floral arrangements.
The critical thing to remember is that seeing something done in a video is different from actually doing it.
Nothing beats hands-on experience, so plan to invest some time and a few bucks in making a sample bouquet or two. And do it early. It’s never too early to find out if you are getting in over your head or not.
4) Take Advantage of Free Resources.
The Internet offers countless websites full of information about everything from DIY wedding flowers to decorating styles. This site is one example.
There are also tons of books that provide step-by-step instructions for creating a beautiful bouquet and arrangements for your wedding day.
Be sure to take advantage of these resources, but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you have questions.
Asking questions is one of the best ways to figure out how to accomplish something new. Don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced floral designer if you have questions.
For example, if you aren’t sure how to properly finish off a wedding bouquet, contact a florist. Most are happy to help you out. Don’t get stuck, get help.
5) Know Your Venue.
While most DIYers usually make simple bouquet designs and floral decor for the ceremony and reception, it’s essential to be aware of what your venue allows or doesn’t allow.
For example, many venues, like churches and reception halls, do not allow tapes or adhesives to fasten wedding decor because it can cause damage to the surface finish when removed. That’s a simple detail you might want to know ahead of time.
Each venue sets its own rules regarding fresh flowers and floral decor, so be sure you know what those rules are beforehand.
6) Plan For Contingencies.
No one wants to deal with last-minute emergencies, especially when it comes to something as important as your wedding flowers.
One of the most significant issues is transporting your wedding flowers to the venue location. It can present challenges, no matter how large or small your wedding is.
To prevent problems, make sure you gather all the necessary tools and supplies you’ll need beforehand.
That way, you’ll avoid wasting valuable time searching for items once you arrive at your destination. Most professional florists, ourselves included, carry a toolbox filled with basic floral supplies and tools in their delivery vehicles, just in case something unexpected happens.
We also carry additional flowers with us, in case something gets damaged or if necessary, we need to make a quick corsage or boutonniere.
As the saying goes, “Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
7) Relax And Enjoy Yourself.
If you find yourself getting frustrated that things aren’t going like you imagined they would, stop and take a breath. Frustration is something we all deal with from time to time. Don’t let it drag you down.
Remember, one of the reasons you chose to do your wedding flowers was because working with flowers is fun and something you enjoy doing.
This attitude will keep you focused and motivated, allowing you to complete your wedding flowers without having second thoughts.
Once you see the finished product, you’ll realize that fun and enjoyment play a significant role in the process of creating your wedding flowers.
Is It Worth It To DIY Wedding Flowers?
Saving money is the reason that brides choose to do their wedding flowers themselves. It’s cheaper to make your wedding bouquets than to have them done professionally. But it’s still a trade-off between time and money.
There aren’t any hard and fast rules about whether or not you should choose to create your wedding flowers. The decision rests with you, and it depends upon your personal preferences and budget.
However, by following these tips, you’re more likely to have an enjoyable experience if you decide to do your wedding flowers.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.