In the United States, the average cost of wedding flowers can be between $700 and $2,500. For brides looking to get the most bang for their buck, these numbers can be daunting; however, with some clever planning, you can tailor your own floral arrangements without breaking the bank.
Do-It-Yourself tips and tricks have seen growing popularity over the last decade. Whereas it was once popular to have wedding planners tackle everything, today more brides are opting to handle things their own way. While some wedding planning aspects are trickier than others, fortunately, planning your own DIY wedding flowers doesn’t have to be. If you want to create your own floral arrangements, here are some tips to help make the process as easy as possible.
1. Getting Design Ideas
Before jumping into the process, it’s a good idea to think about different designs that you might be interested in. Take some time to sit down with your wedding party — or whoever is helping you — and take a look at different tutorials and designs online. You could also head to a floral boutique and look at the arrangements they have available there. Florists may also be able to share their own tips about how to put together the most eye-catching arrangements. Once you have a couple of designs in mind, you may even wish to try a trial arrangement to get used to the process and see how you like the finished result. Even if you haven’t decided on the exact flowers that you want, practice will make perfect!
2. Picking Out Vases
When picking out vases you’ll have many options to consider. While sometimes plain vases will do, especially if you want the flowers to be the main focal point, you can also get creative and pick vases that tie into your color scheme or theme. Many different types of vases can be found online, in floral shops, major stores, and even thrift shops. In some instances, you won’t have to worry about your vases matching, especially if you’re going for a funkier unique theme. Additionally, you can take your DIY vases to the next level by decorating them with spray paints and your own designs!
3. Buying Additional Supplies
Once you have your designs and vases picked out, it’s always a good idea to pre-order the additional supplies that you’ll need. These can include floral scissors, pins, floral foam, floral tape, and floral wire, depending on the types of DIY wedding arrangements you’re doing and if you’ll be putting together corsages as well. These supplies can be easily ordered online; however, your local floral shop may also have them available for purchase.
4. Buying the Flowers
You can’t have DIY wedding flowers without the flowers! However, this is where things can get tricky if you’re not sure what to do. You don’t just want to rush out and get flowers only to have them wilt overnight or only last 24 hours. Consider hardier flowers that will last until the festivities are over.
5. Plan for Arrival
If you’re planning on purchasing your DIY wedding flowers from a wholesale company, make sure to plan for how they will arrive. Often companies will send them early while the flowers are still closed. This means you will have to care for them while they bloom. Ensure that you have enough time set aside for them too bloom, and don’t wait until the last minute. If you’re purchasing flowers locally, take care to ask your florist about any special care tips, and take steps to ensure they won’t be damaged during transport.
DIY wedding flowers don’t have to be stressful, in fact, putting together floral arrangements can be a great way to bond with your wedding party after a long day of planning. While the process may seem daunting at first, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep in mind the tips above and most importantly, have fun!