With prices of wedding flowers reaching an all-time high and people going for the more minimalistic approach in terms of décor details, it’s only normal to think about making your own DIY wedding floral arrangements for the big day. While it presents a great opportunity to give a personal touch to your wedding, you can also use it as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your friends and family.
You could choose the DIY approach to make your own perfect wedding flower arrangements by ordering flowers online or buying from a local retailer, but DIY florals arrangements also require time management, practice, hard work, dedication, and planning. Whatever your motivation for going the DIY route, whether it be budget issues or a desire to bring more meaning to your wedding décor details, the DIY florals can bring a twist to your wedding flower arrangements and make them stand out.
If you too are thinking about making your own wedding flowers but need some pointers to get started, here are a few things that you should always keep in mind while working on a DIY floral project for the big day:
How To Buy Your Wedding Flowers
Here are a few insights on how to order your wholesale flowers for the wedding:
1. Focus on a Limited Variety of Blossoms
Instead of opting for a large variety of blooms, choose four or five varieties of flowers for your wedding décor details and use them interchangeably throughout the wedding spaces, including your wedding bouquets, centerpieces, and ceremony and aisle décor. You could also go with the formula of choosing one focal flower followed by secondary and tertiary flowers in the arrangements to create a cohesive theme, and use greenery and fillers alongside them to create more details and fullness.
2. Always Plan Ahead
Make a list of how many flower bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and centerpieces you’re going to need for the wedding and use a separate flower plan for each and every arrangement. This will give you a basic understanding of how many flowers of each type you’ll need to prepare and order.
3. Consider Ordering Online
Although we encourage you to support your local wholesale florist, they might not have access to all the flowers that you want for your wedding décor and flower arrangements. For this reason, ordering bulk flowers online is a good idea, not only to have access to a wide range of flowers but also because buying them online can mean discounted prices. If you buy online, make sure you feel good about how the flowers are grown and sourced, and that ethical and sustainable practices are being used.
How to Prepare and Store Your Flowers
Whether you’re ordering bulk flowers online or buying them from a local wholesale service provider, you’re going to need to prepare and care for your stems and flowers before working on the flower arrangements:
4. Cut Your Stems at a 45-Degree Angle
Cut your stems at a 45-degree angle to make sure that water gets absorbed properly by flowers so that they maintain their freshness. Trimming the stems every 2 or 3 days one inch from the bottom is absolutely essential to keep your wedding flowers fresh and healthy.
5. Change Water Regularly
Fill buckets, containers, or vases with at least 4 inches of fresh and cool water (neither too warm nor too cold) to store your wedding flowers. Keep them stored in a cool and dark place when you’re not using them and clean your vessels and change the water every 1 to 2 days.
6. Trim away the foliage:
Trim away the extra foliage, leaves, or thorns up to or below the waterline to make sure bacteria do not grow and spoil your flowers.
How to Style Flowers and Create Arrangements
You’ve ordered your flowers and prepared and stored them well. Now is the time to make your own DIY wedding flowers arrangements to put into bouquets, centerpieces, corsages, and boutonnieres. Here’s how you can go about styling your flowers:
7. Use Floral Tape to Create Structure
Consider using clear floral tape to create wedding centerpieces for the reception. Create a grid on top of your vases or vessels through the tape and systematically place your flowers within the grid at even intervals. Fill the arrangement with greens or fillers as you like.
8. Find the Perfect Balance for Bouquets
Use a rule of three to arrange the wedding bouquet flower arrangements including the greens and florals for a single variety bouquet for the ceremony. Keep even space between different flowers within the bouquet arrangement to create a balanced and cohesive look.
9. Cut Stems to the Appropriate Length
Measure your stems by placing your vases on a level surface, such as a countertop or table, and bringing the blossoms to the right height next to the vessels or vases. As a general rule, cut stems approximately 1 inch shorter than the vase to make the perfect DIY wedding flower arrangements.
Some Final Advice
Stock up on flower supplies and tools such as floral tapes and glues, pruning shears, buckets, and containers well before you start working on your wedding flower arrangements. Also, don’t expect the perfection that you see in the products bought from florists and avoid complicated designs and flower arrangements to make the whole thing more practical and easier.
Find as much inspiration as you can by visiting flower farms, flower stores, wedding magazines, and various other sources to develop a basic understanding of what you like and what you want for your wedding day flower arrangements. Get as much help as you can from your friends and family, and schedule flower making sessions with them if you can.
So Tell Us, How Did You Make Your Own DIY Wedding Floral Arrangements?
Do you have any suggestions or pointers to add to this list? How did you make your own DIY wedding floral arrangements? Please share with us!
Until then, best of luck making your own wedding flowers, folks!
Alicia is a senior florist at Wholeblossoms, a wholesaler of premium and fresh cut wholesale flowers. She has over 5 year’s expertise in floral design & arrangement. She has catered for several events including weddings, birthdays, baby showers, funerals, corporate events and special events.