DIY Wedding Flowers

DIY Wedding Flowers!

One of your larger wedding expenses is that of your flowers.  You can save a good deal of money if you do it yourself – or DIY!  Here are some tips:

1 – Go on youtube.com or pinterest, or MY BLOG!  to find out ways to make desired flower items, i.e., centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc.

2 – Research local sources for best possible prices.  Remember, when you buy local, especially in snow country, you will need to have a spring or summer wedding.  There is some availability in fall, but not as much.

If you’re lucky enough to live Southern New England, check out Jennys Flowers 

I know from personal experience how lovely Jenny’s flowers are, how long they last, and how personable and easy to work with Jenny is.  Even if you’re not from New England, give the link a click, you’re in for a treat.

3 – Practice, practice, practice.  You’re not a professional, so you’ll need lots of PRACTICE.

4 – Recruit help.  Many hands make light work.

5 – If your wedding day is hot, make provisions to keep the blooms cool.  Refrigerate as long as possible.  Make sure water levels are sufficient in stationary vessels.

6 – Recruit help for flower arrangement.  You, as the bride, will be getting your hair and makeup done.  Who will be arranging the flowers?  Consider a “Day Of” Planner for such needs.

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Love the above centerpiece display.  This can actually be created with artificial flowers using a hot glue gun and a styrofoam ball.

 

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The same is true for the series of photos above.  Click in the link for more info.

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The above link gives a great set of photos on how to create a bridal bouquet. Bouquets are very expensive if designed and made by a florist.

 

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The above series walks you through making “Tall Centerpieces” a fad that grew out of favor with modern brides about five years ago, but they still have their use.  If you choose this style, be careful they don’t overtake your table.

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DIY flower items don’t have to be complicated, or lavish.  Just look at the lovey chair adornment above.  Good luck!

Repurposing Wedding Flowers

 

Could there be anything better than repurposing wedding flowers for those in need?  Jennifer Grove founded a company, “Repeat Roses”, that does just that.  A long time friend sent me a link to Jennifer’s company.   There are  2.25 million weddings a year in the US, with each wedding generating 400 to 600 pounds of trash each. Needless to say, that’s a lot!  What exactly does Jennifer’s company do?

Well, they collect the flowers  from your wedding that you don’t want to save, and arrange to have them distributed to nursing homes for the residents’ enjoyment.

From Jennifer’s website: repeatroses.com

  • Service is available nationwide.
  • Service is currently available for events taking place July 1st or later. We recommend scheduling your event as far in advance as possible in order to insure a spot on our service calendar.
  • For social event and wedding pricing, service fees begin at $750 and are based on the size and scale of your event’s floral plan.
  • For corporate event pricing or information regarding regularly scheduled importer, wholesale, grocery or business pickups, please contact Alexa Ambrose (aambrose@repeatroses.com).

 

Apparently, this service isn’t cheap, but what a lovely idea.  A win-win, I say!

just look at the joy on the faces of the ladies above and below.  Who doesn’t love flowers?

A lovely quote from one who knows…from the repeat roses website:

“A lot of the patients shared memories that flowers brought to them from their own life special events. Some residents mentioned that they did not receive flowers for a long time and it made their day. You brought a holiday to their home and hearts. ”

— Veronica, CenterLight Health System

And listen to the joy of giving from a recent bride who used this service:

“Pure joy is right!! Thank you for this email, I’m so happy with our decision to use your services and I will be recommending you to every bride I know! ”

— Newly married Jessie Friedman, upon receiving her photo delivery confirmation email showcasing how her gorgeous wedding flowers from her celebration at the iconic Rainbow Room were whisked away, restyled and, within hours, delivered to a local women’s shelter in NYC to share the love.

I love this idea, and hope to use it for my next daughter’s wedding!

Fresh Wedding Flowers or Paper?

Can you tell which photo sports real flowers and which are paper?  Will you have fresh wedding flowers or paper?  There are supporting views for both options.  Fresh flowers are more expensive, but they are, well, FRESH FLOWERS.  They have that delicate air, they smell wonderful, there is no perfect substitute.

But…paper flowers have their fans too.  They are beautiful in their own right.  In their artificial perfection, they have no compare.  Just look at the rose above.  It was handmade by a friend of one of my brides.  She made over 200 blooms, it took her forever, but they were just fabulous.  The best part, they can be saved.  My two oldest daughters married one year after the other. Had I know this, I might have commissioned paper flowers.  This way, I would had just paid once for my floral arrangements.  Yes, I would have had to store them, but, not a problem.  And don’t forget…you must also find someone creative to arrange them.

And the arrangement above?  Real or paper?  It’s a fresh arrangement; and it is fabulous.  What about the two photos below?  Believe it or not, they are both made of paper.  I KNOW!  I could hardly believe it myself!

Love, LOVE the arrangement in the foreground of the photo below.  What did the bride do with this exquisite bouquet?

When guests arrived, she had them choose a flower from a bouquet at the ceremony’s entrance.  image

Mid point in the ceremony, she invited the guests up to the front, and asked them to place the flowers in a bucket.   The flowers are then inserted into green styrofoam in order to stand upright.  As the guests placed the flowers in the buckets, they are invited to silently think a kind thought or say a prayer for the couple’s future happiness.  After the wedding, the bride and groom had a beautiful, lasting reminder of their special day.

Would you like to read the whole blog post about “The Flower Ceremony”?  Click on the link to be directed to the post.  You’ll enjoy it!  🙂

Old Fashioned Wedding Flowers

Old Fashioned Wedding Flowers … will you be an old fashioned bride, or will you buy into the most recent floral trends?  We all know that weddings are trendy, and they move in cycles.  What is old is new again.  What was popular when our parents married just may be current today.

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Love the photo above.  The flowers remind me of the “cabbage rose” upholstery  on an old sofa my grandmother had once upon a time.  The colors are so soft and lovely.  They are romance personified.

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Not only is the next bouquet beautiful, but the whimsical shape is enchanting.  It’s so graceful, so fanciful.  I love how bouquets are moving away from the tight round shape. My own bouquet was not as large, but had some elements of the shape above.  See — what’s old is new again!

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Don’t fancy a flower bouquet?  What about the jeweled one above?  This is spectacular, and no need to go to great lengths to preserve it. It would last forever!

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This bouquet incorporates the old with the new.  It has a modern shape popular today, but the colors are reminiscent of the muted palate of days gone by.

Need a little help with types of flowers, their colors and meanings? How about a little support for what you’ll need to order?  The chart below offers a most comprehensive offering.  Of course your florist will be an invaluable resource, but there is no such thing as too much information.  And if you choose to be brave and “go it alone” this chart would be invaluable.  Good luck, and enjoy!  And remember, there is never a right or wrong…just what your vision is.  🙂

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