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 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.

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

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

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.

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.


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

Fall Wedding Flowers – Can You DIY?


Fall Wedding Flowers… If you live any where where the leaves are turning color, the air is more crisp, you know it’s fall. Even if you live in sunny Southern California, you may feel a little nip in the air. This can, and SHOULD change the color theme of your Fall Wedding.  The above flower arrangement, from a wedding we did this weekend, were NOT a DIY project.  Maybe some could amateurs could create this wonder, but not I.  The level of expertise of their arrangement speaks for itself.


I love how the florist stepped outside the box and did not create the standard “ceremony standing arrangements” for this wedding.   The flowers above the arbor, where the couple said their vows, was charming and novel.  And the color, perfect for the season.

(If viewing on a mobil device, phone or tablet, forgive me if the photos are sideways.  Sometimes they are if I format them to appear correctly on a laptop)


And above, a lovely arrangement at night.  The red filter provides a gorgeous wedding album keepsake.


The bride kept her fall theme going with a burgundy wine bottle ‘table number’.  These, she DID do herself.  She painstakingly removed each label and replaced it with a numbered one of her own.  And the flowers, while professionally done, stayed true to her color scheme.


And the challenge for brides everywhere…what to do about favors, AND escort cards?  Well, our bride this past weekend, incorporated two into one…AND it was a DIY project.  Yep, those are jam jars, fabric colored in fall hues with the guests’ names and table numbers attached.  Who doesn’t like jam?  No one!  This will be enjoyed later by the guests, and I’m sure the bride and groom will be thought of fondly when they do so.

All photos: Debbie Stauble  (also the “Day of Event Coordinator”)


DIY Boutonnieres



I think these DIY Boutonnieres are some of the prettiest I have ever seen.  If you want something a little different for your groomsmen/honored gentlemen, try some of these delightful DIY Boutonnieres.


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Wine corks have long been used for many more purposes than the intended sealing of wine bottles.  I love how someone designed the boutonnieres above using a cork as its base. And each could be unique as well, because no two corks are the same, — well neither are flowers!


Would you like something that would last forever?  Well consider these gorgeous felt flowers.  I love them, but frankly, I’d have a difficult time making them…and I bet they’d cost a fortune to have a seamstress create…maybe you have a super talented friend or relative?


And you know I have a fondness for succulents.  I love this style of flower.  Very masculine, and unique.


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Planning a country wedding with a casual flair?  Then these boutonnierers are for you!  They appear to be time consuming to create, but they ARE one of a kind.


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Or maybe you desire something understated, but sparkly – say for a formal evening event?  Then the above adornment is perfect. Some of your groomsmen may scoff at its delicateness, but it’s pretty and surely wouldn’t be cumbersome on the dance floor.


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The above button boutonnierer is adorable, but I doubt it would hold much appeal for men. Not so the one below.  I imagine it would be a big hit among your male attendants.


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Whatever you chose, it would be thoughtful to allow your groom to have some imput into this decision.  Afterall, most of the choices are yous…  🙂