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!

Wedding Arbors – The Perfect Backdrop

Wedding Arbors – the perfect backdrop.  If you choose a wedding venue other than a religious one, you’ll need a focus point for your nuptials in place of the church alter.  How about one of these gorgeous arbors?  There are so many ways you can decorate them, and tie the whole thing together with your color scheme.

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Best case scenario? It frames a gorgeous scene such as the beachscape in the photo above.

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The next photo has a rustic/farm theme. I love how the open doors seem to be inviting the guests into the couple’s future; so welcoming, so beautiful.  The floral arrangement is a key component to this display’s attractiveness.  Although I think the low-handing sections may hit the bridal party in the head as they enter!

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The addition of the candelabra in the next photo is brilliant!  It lends a magical, fairy tale type air: so whimsical!  It appears that the candelabrma is functioning.  I highly recommend hiring a licensed electrician to hook something like this up, if you’re of a mind to use something similar.  Always better safe than sorry.  And wouldn’t it be a disaster if all the circuits blew out your power on your big day?

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Doesn’t the photo above remind you a a magic garden?  I think it would be so romantic to proclaim one’s vows under such a masterpiece!

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And my favorite of all?  The arbor above — ok — it’s the flowers that do it for me. They are just fabulous.  Remember to make sure you have enough advance time at your venue to allow your vendors to set up properly. An arrangement such as the arbor above had to take hours to assemble.

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And the last photo?  It’s one I took at one of my “Barn Weddings”.  The bride and groom made it themselves, with a little foliage from their generous florist.

 

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!  🙂