DIY Wedding Flower Dos and Don’ts

Posted:: December 12, 2014

Do it yourself wedding flowers have been on an upward trend for the past five years. It is one of the easier ways to trim a couple hundred dollars off your wedding total. If you're considering creating the floral decorations and bouquets for your own wedding, there are some questions you should ask yourself first.

Do you want to take time away from the couple of days before your wedding to create all the floral decorations that you need? If you don’t do it yourself, is there someone you can trust to do the work well while you’re attending to other last minute details? Always budget 50% more time than you think you’ll need to get these things done. The last thing you want is to be rushed through it.
Do you have a source for all the fresh flowers, supplies, containers, etc you’ll need to create these special displays? Most florists are happy to provide customers with flowers at a discounted rate if they buy full bunches and condition the flowers on their own. You can also buy flowers in bulk from a local florist that they have taken the time to condition for you. Remember, you want flowers that are at their peak on the day of your event, not a week later. They’ll need at least a few days to open and breathe before they will be ready to use.
Different flowers require different treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A good florist will know the answer and share their knowledge with you. Whatever path you go, steer clear of online flower ordering from large overseas companies. Most have small print about substituting product when necessary, and when was the last time something showed up lively and perky from a FedEx box?
Your florist may be the answer for some of the more challenging parts of the wedding flower creation as well. Flowers to wear should not be undertaken by an untrained person. Let your florist make your boutonnières and corsages as well as anything else you’re uncomfortable with. That’s what we’re here for.
Whether you decide to do everything yourself, some of it yourself or leave it all to the professionals, make sure to have fun on your special day. After all, that’s what it’s really all about.