This post is part of a DIY Wedding Flower & Decor series in partnership with Bloom Culture Flowers. In this series, Alison Fleck, will be sharing expert decorating and floral advice to help you DIY your wedding flowers for less! This post will show you how to make a DIY Ceremony Arrangement that you can customize for your own wedding day. We hope you enjoy these posts and find them as valuable as we do!xoxo, Jessica
Make This Gorgeous Ceremony Arrangement for Your Wedding
So you’re planning on taking the DIY-approach to your wedding flowers! At first, it feels all exciting and you’re filling your Pinterest board with hundreds of beautiful flowers… but then you realize there are a few more pieces to the puzzle that you haven’t quite yet figured out.
- How many flowers do I need?
- What varieties look good together?
- How do I make the flowers stand up properly in the vase?
- And what about those big arrangements for the church?
No worries! You can do this.
In this tutorial, we’ll tell you exactly what you need, and share step-by-step instructions to bring a beautiful DIY ceremony arrangement to life. There’s a recipe with a list of ingredients, and then a method to follow. It’s just like baking, but with zero calories. Winning!
Supplies you’ll need:
The Flower Recipe:
In order to make this DIY ceremony arrangement, you’ll need the following flowers:
- 1/2-1 bunch Salal/Lemon Leaf
- 4-5 Robellini Palm
- 1/2 bunch eucalyptus
- 5 white hydrangea
- 5 lavender stock
- 12 white premium roses
- 10 terra-cotta carnations
- 10 scoop scabiosa
- 1/3 bunch white wax flower
Feel free to mix up the colors to suit your own color scheme for your wedding day!
How to Make a DIY Ceremony Arrangement
Watch the video tutorial below to see how to make your own floral ceremony arrangement!
1. Soak Floral Foam
Start by soaking your floral foam. Foam is easier for 2 reasons, the flowers stay in place and no water makes it WAY easier to transport
2. Fill Your Vase
If you’re using a large urn or vase, fill the bottom so you don’t have to use more foam or product to fill the vase. Here we’ve used a plastic vase to cut down the volume of the vase
3. Add Structure with Tape
Tape a light X across the top of the vase to keep the foam in place.
4. Start with Greenery
For the greenery, we allot a quarter of a bunch to half a bunch. For large pieces like this, we might allot 1/2 to a whole bunch. We typically use 2-3 varieties of greenery. I start with one variety, here I used Robelini to create reach and add volume, then I layered in salal (or commonly called Lemon Leaf) then a few stems of Baby Blue Eucalyptus.
? SAVVY TIP: Using more greenery cuts down on the amount of flowers you need to use thus saving you money! (Imagine me making it rain with your savings!)
5. Fill in the greenery
Once you’ve “greened” your vase You’re done! JK. ?
We typically say if it looks good without floral you’re setting yourself up for success! Not every hole or space has to be filled, leave room for the flowers! Feel free to stop once you think it looks good and full Also, if you don’t use the full allotment of greenery, that’s great! You can always save it for later if you need to fill in some areas, or use it in other areas of your wedding. Win, win.
6. Arrange Your Flowers
We always start with the biggest bloom which is our hydrangea. This way you aren’t trying to fit it in and squash other blooms at the end. Place the blooms at varying heights. You want a statement arrangement so don’t be afraid to keep the stems long.
7. Place Flowers from Largest to Smallest Blooms
Next add in the lavender stock. This bloom is great for its linear structure and it adds diversity and depth to the arrangement. Remember, keep the stems long for a grand arrangement!
8. Place flowers evenly throughout the arrangement.
Roses come next. Don’t let the rose deter you! These are not your “standard” standard roses. The petal structure of this variety looks like a garden rose but is actually a standard rose. Great, but what does that mean? It means you get a huge bloom with garden rose appearance but not on a garden rose budget. #budgetsavvy
Half the cost of a garden rose and all the appeal. Again, win win! I love to help couples get the most bang for their budget without sacrificing aesthetics or the overall vision.
9. Leave the smallest blooms for last
Next you want to layer in the smaller blooms like the scoop scabiosa and carnations. (Whispers to her friend, did she just say carnations? gasp!) Yep! These are not the carnations you’re used to. These are terra cotta carnations. And they are lovely. They have the perfect color and their petal structure is AMAZING! Not to mention their price-point can’t be beat and they come 25 to a bunch! Whaaaat? You’re welcome. Sprinkle these babies and the sacbiosa in per the quantity in the recipe and we’re almost done!
Last but not least is our old gal pal Wax Flower. This is the perfect filler flower, the scale is perfect for filling holes or gaps and make the arrangement feel complete!
11. Add the finishing touches
Finishing touches: Fill in with any leftover greenery you may and look over the arrangement to make sure it looks full and prancy. I typically make these arrangements the day before the wedding, keep the foam moist, and store in a cool location out of the sun.
? PRO SAVVY TIP: Front-load your ceremony arrangements if they will only be seen from one side. They’ll look fuller with fewer blooms!
We usually front-load these babies which means put the majority of the flowers in the front because no one usually sees the back. Since they typically face one direction at the ceremony and don’t need much going on in the back, let’s put your money where people are going to see it. Now they aren’t bare but just not as full as the front. Think of it as a reverse mullet.
Since they typically face one direction at the ceremony and don’t need much going on in the back, let’s put your money where people are going to see it. Now they aren’t bare but just not as full as the front. Think of it as a reverse mullet.
? SAVVY TIP: Let these arrangements pull double duty and re-use them for your reception decor!!
Delegate someone to move these bad boys from your ceremony to a spot at the reception. They are statement pieces and we don’t want you to pay for and make them to only be used for 30 minutes (or however long your ceremony is). We like to flank a sweetheart table or place them at the entry, or photo booth, where-ever, just promise me you’ll re-use them!!!
DIY Your Own Wedding Flowers
Wondering how you can do this with all of your wedding flowers? Bloom Culture Flowers specializes in working with DIY brides to remove all of the guess-work; they do the hard part so you can do the fun part. They will help you set a floral budget, determine the best flower varieties to use, and write “flower recipes” that tell you exactly what ingredients you’ll need for every bouquet, centerpiece, boutonniere and more, and give you video tutorials of how to do it. With all of the prep done, they’ll then set you up to have the flowers delivered directly to your door!
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.