This post is part of a DIY Wedding Flower & Decor series in partnership with Bloom Culture Flowers, featuring expert decorating and floral advice from founder, Alison Fleck! This installment features an absolutely stunning DIY floral ceremony backdrop that you’ll definitely want to DIY for your own big day!xoxo, Jessica
DIY ceremony decor featuring fresh flowers
Yes, YOU can make this yourself, and in the video tutorial below, Alison will show you exactly how!
This post features a step-by-step video tutorial on how to DIY a gorgeous floral backdrop for your wedding ceremony. And BONUS! We’ve given all the info on the actual costs to do this at three different price points so you can choose the one that suits your budget!
Learn How to Make a DIY Floral Ceremony Backdrop!
Despite what a lot of Pinterest images lead you to believe, floral design is NOT rocket science. You’re the human, it’s a flower… standard natural hierarchy here people!
This video tutorial shows you step-by-step how to create a beautiful flower backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Once the ceremony is done, you could then repurpose it as a photo booth backdrop!
DIY Floral Backdrop Video Tutorial
So the easy/fun part is creating the backdrop but I know you’re wondering about the big question…
What is this going to cost me?
To be honest, it depends on how extravagant you want to be. But we will break it down and give you true costs and alternatives so you could create this piece with a budget starting from $345—including the backdrop frame!
Full disclosure, most wholesale flowers are not sold by the stem but by the bunch. The recipe for the backdrop is by the stem and we would use the leftover stems from the wholesale bunch in other areas of the wedding.
Supplies You’ll Need:
First things first: Supplies. Here’s exactly what we used in this video tutorial:
Supplies Total: $206
? Savvy Tip! We know the backdrop stand may seem a little pricey for some, but just remember you can always think savvy and sell it after your wedding to let other brides use it!
DIY Flower Recipe
And here are the exact floral ingredients shown in the video tutorial:
- 1 bunch(5) Robellini – $15 per bunch
- ½ bunch Salal – $12 per bunch
- ½ bunch Eucalyptus – $16 per bunch
- ½ bunch Leather Leaf – $10 per bunch
- 7 Burgundy SnapDragons – $2.5 per stem
- 10 Mauve Stock – $1.5 – $ 1.8 per stem
- 20 Terra-Cotta Carnations – $1 – $1.25 per stem
- 12 White Roses – $2.2 – $2.5 per stem
- 6 Choral Hypericum Berry – $1.75 per stem
- ½ bunch Chamomile – $22 per bunch
- 5 Spray roses – $3 per stem
- 6 Dahlias – $3- $4 per stem
- 12 Garden Roses – $5 – $6 per stem
Floral Total: $245 + Supplies Total: $206
= Grand Total: $451
If $450 is pushing your budget a little too far, we wanted to give you some options of different flowers you could use to bring the total cost down.
Tips for a Mid-Budget Option
If you still want your DIY floral ceremony backdrop to have a lush look but at a more palatable price point, choose alternatives to the pricey flowers! By making a few simple swaps, you can achieve a similar look for a lower cost.
Suggested Savvy Swaps:
|Spray rose||Mini Carnation|
|$3 per stem||$1 per stem|
|$3 – $4 per stem||$1.5 – $1.7 per stem|
|Garden Rose||Standard rose|
|$5 – $6 per stem||$2.2 – $2.5 per stem|
Using chrysanthemums or cremones instead of dahlias gives you a similar look at half the cost– plus a longer-lasting flower! While garden roses are beautiful, they are among the most expensive flowers out there. You can get beautiful “standard” roses that look almost identical to garden roses at half the cost. We’d suggest using the Shimmer Rose or the Shukrani Rose.
Making these substitutions would save you $61, bringing the total cost to $390 including all of your supplies. That’s a lot more bang for your buck!
Floral Total: $184 + Supplies Total: $206
= Grand Total: $390
Tips for a Budget-Savvy Option
And because we want to give you ALL of the cost-saving alternatives for your own DIY floral ceremony backdrop, here’s some ideas that will:
✓ Give you a similar look
✓ Use fewer flowers
✓ Save you the most money
✓ Require the least amount of work to make
- Swap out the floral foam garland for a pre-made greenery garland. This means half of the work is already done for you, and then you’ll just need to add a few flowers on top. Bonus! This one is the most eco-friendly of the options because it does not require a floral foam garland.
- Use the more cost-conscious flower options listed below to achieve the same look and feel as the video tutorial.
|3||Burgundy SnapDragons||$2.5 per stem||$7.50|
|5||Mauve Stock||$1.5 – $ 1.8 per stem||$9|
|15||Terra-Cotta Carnations||$1 – $1.25 per stem||$18.75|
|10||Shukrani Roses||$2.2 – $2.5 per stem||$25|
|10||White Roses||$2.2 – $2.5 per stem||$25|
|5||Choral Hypericum Berry||$1.75 per stem||$8.75|
|½||bunch Chamomile||$22 per bunch||$11|
|1||greenery garland (5-feet in length)||$15 / linear foot||$75|
Flower Total: $179 + Supplies Total: $166
= Grand Total: $345
I hope this shows that YOU HAVE OPTIONS! Don’t feel like your ability or flower budget is limiting what you can achieve!
We hope you love this DIY floral ceremony backdrop tutorial and that is inspires and empowers you to consider DIYing your wedding day florals!
More about Bloom Culture
At Bloom Culture we help you through the entire process, taking your needs and wants—along with your budget—into account and create a DIY flower option for you that checks all the boxes! With over 10 years of floral and wedding experience, we know what is in season, how much it costs, and what will look good together. We take a guided approach to DIY wedding flowers ensuring we do the hard part so you can do the fun part!
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.