DIY Your Wedding Flowers with this Helpful Guide
One way many couples opt to save money is by doing certain wedding tasks themselves. While doing wedding tasks yourself can definitely save money, some DIY wedding alternatives are easier than others.
One effective, but potentially challenging way to slash your spending is by doing your own wedding flowers. That's why we wanted to put together the best information to equip and empower you with the resources you need to do it well.
If you're thinking about taking your wedding florals into your own hands, you've come to the right place. On this page, you'll find some step-by-step instructions and tips to DIY your wedding flowers from our friends at Blooms by the Box. Arranging your own wedding flowers is totally doable, especially with the help of these resources.
Start by checking out this informative resource from Blooms by the Box:
Where to Buy Your Wedding Flowers
First thing's first, you'll need flowers to work with! You could purchase flowers at your local farmer's market or order bulk flowers for your wedding online.
DIY Wedding Flower Arranging Supplies You'll Need
Pick up a DIY Basics Floral Supply Kit. This kit from Blooms by the Box contains a lot of the basic supplies, such as:
How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers
General Floral Prep
- Take the flowers out of the box and remove their packaging, they might seem kind of weak and droopy. This is okay; they are just dehydrated from travel and will perk up when they get back in water!
- Cut off any thorns and remove all of the leaves from the lower half of the stem (leaves can carry germs, so this will keep the water clean and extend the life of your flowers!)
- If you’re using roses, remove any brown or bruised petals (these are guard petals that protect the flower) by wiggling them off the stem.
- Cut 1-2” off of each stem at a 45-degree angle using and place them directly into fresh, lukewarm water in clean containers (buckets or disposable coolers are best)
- Let your flowers rehydrate for at least 6 hours in a cool environment; a basement, garage or air-conditioned room is best! Do not put your flowers in a regular food refrigerator because they are not humid enough and they can carry bacteria that can infect and damage the flowers.
- Once your flowers have perked up and regained their strength, you are free to start arranging!
Arranging The Centerpiece
- Prep all of your flowers for arranging.
- If you plan on using a clear glass container, fill with fresh water. If you plan on using another type of container, line with plastic and cut a brick of floral foam to size. Let the floral foam soak in water for at least 15 minutes.
- Cut the stem of your focal flower and place a single stem in the center, then surround it with a few more stems.
- Trim the stems of the secondary flower to your desired length and place a few between the focal flowers.
- Cut stems of filler flowers to size and fill in any gaps.
- Trim the stems of your greenery to size and frame the edges of your arrangement as needed.
- Use any remaining flowers to fill in gaps and grow arrangement to desired fullness.
Arranging The Bouquet
- Prep all of your flowers for arranging.
- Cut the stems of your focal flower to the desired length. Place a few blooms flat on a table at a 45-degree angle with crisscrossing stems.
- Trim the stems of your secondary flower and place a few between the focal flowers.
- Cut the stems of your filler flowers and use to fill in any gaps
- Trim the stems of greens to fit and frame your arrangement
- Repeat this pattern and continue layering the blooms on top of each other until you’ve reached desired fullness.
- For a looser bouquet, wrap the stems with a zip tie, pull taught, snip any excess to clean up ragged edges.
- For a more structured bouquet, wrap the stems with floral wire and then rewrap with floral tape. Recut the stems for a clean edge.
- Cover the zip tie or floral tape with your favorite ribbon!
Get More Help with DIYing Your Wedding Flowers
You can get more DIY Wedding Flower help in the Bonus Chapter of our book, The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer.