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This past Saturday was my cousin Amanda’s wedding. Amanda is also one of my best friends and it’s been so fun being engaged and wedding planning together. Several months ago I talked Amanda into meeting with the Flowerman , a well-known florist in Dayton, Ohio that had recently opened an office here in Columbus. The Flowerman is unique because it offers various version of “do-it-yourself” wedding packages. You can arrange as much or as little of your flowers yourself with the help of a few friends. The more you DIY, the more money you save! And, of course, they provide the flowers, space, supplies and a fabulous instructor to teach you as you go. Amanda will be the first to tell you that she is not a crafty person, she leaves that to me, but she did let me drag her right into this one and I am so happy she did!

Amanda chose to have the Flowerman make her bridal bouquet and we tackled boutonnieres, corsages and bridesmaid bouquets ourselves. It took us a little over two hours to make everything and I think they turned out quite beautiful! Of course we had Melissa from the Flowerman walking us through each step and she did a fabulous job!

The most important lesson we learned is to recut the stem each time a flower is removed from water for more than a few seconds. A fresh cut, usually at an angle, reopens veins that can quickly close. And be sure to put the freshly cut flower right back into water after the cut. If you plan to DIY your flowers, be sure to keep that in mind!

DIY Wedding Flowers

I just put a deposit down with the Flowerman for my own wedding and I am so excited to play with more flowers! And now I have a well-trained group of volunteers, right? Hopefully I can talk them into doing it one more time for me!

Are any of you ladies considering DIY wedding flowers?


The Flowerman did not provide me with any free or discounted services or products for this review. It’s just my honest opinion of one of my favorite wedding vendors. They rock!

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  • Laura

    This is a great idea – I did something similar. My floral designer did our bouquets (small bridal party) and flowers for the church. She taught me how to make tulip arrangements – fresh bright colors in vintage alumninum cups. Was planning on using tulips from Trader Joes (way cheap) – but she was able to get some for FREE! 🙂

  • Marie

    That was definitely a challenge but alot of fun too! I will be happy to help you if it's not during work hours. Aunt Marie

  • Amy L

    Looks like you all had fun. I'm looking forward to doing this for your wedding!

  • I love how you all worked together. Ordering flowers by the stem sets you free to design and create. Would love to do that for my wedding.

  • Becky

    Free flowers!? How nice 🙂 I have to say, after doing Amanda's, I feel pretty confident about DIYing flowers. It's not too tricky once you know what you're doing. And as long as you take good care of the flowers!

  • Amanda

    I truly am not a crafty person, but these were surprisingly easy! Thought the bouquets would be the hardest, but they weren't…I love that they supplied the ribbon, vases and packaging at no extra cost!
    Thanks Becky for steering me in the right direction–as always! <3

  • Madison

    I’m curious as to how you kept the flowers fresh before the wedding? Also, when did you make them prior to the wedding? Did they hold up well through your whole day?

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