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When I was engaged and planning our wedding, I spent a ridiculous amount of time perusing wedding blogs. I wedding planned like it was my job! I remember stumbling across Meg’s post on A Practical Wedding about how she DIYed her own wedding flowers. There were pictures of her and her bridesmaids surrounded with buckets and of colorful blooms as they arranged the centerpieces. That picture got me. I knew I just had to try DIY wedding flowers on my big day.
Did it turn out perfect? No… but practically 😉 A prerequisite to being a DIY wedding flower bride-in my opinion-is being able to deal with unexpected change of plans. Playing it by ear allowed us to create our own styles and have a total blast being girly together, which is worth more than all the bridal bouquets in the world!
I began pinning flowers like a mad-woman! At the time I needed some extra credits for my degree, and signed up for floral design 101 at my local community college. There are tons of videos and tutorials online to learn from, but the hands-on experience I got there helped a lot. As I learned the basics of floral design and arranging, I created a list of supplies and flowers to order for my wedding. I even made an insane flower planning workbook (which I prettied up and now offer for download) to keep me organized.
I also began looking into online floral wholesalers to order from. Fifty Flowers was running a contest at the time for a $500 credit if you created a winning flower inspiration board. So I created boards like there was no tomorrow… and I won! I have never won anything before in my life, so I truly believe it was destiny. Me and DIY flowers were meant to be!
So with the extra cash I added even more flowers to my order list. Our colors were pink with subtle pops of red and spring green. When picking wedding flowers, depending on what style you are going for, you will need to select some mass flowers, filler flowers, line flowers (optional), and greens (optional).
Mass flowers are round or full flowers that add visual weight to the arrangement. I knew I wanted to do garden roses as they had that delicate and soft peony look for a nicer price (especially for April). I decided on the Mayra pink ruffles garden rose, creamy ivory peony rose, and peony tulips (these were a gamble in my mind, but turned out to be a showstopper!).
Line or form flowers are other types that add dimension to your arrangements. While you could possibly consider the stock a line flower, I didn’t really end up using it that way, and mostly stuck with mass, greens and fillers. I ordered an assorted greens pack which came with salal (lemon leaf), Italian ruscus, and baby eucalyptus (greens add so much to an arrangement!).
We did all the arranging at my Gram’s house, who graciously allowed us to create a very green mess all over her garage. 🙂 My family, bridesmaids and I arrived three days before the wedding to receive the flower shipments. It is essential that you prepare (cut & hydrate) the flowers as soon as possible since they underwent a dehydration process to withstand shipping. It was so fun to watch the sad tight buds blossom within hours!
Receiving hundreds of flowers in the mail = the coolest thing ever!!!! 😉 So the clock started ticking and me and my amazing crew began arranging! We started with the bouquets. It’s pretty simple, group three blooms together with a filler in the middle and you have your base. Secure with floral tape (buy quality stuff, we didn’t and regretted it…). Then just add on, angling each flower in the same directions so the stems splay out.
(And no, I wasn’t going for a good hair day… ;))
After we finished the bouquets, more helpers arrived and we sort of divided and conquered. The table arrangements were assortments of milk glass that my grandma and I had collected. My awesome helpers arranged those centerpieces while I arranged the ceremony and other feature pieces (of course I was greedy and had to do the biggest ones myself! ;))
For most of the arrangements we used floral foam to secure the stems. Sams sells it in bulk for cheap. Well, it turns out transporting flowers in their vases is very difficult… so we loaded up my grandparent’s camper with the many arrangements and my bridesmaids guarded them with their lives during transportation 😉
Set up day was so fun! Everyone I love working together to create a beautiful event, I was on a total high 🙂 We set out all our arrangements (most all arrived intact), and then used the extra flowers to fill the bud vases that lined the long tables.
The morning of the wedding my superstar aunt, put together all the boutonnieres and corsages (with lisianthus), and they looked GORGEOUS! 🙂 Here are the ‘final results’ pics, enjoy:
The Beautiful Results
And now, because I know I would wonder, the details… Below is approximately how much flowers/supplies ordered, cost, and how many arrangements it made.
120 Peony Tulips – $200
60 Stock – $75
60 Lisianthus – $75
70 White Garden Roses – $170
100 Pink Garden Roses – $200
100 Hypericum Berries – $70
100 White Spray Garden Roses – $200
220 Greens – $180
Supplies: floral foam, tape, wire, cages, food – $60 (with way too much supplies leftover)
Fifty Flowers Contest Credit – ($500)
Total Spent – around $730 (*$1230 without discount*)
So still not chump change, but we saved a ton from what that many flowers would have cost from a florist! My DIY Wedding flowers gave me the flexibility to get exactly what I wanted for a very reasonable price. The above flowers together made:
1 Bride’s Bouquet
6 Bridesmaids’ Bouquets
1 Toss Bouquet
12+ Table arrangements
60+ Bud Vases
3 Large Ceremony Arrangements
6 Hanging Aisle Decor
8+ Other Medium Sized Arrangements
Thanks for reading my DIY story and I hope this gives you the confidence to try your hand at DIY wedding flowers! 🙂 View the rest of our wedding photos and DIY wedding projects here.