Your wedding day will last forever in photographs as well as in the memories of those who attend. You can make it even more memorable by doing some or all of the floral design yourself. Designing your own wedding flowers is a great way to infuse your wedding day with personal style. And you’ll save money, too!
While creating your own wedding flowers can be extremely satisfying, you’ll need careful planning and a few extra resources to perfect your floral plans. Here are some simple things to keep in mind when tackling your DIY wedding flower project.
1) What is your time budget?
From the moment you got engaged, you’ve probably been thinking of your wedding budget. Chances are you’ve had to cut a couple of corners or add a few dollars to it as the big day grows near. But when it comes to do-it-yourself projects, like your wedding flowers, you’ll need to be mindful of more than money. Time is a precious resource for a busy bride-to-be.
Know in advance which projects will take the longest. For example, making a simple boutonniere will take less time than constructing a large floral centerpiece. Choose DIY floral projects that fit your time budget, do as much as you can ahead of time, and make a floral design timeline to follow in those hectic days right before the event.
2) How much can you really take on?
Creating your gorgeous bridal bouquet with your own two hands may be your dream come true, but realistically it takes patience and know-how to get the job done. Think about your experience with flowers or other crafts. Can you apply that knowledge to your wedding flower plans? Do you know where to get supplies and how to care for fresh cut flowers?
If you are unsure about your ability, consider taking a floral design class or use a good online resource like Wedding Flowers DIY. A little research will keep you from getting in over your head and make your wedding day even more special.
3) Practice makes perfect
No matter how simple your DIY flower projects are or how skilled you are in floral design, practice your arrangements before the big day. During your practice run, note how long it takes you to finish each sample, then multiply by how many you need to make. This will help you create your time budget for the real wedding flowers.
A practice run also lets you evaluate supplies and designs ahead of time. Better to find out now that you’ll need more ribbon, or that you don’t like a certain flower combination, than the day before your wedding.
4) Don’t go it alone!
Just because you’ve decided to do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you have to do it alone! Enlist the help of friends and family. Have a bridal party luncheon the week of the wedding and have your bridesmaids help you make bows or even their own bouquets.
With time, planning and the right attitude, you can have gorgeous floral arrangements at your wedding, along with the pride that they came from your hands and the hands of those you love.