If you’re a creative, hands-on kind of a bride-to-be, you’re probably considering putting together a lot of your wedding day yourself.
This is a great idea for all sorts of reasons. Especially because you could save yourself some hard-earned money and make your budget stretch a bit further.
Flowers are one DIY aspect of your big day that springs to mind when you’re thinking about a homemade wedding. However, unless you’re a professional florist there are a few matters to consider before you embark on rolling up your sleeves and plunging into creating bouquets, table centres and floral venue decorations.
Firstly, you need to consider the time of year that you’re getting married. Look around you and think about what’s going to be in bloom then. Not only will you be able to source your flowers more easily and inexpensively, you’ll also be keeping your green credentials if you don’t require exotic blooms to be shipped in from overseas out of season. Remember if you’re getting married around Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day then you’ll pay a premium for your flowers.
So if you’re getting married in the spring, it’s going to be flowers like narcissi, hyacinths and tulips. In the autumn, you’re going to be opting for colourful brights like dahlias, hydrangeas and maybe branches of fruits and berries to decorate your venue.
DIY wedding flower dos
Think about your theme
Do give yourself plenty of time to think about your flowers and decide what you want. Have a theme, this could be seasonal, colour-led or a style such as vintage or country garden. Maybe take an evening class in flower arranging, which will also show you how to keep flowers looking their best.
Country-style wedding lends itself best to a handmade wedding with DIY flowers. You can have simple jam jars crammed with wild flowers, cornflowers and roses as centrepieces on your reception tables. These will look charmingly rustic.
Do know your limits
Don’t decide you’re going to create elaborate formal flower arrangements if you have little to no experience.
Easy pew ends
If you’re getting married in church, decorate the ends of the pews with a hand-tied garland of blossoms or even just different coloured greenery. If you’re planning a winter wedding holly and trailing ivy would be very festive.
There’s nothing to say your flowergirls have to hold formal posies of flowers. You could give them a simple basket filled with rose petals, which they can scatter as they walk down the aisle behind you. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could make flower pomanders for them to carry, just make sure you have a bit of practise first.
DIY wedding flower don’ts
A professional job
Don’t create your wedding bouquet yourself, leave that to a professional. It’s a whole lot of pressure for you and your bouquet is going to take centre stage on your big day. Creating a dazzling posy or bunch of flowers for the bride to carry is a real art form. Give yourself a break and hand that job over to somebody who’s really experienced. We’re sure you won’t regret it.
Don’t forget to give yourself plenty of time to source your flowers. If your dad has a beautiful garden of roses, and he’s happy for you to pick them, then by all means use them. However, you’ll also need to source some blooms from a flower market. Make sure you visit a few times so you can make friends with the stall holders and find what they’re going to have when. Don’t be afraid to ask that about what they’d recommend for the time of year, after all they’re experts that you can also rely on.
Finally, don’t forget to practise, practise and practise. Time yourself on how long it takes to make a table centrepiece and decorations for the ceremony or venue. Enlist the help of your favourite girls if they’re reasonably artistic! Just don’t leave everything until the last week and then panic because you’ve run out of time. A stressed bride is not a happy one!
From pansies to roses, if you’re looking for more handy floral hints, our Wedding Flowers section has got it covered.