If you’re contemplating DIY wedding flowers, it’s important to think about what you’re taking on. Bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and table arrangements, it is important to take a moment and contemplate the scope of the entire endeavour.
To help make your DIY florals as successfully as possible, the team from Triangle Nursery have shared their best tips and tricks for making your flowers are awesome and stress-free.
TOP TIPS FOR DIY WEDDING FLOWERS:
(1) RESEARCH IS KEY
Research, research and more research. It’s important that you plan and come up with your designs for the flower arrangements in advance, from bouquets, buttonholes to table arrangements. Make sure you allow time to scour the internet for inspiration pictures of projects you think you could actually create. And if you can find tutorials, even better!
(2) TRIAL YOUR DESIGNS
Once you have found your inspiration pictures that you would like to create for your wedding flowers, it is important that you practice! Visit your local grocery store or florist, buy the flowers or similar ones and have a trial. This will be ‘telltale’ sign if you are able to create the arrangements and like the combination of flowers you choose.
(3) DON’T GET TOO TECHNICAL
Depending on your creative flair, your skill level and who you know (your might have a florist or flower arranger in the family, mum or auntie perhaps?), you might want to pick a design that you know you can construct without over-complicating things and putting too much pressure on yourself before the big day! We all know that there is amazing, elaborate, complex wedding designs on Pinterest, but let’s be honest, it isn’t always achievable for DIYing (or even any wedding) if we take budget, time schedule and stress levels into account. This leads back to the previous point – make sure you have a trial run.
(4) BUY THE ESSENTIALS
Pre-buy your supplies in advance. Depending on the type of arrangements you opt to create, you will need florist tools to help prepare and condition the flowers before working with them. For example, scissors, floral tapes, floral foam and wires. In addition to the basics, you may need vases, ribbons and pins. You can easily do this online.
(5) PLAN YOUR FLOWERS
Now you have an idea of the type of arrangements that you would like to create, it’s now a good idea to plan the quantity, number of flower stems that you need per arrangement and create a shopping list in time. If you are ordering from a wholesaler flower company, you will need to receive the flowers at least 2 to 3 days before event to ensure you have time to condition the flowers. A great tool that the Triangle Nursery team swear by is this downloadable spreadsheet (who doesn’t like a spreadsheet!), click here.
(6) RALLY THE TROOPS
Unless you want to do the whole of your wedding flowers yourself, it is sometimes a good idea to rally in the troops, friends, family and even your neighbours. If you want your day to be stress-free and awesome, a little bit of help won’t hurt! The day before the wedding, set a time to do the arranging; pictures on hand of what your final product is supposed to look like and set up a sample for them to copy. Once all the flowers are done, you may want to do a little quality control to make sure they look the exactly the way they’re supposed to. You can even get them to help you set up the venue – every little helps! The perfect bonding exercise.
(7) REALISTIC TIMELINES
Now remember, timing is everything. Work out a ‘realistic‘ time plan, scheduling in your delivery of flowers, conditioning, preparing, make-up and setting up the venue. Like I mentioned earlier, flowers should be delivered at least 2 to 3 days in advance of the wedding day if they are sourced from a wholesale flower company. This is because they will need to be conditioned – depending on the flower content you opt for, they may need time to open and develop before the event. For example, if the wedding is on a Saturday, have the flowers delivered on Wednesday, condition and store in a cool environment. The centrepieces (again, it can depend on the type) can be made up on Thursday or Friday; the bouquets can be made up the day before and buttonholes or corsages preferably the morning of. From your trial, you should have gauged an idea of how long each arrangement took to make-up; apply this to the plan with this in mind.
(8) BE AWARE OF HOW FLOWERS MAY ARRIVE
If you are ordering from a wholesale flower company, make sure you know how the flowers will arrive to you and in what state. Typically, they are sent via courier, dry packed in flower boxes. Therefore, you will need to be organised on their arrival; prepare (clean) buckets and flower food. As soon as they arrive you will be able to crack on with conditioning the flowers.
(9) DON’T REFRIGERATE YOUR FLOWERS
It turns out that the humidity and the temperature of a normal refrigerator is different from that of floral cold stores, and will in fact dry out the flowers and ultimately damage them. Therefore, make sure you store the flowers (in buckets with water) in a cool and shady place, AWAY from direct heat sources (sunlight or radiators) and out of reach of young children! For more advice on storage, visit here.
Unless you’re one of those lucky individuals that has unlimited access to the venue (maybe your getting married in a marque in your garden?), chances are that you’re going to have to prep your flowers in a different location and transport them to the venue. Discuss with your venue when you can get in and start setting up and schedule this into your time schedule plan. Transporting your centrepieces takes space! Unfortunately, you can’t stack them in the back of your van, it will take careful planning and packing, whether it’s boxes, vases or floral foam bases (similar to tetris, any good?).