How to grow your own wedding flowers

29 Mar 2017

If you want to give your wedding flowers a personal touch while saving money, growing your own might be the perfect solution

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According to recent research, wedding flowers can account for 2% of your wedding budget which doesn't sound much, but for a £30,000 wedding that means your flowers can cost £638. If you’re looking to reduce the price of your own wedding, a great place to save money while simultaneously adding a personal touch to the ceremony is by growing your own wedding flowers.

While it may involve a bit of hard work and forward planning, a DIY floral arrangement might just be worth the graft. Here's how to do it....

Select your style

Before you plant a single seed, you should sit down with your spouse-to-be and decide on the look you’re going to go for. Whether you want to walk down the aisle surrounded by an explosion of exotic blooms or you’d prefer to go for a selection of classics, you should decide on your style early so you have plenty of time to cultivate the perfect plants to fit your theme.

If you don’t already have some flowers in mind, you can get some inspiration from Wyevale Garden Centre’s seasonal planting ideas, where you’re sure to pick up some seasonal ideas for your big day.

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Enlist the help of others

Growing your own wedding flowers is the perfect way to get friends and family directly involved in your wedding planning. To reduce your own workload and give your nearest and dearest a chance to contribute something extra special to your big day, ask them if they’d like to grow some of the flowers that will be used in your wedding.

If you are enlisting outside help, it’s important that you keep everyone on schedule. An easy way to do this is by setting up a board on Trello and inviting everyone involved to collaborate. This will ensure everyone stays on schedule and the project comes in on time with the minimum of hiccups.

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Give your flowers the VIP treatment

If you want to grow flowers that are fit for your wedding, it’s important you give them the VIP treatment. However, you don’t need to be an expert horticulturist to get your flowers of choice flourishing... simply follow the instructions that come on the seed packet and give yourself the best chance of success. Your local florist may even be willing to offer their expert advice.

If you’re a complete novice and you don’t know your planting from your pruning, then take a look at the BBC’s gardening basics hub for everything you need to know to get started. If you’ve got a friend or family member with a green thumb, then it might also be a good idea to enlist their help if you run into any trouble.

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Make sure you grow a surplus

Whether you’re growing your wedding flowers alone or with the help of friends and family, you should make sure to grow more than enough in preparation for your big day. Even the most experienced gardener can’t grow perfect flowers every time, and you should approximate how many flowers you’re going to need and then grow at least 10% extra. This will give you a safety net in case conditions aren’t quite right for a bumper crop this year. If you are lucky with the weather, it will also leave you with some flowers left over to turn into placeholders that will continue the floral theme.

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Don't forget transport on the day

While you’re sure to be spinning a lot of plates in the lead up to your big day, one thing you must remember to arrange when you choose to grow your own flowers is transport. It would be ideal if one of your guests owns a van they can lend you but, failing this, your next best option is hiring a man and a van. Search Yell for a highly-rated man and a van service in your area, and remember that you’ll need them to take everything away at the end of the day as well.

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