Seven Top Tips for DIY Wedding Flowers
04 Jan 2016
If you’re a bride on a budget or simply a flower enthusiast keen to try your hand at wedding floristry, check out these top tips from home-grown DIY flower experts, Natural Favours
Photography By Chocolate Chip
It’s easy to leave wedding flowers to the professionals before the big day. It’s less stressful and they offer expert knowledge on which varieties suit a bouquet, but it can be a huge expense.
What if you could save a small fortune and add a personal element to your bouquet and venue flowers by arranging them yourself?
“We’ve found that some people are wary of arranging their own wedding flowers, but there is no need. If done properly it can be a really fun way so shave hundreds of pounds off your wedding budget,” explains Ruth Keeley, owner of Natural Favours, a supplier of seasonal home-grown DIY flowers.
The Derbyshire-based company recently launched its DIY flower service, selling blooms by the bucket of seasonal florals.
“The cost of your big day floristry can creep up to around 10 per cent of the entire budget which can be a significant chunk when the average cost of a wedding can be upwards of £20k.
“Here at Natural Favours HQ we are strong believers that it is perfectly possible to have the day of your dreams without the hefty price tag. If you’re feeling a little bit creative and a lot savvy, then DIY flowers could be the way to go,” Ruth adds.
The DIY bride’s experience
As a bride who had fun arranging her own wedding flowers, Leanne Marsay married Kevin Ayrton-Marsay in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, and wanted her DIY blooms from Natural Favours to suit her rustic country show theme wedding that featured a bake off.
“We got married in St Peter's church in Hilton village and had our reception in a marquee at my parents’ farm in the village. The theme was country show and we wanted a relaxed and rustic look to complement the farm setting,” says Leanne.
“We chose to do DIY flowers, partly to save money, but also because it fitted our theme and our DIY style wedding. Arranging the flowers was easy, but it did take time to get everything looking right. We collected the flowers two days before the wedding and spent the day before arranging them.
“Ruth put the bouquets and buttonholes together,” Leanne says. “I did the large parfait jar arrangements and also made loads of jam jars with small posies in them. I didn't choose any specific flowers, my only brief for Natural Favours was that I wanted them to be bright English country garden-style and Ruth selected them for me.
“I let her know how many sets of flowers I would need, the containers (we used some of their vintage parfait jars) and the number of buttonholes and bouquets I wanted and she worked out the flowers I would need. I was thrilled with our flowers they looked perfect,” says Leanne.
Seven handy hints and tips on how to save on cost but not on quality of your wedding floristry:
Probably the most important point. Think about the type of arrangements you want, how many you might need, what sort of vases you’re using and what flowers are in season. Your chosen flower supplier should be able to help answer all these questions if you aren’t sure.
2. Be realistic
If you want an intricate floral arch or complicated structured arrangements then maybe going DIY isn’t for you. If you want something natural, rustic and relaxed then it’s the perfect solution.
3. Be confident
Creating your own wedding flowers is a lovely way of putting a unique stamp on your day and is something you can look back on and be really proud of. If the thought of it all is still a bit overwhelming, you might want to ask your supplier to make your bouquets and buttonholes but leave the venue decorations to you.
Gather a few willing friends or family members to help – the more you have the less time it will take to make your arrangements. If you’re using jam jars or old bottles as part of your display, ask them to help you collect them over the weeks running up to your big day.
Creating effective arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes is not as difficult as you might think. For extra help you could attend one of the many floral workshops that are out there, some offer specific courses for DIY brides. There is a wealth of information online that you can also use, from videos to articles which take you step-by-step through creating everything from gorgeous hand-tied bouquets to perfect jam jar posies.
Buy a couple of bunches of cheap flowers from your local supermarket or pick some from the garden and have a play.
We advise making your floral arrangements the day before the wedding, so arrange for delivery of your flowers accordingly. Ask a couple of your volunteers to take them to the venue and decorate the tables so you can relax on your big day.