A big part of your wedding planning process is picking the right flowers for your wedding. Selecting the right flowers is not as easy as going to the local flower shop, picking your favorite flowers, and bringing them to your wedding. There are other factors to consider, the theme of your wedding is one, so is the availability of flowers depending on the season.
If you have the budget for it, then find the best florist close to your venue – your venue, wedding photographer, and other wedding vendors are a good source for referrals if you don’t know where to go.
However, if you want to go DIY, have a few friends or family members to help you choose the perfect flowers for your wedding. DIY can work for you, as long as you are away that it will require a lot of time, preparation, and patience to come up with the perfect décor for your wedding.
For a perfect flower arrangement, consider the following tips:
1. look for inspiration
If you want to arrange your wedding flowers by yourself, you will need a lot of inspiration. Wedding magazines can be your best source of info so is the internet and site like Etsy and Pinterest. There are hundreds of flower arrangement photos on these sites that will help you come up with ideas for your own perfect flower arrangement for your wedding.
2. mix it up
Mixing expensive flowers with less expensive ones can help you save money while keeping an upscale look. If you can’t leave without gardenias, but can’t afford heaps of them, mix them with more affordable flowers like freesia, baby’ breath, or carnations. The gardenias will take center stage, and elevate the look of the other flowers.
3. Stick with one single color
Buying one type of flower in bulk will save your money, plus it will give a polished and uniform look to your wedding theme. Talk to your local florist, and plan to order your flowers at least two weeks before your wedding, that way you can make sure the flowers are available and in season.
4. Use greens to stretch your dollar
Think small and loose-style arrangements for a rustic, organic feel. “When choosing your design, don’t go for extremely tight, compacted styles that use tons of flowers. Pick lower arrangements that feature lush greeneries, like seeded eucalyptus, bear grass and plumose. The greens will help stretch out the size of the arrangement,” says Janie Medley, owner of Janie Medley Flora Design.
5. Don’t go at it alone
Ask anyone who has done their own wedding flowers for advice and they’ll tell you, ‘Get Help!’
Even the most die-hard control freak needs to gather a few friends to give you a hand putting your flower arrangements together.
Ensure you have plenty of tools (scissors, twine, sticky green florist tape, wire, ribbon) for everyone, and print some pictures of what you have in mind. Pour the wine, and let the floristry commence!
6. don’t let it stress you out
The main reason most brides don’t DIY their wedding flower arrangements is that they take lots of hard work, stressful, and prone to mishaps and disasters! I’ve seen my share of “DIY wedding disasters” over the years as a wedding photographer.
Don’t DIY your wedding flower arrangements just to save money. Only embark on this venture if you’re patient, not too picky, and creative enough to make it work.
If you are not the handy, creative, and laid-back type of person, there are plenty of other way you can trim your wedding budget without pulling your hair out!