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HOW TO DIY YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS

My experience of making my own wedding flowers as a total amateur!


Colourful DIY wedding bouquet on a pile of rustic logs
Lucie Jane Hamilton Photography

Making your own wedding bouquet sounds pretty scary and intimidating, I know. Flowers are a pretty integral part of any wedding, from finishing off your outfit to making your venue look fabulous. But if you are the kind of person who loves a bit of a creative challenge then this could be a great way for you to save yourself a chunk of money!


I set myself the challenge of whipping up all of my own wedding flowers and although it was possibly one of the most stressful wedding DIY tasks I undertook it was also one of the most enjoyable and rewarding.


I was SO chuffed with how my flowers turned out that I thought I'd share my experience (as a complete novice) along with some of hints, tips, do's and don'ts for any creative or green fingered brides planning to create their very own DIY florals!

 

PLANNING


One of the most important parts of any wedding DIY is planning and this is so necessary when creating your own wedding flowers.


The first thing to consider is seasonality, this is crucial when it comes to flowers, it's good to have a rough idea of what will be about at the time of your wedding so that you can pre-plan some of the flowers you might like to include. I used my trusty friend google to find this out and then made a note of all the names of the flowers I liked for that particular season. Be prepared for the possibility that some of your favourite flowers may not be available at the time of year you're getting wed.


Secondly I considered what colours I'd like to include and made a note of these too because when it comes time to shop for your flowers, chances are you will be totally bamboozled (I was!). I also used the most useful tool in any brides toolkit....Pinterest! Create yourself a board and fill it with floral inspiration to give yourself a clear visual of what it is you want to create, so that when it comes to finally putting your bouquets together you'll have some sort of visual reference point.


Watch youtube videos to get an idea of how to build bouquets and make a mental note of any useful tips and or rules of arranging....although I'm not a fan of rules when it comes to creativity so its okay to ignore them and do your own thing if you like *wink*


If you're planning on making the flowers for your tables and venue too then its good to start collecting jars, vases and any other vessels to display your blooms in advance. I started collecting around 2 years in advance, charity shops and car boot sales are treasure troves of jars etc and you'll save a pretty penny by sourcing them second hand.




CHOOSING YOUR SUPPLIERS


There are SO many places to buy cut flowers these days, we really are spoiled for choice. Flower markets are a great place to go if you are looking for very specific blooms but bear in mind how far you may have to travel to get to a flower market and that they often start trading at around 4am! For a long time I had my heart set on buying all of my flowers from a flower market in my local city, but quickly realised (with a bit of a reality check from my mum) that it was just going to be too much to do in the week leading up to the wedding with everything else we had on our to do list. So I went for plan B...supermarkets and online retailers.


Buying from supermarkets can be a little risky as you can't guarantee that they will have exactly what you're looking for on the exact day you're buying, so the newly discovered control freak in me decided to shop around online to find some affordable bouquets that contained the types of flowers I was looking for...my logic was that if I had a few bunches that I could definitely work with then I could supplement those with supermarket flowers. It was handy for me that my colour scheme was pretty much all the colours under the sun and the look I was going for was wild...which made it a lot easier!


THE PROCESS

From buying to arranging over the 3 days running up to the wedding.


Wednesday - 3 days before the wedding

After spending a good few hours searching for suitable flowers on the net I fell in love with some gorgeous bouquets from Bloom & Wild that contained Hollyhocks, Giant red cockscomb, Billy balls and lots of other beautiful bright wild looking florals. I ordered them to be delivered the next day and the beauty of Bloom and Wild is that they come in post box sized boxes that fit straight through your door so that you don't necessarily have to be in when they arrive...which is handy when you're rushing around like a mad woman 2 days before your wedding!


When they all arrived the next day they looked a little tired (wouldn't we all after being stuck in a box all night) so I made sure to take each one out and put it in water with a drop of plant feed, which perked them up wonderfully!

Pink hollyhocks, giant red cockscomb bouquets from Bloom & Wild for my DIY wedding bouquet.
The bouquets from Bloom & Wild shortly after they arrived!

Thursday - 2 Days before the wedding

With only 2 days to go, Me, my Mum and my Auntie Anne went off on a flower buying mission. First on my list was Waitrose, I'd visited a Waitrose store the week previously and liked the flowers they had so decided to go here first. To my delight they did not disappoint, I bought 3 gorgeous bouquets containing huge pink South African Protea and 3 smaller bunches of brightly coloured Freesias.


Holding my Waitrose wedding flowers ready for my DIY wedding bouquet
Me looking very pleased with my Waitrose Blooms!