Today's post is all about florals! I'm not a floral designer, but just enjoy arranging my own flowers and wanted to save some money for the wedding. If you're thinking of doing your own as well, it is a big undertaking for sure, but here are some things I found useful!
I recommend saving lots of photos of bouquets you like, as well as researching DIY bouquets online. I used a lot of different DIYs and how-to's I found online and combined the knowledge I gained from all of them.
Be selective with how many floral arrangements you can realistically tackle yourself. This was doable for me because I did 12 centerpieces, 6 bouquets, a large eucalyptus garland, and some bud vase arrangements. I had a friend help me with the eucalytpus garland the day before, and I had another friend do the boutonnieres the morning of the wedding. If I had many more bridesmaids and/or many more tables, it would have been too much for me to handle!
When choosing types of flowers, you can come up with a loose recipe, but because flowers are a natural, organic thing, use it as a general guideline. You won't always receive the perfect-sized or perfect amount of whichever flower you choose. I came up with a bouquet recipe, and then edited it about 10-15 times after that. Don't be afraid to just write something down to start, imagine it in your head, and make adjustments as necessary.
Depending on how many people are helping you arrange the flowers, plan to have at least 1-2 days before the wedding as flower-only days. I started on Wednesday afternoon before the Saturday wedding, spent all day working on the flowers, started again early Thursday morning and worked all day until late Thursday night. It was only me working on the flowers though, so if you have more hands, it could go faster!
I would recommend practicing anytime you receive flowers from your significant other, or buying some cheaper blooms yourself (Trader Joe's or the local grocery store is great for this) and practicing. Even if they aren't the same flowers as what you'll be using in your bouquet, getting similarly shaped/sized flowers and familiarizing yourself with the shapes and proportions really helps.
Liquid flower food, dollar-store buckets, and newspaper/drop cloths will be your best friends. I found liquid flower food to be less messy and more effective than the powdered stuff. Make sure you use it in any water you put the flowers in, whether it's the bucket water when organizing all the flower types, or the vases, etc. This helps especially if you are not using or renting a flower fridge. I just put my flowers away from direct sunlight in a cooler spot in my apartment and they were fine for a few days. Don't forget to also top off the bucket or vase water if it's getting a bit low!
Extremely important: don't forget to buy a good pair of clippers, floral wire, floral tape, ribbon, extra clear vases to transport the bouquets, and make sure you have a sturdy box to transport the vases in. If you're also doing your own centerpieces, you may want to consider buying floral frogs or floral foam if your vessels are wider. Mine were not too wide so I didn't end up needing any, even though I had bought floral foam thinking that I might need it.
Don't forget to have fun with it! You will probably get messy and you may be sick of flower arranging for a while after that, but it will be an awesome accomplishment!
Have any questions for me? Leave them in the comments!