Do-It-Yourself Wedding Flowers
If you’re considering ordering DIY wedding flowers, it’s important to think about what exactly the task entails. For example, the number of wedding flowers, amount of time, and level of difficulty will vary depending on if you only want to make DIY wedding flower bouquets or if you want create all your wedding flower arrangements. Here we provide top tips and considerations for those interested in DIY wedding flowers.
Top Tips for DIY Wedding Flowers
Know Your Flower Design Before You Order
It is best to know what you want to make before you order your wedding flowers. Luckily, the Internet is full of inspiration , and a quick search on Pinterest or Google will reveal a plethora of DIY wedding ideas and excellent step-by-step tutorials. Find something you love (that fits within your skill level), and then order your wedding flowers.
Tip: If you are a beginner, don’t get too technical or you will only add stress to the occasion. Instead, focus on DIY wedding arrangements that feature one or two different flowers and go from there.
Order Strong Blooms
When creating DIY wedding arrangements, you want be sure you don’t get fussy or short-lived flowers that may die quickly if not treated exactly right. You’ll want flowers that will last and can withstand some jostling. However, that being said, all flowers require some basic care--for more information about wedding flower care and storage, see our DIY Wedding Flowers Care Page.
Have Wedding Flowers Delivered 2-5 Days Before
If you are ordering fresh flower delivery, most likely your wedding flowers will arrive in bud form, which works well for DIY wedding arrangements, as you will have extra time to build your bouquets. However, you want to be sure that they will open in time for the wedding! Some flowers, like Gerbera Daisies and Calla Lilies, arrive open and timing is not an issue. However, tulips will probably need 1-2 days and lilies will need 3-5 days to open. Plan accordingly. Also, give yourself enough time to make your DIY wedding flower arrangements. Centerpieces can be created two days before the event, and a good baseline time to work from is 4-6 hours for fifteen centerpieces, with only one person working). Bouquets should be created one day before (with a baseline time of 1 hour for a large bridal bouquet, and 30 minutes for smaller bridesmaid’s bouquets).
TIP: Heat encourages blooming, cold prolongs it. If you want to encourage your wedding flowers to bloom, place them in a warmer environment (though NEVER in direct sunlight), and they will open up much more quickly. If you want to delay blooming and keep them fresh, store your wedding flowers in a colder environment.
Buy Supplies for DIY Wedding Flowers
Make sure you have the right supplies for your DIY wedding flowers. This includes buckets (for storage), vases or vessels of your choice (for centerpieces), floral scissors, floral tape, pins and floral wire (for bouquets/corsages/boutonnières), and if needed, floral foam, and any other decorative items (such as ribbons) you may need.
TIP: When looking for floral supplies, check out craft stores as well as online, and for vases or other vessels, expand your search to include flower markets, thrift stores, superstores, and also online.
Unless you’re doing a small number of very simple arrangements, it would be prudent to enlist the help of others--after all, what are bridesmaids and family for! Set up a time for DIY wedding flower construction a day or two before the wedding, and you can have your bouquets and centerpieces done within a few hours with a lot less stress.
TIP: Print out photos of how you would like the DIY wedding arrangements to look (or set up a sample). That way, your DIY wedding helpers will have a clear picture of how the finished product should look.
Suggested DIY Wedding Flowers
As mentioned above, some popular DIY wedding flowers are calla lilies, gerbera daisies, tulips, and lilies. These gorgeous flowers became popular due to their versatility, hardiness, workability, and range of colors. No matter what color theme you decide upon, you can find a wedding flower to fit within it perfectly. Below we discuss the characteristics of the most popular DIY wedding flowers.
Calla Lilies are beautiful and elegant wedding flowers. Their long stems lend a graceful appearance, and their bloom shape is exquisitely romantic. They are most fitting for any wedding ceremony and your guests will be stunned at the quiet refinement they provide--even a single-stem arrangement can inspire. In addition to their beauty, these DIY wedding flowers are also incredibly easy to arrange!
Photos Courtesy of: Pinterest
Gerbera Daisies are known for their striking beauty and bright look--they truly match the happiness of the day! Their colors range dramatically from bold yellow, orange, and red to soft and delicate white and pink. They actually contain two different hues within one flower, with the small petals at their center often darker, adding a beautiful, authentic contrast. In addition to their singular beauty, . they are also more affordable than other blooms and easy to arrange which is perfect for DIY weddings.
Photos Courtesy of Wedding Bee
Tulips are yet another popular, fresh, and fantastic DIY wedding flower. Known as a quintessential spring flower, these wedding flowers are actually available all year long, and can their appearance and range of colors work beautifully for warm, soft elegance, bright charm, and dramatic beauty alike.
Lilies are DIY wedding flowers for the dreamy bride--they provide a unique, paradise-like beauty to your wedding and can be whimsical or dramatic and everything in between. The large petals of an Oriental Lily are dramatic and dazzling, and these are the only DIY wedding flowers in this list that boast a sweet, ambrosial scent, which can add to the magic of your day. They come in pure white to soft pink to the unforgettable speckled burgundy of the Stargazer Lily. They look gorgeous by themselves, but also make quite the impression when mixed with corresponding hues.
Photos courtesy of Pinterest
These suggested DIY Wedding Flowers are just the start! You can enhance them by adding a little bit of greenery, or by combining varieties to create dynamic and textured bouquets. You can also order pre-made bouquets like our Secret Garden Grand Box or our Farmer’s Market Grand Box complete with lilies, greenery, and field flowers. These robust mixes are available in several colors and can be displayed as arranged, or broken up into several bridesmaid’s bouquets and table centerpieces.
Deciding to embark on an adventure in DIY Wedding Flowers is not only intelligent and economical, it is also exciting and fun--plus you may learn a thing or two about flowers along the way. Have a look around our DIY Wedding Market, check out our tips on care and storage, the blog post of DIY Wedding Flower Ideas, and our FAQ page for more information. And, of course, always feel free to call Marcy at 1-877-524-5400 for any questions you have about wedding flowers and our fresh flower delivery!