One of the biggest DIY projects for our wedding were the flowers. We went back and forth over whether or not to have a florist do our flowers or if we wanted to do them ourself. After much discussion and research we decided to do the majority of the flower arrangements ourselves to help cut costs. During this time I also learned of one of Sam’s Clubs best kept secrets….bulk floral. This makes so much sense for those wanting to do their own flowers for their wedding or any other large event. I pre-ordered all the flowers a month or two ahead of our wedding and had them delivered two days before our big day. We did have a local florist put together my bouquet, Andrew’s boutonniere, the mother’s corsages, and two large arrangements for the church. Everything else we did ourselves with a lot of help from family and friends. It all came together so well and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in diy-ing their flower arrangements.
You will need:
- flower tape (you can get this at a Joann’s or Michaels)
- plant scissors
- bins for water
- pearl push pins
Step 1. Our wedding was on a Sunday and we had the flowers delivered the Friday before. I was a little nervous about how and if the flowers would hold up for two days but everything worked out really well. As soon as the flowers were delivered, three of us cut all the flowers down and stood them up in bins of water. Note: The plant scissors came in handy as some of the stems were really tough to cut. When we finished we took them to the basement where it was dark and cool.
Step 2. The day before the wedding we brought the flowers we needed for the bouquets and boutonnieres outside and put them together. Once the bouquet was assembled, wrap it in flower tape and then place it back in water and in a cool dark place. We kept as many arrangements as we could in the refrigerator.
To assemble bouquets: gather all the flowers you want in the bouquet together. Try to get stems to line up nicely. Take the flower tape and wrap around the stems to hold them together. You can then wrap ribbon around the flower tape for a nicer and more elegant look. Pin ribbon on with large pearl push pins.
To assemble boutonnieres: gather a small amount of flowers and/or fillers. Make sure it will hold together firmly and not flop over. Wrap flower tape around the stems. Use a large push pin to pin to a lapel.
Here’s a closer look at how our arrangements turned out! All photos were taken by Stephanie Dee Photography.
The bridesmaids bouquets were the most complex and the most fun to make. It was such a fun activity to do with the girls the day before the wedding. We set up a table outside and each bridesmaid made their own bouquet. I explained my vision to them and they just went with it. We had such a good time putting the flowers together and I am so thankful for their help.
The groomsmen boutonnieres were a lot easier than I expected. I was a little nervous putting these together as I had never done anything like it before. But really it was quite simple. I had originally planned on using an orange flower with some baby’s breath but because I wanted the Fathers boutonnieres to be different than the groomsmen, we decided to just use the berries with some baby’s breath.
I take no credit whatsoever for the centerpieces. Again, I had a vision in mind and that vision went as far as ordering the particular flowers I wanted. From there, my amazing Aunt Sue assembled the centerpieces and they were absolutely gorgeous! It was such a relief to know that someone would take care of putting them together the morning of our big day and she did it with such ease!
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I’d be more than happy to help you in your DIY venture.