Creating your own DIY wedding flowers, DIY wedding bouquets or DIY wedding centerpieces, takes a lot of work and time. The results can be beautiful or disastrous so I highly recommend you giving this a test run if it is something you are interested in. Having said that DIY wedding flowers can save you a ton of money and can add a very personal touch to your day. Personally I love them!
In a nutshell, here are some guidelines and resources to help you with your DIY wedding flowers!
Shop wholesale flowers. You can order flowers online but I would recommend going to your local Trader Joes, or outdoor market to hand select the flowers you want.
Buy and assemble your wedding flowers a day or two before you need them. Store the flower bouquets prior to use in a cool clean space.
Remove foliage from flowers, so you are essentially dealing with a flower and its stem.
Group similar flowers and criss cross stems as you add flowers. Here is a great video tutorial that covers all the basics and gives a step by step for how to make a wedding bouquet.
Once you have a grouping of flowers use floral tape to wrap the flower stems. You can pick up floral tape at any craft store or florist.
Trim the stems so they are even, make sure you leave enough room for holding, or to place the bouquet in a vase.
Wrap the stems with ribbon to hide the floral tape. Feel free to be more creative. Here is a post from 100 Layer Cake, DIY bridal bouquets where they use antique hankies to wrap the flower stems. It is pretty darling.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried DIY wedding flowers or is thinking of it.
This weekend I walked over to the Fremont market and picked up a $5 bouquet. Add a little floral tape, some ribbon a pin and presto. Not bad for my first go at DIY flowers and for $5. I'm also happy to report almost two days later the flowers are still looking lovely in a vase in our dining room.