A Guide to DIY wedding florals

by Danielle Gonzalez

Your wedding is your day—whether it’s a full design or small, memorable details, incorporating some DIY touches is a surefire way to create an unforgettable day that is unique to you and your other half. Believe it or not, a DIY wedding doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With a well thought out plan and the right tools, you can successfully navigate your wedding planning process as a relaxed bride, while still saving some pennies through your DIY projects.

Use these tips to harness your creative chill vibes while designing your dream wedding.

First off: Why DIY

When you purchase a bouquet from a florist, remember that it’s not just priced for the flowers. You are also paying for the expertise spent on professional arrangement, as well as all of the other expenses that come with running a floral business: preparation, storage, labor, production, supplies, and transportation. Couples can easily spend upwards of $2,000 on flowers alone, and you can cut that cost by more than half by ordering DIY flowers and creating your own arrangements. If you feel up to the task, purchasing in bulk is the best way to save on DIY arrangements, as you can purchase them at a discounted rate and have them sent directly to your home.

Save money smartly

You can save even more money by being smart about your arrangements. Simple things like scaling down the size of bridesmaid bouquets or sticking to seasonal flowers are a great way to trim down your budget for your DIY project. Worry less about flower type and focus on colors—that way you can supplement a few bold statement pieces with budget-friendly blooms. Greenery is also a cost-effective choice that looks gorgeous woven into a wedding design.

Plan your DIY wedding projects strategically

Planning is important for DIY projects as a whole, but it’s a must for DIY floral arrangements. Collect photos for inspiration, find out what you’ll need to achieve the look you’re after, and figure out whether those flowers will be in season for your wedding date. Always have some alternatives ready at hand in case a certain bloom is unavailable. Flowers are living things and can be unpredictable, so it’s always best to have a plan B. Try doing a test run, if possible, so you can estimate how many flowers you’ll need and which colors you’d prefer.

Don’t take on too much

Maybe you’re not equipped to take on all of the DIY design—that’s fine! You can still save by doing what you can and outsourcing the more important details. For example, you can still make all of your bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres, and have a professional create your bouquet and centerpieces. The choice is yours!

Embrace the uniqueness

Remember: You’re not striving for perfection, you’re crafting a day that belongs to you and your partner. No wedding is perfect, anyways! Rather than stress over every detail, enjoy the creative process and have fun infusing your day with an inside joke here and a nod to your relationship there. When it comes to floral design, understand that flowers are natural—they will always have variations in colors and sizes, so be prepared to create a one-of-a-kind bouquet!

In addition to the savings and personalization, an added bonus of a DIY project is the feeling of pride you’ll feel on your wedding day as you see all of the beauty unfold around you. Stay chill, tap into your creative juices, and have fun with it!

Danielle Gonzalez is the Marketing and Social Media Specialist of Blooms by The Box, an online wholesaler for premium-quality flowers, floral design supplies, and accessories. They are a popular favorite for couples to purchase flowers to DIY themselves.

Header Photo by Fernanda Méndez 

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