Do It Yourself Wedding Flowers
Do It Yourself Wedding Flowers is getting to be very popular with today's brides. Considering the soaring costs of weddings today, many of you are looking for ways to trim those costs down. Read over some of the hints below before you decide to make your own wedding flowers.
How Hard are Do It Yourself Weddings?
Well . . . not everything is that hard if you have the right floral floral supplies. But it IS very time consuming. You must be certain that you have enough time to devote to your flowers or cake (or whatever project you set for yourself).
Biting off more than you can chew can create a very tense time for you right before the wedding. Saving money isn't worth spoiling your wedding day by having to stay up until 3:00 a.m. the night before to finish 15 Do It Yourself bouquets!
Choose Easy Projects
Don't Choose Tall and Enormous Centerpieces
If you are picturing huge bouquets similar to what you see on the Academy Awards - leave it to the professionals! Tall arrangements, (unless kept EXTREMELY SIMPLE!) take a lot of set up time. You just cannot afford to be messing with this kind of Do-It-Yourself wedding arrangements!
If this is the first time you or your friends/relatives have tried flower designer, the simpler arrangement the better. But I can show you how to make easy designs that will blow away the tired old "candles-floating-in-a-fishbowl" routine.
Do Yourself a Favor - Order Your Supplies Early
I shake my head over any bride that would stress herself out waiting until the very last minute to order everything she needs. Just as you would order your dresses well before hand, shop for all of your Do-It-Yourself supplies way in advance of your wedding.
Even order one extra so you can play with a design in advance. Pick up a few flowers at the grocery store or local florist and play with the flowers. Time yourself from beginning to end and see just how long one arrangement really takes. This way you can judge your time accordingly.
The flower industry revolves around quick, last to the minute delivery service. Yet you don't own a flower shop with all the supplies in stock. Ordering everything in early lets you have a plan of action and time to purchase something you may have forgotten.
Order One or Two Extra Breakable Items for Spares
.As a florist, whenever I service a wedding I always take along extra candles, hurricane lamp chimneys and any other breakable items.
Well meaning friends, hurrying waiters, and bewildered husbands-to-be do drop or break things! The night before the wedding should not be spent looking for a matching vase! Plan in advance for possible mishaps!
Delegate the Time Consuming Projects to Others
In my experience, corsages and boutonnieres are the most time consuming projects to undertake. Because these flowers are cut and not usually in a water source, they must be done shortly before the wedding.
You may want to do them the quick way (see
How to Make a Corsage)
or order these from your professional florist. Sometimes it pays to call in the professionals! Be sure they are aware of the variety of flowers you are using so they can have similar on hand.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Now is the time to ask for help from those talented relatives and kind friends. Choose designs that can be fun to do together. This could be a lot more profitable to your wallet than a night out with the girls.
Choose the Right Flowers for your Do It Yourself Wedding Bouquets
Some fresh flowers are definitely more work (or require more space) than others in a Do It Yourself wedding. To keep it easier, stay away from flowers that needs lots of time to open. (Oriental and Asiatic lilies are the worst.)You must give them plenty of room, pick the pollen off as they open, and baby them along by keeping them in the dark or putting them out into the warmth.
Gladiolus also must open some (although they are very nice and cheap in the summertime).
Peonies and Sweet Peas are gorgeous - but can be a real pain at times.
Your best bet is for Do It Yourself wedding flowers is to stick with daisies, roses, calla lilies, mums, carnations, gerbera daisies, and hydrangeas (if you take care to keep them in water). These flowers are usually gorgeous upon arrival and need very little care except water and a cool room to stay looking fresh.
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