The DIY Advantage for Wedding Flowers

August 1, 2016 / Blooms Today

Flowers may be second only to the bride for making a stunning appearance in the wedding ceremony and at the reception. One of the most satisfying and rewarding ways to incorporate flowers into the wedding and reception is to do-it-yourself, with assistance, of course, from a few good friends and relatives. This could be the perfect opportunity to include a special aunt, neighbor, friend or even a whole family into the wedding planning, with a key role the day before and day of the event.


Obviously, choose someone not in the wedding party to handle the flowers, and by planning ahead, you can order fresh and gorgeous arrangements from, to be delivered exactly where you want on the date you choose. Advance planning includes lots of fun browsing online and looking in magazines for arrangements and styles which appeal to you. From there, you can make other decisions with your flower coordinator and team:

  • Wedding-BouquetColors
  • Textures
  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Accents like baby’s breath
  • Floral snippers
  • Buckets to place them in upon arrival
  • Vases, jars, containers (buy, rent, borrow)
  • Wedding bouquet
  • Bridesmaid bouquets
  • Groom and usher boutonnière
  • Floral tape, pins, supplies
  • Ribbons
  • Vintage brooch, beads, hat pins, etc.

The bridal bouquet is not hard to make. You want to wash the stems and trim them to a manageable length before placing what you want in the center and adding flowers and greenery around in a circle. Fill in airy places, keeping everything somewhat tight for a cohesive look. Take turns standing back as you go along, so you can see where it’s unbalanced or needs thinning.

Home-Made-Wedding-BouquetOnce you get the shape and look you want. Dusty miller leaves are quite useful for hiding the underside of the bouquet before containing the stems with floral tape. You can use a wide satin ribbon, starting at the top, for covering the floral tape, then add a vintage brooch, hat pins or pearl-headed pins for a little bling. A more natural-looking wildflower kind of bouquet can be made in the morning and tied with ribbons left long to cascade softly in front of the dress, same color or complementary, bold or soft, polka dots or plaid, whatever floats your boat.

Pile-Of-RosesMaking flower groupings for containers of choice is fun, and the fact that they sort of look alike, but no two are exactly alike, is part of a more natural scheme. The flower coordinator and her minions can also move the flowers from the wedding venue to the reception, so all of the beautiful blooms do double duty to enhance the beauty and festivity of your wedding day. is the perfect place to order exactly what you want when you want it, and you are assured of getting the most fresh flowers for your most special day.

By Joanne M. Anderson

Photo Credit:

Photographer annca offered the photograph of Pink Roses under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer Olessya offered the photograph of Flowers and Rings under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer anna-stepanyuk offered the photograph of Wedding Bouquet under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

Photographer connie frank offered the photograph of White Rose Bouquet under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay

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