I think every couple should DIY some aspect of their wedding. It can be fun plus it’s a relatively easy way to infuse a bit of yourselves into your wedding. While I am a big fan of DIY projects (much to other vendors’ dismay) I always advise caution to couples who are thinking of DIYing the flowers for their weddings (and not just because my sister is a floral designer, either). Arranging flowers is not for the faint of heart and, unlike most other DIY projects for a wedding, can be quite costly if you’re unsure of what you’re doing or a make a mistake. So, before you go ahead and DIY your flowers read on to discover the 7 mistakes couples make when they DIY their wedding flowers.
Standards – it’s a natural human tendency to be our own worst critics. We tend to hold ourselves to higher standards, especially when it comes to projects that either reflect our skills or that will be subjected to judgement. So, while you might have a great idea of how you want your wedding flowers to look achieving that style might be difficult because of the expectations you set of yourself. This can (and often does) cause stress and a lot of undue tension between you, your fiancé and any helpers involved with the flower arranging.
Clean Buckets – Save yourself time and stress and head to Home Depot, Loews, Wal-Mart, wherever and buy brand new, clean, 5 gallon buckets. Flower stems are a lot taller than most couples expect and have a tendency to tip over when stored in kid’s sand pails (I wouldn’t be saying this if I hadn’t seen it done before!). Also flowers need room to breath and acclimate to their environment. If you decide to use buckets you already have make sure they are meticulously clean. Putting flowers in buckets of water that have not been properly cleaned is a death sentence for your wedding flowers.
Conditioning the Flowers – most couples get their flowers, unpackage them, and think they can immediately begin arranging their centerpieces and assembling their bouquets. These are the same couples that call their wedding coordinator the night before their wedding in a panic because their centerpieces and bouquets are wilting or look dead. Conditioning is a process of preparing cut flowers to prolong their longevity in arrangements to ensure they look their best.
Not Enough Flowers – couples make the mistake of only ordering just enough flowers. They don’t factor in the quality of the flowers (it doesn’t matter where you order them from, not every bloom will be usable) or factor in a margin of error. Inevitably you will cut a few stems too short, cut off the wrong bloom (leaving a weird gap on the stem) or the occasional flower head will fall off.
Other Supplies – oftentimes the most gorgeous and simplistic floral designs require the most amount of supplies. So, before you think you can start arranging the flowers of your Pinterest dreams make sure you have everything you need. There is nothing more aggravating than being in the middle of a project and having to stop and go buy supplies. If you’re unsure of what you need do your research beforehand. Will you need floral tape and wire, blocks of foam, frames, etc.?
Time – couples often don’t consider the amount of time that’s required to DIY their wedding flowers. It’s not just about arranging your flowers, you need to look at the whole picture; it’s buying your flowers and supplies, conditioning them, arranging each centerpiece/bouquet/boutonniere, and then transporting them to your venue. You also need to schedule your other wedding related activities around your flower activities. If you plan on getting a manicure the day before you walk down the aisle make sure it’s after you’re done arranging your flowers otherwise you’ll be walking down the aisle with chipped nails.
Money – a lot of coupes tell me they’re going to DIY their flowers because it will save them money. When they say this they’re only thinking about the cost of the actual flowers. They don’t consider the costs of additional supplies they’ll need to purchase (buckets, floral wire, floral tape, floral foam, ribbons, vases, etc.) or their time. The days leading up to your wedding are a very special time and couples should really think about how much time they’re willing to dedicate to their flowers versus other wedding related activities.
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