Welcome back to the Thistle & That blog! In our last blog, we compared real and fake flowers. Though there are some advantages to having fake flowers at your Dallas-Fort Worth area wedding, real flowers in many ways far outweigh fake blooms. Also, real flowers are more affordable than ever with Thistle & That! We offer a means to have premium flowers at your wedding at a fraction of the cost: our bridal bouquets start at $40! Visit our website to learn more!
7 Tips For DIY-ing Your Wedding Flowers
Are you considering DIY-ing your wedding bouquets? It’s actually easier than you would imagine. However, before you buy flowers, pick out the ribbon, and think about place settings, you need to learn about seven of the most important things you need to know about DIY-ing your wedding flowers.
Keep It Simple
It’s easy to dream up something elaborate for your wedding day blooms, but will it truly look better than something that is a bit more simple? We get it, you may have had your heart set on a multi-dimensional, colorful bouquet that you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl. However, there is a reason why you want to keep it simple and here’s why: putting your arrangements together, can be difficult for the inexperienced wedding florist, a.k.a. you. As our founder David Kimmel can tell you, there is an art and a science to it that takes having the right skills and experience to effectively create various looks. For this reason, keep it simple — you may even like the look of it better than elaborate floral arrangements, especially if you end up with a mess on your hands from attempting to do something more complicated.
Flexibility Is Key
It is easy to get your heart set on certain blooms being a part of your bouquets. However, there are some things that you should know about choosing blooms for your wedding: the blooms you want may not be available. Unfortunately, due to the season in which you get married, some blooms may not be in season and will be impossible to get for your wedding. Also, some blooms may be in season but harder for those DIY-ing their flowers to work with. For example: flowers such as gerbera and heavy roses need to be taped or wired in order for them to not only last, but look decent — tape and wire can be hard to work with.
Longevity is a Must
When considering your wedding day flowers, you must think about longevity. Some flowers last longer than others and will withstand being arranged the day before. Because you will be putting your bouquets and arrangements together the day before your wedding, the flowers must be resilient; they must stay fresh overnight and the entire next day. Woodier plants tend to last longer than those with delicate, soft stems. Choose your flowers accordingly!
Pro Tip: To revive tired flowers the day of the wedding, spritz them with water and keep perfume and hairspray away from them.
Do a Workshop
Getting a little bit of advice can make a big difference when you are doing your wedding blooms on a budget. When you do a workshop, you can learn if your bouquet idea is feasible and how to create your vision! Thistle & That offers workshops for brides and grooms who want to DIY their own flowers, and we also provide access to premium blooms. Visit our website to learn more about what we have to offer those brides doing their wedding on a budget. Getting professional advice can save you time and stress which all brides and grooms can stand to have less stress. Save yourself some wedding time drama and ask for a little help from the pros!
Involve Family & Friends
If you are a go-getter, it is easy to feel like you have to make your wedding happen all on your own. However, if you try to make all of your bouquets and decorations by yourself, you may end up pulling your hair out. Not only is creating those wedding day blooms a big task, fresh flowers can often require more time, tools and supplies, and more hands on deck to get the job done. Invite your bridesmaids, your mother, mother-in-law, friends, and family over to help you and make it an event. We suggest turning on some pre-wedding tunes, popping the top to a fancy bottle of champagne, and having fun while you work.
Plan Ahead & Practice
When you are dealing with fresh flowers, you must plan ahead and practice putting your wedding day blooms together. First, as part of the preparation process, talk to your Dallas florist (i.e. Thistle & That) and discuss when you are going to have your flowers delivered. Also, plan ahead by designating a day when you will be creating your bouquets. We suggest allowing yourself more time than you think you will need to create your floral arrangements. And by all means, do not leave creating your flower arrangements and bouquets till the last minute!
Lastly, don’t stress out about it. You can create your own floral arrangement and wedding bouquets on budget that will look beautiful. It just takes a little time, planning ahead, patience, and people to help. Remember your big day is about you and the love of your life and starting your life together. What’s more, the professional florists of Thistle & That are here to help! Our classes are fun and inspired by in-demand, world-renowned florists. Learn more about what we have to offer on our website!