For those of us who may be DIY-inclined, it can be hard to reign ourselves in. Should we though? What about flowers? Are wedding flowers on the OK-to-do-myself list, or are they strictly for professionals? … read more
But I digress. While we had a bit of a limited budget for our flowers, I let my imagination (and Pinterest) run wild while I was planning our wedding. I presented my inspiration photos to our coordinator and florist with baited breath—could we afford my dream arrangements? They thankfully let me know that my inspiration was do-able with some creative (and money-saving) twists. I’ve shared some of the tips they gave me below.
Howdy, hive! Here’s part II of the Horseshoe DIY roundup. Here’s a link to part I in case you missed it.
Paper flowers – around $60 and many hours
I started making paper flowers for our wedding in 2015. I was hoping to use a lot of more of them for our decor (centrepieces, etc.), but I ran out of steam as we inched closer to our wedding. I did, thankfully, have a good number of flowers to use and was able to create a short garland of sorts for our welcome sign.
I bought crepe paper rolls in coral, cream, and pink ombre from Etsy. Straight floral wire pieces came from Michael’s. I also bought yellow, white, and black streamers to use for the middle of my flowers (the stamen, etc.). I already had floral tape and a hot glue gun to use.
I really like how these turned out. / Source: personal
I made paper anemones, peonies, tulips, carnations, and nondescript six-petal flowers. I followed tutorials by Lia Griffith but started to freehand things once I got comfortable making flowers. I needed around 10–15 minutes to make one flower once I accounted for cutting crepe paper, forming the petals, and then assembling the flower.
Before we get started, don’t worry: there’s no sewing involved in this project and there aren’t any tricky patterns to follow. These no-sew beaded tulle picks can easily replace (or supplement) the flowers in your bouquets, your boutonnieres, and even your corsages. And because they’re so lightweight, you can even make a few extra to decorate your cake or incorporate into your veil. All you need is some tulle, some beads, and a little bit of a patience.
Note: Make sure your wire is thin enough to fit through your beads. Some large-gauged wire is too thick to fit through small seed beads.
From use in weddings to home decor, succulents have become one of the most popular natural elements out there. Known for their easy maintenance and beautiful simplicity, succulents have become especially trendy in wedding bouquets and centerpieces. After all, it’s safe to say that the days of traditional roses in pink and red hues are long gone. These days, many brides are opting for the natural tones of green, sprinkled with a coordinating color palette. To incorporate this trend into your wedding’s decor, try your hand at a DIY boutonniere. Not only can you coordinate it with the bridal party’s bouquets and corsages, but you can also add a clever handmade touch to your wedding. Here’s how to make your own.
You know how planners recommend making a list of your priorities before you create your wedding budget? Well, I haven’t talked about flowers up until now because they’re way, way down there on our list.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some beautiful flowers at the weddings I’ve attended as a guest. And I love checking out wildflowers on hikes. But spending thousands of dollars on something that’s going to die in less than a week makes my head hurt.
So when our day-of coordinator offered to make our flowers for us, I jumped at the opportunity. She has a wholesale flower permit and access to the flower market at Pike Place, and I have realistic expectations about what she can do with my admittedly small flower budget.
Here’s a little bit of flower inspiration to brighten your day (and hold me over until I can see what our options are in person!).
Wedding Flowers: Finding a Last Minute Wedding Vendor
Guess what, bees? The Eels are two months out from our wedding and still do not have a wedding florist. That wedding stress I was talking about earlier? Yeah, some of it is totally self-inflicted. It’s our last major vendor to book, and I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. Flowers were always toward the bottom of the priority list for our wedding, and we set a budget of $2,000.
Rewind to January 2016 when I met with our first potential vendor and they quoted me a jaw-dropping $8,500. As someone who doesn’t even want her fiancé to spend $20 on a Costco bouquet of flowers, I would never have even considered this in the realm of possibility. I immediately nixed this vendor because: Know your audience. I felt that this vendor didn’t even consider our budget and my floral desires. They eventually contacted me again and were able to lower their proposal to half of the original proposal, but something about that smelled fishy and it wasn’t because we’re eels.
I’m excited about all my projects, but I really think this dried flower guestbook turned out awesome! I just love the aged look and beauty of the flowers. However, let’s address a few things before we start. I used a very elementary pressing method in this tutorial. You’re welcome to try out more advanced methods. I was told wax paper is a good way to ensure your flowers will come up easily and won’t ruin the pages of the book. I didn’t use wax paper and my flowers came right up, but they did leave their mark on the book.
I would suggest using an old heavy book that you don’t mind marking up a bit. Also, most of the lilacs I pressed turned brown because of their high water content. I’m not sure if letting them dry for a day before pressing would have helped or not, but it might be worth a try with those flowers that don’t press well. One more thing: I used hot glue mainly because I love hot glue. It worked extremely well, but be careful with it. It’s so easy to burn yourself, especially working with these small flower parts. So now that we’ve got the intro out of the way, we can get started.
So, you’re having a bohemian style wedding? I feel like this style is very trendy right now, which is great if you’re on a budget because it can be done pretty cheaply! It’s also easy to make bohemian crafts look fancy (like something from Anthropologie). I’m not promising Anthropologie store windows (if you don’t know, they’re extremely artsy and cool). But! I do promise that this bohemian bouquet will have a casual, “anything goes” vibe.
In this bohemian-inspired wedding bouquet, I’ve chosen to use flowers I cut myself. My cousin lives in the country and has a beautiful assortment of greens and spring flowers, and she was kind enough to let me use them. However, if you’re going this route as well, my advice is to either wait until the last minute to cut your plants, or do it no sooner than the day before and keep them in water. Be realistic if you do this. Some flowers will hold up better than others. For instance, I noticed the ferns I picked faded almost instantly. Of course, if you get your flowers wholesale, shipped and preserved, then you don’t have to worry.