Tips to save money on your DIY wedding bouquets and centerpieces
Oct 25, 2018 | By: Fusion Photography
Raise your hand if your Pinterest wedding board is full of floral arrangements and trendy centerpieces? It’s okay, ours too. Flowers can get pricey fast - you’ve got to consider what’s in season because while you can get just about any type of flower all year long if they aren’t in season, be prepared to pay more. We’re going to break down some tips to save money and things to keep in mind if you’re planning to DIY your bouquets and centerpieces.
Did you know most grocery store chains have a floral department? Now, not all floral departments are going to give you the same quality as an independent floral shop but in many cases, you’ll be working with someone who has taken floral classes and goes annually to trainings to stay up on what’s in. A good way to tell if you’re working with a professional is to check the coolers - if the arrangements all come with pre-printed price tags with barcodes, they were shipped to the store. If the arrangements are made in-house, you’re most likely working with a trained florist.
Some venues include candles in their package as part of the decor they have to offer. Using candles as part of your centerpiece allows you to use fewer flowers. Even if your venue doesn’t provide candles, they are a less-expensive option than flowers. Some candles and a few sprigs of baby’s breath or eucalyptus can provide simple, inexpensive elegance.
Maybe you’ve decided to DIY for your big day. Craft stores, like Michaels, have all the supplies you’ll need - floral tape, pins, wire, vases, etc. But not all flowers are a breeze to work with. Succulents look great as boutonnières but their “stems” vary in thickness. The really thick ones are tough to wire and the thin ones are flimsy. If you want succulents incorporated in your wedding but don’t care where we recommend using them as centerpieces. Gerber daisies are another gorgeous addition to your day but they don’t last long out of water (okay, even in water, they aren’t the most resilient flower). If gerbers are in your bouquet, have someone hold damp towels or a vase for traveling from the ceremony to the reception. This will help ensure they stay perky for pictures.
Another thing to keep in mind if you’re building your own bouquets. You can order and pick up the cut flowers from a florist (including the grocery chains) but they often come closed up. Cut the ends and put them in lukewarm water in buckets. They will need a day or two to open and look the way they do on Pinterest.
Whether you choose a floral shop, a grocery store floral department or a DIY approach, knowing what’s important to you when it comes to your flowers will help you narrow down your choices and create a lovely addition to your wedding.