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10 top tips to save you from DIY wedding hell!

In this day and age DIY Wedding flowers are becoming increasingly popular, not only are they a perfect way to save a bit of money, but brides LOVE having a little bit more of a personal impact of their flowers! If you’re thinking about DIY wedding flowers, it’s important to think about exactly what you are getting yourself in for. Putting together a table centre isn’t actually that difficult. But the whole process actually looks more like this: figuring out your design, buying vases and floral supplies, practicing, buying your wedding flowers right before the wedding, keeping them alive, putting the centres together and transporting them to the venue. It’s quite achievable for just about anyone, but you need to make sure you give yourself enough time, money, space and people to really do it justice. Here are some of our top tips on helping the process go as smooth as possible!
  1. Sort your designs in advance
Search the Internet for inspiration pictures of projects and arrangements you think you could realistically create, and ideally try to find tutorials for them! Buy some cheap flowers from a supermarket and use them to practise.
  1. Don’t get too technical
We’ve all seen those complex centrepieces on Pinterest? It’s important to understand that you probably can’t have those if you’re making your own. Pick a design with fewer flowers and make sure you can work out how to construct it, tutorials help greatly!
  1. Stock up on floristry supplies
You can order these for cheap online. You’ll probably want ribbon, floral, floral tape, pins (for your bouquets as well as any corsages), floral foam (as needed), and floral wire (if you’re doing buttonholes and corsages).
  1. Ask us for hardy flowers
You don’t want to take any risks when doing your own flowers, so don’t risk your money on flowers that only last twenty-four hours and are very susceptible to dying if not treated exactly right. As use for flowers specific to the arrangement you are making, as different stems are better for different things. When the flowers arrive, put them directly into clean water and remove leaves and foliage below the water line. Store them in a cool, shady place.
  1. Be aware of how the flowers may arrive
We will deliver your flowers normally a day or two before the wedding, this is so that they are as fresh as possible, but you also have time to arrange them and we can sort any transit issues if they arise. We will send flowers in bloom, which you will have to allow for when arranging – they will change in size and can even slightly shift once they open. Make sure there is someone in charge of keeping them fresh.
  1. Arrange for help
You’re going to need several sets of hands to put the flowers together, unless you are just doing a few bouquets. Set up a time, preferably the day before the wedding, to do the arranging. Have lots of pictures on hand of what the final product is supposed to look like and once you’ve finished one make sure everyone can see it to copy. Once all the flowers are finished, do a little bit of quality control to make sure they all look the same/ the way they’re supposed to.
  1. Be Realistic with your timeline
Table Centres can be created two days before the big day. Plan for about four hours for fifteen centre pieces, with just one person making. Bouquets and posies should be made the day before. Allow forty-five minutes to an hour for a bridal bouquet, and about half an hour for Bridesmaid’s and Flower Girl Posies. Buttonholes and corsages have to be made the day before or in the morning of your wedding to stay alive. Allow half an hour per buttonhole.
  1. Plan to store them properly
Store your flowers in a cool and shady place, and out of a draft. Also give them a spray regularly with water to keep them fresh and hydrated.
  1. Arrange for transportation
You’re probably going to have to prep your flowers in a different location and transport them to the venue. Transporting centerpieces takes lots of space (as you can’t stack them) and lots of careful packing, especially if there are flowers on all sides, not just the top. Plan well in advance for someone with a truck or a van to transport the flowers.
  1. Take A Workshop
Also if you are in any doubt why not book a place on one of our DIY Wedding Flowers Workshops? For just £50 we will take you through how to make your Bridal Bouquet, Buttonholes and simple table decorations – with a buttonhole and bridal bouquet to take home! Book your place online here - http://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/flower-workshops  

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