DIY wedding flowers? Would you DIY your wedding dress? It’s just as important. Picture your big day in your mind, you’re probably imagining radiant, perfect makeup, hair that does exactly what it’s told, and your dress - that dress is the envy of every other girl in the room.
Your partner is looking lovingly at you like you’re the only woman in the world. Now, did you even think about the flowers that you're holding? Or the button holes your partner & the groomsmen are wearing? Probably not, but that's exactly the danger. Did you know that the only other wedding item that's in just about every photo, apart from you, your partner and bridal party, are your wedding flowers?
Here’s our guide in deciding on the right DIY wedding flowers:
1. Size matters. Proportion is everything!
If you are a fuller figured woman a big bouquet will amplify your measurements. If you are a tiny girl a big bouquet will make you look unbalanced. There is a fine art and a skill to getting the wedding bouquet just right.
2. DIY is almost a badge of honour in Australia
So it's no surprise that more and more brides and wedding organisers are opting to DIY Wedding & Event Flowers. It's seen as a cheaper way to achieve that floral wonderland. Everyone is dreaming of a Kardashian style floral wonderland. They're already imagining their own Instagram's looking like a champagne affair but magically achieved on a beer budget. Fade picture to black. Que screaming & disappointment.
3. Think about you wedding theme
What look and feel do you want to achieve. How do you want your photos to look? The ones you’ll be looking back on for the next 10-20 years. Will you be happy with what is achieved with your flowers?
4. Flowers are natures beautiful gift
They can be fun and even therapeutic to play with. Most people feel like they can “arrange flowers” because we have all put flowers in a vase & they have looked lovely.
Placing flowers in a vase is not the same thing as constructing a wedding bouquet, making a buttonhole or even making a table centre piece. It’s simpler to understand when it’s put into building terms. Imagine renovating a home. You’d probably back yourself to do that after watching the Block or a million other DIY renovation shows, right? No worries. But would you actually undertake to build the entire building from scratch? Lay the foundations, build the frame and then do the pretty fun bit at the end, the decoration? I’d guess no unless hubby or you are a builder.
There’s a reason why some of Australia’s top florists can charge over $200,000 a wedding for the socialites and it's not because the clients have too much money, it’s because the florists are simply that good. They are master craftsmen and women. Champions of their trades like skilled carpenters. Constructing pieces of beauty from raw materials.
So back to you and your day. Are you ready to do all of that on one of the most stressful days of your life? Is your family friend that said “yeah I can do the flowers” capable of delivering your vision?
5. Purpose of this is not to poo poo DIY
The aim is to shine the spotlight of reality on the idea of DIY wedding flowers to ensure that you will get what it is you want, so that your special day is just as perfect as your mental picture. Are you the type of person that DIY will suit? Only you can honestly answer this question.
It’s the same as would you cook the food for the dinner to save some money? I’m guessing, no.
6. It’s cute when a child has a go at a project
We overlook the masking tape, the uneven joins and the cable ties and we say “well done” because we want to be encouraging parents. I’m guessing that your guests won’t be as forgiving based on some of the horror table pieces that have been shared on Facebook in the past. So how to make the decision to DIY or not to DIY?
7. Think about how much you have spent on the professional photographer to make sure the pictures are good
A venue to make sure the ambience, food & beverage is great and that your guests have a nice time. So now think about your bouquet that’s in every photo with you. Think about the table centrepieces that every guest will be looking at intensely and forming an opinion on. Think about the pew flowers in the church and the arrangement under the lectern. Will they cut the mustard in the court of public opinion on even worse, your own scrutiny?
Is it cost you should be saving or is it value you should be aiming for. Good news is, you can have both.
If you want to save money on your wedding flowers and wholesale flowers you either have to be an incredibly relaxed and easy-going personality type. You don’t really mind that much what your floral looks like as long as it looks presentable and nice. If this is you then you should definitely consider DIY & you can easily shop online from companies such as FLOWERHUB in Brisbane who will deliver the bulk flowers by the box to your door ready for your big day.
If however you aren’t that easy going, or you indeed aren’t a florist then you should definitely engage a florist to look after your wedding.
The hard thing to reconcile in the whole DIY Wedding Flower consideration is actually allowing yourself to place a value on the skill that is floristry. The hard part is that it is not easily valued, as say a carpenter or mechanic, because most people have no idea what that floristry skill is worth. Floristry is a trade. Most people know a mechanic is around $60-$75 an hour because we’ve all seen a line item on an invoice stating how many hours they spent fixing the bloody car last service. So given our lack of exposure to instinctually know what a florist’s time is worth by the hour & combining that with the thinking that “because we’ve played with flowers in a vase at home we can do floral”, we have a false sense of our own abilities. Talk about hard to make an accurate assessment and decision.
A seasoned florist is an essential professional to have in your corner on your big day. The experience they will bring and the tacit knowledge they have absorbed in their many years as a flower professional will all be on show in the final floral creations that they make for you. All aspects of the process they will take care of, from working out how many of what type of flower to buy. The construction of pieces and even hanging installations etc. You wouldn’t want your bridal party inadvertently injured if your floral hanging suddenly falls from the sky.
Florals done right for a wedding will ultimately help you achieve the vision you have for your day. The good part is that you have the choice on what you spend your money on & who you engage to help you achieve the vision.
DIY wedding flowers can be a great way to save money and add some chic as long as you’ve done it for the right reasons with the right end results in mind.