DIY Wedding flowers vs hiring a professional

by | Jun 13, 2023 | 0 comments

Deciding between DIY wedding flowers and hiring a professional florist can be challenging. While DIY arrangements may seem like a more affordable option, they can be time-consuming and stressful. Hiring a professional florist can take the stress off of you and ensure that your floral arrangements are beautiful and cohesive. If you do choose to DIY your floral arrangements, make sure you have a clear plan in place and give yourself plenty of time to complete them. You should also consider taking a floral arrangement course or workshop to ensure that you have the necessary skills to create beautiful arrangements

My TOP 10 TIPS for DIY Wedding Flowers

  • First of all consider your availability on the day. Your immediate wedding party are probably not going to have much time on their hands for transporting flowers and setting up on the morning of your wedding. Be mindful that you will need to work around the venue and other suppliers. Assuming you have done all the flower prep beforehand perhaps nominate a friend or relative to take care of setting up at the venue for you. You can always gift him/her the table arrangements after the wedding as a thank you! Also note that some venues may have to do a quick room turnaround after the ceremony so the tables may not be available for dressing earlier in the day, in this case the venue may offer to add your table decor for you.
  • Creating with flowers is very therapeutic and could be the tonic you need a day or 2 before the wedding. Why not get together with friends and a glass of fizz and make an occasion of it.
  • Arranging wedding flowers can be very time consuming, get friends and family involved. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is usually an Aunt or a friendly neighbour that would love to be involved in the wedding planning!
  • Think about what you could prepare in advance. Tablecentres are ideal and can be prepared a couple of days ahead or more, depending on your choice of flowers. Prepare your vases with any ribbons or decorations. Condition all of your stems early. In the simplest form this means to clean the stems of all foliage, cut the stems at an angle and place in clean water with flower food for 24 hours ahead of arranging. Keep finished tablecentres hydrated and in a cool place and they will be perfect on the day.
  • Bridal bouquets can be a little more demanding as they will need a final check and possibly ribboning on the morning of your wedding. Buttonholes however can be made a couple of days in advance, packed safely and stored in the fridge.
  • Plan, plan, plan before the big day. Designing and sourcing flowers takes time. Practise your design and know exactly how many flower stems and foliages you require and where you will be able to buy them from.
  • Take a floristry course or workshop. Surprise surprise – we offer these at Flowers by Marion. You will have the chance to design and create your perfect arrangements and recieve all the inside information and tips and tricks of the trade.
  • Speak to a florist (Marion!) about supplying your stems. Buy in bulk – so multiple stems of the same flower and colour (usually 10s/20’s/25s) to get a better price per stem
  • Need to bulk up on your tablecentres – go foraging in the garden or out and about. Once you have this in your head you won’t be able to stop pearing over neighbours walls! Right now in the middle of June we have wild daisies, poppies and grasses growing up in the roadsides and around carparks, all soon to be destroyed by council grounds maintenance teams.
  • £1 shops, Gardencentres, Hobbycraft and Ikea are a great source of vases and sundry items

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wedding tablecentre with jars of gypsophila, a succulent and a llama