Let me just start off by saying that I am in no way promoting DIY wedding flowers over hiring a professional florist for your big day. Obviously a professional vendor is always the best choice for optimum wedding services – however, we have to be real here too and not every couple in the DC area has the wedding budget to afford professional vendors. Sometimes it just comes down to a matter of priorities with regards to your wedding decisions and budget.
So, that being said – for some couples the choice to DIY their flowers is the right one and if you might be considering going the wholesale wedding flowers route, then this post will help you navigate the way and make the right decision over DIY vs Pro. It includes advice, first-hand experiences, tips, and even regrets from REAL couples that went the wholesale flower route (and pictures of what their flowers looked like on their wedding day) with DIYed wedding flowers. *Warning – this post will be pretty content AND picture heavy!!*
How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers – Tips, Tricks & Advice for Having Whole Sale Flowers at Your Wedding
[Theresa Choi Photography]
First things first, before going any further in this post, here are the two most important things to consider if you are thinking about going this route. If you are not 100% with either of these, then you should probably reconsider DIYing your flowers:
1. You need to be able to accept that your flowers will not be 100% perfect or polished on your wedding day.
2. While going the wholesale route will most likely be cheaper than hiring a professional florist, it will NOT be easier.
So …. now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s break it down further:
Accepting that your flowers won’t look 100% perfect or polished
If you are opting to do go the DIY flower route – realize that unless your Aunt or Bridesmaid has experience with doing flower arrangements, chances are, your flowers aren’t going to match that of a professional. You and your partner need to be OK with this – and if you aren’t, then you should probably revisit hiring a professional.
Recent Bride Trey explains, “I was on a budget & 95% of my wedding was DIY. Flowers weren’t at the top of my list, so it didn’t bother me much that they probably wouldn’t look absolutely polished and perfect”
[Kristi Odom Photography - Trey & JD's Offbeat DIY Virginia Wedding]
Recent bride Alex also reiterates this point and adds that you need to be flexible too! “The first thing I would say about going the DIY route is you have to be flexible. If you want a specific flower that’s not necessarily “in season”, DIYing might not be the way to go. But if you know you’re using baby’s breath or teacup roses or daisies or lillies, then DIYing can be fairly simple. Consider mixing in other flowers that are cheaper into your bouquet & arrangements, if your heart is set on a more expensive flower.”
[Stephen Gosling Photography ~ Alex & Jim's Small Budget, DIY Rustic Virginia Wedding]
Bride, Grace, reflected on what the heat of her outdoor wedding day did to her DIY flowers – mentioning that the DIY ones were not given enough water, and ended up wilting in the summer sun. She had also used a florist for some of the arrangements though, and those held up fine (see: value of professional). Grace explained, “my wedding coordinator did not put water in the bud vases, so the flowers in the bud vases began to wilt in the 100+ degree weather… but the centerpieces from my florist made it through the heat”
Realizing the amount of time and effort involved in DIYing your wedding flowers (scheduling, asking for help, storage, reading directions, and more…)
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