A few weeks ago with had our 3rd DIY Wedding Workshop with Love Blooms and it was SUCH a fun afternoon! For those that missed it (you missed out!) but I thought I would be nice and share the “How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers” information sheet that Emily shared with our attendees AND some pictures from the event, thanks to the wonderful Cynthia Shipp Photography.
Images: Cynthia Shipp Photography
Emily shares SUPER valuable DIY wedding flower tips:
If you end up using wine bottles, you won’t have to worry about the water spilling out, because you probably won’t have to fill the bottles very high to have the stems submerged. If you are transporting wine bottle arrangements it works best to use the boxes that wine bottles arrive to the liquor store in. These boxes can hold 12 bottles, and usually have cardboard spacers, to keep the bottles from knocking into each other. If you ask, the liquor store will provide you will a couple of these boxes.
DIY Wedding Flowers Tip:
If you are transporting shorter vases (like mason jars), you can re-use the boxes they come in. If there are no cardboard spacers, just use paper towels, craft paper, or pieces of ripped up cardboard to keep the jars from banging into each other. Use enough paper/cardboard to fill the space tightly enough so the vases will stay in place during transit. My favorite is craft paper, because if you crumple it up, a little goes a long way. Shake the box a little after you’ve packed it, if a vase falls over when you shake the box, it will fall over when you are driving.
DIY Wedding Flowers Tip: Ideally, you want to transport your centerpieces in boxes that cover the height of the vase, but are not tall enough to cover the flowers. You don’t want to smash the flowers, so it’s nice if they have room to breathe, above the cardboard.
DIY Wedding Flowers Tip: Fill your vases only halfway with water (but make sure the bottoms of all the stems are still submerged at least an inch!). This will minimize the spillage during transport. They still may spill a little bit, but it’s only an issue if the flowers fall over and roll around the car! If there is spillage, be careful when lifting the cardboard boxes, because if they are too wet, they will rip.
Then Emily covered how to make a boutonniere:
DIY Wedding Flowers Tip: Turn the AC up high! As long as your car is kept cool, the flowers will be fine. Do not leave your flowers inside the car without the AC on, for more than 5 minutes, unless the outside temperature is below 65 degrees. Even if it doesn’t feel hot outside, the sun can heat up a car very fast!
DIY Wedding Flowers Tip: Two hours should be enough time to set up the flowers for your wedding. Most venues have carts that they will let you use to load your flowers in. Usually, the caterers can put all the centerpieces on the table, as long as you let them know beforehand. If the centerpieces are different for each table, and you want them placed on specific tables, you will need to label them clearly. If any water has spilled out during transport, you can use a watering can to add any where it is needed.
Thanks to everyone that came out to our DIY Hand Bouquets & Boutonnieres Wedding Workshop! Hope to see you on October 26th for our NEXT DIY Workshop: DIY Wedding Makeup!