We interviewed florist, Trish Nishikawa from Project Fleur, a DIY wedding flower wholesale company to give us her best DIY wedding flower tips.
1. Create a grid using floral tape
“When you create a grid, this helps to separate the flowers more evenly throughout the arrangement. You end up using less flowers while still maintaining a lush look.” Her choice of tape: clear florist tape because you can hide the tape better when you tape over the edge of the container. Note for DIY wedding flower centerpieces, this does not work well on containers that are wooden as the tape does not adhere as well. Use chicken wire balls instead.
2. Choose only one centerpiece container
“A lot of brides choosing to do DIY wedding centerpieces are going with multiple size glass bottles lined up on tables, thinking that this is going to save them a lot of money, but in reality, it takes a lot more time and skill than making a single centerpiece and they end up over ordering flowers. It’s important to calculate the time it is going to take to clean and fill 100+ different sized bottles. You are basically making 100+ centerpieces and because every bottle opening is sized differently, this makes ordering the correct number of flowers very difficult, even for the most seasoned florist.”
Instagram photo by @ashlee_theflowergirl of DIY bride centerpieces
Different sized bottle containers, have different sized openings, which makes calculating diy wedding flower cost difficult. Having just one centerpiece now seems more appealing, not to mention cleaning up, filling with water and packing everything in and out of the venue. The number of vases and you need to wash, arrange, and transport should be calculated into your DIY wedding flowers timeline.
One centerpiece = simple = less time = less stress
This elegant rustic centerpiece is a perfect example of DIY power with Project Fleurs DIY kits
3. One cup of water in front of you
Place a glass of water in front of each person arranging. They can save their broken stems and side stems, which will later be used for boutonnieres, corsages or filling in your DIY flowers. This is a picture are the side blooms of lisianthus and dahlia buds.
4. Make your own DIY boutonnières
In 2018, the average cost of a boutonniere is $20 at a retail florist. “If you have a big wedding party, making your own boutonnieres can really save a lot of cash. The easiest way is to use thin ribbon or twine You can keep the exposed stems in a shallow cup of water at the bottom of fridge.
Project Fleur provides boutonniere DIY wedding flower kits.
5. Double Duty DIY bridesmaids bouquets
Decorate the sign in table, photo table or bathrooms with bridesmaids bouquets in a vase. “For some reason, people always forget that the bathroom needs flowers too. It’s a place where everyone makes a stop multiple times during the event and small details like that get noticed.You might consider using non-transparent vases to cover the wrapping of the bridal bouquet.” Plus your bridesmaids will be thrilled their bouquet is being displayed and kept fresh in water instead of dying underneath the table.
Bridal bouquet by Floral Cadet
6. Fresh flowers are more affordable than silk flowers
Diy silk wedding flowers are becoming more popular, but a lot of brides don’t know that they are actually more expensive. “I’ve seen some stems at the wholesale level go as much as $20/stem. When you collectively add up with number of silk stems, the price is generally more expensive. If you are going the diy silk wedding flowers look, buy the flowers in person instead of online. You really need to feel and touch when you are buying faux. With fresh flowers, you can always count on the fact that they are going to look stunning.”
Photo by @villagegreenwholesale
7. Ceremony flowers do double duty
Use chair or aisle flowers at cocktail reception tables. They are the perfect size for high round cocktail table, or group three for a centerpiece on a 8-10 person round top.
8. Save the guard petals
As you are cleaning the roses, save your guard petals for the flower girl. The guard petals are the outer petals that are left on the rose by the farms to protect or "guard" the flowers in shipping. They might be a bit bruised and broken, but not to worry, they will be thrown on the ground anyways.
Photo by @greenporchlight shows the green outer petals of the white roses.
9. Make your own corsages
Corsages are a great area to save on costs. In 2018, the average cost of corsages are $40 each. They take more specialized materials to make than a boutonniere, so it’s best to purchase a kit with directions. Check out Project Fleurs diy wedding flower packages for corsages.
10. Use all parts of the plant
If you are using floral foam, it’s important to hide the foam. That’s where using as much of the flower as possible really comes into play. “For centerpieces, I like to use the full stem, cutting tight in between the internodes to create smaller stems that hide my floral foam.” Using this technique saves on the number of stems you need to buy, is less wasteful, and will lower your diy wedding flowers cost. Make sure you have a clean level cut at the node where the stem doesn’t stick out.