I love weddings. I love attending them and seeing the beautiful couple celebrate their love for each other. What I don’t love is spending a ton of money on weddings. The average wedding costs around $30,000 which to me seems insane. Flowers alone can be around $2,000 of that cost. When I got married last month, I knew that we wanted small, simple and most importantly inexpensive. One way that I knew that I could save money was by making my own wedding bouquet. I also thought that a DIY wedding bouquet would be more meaningful in the long run.
DIY Wedding Bouquet
Step 1: Pick your colors
First you need to pick what colors you want your flowers to be. You also need to grab some fillers for the bouquet. Generally this coincides with your wedding colors. For my fall wedding I went with oranges, reds and whites. Decide what colors you want to begin with and go from there. To get some inspiration on color schemes check out The Best Wedding Colors: 25 Dreamy Color Combos & Palettes.
Step 2: Find the flowers
You can find your flowers at a number of places. Trader Joe’s, whole sale grocers, florists, etc. For my DIY wedding bouquet, I grabbed some flowers from Trader Joe’s and a local florist who was just the sweetest when I called in a panic looking for orange roses. Not all flower colors will be at all places, so plan accordingly and don’t wait till the last minute like I did and find yourself searching for the flowers you want.
I suggest getting your flowers no more than 48 hours before the event. You will want to make sure that they are fresh and in perfect condition.
Step 3: Trim flowers and get them into water
As soon as you get your flowers home, trim the stems and get them into water ASAP. You can also refrigerate your flowers to keep them fresher longer.
Step 4: Start arranging
I suggest grabbing a round, short vase to make your arrangement in. Start with the flowers that you want on the outside and just start placing them around and then adding the flowers as you go. When I am happy with the flowers I gather all the stems just below the florals and bunch together. If I am happy with the size and the arrangement, that’s it. If not, I either add more flowers around the outside, rearrange flowers or pull some out.
Step 5: Tie bouquet together
Once you have your bouquet set to how you want it to look grab some wire and start wrapping around stems just below the florals. Make sure that you keep the flowers together as you wrap the wire around the stems.
Step 6: Wrap with ribbon
Pick out the ribbon that you want to tie your bouquet together and wrap the stems with it. I grabbed mine from JoAnne Fabrics which has a great assortment of by the spool ribbon that you can get to your specific tastes.
Make sure that you keep your bouquet in water until the very last minute before you get married.
Step 7: Get married!
Carry your beautiful bouquet and get married!! I made a smaller version of my bouquet for my daughter. She absolutely loved it!
So thankful for my talented wedding photographer who captured this day, and the above photo, perfectly. Check out all her work at Samantha Grant Photo
To see a reel of me creating my bouquet head to my Instagram page.