Do-it-yourself wedding flowers have become more popular in recent years as resources for creating them have become more available. However, many women do not have the time or other means to take advantage of this option. One simple alternative is to do a little of both – hire a professional florist to handle the bulk of the flowers and save some DIY projects for yourself.
Take on Only What is Realistic
Some brides might like the idea of lovingly creating every arrangement, bouquet and boutonniere. However, that romantic notification often goes out the window after several hours of work results in only miscalculations, wasted supplies and endless frustration.
A good rule is to take on only a few DIY arrangements, ones that will mean the most. For some, this might be the bridal bouquet. If that project looks like a bit too high-profile, consider smaller touches. Hand-crafted corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom would take on special meaning. Realistically decide on what projects you could complete, and leave the rest to your florist.
An already overwhelmed bride-to-be should use her DIY projects as a way to release stress, not create more. Consulting with a florist is a great place to start. Ask for advice on which arrangements are good for DIY projects. A good florist will share ideas, designs and other information that the bride can use to create her DIY wedding flowers. Working together with the florist will ensure that the DIY flowers complement the professional arrangements.
DIY Is not Just About Saving Money
Using DIY wedding flowers in combination with a professional florist offers many advantages. Saving money is definitely one of those benefits – sometimes up to 50 percent or more of a florist's cost. However, DIY wedding flowers can offer something more valuable than money: time, memories and a personal touch.
Some brides have the resources to create every last floral arrangement themselves. However, most women do not have the time, patience or creativity to spare. But by taking on just a few DIY projects, busy brides can still enjoy a sense of accomplishment and pride that no amount of money can buy. Plus, they always have the security of knowing they can call on their florist to help with any unfinished work.
Of all the wedding day expenses, flowers will be one of the few things that last, through photographs, scrapbooks and other mementos. DIY wedding flowers also give the bride an opportunity to invite bridesmaids, friends and family – even the kids – to have a hand in making the wedding come to life. Just the time spent with loved ones, sitting around a table creating bouquets and centerpieces, will create a lifetime of memories.
Resources to Get Started and Stay Motivated
Creating arrangements takes not only creativity, but also other skills such as budgeting, time management, organizing and delegating. Questions in these areas will most definitely come up as brides begin their DIY projects. The Internet is an invaluable resource …