Floral Tips for DIY Brides

Yay!!! You’re going to do your own wedding flowers. Or have your bridal party add it into their duties. It’s all so exciting. All the Pinterest boards full of beautiful, lush flowers to transform your wedding venue into a dream. Some brides take on the flower game and realize very quickly they were not prepared. Flowers are the championship round and you have to be ready for them. As a floral designer, I’m going to share 3 tips to help you get there. After all, why waste your time and money, if the flowers aren’t the crowning glory of your wedding.

Tip #1:

Get a stem count for any arrangement you are trying to create. Many DIY brides look a picture of flowers and just order some flowers. They do not have a stem count of how many of each stem you need to create that look or fullness. Or they order too much greenery and not enough flowers and the arrangements look off balance and nothing like your Pinterest dreams. Take the picture of the bouquet you love, and literally count the number of flowers in the arrangement. This will help you learn that even the simplest looking bouquets, usually have a more stems than you think. Let’s make those centerpieces look full and really bring that table to life!!

 

Tip #2:

Go simple on bridesmaids bouquet and prioritize your bridal bouquet. We love our bridal party and we love that they wanna share our day with us. If you’re on a budget, creating smaller, simpler bridesmaids bouquets can really help keep your budget in place. Bouquets can be harder to make and why push yourself to create 7 full bouquets. Their bouquets will get photographed a lot less than yours, so keep it simple. You’d be surprised how great 3 Hydrangeas look tied together. Your bridal bouquet is the belle of the ball. She will get her picture taken than more than any other flowers there. Take you time with her, watch some videos and really create something beautiful. Also remember, floral designers can create a bridal bouquet for you only. I have a lot of DIY brides use this option.    

Tip #3:

Take into account how your flowers will photograph. Pinterest can be a gift and a curse at the same time. Looking at those amazing weddings and even more amazing flowers. Remember most of those images are from professionals and they know how to make everything look great. A great tip to have your flowers look great in your pictures, is to use colors that blend.If you’re colors are coral and white with gold accents and you create an arrangement that is only coral and white, in pictures they will look like polka-dotish. You would have created no depth or sophistication with them. For coral and white, you can use coral, peach, blush, yellow, ivory or white. These colors all blend together and your eyes will easily transition from one to the next because they blend well together. This how those arrangements look so great and really add to your overall wedding decor.  

 

I hope this has helped you. I love working with flowers but they deserve respect and you need to know how to handle them. Using these tips, your DIY arrangements will look amazing and hopefully like you paid a ton for them. Remember flowers take a lot of time, so plan for that. And if all else fails, call me and I can help. This is what I do...

Below show smaller bridesmaids bouquets, non-blended vs blended flowers and smaller vs larger stem counts. 

“WHAT I LEARNED IN PLANNER SCHOOL IIIIIISSS…..”  (SpongeBob Reference)

Do you ever sit there and play the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” game with yourself. Asking questions like “what could have happened if I tried this?” or saying things like “if only I would have done this”. I do ALL THE TIME, especially after something as complicated and convoluted as planning a wedding! I married my best friend this past November and planned the entire shindig on my own (with the average amount of assistance from the groom of course). Let me tell you, it was a chaotic eight months. On one hand, I really enjoyed being so involved in our special day, but on the other hand, I wish I had taken a step back to truly enjoy and relax during this once in a lifetime experience. As an event coordinator now, I am constantly learning new things from both my boss Norma, and the vendor world in general! It is mind-boggling how much my bridal journey would’ve changed, had I known what I know now. This is where I’d like to jump in and recuse any of you lovely brides out there struggling with the same issues that I struggled with so darn much! I’m going to share some of my “wedding day hiccups” with you, in the hopes that you will avoid them and have the most stress free wedding possible.

First thing, the importance of hiring a coordinator! Now, I’m not just saying this because I am now a planner myself. I’m saying it because of the snags that could’ve been prevented if I had hired someone to keep everything under control. I had my tias, tios, parents, in-laws, bridesmaids, and groomsmen all helping me at 8am the day of my wedding! Everyone was running around trying to get things done, so naturally, by the end of the night every single one of them was exhausted for the wrong reasons. You want the people that mean the most to you to enjoy alongside you!

Now speaking of getting things done, NEVER assume anything is going to go on schedule! Give yourself some major wiggle room. I am like a lot of you out there, planning things down to the minute. That morning I was sure that we were all functioning like a well-oiled machine, but sure enough, by the middle of the reception we were running almost an hour behind! Makeup took an extra 20 minutes to get done, post ceremony photos took an extra 30 because so-and-so disappeared into the reception, family introductions ran longer than expected, etc. Little things like that add up and take time away from your schedule; plan accordingly!

Next, have a fix for nearly everything. Have you ever had your wedding veil fly off during your outdoor wedding ceremony because you didn’t clip it in right? Or did your wedding video stop midway because the disk/USB you brought wasn’t fully compatible with the venue’s computer? Maybe perhaps you had to cut your wedding cake with your brother’s pocketknife because you forgot a cake-cutting utensil? I sure did! I most definitely could’ve avoided all of that, had I had a back up plan. Moral of this rant, think ahead even if the situation seems outrageous.

If you know me, you know that I am not a huge spender. My husband and I did a pretty good job of setting a budget and sticking to it when it came to the wedding. Although that is an amazing accomplishment, there are a few things that you should not be frugal with. I personally regret not shopping around more for a wedding dress. As a coordinator, I’ve gotten the opportunity to visit some beautiful bridal gown boutiques. I chose to go with one of the basic chain companies, and I’ve noticed that those places are inclined to treat you like just another number. Yes, they tend to be cheaper, but you don’t get that exhilarating feeling that you should get when trying on the dress of your dreams. All brides deserve that “I said YAS to the dress” moment! Another thing, if you can, use real flowers instead of fake. They simply look so much better in pictures and waaaay more elegant. The floral design side of this job has definitely taught me that! Last but not least, invest in a good photographer!! That is one thing that I am so thankful we did not skimp out on. Those photos will last a lifetime, so you want them to look stunning! Plus, it feels great having a reliable third party member that you can truly trust to have your back when all your family gets a bit too demanding for pictures.

Before I end this novel, I want it to be known that I loved my wedding day and I’m so grateful for the experience. It wasn’t perfect (obviously), but no wedding is; things are bound to go a little haywire no matter what! I just hope that you can take my struggles and learn from them. Avoid my mistakes and make your day unforgettable. And if not, we can just learn to laugh about it when it’s all said and done!

-Chantal