My top tips to avoid nasty flower mishaps!
Over the last couple years I have noticed a huge rise in creativity in the wedding industry, never before have there been so many exciting and different wedding vendors. Couples are no longer frightened to go against tradition and are showing off their full on crazy personalities at their weddings. In my opinion the more personality the better! It certainly makes my job more fun! Nothing excites me more than collaborating with creative people and watching a mad idea come to life.
That said, there are a lot of people heading down the DIY route and bringing their wedding dreams alive themselves. I truly admire anyone with that amount of dedication and attention to detail! With this is mind I’d like to share some tips for you folk that are heading full on into DIY-ing your wedding flowers.
- Do your research! For example do you know which flowers are in season for your wedding? Google is your friend, with loads of information on what is in season and where to find it. If you are going home grown and British here is a nice summary of what is available from ethicalweddings.com http://www.ethicalweddings.com/ethical-green-wedding-planning/article/your-homegrown-wedding-flower-calendar/
- Do you know about conditioning your flowers? It is really important to remove foliage which will sit below the water line, cut flowers at an angle and place in fresh clean water. You must give your flowers a good drink for at least 2 hours before you attempt to put them in floral foam or if you are using out of water such as a flower crown or buttonhole.
- Have a trial run. Yes this will cost extra but I think it is also pretty valuable if you are inexperienced – you don’t want to learn the hard way!
- Be realistic about time. Your trial run should give you an idea of how long everything will take – but don’t underestimate things like how long it will take to pack all your arrangements safely in the car!
- It is very important to know your flowers – they all have different temperaments i.e some wilt very easily and some are very unpredictable while others are hard as nails and could survive days out of water! If you are making something which needs to survive out of water, such as a flower crown, be really careful what you choose. It would be sad for your flowers to have wilted before you’ve made it through the ceremony! In my experience it is a bad idea to use hydrangea (unless it is the hardier autumn variety), astrantia, asclepsia, camomile and alchemilla mollis for your flower crown, dainty garden style flowers tend to wilt very quickly when out of water. If you do like the dainty look then wax flower or gypsophila are both brilliant – they can survive ages!
- Don’t assume that a picture you have seen in a magazine or on a blog is actually from a real wedding (obviously unless it states that it is!) Often amazing styled wedding shoots have been created just to be photographed so the flowers you see hanging from a tree or in the bride’s hair etc would have only been there half an hour and in reality wouldn’t last the day out of water.
- Consider why it is you are going down the DIY route. Is it because you are a wonderfully creative person who loves making things and can successfully turn your hand to a whole manner of arts and crafts? If so then go for it – you’ll be fine! If not and you are just doing it to save a bit of cash – be careful. There is an art to floristry and believe me not everyone has an eye for it! If you’ve never done it before, I’d advise to keep it simple. I wouldn’t try and create something too structured like a perfect rose dome – it will most likely make you quite cross when trying to get the shape right!
- You want your wedding day to be as stress free as possible so I can’t emphasise enough the importance of being prepared and organised with your flowers! Make as much as you can the day before – everything will be fine as long as it is in water.
Have fun and good luck 🙂 xx