Wedding planning can often feel impossible if you’re on a tight budget — but luckily, there are a number of ways to save money without completely abandoning any vision you might have for your big day.
One of the most practical strategies is to take on one or two DIY projects in lieu of hiring a vendor. We’re not recommending you try and photograph your own wedding or sew your own wedding dress (unless you know how, in which case can you make us one?!), but instead, that you identify your strengths and use them for things like baking your own wedding cake or creating your own wedding bouquet — the latter of which is easier than you might think.
Here, we break down the process of DIY-ing a wedding bouquet, and, most importantly, tell you how you can save money along the way.
1. Make a Plan (and a Back-Up One)
Before you even begin gathering the supplies you’ll need, visualize what you want your bouquet to look like in terms of color, size, and flower type. Consider doing this to create a couple of bouquets rather than just one. That way, you’ll have different options in case you can’t find a flower in the particular color you want.
The team at Blooms by the Box recommends starting the process by picking one to two focal flowers; one to two fillers; and then some sort of greenery that will create a finished look.
- Opt for in-season wedding flowers
- You can figure out which flowers will be readily available on your wedding day with a quick Google search (or by using our handy guide linked above). ProFlowers is also a great resource, as it not only breaks down wedding flowers by season, but also color and price.
- If you don’t like any of the choices the season you’ll be getting married in offers, you can still save money by using flowers that bloom year-round, like roses or carnations.
- You can obviously combine different types of flowers to build a bouquet, but if you want to save money, you should mix-and-match affordable blooms with those that might be a bit pricy, but are bigger in size. For example, FiftyFlowers recommends incorporating just a couple of statement blooms like hydrangeas.
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2. Get Your Supplies
If you’re lucky, you may already have some of these tools laying around the house!
- Floral scissors
- Floral tape
- Bouquet pins
- Ribbon (or whatever you’ll use to wrap the bouquet)
- Flower food
- Skip the floral tape
- Use a rubber band to wrap the flowers’ stems instead.
3. Select Your Wedding Flowers
Whether you’re using fake or fresh flowers, be sure to order more than you think you’ll need. Extras will come in handy should you make a mistake during the assembly process, or simply want to make the bouquet fuller.
As for how many flowers you’ll want to buy, there’s no universal number to stick to. According to Ode à la Rose, “the number of flowers in your bridal bouquet should depend on the flowers that you have chosen for the bouquet. Since different types of flowers will vary quite a bit in size, it stands to reason that not all bridal bouquets are going to have the same number of blossoms.”
For example, a florist would typically suggest using 24 to 36 stems to fill out a rose bouquet. However, this would be a much smaller number if you were using flowers that have larger blossoms, like hydrangeas. When it doubt, don’t be afraid to ask! In addition to chatting with an online customer service rep from any of the stores mentioned in this article, your friendly florist at the local farmer’s market, flower shop, or grocery store might be able to help.
- Go Wholesale
4. Assemble Your Wedding Bouquet
Heeding the advice a florist or professional provided you with when you purchased the flowers — or by watching various tutorial videos — start arranging the bouquet. The first step will to be discard any damaged flowers, and then cleaning the rest up by getting rid of the stems and thorns.
You’ll then build the center of the bouquet by choosing two to four flowers to be the “base.” Afterwards, move on to the filler flowers, arranging them and the other blossoms and greenery one by one. While doing so, make sure you’re 1). gently holding the flowers just below the blossom head and 2). continuing to wrap the bouquet with floral tape.
Once you’ve bound the bouquet with floral tape or a rubber band, you can either place the stems in water and wrap the bouquet later, or do so now. Either way, you’ll use the ribbon or fabric of your choice to bring the whole thing together.
5. Preserve the Bouquet
This is important! To keep the bouquet fresh until your wedding day, wrap it in tissue and place it in the refrigerator.
Want to keep your wedding bouquet AFTER the wedding? Learn how to preserve your wedding bouquet here.