DIY Floral… tips, recommendations, or just avoid altogether?

posted 1 year ago in Flowers
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Busy bee

slorsc :  Hi bee – I’m currently wrestling with the same decision and leaning towards the same as you. My plan is to order bouquets and bouttenierres from a local florist or grocery store for pickup the day of or day before the wedding and DIYing my centerpieces and other decor in advance. I’m more of a 5 on the craft scale, and don’t plan to do any DIYs that work with real flowers. 

I’m also getting married in a botanical garden that is very pretty on its own (floor to cieling windows with beautiful views, murals on the wall of gardens, etc.) so think I can go more minimal. I’m planning to do centerpieces that incorporate lanterns, candles, faux succulents, and greenery from Costco. I hired a DOC who confirmed she has in the past worked with this kind of greenery and set it up the day of (she showed me pictures) so I’m trusting her to set it out. 

So, my tips are:

1.) Hire a DOC – to me the big benefit of a florist was that they do delivery, setup, and take down. My DOC will do all of that and more for me and I needed her anyway

2.) Do as much in advance as possible – you don’t want to be wrangling flowers the morning of your wedding. 

3.) Keep it simple – candles are your friend. Don’t try to imitate top notch florist work on your own, just put together some simple arrangements to complete the room and let the venue speak for itself.

Take it with a grain of salt as this is just a “plan”, but after getting several $6-7k florist quotes that were by no means over the top, I feel like this is the right decision

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