Post # 1
In the interest of sticking to a budget, I am considering a more DIY approach to the floral arrangements/decor for my wedding. On a scale from 1-10, with 1 being a complete amateur with anything DIY and 10 being a creative novice, I am like a 6/7… do y’all feel that is sufficient enough? I don’t want to embark on a DIY journey that ultimately fails, lol.
I am leaning on having my bouquette professionally done since it will be in so many pictures, handled the most, etc, but everything else I’d like to do myself. The greatest blessing is that my reception is in a conservatory, so florals/greenry can be more minimal (think eucalyptus in a simple dollar-store vace). As of now my plan-of-action is to hit Trader Joe’s the day before my wedding 😛 but the chance of TJ not having what I want or enough of it makes me want to come up with a Plan B. Is there a better way of doing this? Any DIY brides want to offer suggestions/tips?
Post # 2
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
Post # 3
AnonBee2019 : Thank you, this is really helpful!