Planning a wedding is not an easy task. But if the time is in your side, you can do things better and save on the cost if you DIY the parts that you can.
And arranging your own wedding flowers can be one of the things you can DIY. This will actually help you save more. With the present range on putting on a wedding, saving on things that you can do yourself is certainly a very good idea.
And Sara Rainey, have just this in mind. Read on this article on how she plans on doing that.
Vic Brotherson’s how-to guide
Don’t buy more flowers than you need. Keep a count and remember you can reuse church flowers
Aim to get them two days before the wedding, so they have time to bloom
You need time, space and somewhere to make a mess. A kitchen worktop will do, as will a garage, shed or garden
Take apart the bunches and prepare each stem by stripping back leaves and foliage below the tying point. If particularly bushy, split it into two or three
Before arranging, give your flowers plenty to drink. Leave stems overnight in vases or jugs in a bathtub or cold room
Bouquets and centerpieces are made in the same way. Choose one flower to start; hold it in your left hand, gripping with four fingers and releasing with your thumb. Rotate the bunch with your right hand, holding it above your left hand, and add another flower
Keep going, adding alternate colors, sizes and shapes. Mix foliage and greenery with vivid hues, ensuring you don’t damage them
When you’ve reached the size of bunch you want, hold it in your left hand and cut the stalks to the appropriate length with your right. For bouquets, stalks should be a hand-and-a-half in length; for centerpieces, it depends on the height of the vase
Tie the arrangement with twine or wire string. Lay the bunch on its side, wind the string around twice and tie in a double knot, ensuring you don’t squash the stalks
Centerpieces can be tied or untied. Remember to snip a small slit in the base of woody stems to allow them to take up water
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While the main aim is to choose flowers in a colour that you like, you’ll want to select flowers that fit in with the general colour scheme of your wedding. Think about the venues where you will be holding your ceremony and reception. If you love the idea of soft pink flowers but your venue has a scarlet patterned carpet, you might need to rethink your colour scheme. Also, if your venue is modern and minimalist, delicate country flowers in pastel shades could easily look out of place, while arrangements of striking white lilies would be ideal.
Pure and clean, the traditional bridal colour, is a good catch-all colour for weddings as it contains all the colours of the spectrum and therefore all their qualities.
It’s important to remember, however, that white wedding dresses come in a wide variety of shades; you want to make sure that the flowers that you choose will coordinate with your wedding dress so you should match it with a swatch.
Full of energy; Symbolises beauty, courage, continuity and immortality; Attention grabbing and assertive. Raises the pulse rate – hence a passionate colour!
Feminine and non-threatening – think pink and you think of grace, gentility, and happiness.
Pink blossoms convey youth, innocence, joy and love. Calms the nerves; often associated with fragrance.
Bright, sunny and cheerful – a symbol of friendship. Stimulates the memory – reminiscent of summer, sunshine and holidays.
The colour yellow signifies new beginnings, happiness and success.
Synonymous with nature and ecology – the perfect complement to any other bloom.
Green represents health, resilience, good fortune and youth.
Green flowers and foliage provide a perfect relaxing background while, at the same time, expressing joy and optimism.
Options incorporating green include:
Pale blue hues calm worries and preoccupation – representing peace, openness, and serenity.
Fresh floral arrangements filled with blue flowers offer a cooling antidote to anxiousness. Restful, calming, and cool. Relaxes the mind – like the sky and the sea.
Dramatic, flamboyant, unusual and mystical. The colour of royalty, representing refinement, grace, and elegance.
Flowers are often cheaper if you choose blooms that are in season around the time of your wedding, so it’s worth looking at one or more of the following varieties, depending on your wedding date.
Blossoming springtime flowers signify the onset of the summer months. Golden Daffodils and pastel shaded Tulips add a dash of colour to proceedings in early Spring. Azaleas and Cherry Blossom give a hint of Summer as temperatures rise towards the end of the season.
Other Springtime flowers include: Freesia, Hyacinth, Lilac Magnolia and Muscari.
Summer is a time of abundance for flowers, with all colours and shapes available. Sweet Pea – Lilac and Carnations are all appealing, while Lavender will add magnificent fragrance to your bouquets and reception tables.
With the Summer weather affording the opportunity to use flowers outdoors – consider using garlands and flowers to adorn tables and chairs, or strewing the floor with petals. Summertime flowers ‘in-bloom’ include: Delphinium, Hydrangea, Peony, Roses, Sunflowers
Golden yellow, orange and deep red are all popular for flowers. Berries – Foliage – seedpods and twigs or, almost, anything natural, works well for table centrepieces. Exotic flowers such as Orchids give contemporary autumn weddings a touch of drama, while traditional brides should consider Hydrangea and Pinks.
Autumn flowers to consider include: Chrysanthemum, Euphorbia, Gerbera and Hypericum.
Wintertime and short, dark days need not be an obstacle to a successful floral theme. As well as the many ‘all-year round’ varieties available also consider the ‘early-bulb’ flowers such as Amaryllis – Hyacinth – Tulip – Narcissus and Hellebore. Flowers from the Southern hemisphere, such as Protea, Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos and foliages including Ilex (Holly Berry) and Leucadendron can be employed to add much-needed colour.
Natural colours tend to be darker with rich reds and purples a firm favourite for winter brides, although, if you want to move away from dark shades, white is a good alternative with its echoes of snow and ice.
Many flowers and foliages are now available all year round. This may mean that at certain times of year they cost a little more, as they have been grown with added heat and light, or flown in from far countries. However it also means we get a huge choice of fresh products right through the year.
Favourites include : Chrysanthemum, Delphinium, Freesia, Carnation, Gypsophila, Iris and Roses.