Weddings are a time of joy, celebration …and stress. The logistics of putting together a ceremony and reception are seemingly never ending. Amidst seating charts, dresses, suits, food, music, and flowers, details can easily become fuzzy or lost altogether. With all of that said, weddings can be extremely expensive. Planning a budget to account for everything can leave the bride and groom feeling overwhelmed. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to do some of the wedding prep yourself. Particularly relevant if you enjoy floral arranging, designing your own flowers is a perfect way to cut costs and even have a little fun.
Boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen, fathers of the bride and groom, and other important gentlemen in the wedding party are a perfect opportunity for some pizzazz. There are absolutely no rules for these little pin-on pieces; let your imagination be free. After all, a creative outlet helps channel stress into something productive. Different combinations of more traditional wedding flowers like roses, calla lilies, and carnations might be mixed with less traditional pairings like daisies, sunflowers, or sage. Some weddings even include vegetables or fruit mixed in with flowers. Take the opportunity to experiment and see which foliage speaks to you. You might even use boutonniere crafting as a way to decide on flowers for the rest of your event.
Bouquets take center stage when the bride makes her way down the aisle with bridesmaids patiently awaiting her. These clusters of color are another opportunity for self-expression during the ceremony. Remember to allow yourself adequate time to play with arranging and rearranging bouquets. Especially if this is your first attempt at floral arranging, be patient with the process. It also helps to understand the floral formula. “Base” flowers and greens are selected first. Then, “face” flowers are added for focal points throughout. Lastly, taller additions help spectators to shift their gaze upward.
Flower crowns are becoming increasingly popular as accessories for brides and bridesmaids during weddings. To make your own, you’ll need thin floral wire, floral tape, and of course, flowers. You may even like to find your flowers at the grocery store; typically bundles of a single type are relatively inexpensive. How about turning your flower crown making into a bachelorette party activity? (Maybe this happens first, before the champagne makes its way out.) Crown making can serve as a way to make some memories before the big day.
Bouquets for tables, columns, and other areas can occupy relatively inexpensive vases. Mason jars, glasses, and reused vases from other events or weddings make great containers for stems. Check out tag sales, wholesalers, and craft stores for different options. Flowers from the ceremony can be moved directly to the reception room to cut costs even further. Why decorate two spaces when you can use the same flowers for one at a time?
Larger greens and tree-like plants can be a great option for decorating ceremony and reception spaces. Wholesalers and nurseries frequently rotate these on sales every season. Bride and groom are free to take these plants home after the wedding or to gift them to friends as thank yous. Centerpieces from tables also make fabulous raffle prizes or appreciation tokens.
Fortunately, flowers don’t have to be part of the wedding headache. Worrying about where Aunt Tildie will cause the least amount of trouble is enough to worry about. By crafting your own flower pieces, you can ensure that she will at least look festive while she misbehaves. Utilizing flower crafting to relieve some wedding stress and to enjoy the company of wedding party members before the event means efficiency and fun before the ceremony. Be patient with yourself, enjoy the process, and most of all… enjoy your big day.