DIY weddings are all the rage these days, but it can be a little daunting to think of all the many things that could be done yourselves! Making your own bouquets, floral arrangements etc. is a great way to save money and all you need to put in is a little time and creativity (and preferably the help of a few willing friends!).
If you are intent on having your flowers look a certain way then I'd give DIY flowers a miss, however, as you have to put them together quite close to the big day and you don't need the stress if everything doesn't go quite to plan!
Buy your flowers at most two days before your wedding (you can put them together that day but preferably the day before the wedding to avoid wilting). Flower markets are fantastic for saving money as long as you can be flexible with the exact flower choice. Choose sturdy stemmed blooms and three or four colours to create a cohesive look.
If there is a certain flower you are desperate for (my groom was just HAD to have yellow Proteas for the buttonholes) then order these in advance at a florist to avoid disappointment. Florists are also great to pop to after you have purchased your main haul from the market as you can add in any extras you haven't found (greenery etc.).
If you're fashioning some flower crowns then make sure you have got florists wire in advance and floral tape is a must whatever you intend to create. Practise in advance if possible as getting the hang of crowns and bouquets can take a few tries, but I promise it does get easier!
Finally make sure your flowers are sat in water both before you style them and after. Have your ribbon or string for the stems ready to go (this covers the floral tape holding it all together) and make sure you enjoy the process!
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