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How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers

Are you in a situation where it would be super helpful to know how to DIY your wedding flowers? Several of my 2020 couples have been forced to delay their wedding because of COVID-19, but have still opted to have an intimate ceremony on their original wedding date. Which got me thinking…why not create a DIY blog for couples in this boat about how to create beautiful arrangements on their own?

Luckily one of my dear friends is a floral designer, so I gave her a call to pitch the idea of collaborating to create a DIY blog post. She co-owns a wedding flower company called Rooted Blooms floral in Indianapolis, IN, so we decided to get creative and do a little FaceTime photoshoot! She loved the idea, and within a few minutes we had a date on the calendar to do our virtual, “How to DIY Your Wedding Flowers” session!

Kaitlyn had tons of great tips that she shared while working that I’m going to pass along to you all + pair with photos that show the process of putting together a bouquet and boutonniere. 

Keep scrolling to learn (with visuals!) how to DIY your wedding flowers:


STEP 1: PINTEREST PHOTOS OF FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS

Before you start creating, it’s important to spend some time researching what you want your floral arrangement to look like. Pinterest is a great resource for this! Make sure to save this visual so that you have it onhand to reference when you’re arranging your florals!


STEP 2: IDENTIFY TYPES OF FLOWERS + GREENERY YOU’LL NEED

Now that you have a picture in your head of what you want to create, you’ll need to get the florals necessary to bring it to light! You’ll need to pick florals that fit the categories below:

  1. Focal Point Flowers // the attention grabbers + main focus of bouquet
  2. Filler Flower // fills out the body of the bouquet; smaller than focal point flowers
  3. Accent Flowers // tiny, wispy flowers to help create texture and variety
  4. Greenery // self-explanatory

Below are examples of what types of florals Kaitlyn used when building her bouquet.


STEP 3: GATHER MATERIALS

When it comes to actually putting together your floral arrangement, there are some items you’ll need to have onhand:


STEP 4: PREP FLORALS

Once you get home after picking up your flowers, you’ll need to cut 2” off the bottom of the stems, strip the leaves from flowers + greenery, and place in cold water (this prevents bacteria from the leaves from getting into the water).


STEP 5: DESIGN BOUQUET

Now that everything is prepped, it’s time to dive in! Below are a few tips to keep in mind as you work:

  1. Start with focal flower + something with a sturdy stem
  2. Cross stems (this is hardest starting out) and add greenery as you go to add bulk

PRO DESIGN TIPS:

  • Bouquets are focused on texture + shape
  • The way you hold the bouquet + add flowers will dictate the shape of your final bouquet
  • Don’t be afraid to eyeball it! Just make sure you’re always going off of photo from Step 1
  • Keep your hand open and loose as your arrangement grows
    • Thumb + index finger will be tight; everything else is loose
  • Continually pull up flowers so that they don’t get lost in the bouquet
  • Wait to add dried flowers until you have a good base. When adding them, keep trying to insert until it goes in easily (yes, that’s what she said)


STEP 6: FINISH BOUQUET

When you’re satisfied with your arrangement, here are steps you’ll take to finalize your bouquet:

  1. Use floral tape to bring your arrangement together. 
    • Keep in mind that the tape is heat-activated and will stick to itself, not the stem
    • Tape a 2-3 inches of stems, not too tight or too loose
  2. Use shears or scissors to cut stems.
    • Make sure stems are long enough to sit in water and keep flowers above the top of the vase
  3. Use ribbon scissors or cloth-cutting scissors to cut ribbon.
    • Wrap ribbon, top to bottom, around the bouquet stems
    • At the bottom, hold loose end with thumb, and insert 3-4 corsage pins
    • Be sure to keep ribbon out of water
  4. Spray with Crowning Glory (optional)
  5. Let Dry Before Placing in Cold Place
    • Like basement, or refrigerator
  6. Place in Vase with Ice Water


STEP 7: DESIGN BOUTONNIERE

When you’re ready to tackle your boutonnieres, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Choose what florals you’ll be using 
    • Focal + accent flowers, just greenery, or a combination!
    • Less is more! The heavier the arrangement, the more likely it is to be floppy and crooked
  2. Lay out florals on microfiber towel and clip them to be smaller
    • Try to preserve stems as much as possible
    • Watch for bug-eaten leaves + be choosy
    • Prep greenery by cutting stems from the top
  3. Start with greenery + use as backdrop
  4. Add flowers in any order that looks best
    • PRO TIP: Intersperse the accent both behind and in front of focal flower


STEP 8: FINISH BOUTONNIERE

When you’re satisfied with your arrangement, here are steps you’ll take to finalize your boutonniere:

  1. Generously use floral tape to bring your arrangement together. 
    • Use more tape than necessary to have more stability for the pins to go through
    • Keep in mind that the tape is heat-activated and will stick to itself, not the stem
  2. Use shears or scissors to cut stems.
  3. Use ribbon scissors or cloth-cutting scissors to cut ribbon (optional)
    • Wrap ribbon, top to bottom, around the boutonniere stems.
    • You can also opt to tie a small accent ribbon around the stems
    • If you’d prefer to not use a ribbon and just have the natural-looking green, that’s a great option as well!
  4. Spray with Crowning Glory (optional)
  5. Put in Ziploc bag + place in fridge

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