tips & Tricks
for Great DIY Flowers
a diy flowers how-to
- Flowers should be stored out of the wind in a cool, dark place with adequate water. A cool room or shady porch usually works well.·
- You can make boutonnieres, hair combs, etc. the day before the wedding and place them in slightly inflated ziplocs in the fridge to maintain freshness. While a cooler or refrigerator can keep other arrangements looking perfect, be aware that fruit and vegetables stored next to them can cause premature aging in some varieties.
- Don't know how many buckets you'll need? Start by estimating stems for one table or arrangement and scale accordingly. One bucket typically fills around 5 quart mason jars. A bridal bouquet can be anywhere from 30-80 stems depending on the size and style, while bridesmaids bouquets tend to be around 20-60. That said, bouquets vary immensely! Smaller bouquets or larger flowers may mean you don’t need as many stems. Do plan on having a few extras in case any break while you are arranging or transporting flowers.
- Keep it simple. A florist’s work can look effortless, but the reality is that some arrangements may require a lot of mechanics: wire, water tubes, flower frogs, floral adhesive, etc. Keep in mind that some flowers do better out of water than others.
- Gather materials ahead of time. Will you need scissors or pruners? Floral tape? Pins? Ribbon? Vases? Most materials can be obtained from garden and craft stores.
- Make sure you have adequate help, space and time. With our flowers, a few friends and a few hours, you can have gorgeous arrangements and some great memories!
- Prepare stems before you arrange them by stripping any leaves that will end up underwater and placing each variety in a separate jar or vase.
- Use crates or cardboard boxes and newspaper or other packing materials to transport arrangements. Leave jars or vases of water at the head table or another location so you have somewhere to place bridal and bridesmaids bouquets after the ceremony. You can even use them as arrangements for the reception!