Ever thought of creating your own DIY wedding bouquet using wholesale flowers? Not only can you save big, but you’ll also get the complete creative freedom to design exactly what you want.
On the other hand, the prospect of creating your own arrangements can be overwhelming. After all, most of us have never created any kind of flower arrangement — how can you be sure you’ll be able to pull it off?
In 2018, over 13,000 brides just like you designed their own bouquets and flower arrangements and do so every year. With a little planning and guidance, we’re all capable of creating stunning DIY wedding flowers. Here’s exactly what you need to know about how to arrange wholesale wedding flowers, from assembling a creative team to actually making the bouquet and arrangements!
Recruit Your Friends and Family to Help Arrange Flowers
Arranging wedding flowers and creating DIY wedding bouquets takes more than one person. Assemble a team of 2-4 people to help you arrange the wedding flowers. Schedule a flower arranging session two days before the wedding (it should take about four hours— depending on the number of arrangements you need to make).
Assign each person a responsibility. For example, one person can cut the flowers and place them in water, while another removes guard petals and leaves. Meanwhile, someone else can create the centerpieces as another assembles the DIY bouquets. This way, everyone has a task and you can all work together to get a lot done in relatively little time.
Planning is the key! Having all of this organized ahead of time will make things run smoothly when the flowers arrive.
DIY Wedding Bouquet Supply List
Make sure you have all of the following on hand so that you are ready to arrange when the wholesale wedding flowers arrive!
Here are the basic flower supply essentials you’ll need:
- 5-gallon buckets
- Floral shears
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- Gardening gloves (for handling prickly stems)
- Thorn stripper
Determining how many buckets you’ll need depends on the flower type. Typically, we recommend about 2-3 bunches per bucket. (Note: a “bunch” is about 10 stems). Don’t overstuff your buckets — overstuffing will result in damaged or dehydrated blooms.
Create a DIY Wedding Bouquet in 4 Steps
1. Prep Your Flowers
To achieve a hand-tied look, start by cleaning off excess greenery, and laying out all your stems for the bouquet. Including the greenery you’ve chosen— if you have any.
2. Making Your Bouquet
Then start with a few of the larger focal flowers holding about halfway down the stem length that you will ultimately want. Your focal flower is typically the flower that steals the show and draws your eye. It is most likely going to be one bloom, the largest bloom in your arrangement, and most likely the most costly. A few examples of these are garden roses, dahlias and anemones.
3. Tweak and Adjust
Keep adding in stems and greenery at a diagonal, moving around the original stems, making the bunch larger as you go. Repeat this step until it’s the size you’re looking for. Greenery is used to fill in the gaps and can also give structure to your arrangement. There are many types of greenery such as seeded eucalyptus, lemon leaf, leather leaf fern, lily grass, etc.
4. Add the Finishing Touches
Finish off the bouquet with greenery around the outside to help hide the stems and mechanics of what you’ve put together. Tie with floral wire and then cover desired length of stems with corsage tape (usually 2-4”). Cover this area with ribbon and secure with pins. Cut stems to desired length and place immediately in a vase of just 1-2” inches of water.
Create a DIY Wedding Centerpiece in 4 Steps
How to arrange a centerpiece may vary depending on the vessel you use. To give you an example, we decided to create a low centerpiece using a circular vase.
1. Prepare Your Flowers
Before you jump into arranging your centerpieces make sure your flowers are prepped. Prep your blooms by giving the stems a fresh trim upon arrival and removing any foliage. Then lay out the flowers and greenery you’ll be using.
2. Start with Greenery
Choose a 4-5” low, container (bubble bowl, square, mason jar, etc). Start with 3-4 pieces of greenery crossing stems in the bottom of vase/container cutting each stem before placing in water.
3. Add in Your Focal
Then add in 3-5 stems of focal flowers, cutting the bottom and crossing the stems in the bottom again.
4. Finishing Touches
Once your focal flowers are in then add in a few smaller flowers and the few pieces of filler flowers to fill it in, again cutting the bottom of each stem. Filler flowers accent and compliment your main focal flower by filling in any gaps. They typically sport a cluster of blooms, like a wax flower for example, or are multi-bloomed, like spray roses.