June 2, 2023

From rising catering prices to your dream costume being a bit over finances, it’s fairly regular to really feel the concern about cash when planning a marriage. When you’re seeking to hold prices down it’s possible you’ll be DIY-ing your invitations or your favours, however have you ever thought of doing your personal wedding ceremony flowers? Newlywed Grace Jenkins simply may persuade you to enlist your bridesmaids as a substitute of appointing a florist. Right here’s how she saved massive and created her dream flowers…

Why did you DIY your wedding ceremony flowers?

Earlier than getting engaged I had seen many pals get married and knew the price of flowers was excessive, in reality, I do know individuals who have spent in extra of £4,000 on flowers! As our good venue, The Gathering Barn, allowed us to rent from Thursday – Sunday, the prospect of two complete days to prep flowers made the pipedream a actuality.

Grace’s wedding ceremony tables had been adorned with eucalyptus

Did you have to observe?

After deciding we wished to go down this route, I set to work roping in my 4 bridesmaids, mum and auntie to see if we might truly pull this off.

Round a 12 months earlier than the large day, my fiancé and mum drove all the way down to the flower market at 6am, solely to seek out out that it was worldwide Mom’s Day and the flowers had been triple the value (eek). So as a substitute, we scoured Lidl, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s for brunches of yellow and white blooms.

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Grace’s flower workforce laborious at work

We had a trial run at my mum’s making a desk piece with a foam oasis block and bouquet from scratch. A number of YouTube movies later and we mastered it.

How did you select which flowers to have? 

To start out with, I discovered an image on Instagram of a bouquet I favored for me, and my bridesmaids then counted every of the various kinds of flowers to calculate what number of we would want. We modified our thoughts by way of desk runners to only do eucalyptus because it lives out of water and smells pretty, due to this fact that means much less money and time wanted to make correct floral runners.

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Grace’s bridal bouquets

Two months earlier than the marriage, I sat down and regarded by way of the flower imaginative and prescient web site (which exhibits you all their inventory) to decide on which white and yellow flowers and foliage I favored. I made a phrase doc with all of the flowers’ Latin names and footage to cross reference them.

One month earlier than the large day, my mum and I spent an entire day researching and planning. Which blooms, what number of and what we’d truly be making. 

  • X 1 bridal bouquet
  • X 4 bridesmaid bouquets
  • X 6 buttonholes
  • Prime desk piece
  • Church flowers
  • Cake flowers
  • Eucalyptus desk runners

It is price noting that completely different flowers are roughly costly at numerous occasions of 12 months so be sure to verify this.

From right here we positioned the order which was somewhat anxiousness scary but additionally thrilling. Within the meantime, we bought flower wire, flower tape, bouquet ribbon, flower pins, buttonhole clips, oasis, flower trays and buckets from The Vary, Hobbycraft, B&Q and Amazon. 

wedding top table
The highest desk turned out so effectively

When did you purchase the flowers earlier than your wedding ceremony?

On the Thursday earlier than the marriage, my fiancé and I loaded our small van up with 16 black buckets every with three inches of water and headed to Brunel flowers. That they had the whole lot we had ordered prepared for assortment on a crate for us – it was a aid it was all there. We loaded up the van with all of the flowers and it got here to a complete of £1,090. I used to be anxious there wasn’t sufficient, so purchased an additional £50 price of foliage and a few fairly white lisianthus. 

flowers in van
The flower market was a less expensive alternative

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We then drove straight to the venue to fulfill our household and bridesmaids, and we set to work on the tables first. We positioned eucalyptus on the desk in an extended row, we debated wrapping flower wire round them however felt it wasn’t wanted, as they slotted collectively simply superb.

people making floral displays for a wedding
Teamwork makes the dream work!

We then break up all of the flowers into piles; bridal bouquet, bridesmaids, cake and buttonholes to make sure we used the right ones. After we began the buttonholes we quickly realised we had numerous flowers so made an extra eight for grandparents and siblings. We even had my groom Lee serving to tie twine across the buttonholes at one level! 

Following this we did bouquets, with some YouTube movies beginning with a focal flower and a few beginning with foliage, after a number of makes an attempt the bridesmaids discovered their very own circulate and the bouquets had been all made. 

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Grace’s wedding ceremony flowers had been even used on her cake

Friday was time to sort out the highest desk piece. Right here we used flower oasis blocks and we began with filling the oasis with eucalyptus, then added the roses, ranunculus and smaller wax flowers. The cake flowers had been left for the cake maker to make use of and he or she styled them superbly. Any leftover flowers had been used to make mini flower woman bouquets and vases of flowers to dot across the venue.

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The flowers regarded superb on the large day and lasted for over two weeks! I might positively advocate making your personal flowers in case you have the time, area and folks. None of this might have been doable with out the venue area, two days and our superb flower workforce!

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