Not only is this flower arrangement tutorial easy, but it is also inexpensive. Flower arrangements like this are perfect for casual weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, house parties, backyard barbecues, church functions, etc.
All you need for this easy flower arrangement is:
- A bucket of water
- Floral foam (We used an OASIS® Floral Foam Brick)
- A small can/jar (We used $1 mini tin buckets from Target)
- Flowers (We used a few stems of mini carnations, monte casino asters, spray roses, and solidago)
Prepare your flowers. Remove the bottoms leaves from the stems and cut the desired height at a 45 degree angle.
Use the scissors to cut the brick into a flattened cone shape that will fit in the bottom of your can/jar. It is easiest to start by cutting a square that is as long as the diameter of the can and then cutting the bottom corners of the square and shaving off some of the sides until the foam fits in the bottom.
Gently drop the cut foam into the bucket of water. It will float at the top. DO NOT push the foam to the bottom of the bucket. Allow the foam to fill with water and sink itself.
After the foam is fully submerged in the bucket of water, take it out and put it in your can/jar.
Now begin to arrange the first layer of flowers. It is helpful to start at the center, using the taller of the pruned flowers.
Add on a second layer of flowers, surrounding the first layer. Try to make sure each area has a good mix of all the different colored flowers.
Then use the remainder of the flowers to fill in all the gaps and open areas until the desired fullness is reached, making sure that each side of the arrangements is balanced in terms of color and size.
Done! How easy was that?!
In this easy flower arrangement tutorial, we only used about 10 stems in this arrangement. So with 1 bunch of each flower, we could make 5-6 of these arrangements! Need to make a lot of small beautiful arrangements? Check out our DIY Event Flower packs and our wildflower packs. One pack can make up to 30 of these arrangements!
We are SO excited to release our newest wedding flower pack! Now available on our site: The Bohemian DIY Wedding Flower Pack!
Blooms by the Box Bohemian DIY Wedding Flower Pack
The boho theme is so popular right now and we are loving it! This DIY wedding flower pack is our take on this vibrant bohemian theme. The Bohemian DIY Wedding Flower Pack was designed with color, texture, and size in mind. So all guesswork is taken out for you! The quantities are also chosen to give you enough stems to make 10-12 full medium sized arrangements. Different combinations of arrangements you can make would be 5 bouquets and 5 centerpieces, 10 bouquets, 10 centerpieces, 18-20 small mason jar arrangements, 6-7 bouquets and 6-7 flower crowns, or any other variation of those options!
Check out where our inspiration came from and maybe you’ll be inspired yourself!
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Are you in love with this theme yet? Be sure to check out this new pack and let us know what you think!
Whether or not you have decided to take the budget route for your wedding, you have to see these statistics! Based on The Knot‘s most recent survey of 20,000 brides in the US, the national average wedding spend is $29,858 (excluding the honeymoon). If you think that is a lot, check out the averages for places in and around the NYC area! Those averages are a large percentage greater than the national average. (Good thing that’s where we offer free shipping!)
So what do all these numbers mean? Simply put, weddings are expensive. And they are the most expensive in places around the New York /New Jersey area. There are clear differences in weddings in these places compared to the rest of the US. More of The Knot’s statistics reveal that below:
- Cost of Weddings: New York City (Manhattan) and Long Island have the highest average wedding spend ($86,916 and $57,343, respectively), and Utah and Idaho brides had the lowest average wedding spend ($16,816 and 16,159 respectively), excluding honeymoon.
- Marriage Age: The NYC Outer Boroughs and Nevada have the oldest brides (33.1 and 32.3 years respectively), whereas Utah and West Texas have the youngest brides (25.7 and 26.7 years), on average.
- Engagement Length: Idaho and Rhode Island brides have the longest engagements (21.8 and 20.3 months respectively), while brides in Wyoming and Utah have the shortest (10.5 and 10.6 months), on average.
- Wedding Size: On average, Nebraska and Iowa brides have the largest number of wedding guests (222 and 195 respectively), and Nevada and Hawaii brides still have the smallest number of wedding guests (63 and 81).
- Wedding Style: Savannah, GA, and Hawaii have the most casual weddings (41% and 38% respectively), while Manhattan and North/Central NJ had the most formal (black-tie) weddings (40% and 35% respectively).
- Wedding Dress Spend: Brides in Manhattan and Long Island, NY, spend the most on their dresses ($3,027 and $2,160 respectively), while Alaskan and Oklahoman brides spend the least ($804 and $859 respectively).
- Honeymoon: Couples from West Virginia (89%), Utah (88%) and Tennessee (88%) are most likely to book a honeymoon, while couples in Alaska and Nevada are still least likely to honeymoon (43% and 44% respectively).
- Gift Registry: Brides in Iowa and Nebraska are the most likely to register for wedding gifts (98% and 97% respectively), while brides in Hawaii and Nevada are least likely to register (62% and 69% respectively).
Excerpt from The Knot 2013 Wedding Statistics
Formal themes and expensive dresses are found most by brides in the NYC area, making weddings in those places so expensive. So what is the solution for a budget bride located in one of the most expensive places to have a wedding? Make more affordable, but still effectual, compromises on some areas of the wedding, such as the venue, theme, flowers, decor, bridesmaids, food, favors, honeymoon, stationary, etc. Read our post for a more detailed description on how to cut costs in those areas, creating a budget wedding for someone with expensive taste.
Photo and statistics taken from The Knot.
Picking flower colors and varieties is actually a pretty easy process with the help of BloomsByTheBox! This colorful bouquet was put together using the flowers in the BloomsByTheBox Mix and Match Rainbow Wildflower Pack. Wildflowers were all created with the rustic wedding theme in mind.
Place an order for wholesale flowers online, receive your flower order 2 days before your wedding. when you receive the order hydrate the flowers. Want to learn how to hydrate and prep your flowers? Visit these online DIY flowers lessons to learn it all! Once you are ready to arrange make sure you have your stemwrap, floral scissors, bouquet wrap material, and corsage pins.
Start building your bouquet, each time you add a later of flowers, secure them using the stemwrap. Make sure you rotate the bright flowers to create a balance colorful bouquet! Once you have built a big enough bouquet and are satisfied with the shape, cut all the stems to the same length.
Next, use any fabric or ribbon that you like to wrap the stems. Hold the very beginning in place with a corsage pin, insert the pin on a vertical angle to make sure the pin goes down with the stems and not out the back of the bouquet stems. Once you have wrap the stems hold the fabric in place by using the corsage pins again.
Once you are done with the bouquet wrap you will have a beautiful rustic color bouquet for your wedding! Purchase this color back of wildflowers to create up to 15 arrangements for under $350.00! If you have any comments or questions about this post please leave us a comment, we love to help you and answer questions!
How to Plan a Budget Wedding – 10 Ways To Pull It Off
Although this meme is pretty hilarious, it speaks to some pretty scary truths about wedding planning these days. First of all, it’s not as customary for parents to pay for their children’s weddings, so that could mean it’s YOUR savings spent on a five hours. Second, who wants to actually blow their parents’ hard earned savings if they are paying for it? Third, this meme has a point, is it really practical to put that money into 5 hours, or would it be more practical to put a down-payment on a home or toward a future investment for example? If these points hit home with you, you probably are looking to plan a budget wedding, of course one that still rocks! Yes, wedding planning on a budget can be hard work, but it would be more than worth it to walk away knowing that you did right by your family and your future. After all, we are handed a different hand in this life. For whatever reason you want to throw a budget wedding, OWN IT.
If you have decided to take the budget route pick a few areas that you can compromise on. Even just swapping a few things for the budget’s sake can save thousands…
There are a couple ways you can get a bargain on a venue. Get married on a Friday or Sunday during the off-season (winter). Hold the ceremony and reception at the same location to get a good deal. Try to book as close to the wedding date as possible, as time goes on venues rather book a wedding for less than not have a booking at all.
Rustic and Vintage weddings are money savers. You can use pre-used items that are more beautiful than you imagine. You can even re-purpose things you already have. Ask friends and family to help complete your theme, they will probably be happy to participate. This will also give you a lot of freedom in choosing a venue.
Buy fresh wholesale flowers online. This is a no brainer, you can literally save thousands, but make it easy on yourself. Don’t try to make crazy, huge, technical designs. Pick simple arrangements and get enough flowers to spread small arrangements all over your venue. A bunch of smaller arrangements can have the same impact as a few large ones! If you need help figuring all this out, BloomsByTheBox is the best resource for DIY brides who need help through the DIY flower process, go visit the website, watch the videos, call the staff, and get your free consultation!
Do your research. It’s really easy to float around the internet and find something you love and impulse buy it. A lot of times you can get an inflated price when impulse buying (and you might even end up with a whole bunch of stuff that doesn’t really go together). If you find something you adore, look around for other places to purchase, compare prices, compare the price of making it on your own, then make a decision.
Having a huge wedding party gets expensive. There are a lot of costs associated for both them and you. Try to cap off your bridesmaid count to 5 or 6 people. If you end up with 10 bridesmaids and spend $100 per thank you gift just that alone totals $1,000. Then each one of them needs a bouquet, and some of them may not be willing to pay for a dress. Then you will need to match that number in groomsmen, who then each need a gift, boutonniere, etc… You see how this is starting to snowball into thousands of dollars? Point made.
Catering can get extremely expensive. If you have 100 people you can spend upwards of $10,000 on food alone. The most popular budget saving options include buffet style serving, BBQ style food options, food trucks, and candy stations instead of a huge cake.
Etsy is the most awesome resource the wedding industry could have been gifted. You can get all of your vases, decor (like these flags below), and specialty items at an extremely affordable price. Specifically customized signage cannot be found at better prices than on Etsy.
8. GROUPON HONEYMOON
You can pay thousands and thousands for a week at an all inclusive island vacation for your honeymoon. OR you can keep an eye on groupon for a deal the peaks your interest. We are all different in terms of vacation preference but no matter what you can find something perfect on Groupon, including trips in Greece, Rome, and much more that include airfare!
Don’t spend too much money on something that people will most likely discard at some point. There are ways to get beautiful invitations without going crazy. Ann Bridal’s Bargains will have you thrilled! You can do your invitations for UNDER $100!!
10. YOUR ATTITUDE
What you can afford is more than good enough. Believe it, own it, embrace it. Once you accept that you will have a much easier time staying in the budget and being happy with the result.
The DIY Flower Inspiration Boards were designed to simplify the planning process and sharing of fantasy flower selections with family and friends. The tool has worked wonders, so to celebrate BloomsByTheBox is hosting The 2014 Flower Fantasy DIY Wedding Flower Giveaway during July and August 2014. The grand prize winner will turn his or her wedding flower fantasies into $400 worth of purchases at BloomsByTheBox.com. A second place winner will also be chosen to receive a $100 purchase. Be sure to read “How To Enter” and “Rules” before submitting your entry!
HOW TO ENTER: Submit a DIY Flower Inspiration Board
Go to BloomsByTheBox.com, create an inspiration board and submit the board to the Flower Fantasy DIY Wedding Flower Giveaway! The submit button is right under your finished inspiration board, its that simple, just hit submit!
Blooms will accept entries until Thursday July 31st. On Friday August 1st, all valid entries will be posted on the Blooms Facebook Page, and the Fantasy Flowers Inspiration Board receiving the most “Likes” by Friday August 15th will win $400.00 towards your BloomsByTheBox DIY wedding flowers. A second place winner will receive $100.00 to spend with BloomsByTheBox.
1. All entries must be received by 11:59 Thursday, July 31st.
2. Only one entry per Blooms user account.
3. You may share your inspiration board from our Facebook page to get likes! This will help you friends locate your board and vote.
4. All entries will be posted on BloomsByTheBox Facebook page on Friday, August 1st. The Inspiration Board image with the highest number of FB “Likes” by Friday, August 15th will be the Grand Prize winner. The second-highest number of FB Likes will receive the 2nd place prize.
5. In the event of a tie, BloomsByTheBox will randomly select first and second place winners from tying entries.
6. Winners will be announced Monday, August 18th. Winners will be notified via email using the contact information on the Blooms user account. Winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and BloomsBlog.
7. Grand Prize: Winner will receive a $400 BloomsByTheBox credit good for the purchase of flowers and floral supplies sold by BloomsByTheBox. Unused credit cannot be redeemed for cash. Credit is valid until August 18th, 2015.
8. Second Prize: Winner will receive a $100 BloomsByTheBox credit good for the purchase of flowers and floral supplies sold by BloomsByTheBox. Unused credit cannot be redeemed for cash. Credit is valid until August 18, 2015.
Watch this video to learn how to create your DIY Flower Inspiration Board for Submission:
Just to help you as much as we can we also want to point your direction to the BloomsByTheBox “DIY+ Deluxe Support” available to customers. Each and every DIY’er deserves the professional support and direction they would get with a florist. We are proud to offer an abundance of resources that make DIY flowers a creative adventure and not a burdensome task. In addition to our new DIY Flower Inspiration board tool, you should take advantage of our DIY Guide to Wedding Flowers, online DIY Flower 101 lessons, video tutorial workshop, inspiration gallery, DIY Flower Tutorials Collection on Pinterest, and top notch customer service and planning support (live chat today).