You might be sitting down with your wedding budget scribbled on a piece of paper scratching your head thinking, “How the heck am I going to pull this off?”. Yes, when you are on a budget you start to really prioritize what is most important to you on your wedding day and you are probably trying to figure out how to maximize on DIY flowers. You are thinking you will have to compromise on everything you originally wanted. Well, we never really understood the phrase, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, I mean what else are you supposed to do with the damn cake?!
So, in order to get the cake so you can eat it too, you have to do a little bit of smart DIY flower planning. So no, you don’t have to spend $5,000 on your wedding flowers to get what you want. You can plan smart, put the flowers together yourself, and still have MOST of what you dreamed of. We are going to give you 5 tips that you might not have ever thought about.
NUMBER ONE: Spread Out the More Expensive Flowers
It’s okay that you want the high ticket items. Yes you can have peonies, ranunculus, anemones, dahlias, succulents and specialty flowers. The key is balance. Instead of having an all peony bouquet, use 3 stems of peonies in your bouquet (They are huge – they will still be the focal point) and supplement the look will something beautiful, stated, yet more budget friendly like spray roses, some fillers, and greens. The left over stems will go toward other arrangements you want to make with your DIY flowers, this way you make the higher priced flowers go a long way.
Also, limit yourself to 2-3 varieties of the most expensive stuff, add a bunch or two of each of those items to your order, use them in the most special arrangements like the bridal bouquet and bridal table. Pairing the specialty flowers with other flowers will still give you the expensive look without the big price tag. The above bouquet looks really large because there are 3 stems of hydrangea and anemones paired with affordable spray roses, roses, stock, baby’s breath, and greens. In order to recreate this look on a budget incorporate 2 large hydrangeas, 5-6 anemones, 4-5 spray rose stems – 3-5 rose stems, a few stems of babies breath, and greens! This bouquet with a florist would cost around $150-200 but if you DIY could be as low as $35.00
NUMBER TWO: The Beautiful Top Secret Budget Friendly Blooms
Yup, there are little hidden gems that you did not know where so affordable yet painfully pretty. We are letting you in on the secret!
Spray Roses: They have evolved into a serious statement flower since the popularity of the romantic vintage style. The reason why they are so cost effective is because each stem has 3-5 blooms. Each bunch is 10 stems, so each bunch gets you anywhere from 30-50 small rose blooms for around $18-25$ (depending on current supply and demand).
Dendrobium Orchids: Another hidden gem! Denodrobium orchids come in a 10 stem bunch, each stem has 8-10 blooms, yes, you get 80-100 little orchid blooms in each bunch! That means you can get 80-100 small orchid blooms for around $30-$35! The only downfall is that you need to remove each bloom from the vertical orchid stems and wire it. It requires a little more work but is totally worth the elegant look at the affordable price! They are perfect for boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, and centerpieces. For centerpieces we suggest using the whole orchid stem. As you can see below, the mini orchid blooms placed amongst beautiful mini calla lilies and roses create a statement look.
Football Mums: Just completely ignore the word football, because these big fluffy beauties are the least bit masculine/sporty. They are perfection when paired with pretty much any flower. The reason why we think they are a hidden gem is that they will help you build large bouquets with a lot less $$. You can purchase 10 large football mums for $18-25! This budget friendly bouquet, featured on Style Me Pretty is a prime example of pairing more pricey focal flowers with affordable football mums, wax flower, and greens. This bride got to have the ever-so-popular garden roses when she paired them with more affordable blooms. Photo by Shannen Norman.
Wildflowers: Ordering wildflowers can save you a ton of money. Because wildflowers are mainly a mix between fillers, greens, and accent flowers they are more affordable. Wildflowers are extremely beautiful and can work in any setting, you do not have to have wedding in a barn to make it work. they are whimsical enough for formal settings as well. Want to replicate this wildflower look below from pinterest? Order the Blooms Vintage White Wedding Wildflower Pack!
NUMBER THREE: Use Color to Make the Impact
Using colors that pair well together to make the impact. Sometimes color pairings are more essential rather than the flower varieties. If that’s the case you have complete budget freedom. If you have been par-oozing the internet looking at expensive designer wedding flowers your best option is to contact the BloomsByTheBox customer support team. We are experts in DIY flowers. We can help you replicate expensive designers bouquets within the budget you need by sticking with the colors and supplementing the more expensive varieties with some more affordable ones.
NUMBER FOUR: Scale Down the Size of the Bridesmaids’ bouquets
Use your bouquet as the focal flower arrangement in your wedding party. You can save a lot of money by simply scaling down the bridal party’s bouquet size, especially brides with 3 or more bridesmaids. Scaling down the size of these secondary arrangements will allow you to purchase some of the more expensive flowers on your list.
NUMBER FIVE: Use a lot of Small Vases VS. a Few Big Vases
Maximize on DIY flowers by using lots of smaller vases rather than a couple big ones. Get miscellaneous bud vases, vintage milk glass, wine bottles, old coke bottles, or all matching bud vases. This will really help you spread out the flowers and colors! The key is using 1 stem of greenery0 and 1-3 focal flowers per bud vase. Then spread them out for optimal impact. This trick is also extremely cost efficient because greenery is very affordable, you can get a few bunches of focal flowers, a couple bunches of fillers, and do all over 20 centerpieces for under $350.
Have any questions? Have some suggestions for other budget savvy ideas? We love to hear your feedback.
Blooms by the Box is now offering a bigger and better selection of garden roses! We can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are about this! There are few things in the flower world that are better than a garden rose. Garden roses are one of the most popular wedding flowers in the industry, along side of the fabulous peony (garden roses are available all year which gives them an advantage). The round shape and fluffy texture of the garden rose lends itself to rustic, vintage, romantic, and classic designs. It’s wide spread versatility and undeniable beauty make it the best flower to provide the “wow” factor at weddings and events.
The garden roses Juliet Peach, Miranda Pink, and Patience White come in 10 stem bunches. All of the other varieties come in bunches of 12 stems.
The vase life of these beautiful flowers is pretty short. Depending upon environmental conditions, the optimal vase life can range from 2-4 days. But let them hydrate over night and they will be bloomed, fluffy, and gorgeous for your arrangements!
Click on the product photos below to find out more about each of these different varieties of garden roses!
How amazing are these blooms?! Also check out our Pinterest to find inspiration on how and where to use garden roses. Below is one of our newest boards for garden rose arrangements including bouquets, large centerpieces, bud vases, corsages, cake toppers, boutonnieres, accessories, and more!
We are LOVING the flower backdrop trend! If you haven’t seen any flower backdrop photos all over the wedding blogs or Pinterest, this is the place to be.
These flower backdrops are the perfect DIY budget wedding project. Using different types of flowers, different colors, and different locations can make this look suitable for any wedding theme. Keep scrolling to see some of the coolest flower backdrops we have found so far, as well as a tutorial from A Practical Wedding!
How bold and beautiful is this?! The strung big bright gerbera daisies are perfect for the colorful boho theme. A floral backdrop is perfect for a bright wedding color scheme like this or even a party! Blue, pink, or yellow daises could be strung and hung up to add that extra pop at a baby shower.
See the full shoot on Wedding Chicks.
There are hanging flowers all over this wedding! There are beautifully attached stems of roses, astillbe, and greenery on the entrance curtains! There are also rose heads strung and hanging down in various locations. AND we cant forget about the beautiful stems hanging on a T-stand on the table! Amazing! The flowers used and location of these backdrops give a really romantic garden feel. The roses look perfect in the background of the photos. And check out how the hanging candles next to the flower backdrop add amazing ambiance to this beautiful wedding.
See the full wedding on Ruffled.
Hanging hydrangeas?! How clever! This flower backdrop just uses white hydrangeas and carnations hung with twine and attached to a tree. This look perfect encompasses the rustic romantic outdoor theme.
See the full elopement on Ruffled.
Those peach carnations… wow! There are only 10-20 heads on each strand. With 15 strands you only need about 200 peach carnations! That comes to less than $200. Add 4 bunches of pink larkspur to create the additional hanging stem arch and you are at about $300 to create the exact same look! The peach flower backdrop gives another very romantic feel, use orange or yellow and create a vibrant feel, or white to get a softer look.
See the full shoot on Ruffled.
Another awesome flower backdrop with carnations! Can you see how a change/mix of colors creates a totally different look and feel? These carnations are such a warm blend of colors that contrast the blue in the rest of the wedding. The same technique used for stringing the carnations can also be used to make leis, like what the bride and groom are wearing!
See the full wedding on Style Me Pretty.
Now check out how easy it is to make these flower backdrops!
This tutorial on A Practical Wedding will take you through the process step by step. All you need is carnations, fishing line, a big embroidery needle, scissors, and something to hang the strands on (they use a wedding arch). You won’t believe how simple (and cheap!) this is until you check it out. Use our inspiration and customize this DIY project to whatever theme you are going for.
We cannot express how exciting it is to partner with the most talented photographer’s, stylists, designers, and vendors to create beautiful bridal session styled shoots like this! We greatly esteem stylist Mandy Forlenza Sticos in her ability to pull together the most beautiful bridal inspiration in the wedding market. Kate Ignatowski has become another very esteemed and highly published wedding photographer, I mean you see her photos all over the wedding industry!
This specific styled shoot got published on Style Me Pretty so make sure to go take a look at more fabulous-ness!
In this shoot the flowers feature include red peonies, light pink ohara garden roses, red astilbe, hypericum, red hanging amaranthus, and silver dollar eucalyptus.
The cutest part of this inspired shoot is that the model is a real bride! Kate Ignatowski decided to have one of her real life brides dress up and be the model for this shoot! Can you imagine?! How much fun is that?! Just some more proof that these vendors are more than just talented, they are good people. If you are looking for vendors for your wedding we highly recommend any of the below vendors, they are truly the best.
Photography: Kate Ignatowski | Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos | Flowers: Blooms By The Box | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Anny Chow | Calligraphy: Fleur De Letters | Hair Styling: Andy Tseng | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Venue: Park
If you have yet to see pictures from Emily Maynard and Tyler Johnson’s wedding, you need to click this link so fast and check it out! The full wedding feature on Style Me Pretty gives all the gorgeous details of this amazing wedding.
Aside from the beautiful bride and groom and their intimate ceremony that left us in tears, we are also drooling over the color scheme and floral arrangements.
Emily Maynard’s wedding flowers perfectly depicted a blush pink and ivory wedding color scheme. The touches of bronze/gold throughout Tyler Johnson’s family farm only added to the beautiful theme.
Here is the flower break down:
This gorgeous bouquet appears to just use white peonies. The peonies really speak for themselves, leaving no reason to add extra flowers, filler, or greens. The ones in the photo are really bloomed, giving a fluffy and full texture.
To make this bouquet yourself you would need:
1 bunch Peony White
It truly is an easy process to make a DIY wedding bouquet. For a simple, yet stunning, bouquet like this, it is just a matter of arranging the peonies together and wrapping the stems.
Use this link to our blog post on How to Make a DIY Peony Bouquet.
These are the perfect blush pink and ivory centerpieces. The shorter vases make them ideal for table arrangements and their elegance is undeniable.
To make a similar centerpiece you would need:
Greenery (Try Seeded Eucalyptus)
Making this centerpiece would just be a matter of pruning the stems of your flowers to a desired length for your vase. If your vases are not clear, use floral foam. Check out this centerpiece tutorial on how to do so.
Other flower arrangements
Using the same technique as the above centerpieces, but different flowers and vases, will give you arrangements similar to these two.
Flowers in both of these arrangements include: pink peonies, white peonies, garden roses, and standard roses.
Be sure to check out the rest of Emily Maynard’s wedding flowers and all the other details of this dreamy wedding here!
Let us know when you pick up your jaw off the floor.
We love working with stylists, designers, and photographers to provide flowers for the styled inspiration shoots. Bridal shower flower inspiration is not hard to come by, but the right look for you is. It is very important for brides to get inspiration and to find ideas from a vision that is put into reality. Recently we collaborated with Mandy Forlenza Sticos of Little Vintage Rentals on a modern tea party inspired bridal shower. If you are looking for vintage furniture and rentals for your upcoming wedding or event in the NY tri-state area you HAVE to check them out. The photographer, Fiona Medler, is truly incredible. Go to her website and look at her work, you won’t regret it!
We are so excited to show you this beautiful bridal shower flower inspiration. If you would like to replicate this look you should order the following wholesale flowers from BloomsByTheBox: Rose Esperance 60cm, mini calla lily pink, white lisianthus, lemon papoose, and variegated pittosporum!
And don’t forget to check out the WHOLE album of Wedding Chicks!