The biggest reason people decide to sidestep DIY flowers is the fear of lack luster arrangements. However, many customers have been able to make beautiful arrangements on a budget. We share their secrets to successful and professional looking DIY flower bouquets, centerpieces, and decor!
1. Keep the Design Simple:
The kiss of death with DIY is biting off more than you can chew. Don’t expect to be able to make a huge cascading floral archway the first time you touch wholesale flowers. In order to make flowers look professional and timeless, try to incorporate simple designs. Using simple designs does not mean, make boring arrangements. It simple means, choose a design that does not require a lot of mechanical work involving every floral tool in the shed. Photo credit: Kristen Leigh Photography
The photo above is the perfect mix of simple design with colors that create an impact. This BloomsByTheBox.com bride did a wonderful job with her DIY execution. She planned out many ways to keep design extremely simple while adding impact by using coral, pinks, peach, cream, and white flowers together. This inspired design created a beautiful focal point for their cocktail hour! Instead of creating complicated designs pick a palette of colors that create sophistication. Color is an element that make your DIY flowers look professional and well planned.
One of our favorite wedding blogs, A Practical Wedding, puts emphasis on doing DIY projects with family and friends! DIY flowers are the perfect project to designate as a group effort. Since you will most likely put together arrangements the day before the wedding, you will plenty of family and friends around to help. AND if you take our advice to keep the designs simple, anyone can do the job! You wont have to train a team to do pull it off. This will keep your arrangements looking much more professional because there will be no rush and you will have fun being creative together! A lot of our customers say that they had do much fun putting together bouquets with their bridesmaids. It is a great way to relax, bond, and be creative together before the wedding.
4. Get the Right Amount of Flowers
DIY’ers have expressed that the hardest part of ordering wholesale flowers is estimating many flowers they need. It’s very important to make sure you will have enough flowers! You want to make sure arrangements don’t look unfinished or have foam sticking out because you did have enough flowers to cover it. That’s why BloomByTheBox.com published online flowers lessons with a specific lesson dedicated to helping you pick the right quantities. We also offer free phone, email, and live chat consultations!
If you want to make something that you have not made you usually quickly hop on YouTube! Although this is a wonderful step that you should take before making your own event arrangements you should also try to practice. You do not need to practice with the exact flowers you plan on ordering. You can grab flowers from a market near you and just try working with the flowers a little bit, just to get the hang of it.
Do you have any suggestions or secrets to professional DIY flowers! Please comment and share!
Do-It-Yourself Thanksgiving flowers are an affordable home decor option during this holiday. We often strive to make this time of year as special as we can for our loved ones. A beautiful harvest color palette of fresh flowers scattered throughout Thanksgiving dinner decor is warm and charming. Purchasing flowers for around an entire home from a florist can be expensive. That’s why we suggest this DIY Thanksgiving Flower Pack. You can create enough arrangements for all sections of your home.
Make Thanksgiving flowers easy, BloomsByTheBox.com made this special tutorial for you to see exactly how to make these specific arrangements. To See the full tutorial please visit BloomsByThebox.com’s sponsored post on The Budget Savvy Bride.
It really is simple! Just order your DIY Thanksgiving flowers online. Once you receive them, hydrate the flowers. Then make 6-7 arrangements that will create holiday decor around your entire home!
If you would rather mix and match fall flowers you can see our wide selection and even ask for help from out outstanding customer service team. We offer free consultations that will help you figure out what you need, how much you need, and when to receive the flowers. We would love to hear from you today! Post any questions you have here, call us, or email us here at BloomsByTheBox.com
When you begin to research wedding flower options, you probably spend a lot of time on Pinterest, looking for DIY flower tutorials. Most results for DIY flowers lead you to paper or tissue flower tutorials. The paper flower tutorials are abundant, which are only good if you want to spend 50 hours (small exaggeration) cutting, scrunching paper, taping, wiring, gluing, and fluffing tissues into flowers.
We are problem solvers here at BloomsByTheBox.com, so we compiled over 140 of the best step by step FRESH flower tutorials for weddings and events. From centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres to aisle decor and more. There was a dangerous amount of time spent on Pinterest finding the best tutorials. Here are just a couple of our favorite/ most re-pinned projects! Use them as a reference when you are ready arrange your wholesale flowers. Click on the images to see the full tutorials.
Favorite Centerpiece Tutorial
This flower tutorial is especially helpful because it shows an affordable DIY arrangement. Using spray roses, greenery, and fillers with small plastic vases and miscellaneous small glassware is budget friendly. Small glass vases like above can be found at your local dollar store! Using a tape grid, like in this post is also a great skill to learn!
Favorite Bouquet Tutorial
Peony and dusty miller bouquets are very common among modern brides. We created our very own Do-It-Yourself flower tutorial to provide an example for a budget peony bouquet. The secret is to use dusty miller and one bunch of peonies for the bridal bouquet. Then, use 5 stems and dusty miller for your bridesmaids bouquets. This is a great alternative if you really love peonies but need to stay in budget.
Favorite Garland Tutorial
Floral garland can be pretty tricky to make if you have never had any experience with it before. You may need to practice before diving in head first. In order to start, get some greenery and wire it together to make the base of the garland. Add the flowers after! Click on the photo above to see the full tutorial.
Favorite Boutonniere Tutorial
This is living proof that DIY can be SUPER simple. This is perfect for a couple who needs to make 10-15 boutonniere because it is affordable, easy, and quick to put together. Each boutonniere would take about 2 minute to make! Just grab some nautical ribbon (or something that matches your theme) some rope (or string) and baby’s breath and you are ready to rock n’ roll.
Favorite Floral Accent Tutorial
Floral accents usually take a back seat with wedding DIY. However, there a lot of ways to use these adorable napkin rings. If you have 100 guests and don’t have time to make 100, then you can use them parents of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the bride and groom. OR use this very simple idea to make small accents for the ceremony by placing them along the aisle on chairs or pews!
These flower tutorials just scrape the surface, go see our DIY Flower Projects Pinterest board for more. BloomsBytheBox.com works to provide our budget couples with as many resources as possible to help them through DIY. We have a wide range of resources to teach you how to care for flowers, pick out flowers, get the right quantities, and create all types of arrangements. We are dedicated to helping you create what you envisioned and save money! Here is a list of resources to start:
DIY Flowers 101 – Online Lesson Series
DIY Guide to Wedding Flowers
Flower Arranging Videos
Free Online Live Chat
Email Consultation – Send Photos of desired arrangements and get help in picking flowers and quantities!
One of our amazing customers shared her personal Do-It-Yourself Event Flowers with us. Kate’s event was rather unique, she had a rock ‘n’ roll themed Judicial Reception for the Association of Women Attorneys!
Kate ordered a mixed box of wholesale dahlias and carnations to be delivered to Houston, Texas. She found inspiration on APracticalWedding.com for making a DIY carnation backdrop! This simple project made a large statement at Kate’s event. Take a look!
The carnation backdrop and the dahlia centerpieces create beautiful event decor for a very special event. The edgy rock ‘n’ roll theme was completed with glitter in the posh looking venue, Sam Houston Hotel.
Keeping it simple by arranging one flower type in a vase is a smart move. Dahlias are the perfect flowers for single flower variety arrangements. Their regal colors and shapes are sophisticated all on their own. Also, the simple carnation back drop was a perfect accent. Carnations are very hard, long lasting, and easy to work with. The sophistication and impact was made through her color palette and design choices. Bravo Kate!
If you plan on doing your own flower arrangements I am sure you have said to yourself “How am I going to get the finished arrangements to the venue?”. Transporting DIY arrangements from your home to your event is not a complicated process. You will need a car or van that is big enough to hold a couple long boxes.
Top 3 Tips:
1. Put bouquets in a vase with 1-2″ of water.
2. Air condition the car before loading the arrangements.
3. Travel with at least one other person who can keep a an eye on the flowers.
Usually the day of the event or the day before the event you will have access to the venue. If you do not get access to the venue until the day of the event, assign the task of transporting DIY arrangements to a close relative/friend. Once the arrangements are made it is simple to have someone bring the flowers to the venue and put them on the tables. Here are some photos that should help you prepare to transport your arrangements from your home to your wedding/ event venue.
If you want learn how to make the exact centerpiece above you can watch the youtube video. For a step by step explanation for transporting wedding centerpieces and arrangements visit our DIY Flowers 101 Lesson on flower transportation.
Learning how to make a tall hydrangea arrangement or centerpiece is a must if you plan on making all of your own flower arrangements for a wedding. You will probably find yourself needing to make 2-4 large floral pieces for the ceremony. Usually couples want to have large flower arrangements at wedding ceremonies to incorporate the wedding theme and colors in both the ceremony and the reception.
Using hydrangeas for large arrangements is a DIY treasured secret! They have long stems for tall vases, take up a lot of space, and are extremely easy to arrange. They will also enable you to use less of other flowers, making the overall arrangement much more simple to put together.
Once you receive your wholesale flowers ordered online, cut the stems and follow our flower care instructions. Prepping and hydrating flower properly is very important, especially for hydrangeas that require constant hydration!
Don’t worry about making a perfect shape with the greenery, this is just a way for you to start making a base for arrangement shape. The large opening in the vase will allow for the flowers to move around freely, not until you have a more flowers will the shape become sturdy enough to strategically hold smaller flowers in place.
Start adding the hydrangeas into the greenery established base. Put enough hydrangeas in the vase to start creating a grid-like pattern with the stems, this will allow you to more strategically place flowers in their place and keep them sturdy. Use the hydrangeas to be the focal flower in the arrangement.
Add the stock, then rotate in the calla lilies, button mums, cockscomb, hypericum, and hanging amaranthus. This tall hydrangea arrangement can now be used to decorate your wedding ceremony as well as the reception.
Most couples use 2 large arrangements at their ceremony. Since these larger arrangements would go to waist if they are left at the ceremony, couples take them to the wedding and use them as cake table decor, place card table, or at the sweetheart table. Use your wedding colors and desired flowers to create beautiful budget wedding flower arrangements! Order wholesale wedding flowers online to cut costs on wedding or event centerpieces, bouquets, and floral decor.