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DIY wedding floral arrangements

Whether you plan to make your floral arrangements yourself or just want to add some decorative centerpieces for the reception, there are essentially two steps to any DIY floral arrangement

Step 1: Pick your flowers.

Your flowers can match your wedding colors, or, if you’re overwhelmed by the vast variety of flowers, opt for a monochromatic theme by sticking to just one color or type of flower.

Here are some popular options to consider:

  1. Homegrown flowers are a low-cost option and add a personal touch to the arrangements.
  2. Potted plants, such as herbs or chrysanthemums, are easy decorations and can double as favors.
  3. Farmer’s Market flowers are local and seasonal flowers, and can be inexpensive (especially just before closing time).

Step 2: Create the arrangements

  1. Prepare your flowers. Cut stems to the same length and at an angle under running water, and prune any foliage under the waterline. To preserve them, add a little Sprite or flower-food to the water.
  2. Prepare your container. Clear vases with narrow necks and wide bases work best. Cover the top of the vase or container with chicken wire to secure the arrangement (you can hide any extra with wide ribbon).
  3. Arrange your flowers in the container. Place larger flowers around the outside and smaller flowers in the center of the arrangement. You can turn back the petals of tulips or roses for a more airy, open look. Remember that it is easier to make short arrangements than tall ones.


Article inspired by Denise Vivaldo, author of Do-it-for-Less! Weddings. Used by permission.

Published on April 27, 2016.

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