DIY wedding centerpieces are very doable for a bride looking to save money on her wedding budget. Be sure to check out all tutorials and choose projects you can handle. Flower designing is supposed to be fun. If this adds too much stress, enlist the help of friends and family and spread out the work.
Becoming organized and having all your work spaces ready before the flowers arrive is a big help. Searching for water buckets when your flowers are delivers can be exasperating . . . so be sure and read how to process your flowers correctly and you'll know more what to expect.
This includes shopping wisely for flowers. There are many online sites (some claiming to be wholesale) who require their customers to buy minimum purchases or who are splitting grower's bunches into smaller quantities. It's important to get out your calculator and find out how much this is costing you per STEM. After that, you have to ask if having to order 4 more bunches than you need is worth it.
I sell both flowers and greens in grower's bunches. You'll receive the same quantities that a florist shop gets when they place their orders. I don't require minimums and allow you to mix and match both flowers and greens. I feel this puts the brides in control of their own flower budget. If a site advertises "free shipping" . . . you have to realize that that build that in SOMEWHERE. True wholesalers will ask you for your retailer's license before selling to you - otherwise you are paying retail.
My goal is to teach my customers how to design creatively, using a mix of flowers and greens that take on HER personality . . . and actually let her save money by rolling up her sleeve and doing the labor part. In our working shop we DOUBLED the retail cost of the flowers purchased - and those had been tripled from our cost. Don't look down on florists for this - they have to just to survive. Remember, they are paying for large coolers that run 24/7, paying drivers who sit reading newspapers if there are no deliveries and have to pay enormous fuel bills. They work hard for their money.
Please feel free to change colors or flower varieties in your diy wedding centerpieces. This same arrangement can be made in blue tones, reds, a mix of colors and more. It's up to you as the designer to put your own creative juices to work. Do you need more help than this recipe supplies? You can find a detailed, step by step tutorial for this style of wedding centerpiece. Once you've familiarized yourself with the basics, start exploring the recipes to find something you like!
For this DIY centerpiece, you'll need the following products: