Learn how to make a centerpiece for your own wedding tables. I have many step by step tutorials, covering everything from bubble bowls to tall showcase pieces. Each tutorial takes you through the process complete with pictures.
The key to DIY wedding flowers is to be organized and have as much prep work done as possible before your wholesale flowers are delivered. This means setting up a workspace, covering the floor with a tarp or other protective covers and assembling tools and pre-filling water buckets. You want to be ready to process your flowers as soon as they arrive. Do NOT set them aside to do later.
At this point, they are considered to be in a dry pack state and need to be re-hydrated as quickly as possible.
If you plan shopping for your flowers online, carefully read the fine print and compare costs PER STEM. I used to refer my brides to popular online sites, only to discover that many times they require high minimum purchases. Be wary of claims of "wholesale" since it's only wholesale if they ask for a retailer's license number.
I find it annoying that some of their "bunches" are cut in half of the normal grower's bunches purchased by retail florists. What should be cheap, inexpensive greens to help stretch your flower budget turns out to cost much more. Free shipping sounds good . . . but trust me . . . it's built in somewhere.
I finally decided to sell fresh flowers and greenery along with the hard goods in my online store. My orders are shipped out of working wholesale distributors that service flower shops all over the country. You are assured that you are getting full bunches that way. I also quote shipping separately and try to keep it as close to actual cost as possible I sell in single bunches - both flowers and greens. This way you have complete control over your flower budget and (hopefully) will invest in a few of the professional products that will help keep your flowers fresh for as long as possible. Please don't skip on products like flower food, quick re-hydration and a good flower sealant. Every florist knows this is the key to keeping flowers at their peak.
This tutorial shows how to make a large Calla Lily bouquet, and then securing it in a bubble bowl for show as a lovely reception centerpiece vase.
You'll need the following products.
Okay . . it's time to move on and learn how to make a centerpiece!