Wedding Flowers: Should you DIY or go with a professional?

Whether you plan to get married on the beach or in a church, one thing brides can agree on is, flowers are a must! Wedding flowers are the icing on the cake. They add color and that touch of whimsical magic that every wedding should have.

And while you may have hundreds of arrangements, colors, ideas pinned to your wedding board, planning for floral arrangements can be less than rosy.

Between your budget and all of the options out there, it's hard to know where to begin.

DIY or a Florist?

Start by deciding whether or not you want to do the flowers yourself or hire a professional. You can save a ton of money doing your own flowers, but keep in mind that it's a big job. It can be done, but it's one more thing that needs to be taken care of. And because cut flowers are so delicate and have a short life span, you will need to arrange them the morning of. If you chose to go this route, enlist helpers and do research on the tools you'll need (floral tape, wire, ribbon, stem clippers, etc.)

On the other hand, you could always hire a florist. They can make the whole process stress free and simple. Plus, they know what they're doing and the arrangements are guaranteed to be beautiful. Of course, it can get pricey. If you can manage to work it into your budget, most brides find it completely worthwhile.

Finding Your Dream Florist

If you decide to hire someone to do the flowers for you, you'll need to track down someone who can see your vision, fits your budget, and has lots of experience doing weddings. Ask married friends for recommendations, check reviews, and find local professionals on social media. When you find someone interesting, check out their Instagram page to get an idea of their style.

You'll want to contact them right away, since most wedding florists will need plenty of time in advance to work you into their schedules.

They'll arrange a consultation with you where you can discus your style and budget. Bring lots of pictures so they can get a clear idea of what you want. By the end of the consultation, you will know if they are a good fit for you. If you're not a hundred percent sure, keep looking. But seriously, don't waste any time booking a florist you love, especially if you're getting married during peak wedding season.

Every florist is different, but generally, you'll have a consultation, make a deposit, trade a few emails or phone calls, and then they show up (or you can pick up your order) on the wedding day, when the final payment will be made. Don't forget to give them a good review!

The DIY Route

If you plan to do the flowers yourself, planning ahead is everything. Research, research, research!

You'll save a lot by choosing in season flowers. A quick internet search can point you in the right direction. And make sure to check out everything from wholesale shops, to flower farms and supermarkets to see who has the best deals in town. You can even throw artificial flowers from craft stores into the mix. All that research is a lot of work, but can save you hundreds.

Make sure you have plenty of water buckets and vases to store the arrangements in while you transport them to the venue.

Pro tip: Practice making your bridal bouquet by creating one for your bridal photo shoot a week or two before the wedding. You'll have more time, less pressure, and a better idea of the process come the wedding day.

A Little Bit of Both

There is no rule that your professional florist has to do all of the arrangements. You can absolutely have them create the important or more tricky pieces, like the bouquets and boutonnieres, and then tackle the easier stuff yourself. That way there's less stress on you and your budget at the same time.

No matter which route you take, with a little planning, your day will be lovely. Do what works best for you and you'll have a happy, flowery, every after! -TLG