2010-05-21 15:03:00 by SMARTBRIDE
3 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Bridal Bouquet: Step 1 - To DIY or Not To DIY?
STEP 1: To DIY or Not To DIY?
The most important floral element in any wedding is the bridal bouquet. It will be with you throughout the day and will be captured in almost every photo. Your bouquet should look stunning, but more importantly, should make you look stunning too!
Your bouquet should accessorize your dress and pull other elements of your wedding together seamlessly. That's a tall order if you're planning on creating it yourself!
Bridal Bouquet Image Courtesy of FLUR.
Most florists will actively discourage you with horror stories, probably all true, of that bride who came in the night before the big day in tears with a handful of wilted blooms, begging for an overnight miracle. You can create a beautiful bouquet for yourself that will last, provided it is well planned and well executed. But should you really do it?
Ask Yourself These Questions Before Attempting a DIY Bouquet:
- What is my schedule like the week before my wedding?
If the list starts filling up page after page, you simply won’t have enough time to make your bouquet. Even professional florists spend an average of 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours when it comes to creating a bridal bouquet. Unless you've schedule in at least that much time, you won’t be able to take on this big project.
- What style of bouquet do you want?
A simple round bouquet with only a few types of flowers is do-able for most brides. If you're pouring through bridal magazines must have that perfect cascade with the wired gardenias, or want a complex artsy bouquet, opt for a professional florist rather than attempting this yourself. The cost for wired or cascading bouquets can be quiet alarming, but consider the expense, both monetary and emotional, when your DIY bouquet falls apart or is wilted an hour before the wedding.
- Where do I start?
Careful planning and a good relationship with your florist are critical when undertaking an important project like this. Start by gathering information. Collect images from magazines and use online sources to compile a list of inspirations and possible varieties. Resist the urge to google every type of flower you've ever heard of. You'll end up with a huge list of flowers that may or may not work well together, and may not be available. You're florist is a treasure trove of floral knowledge, so use her to your advantage.
About our Guest Florist Blogger Alex:
Alex Bazos is a floral designer with 7 years of industry experience focusing on wedding and event florals. As the owner and principal designer of FLUR Designs Inc. in Edmonton, she has become one of the chief proponents of modern floral design in western Canada. Alex believes strongly in educating and inspiring brides and young designers about the new floral design.
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