Fleur Real: How to Arrange Your Own Wedding Flowers


If there’s one thing  engaged couples know about weddings, it’s that costs can add up quickly. When my sweetheart and I began planning our own DIY ceremony, one thing became clear: hiring a florist was simply not in the cards. Rather than sacrificing the flowers we both so desired, we chose to take matters into our own hands by purchasing blooms from a discount retailer and assembling the arrangements with the help of our family and friends.

For under $50, you can easily craft a bouquet, boutonniere, and centerpiece, and, the process may just become one of your most cherished pre-wedding memories. So grab a group of your nearest and dearest, a selection of the season’s brightest blooms, and start assembling!

For these three projects, I purchased 3 bunches of miniature roses, 1 bunch of white roses, 1 bunch of cherry blossoms, 1 bunch of hydrangea, and 1 bunch of greenery, for a grand total of $41.

I recommend purchasing your flowers online from a discount retailer. Just be sure to read the reviews and purchase what’s in season! Flowers will keep for a few days, but assembling the night before your nuptials ensures the freshest presentation.

Ribbon, scissors, floral tape, and straight pins can be found at most craft supply stores, and these centerpiece accessories were bought at various flea markets for under $10 total!

The same process used for building boutonnieres can also be used to craft corsages. Along with the groom and groomsmen, you may want to consider presenting corsages and boutonnieres to the influential people in your life, such as parents, grandparents, or caregivers.

The size and shape of your bridal bouquet is completely up to you, go big and bountiful, or prettily petite. If you plan on having bridesmaids, consider having them craft their own bouquets while you create yours!

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About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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3 Responses to Fleur Real: How to Arrange Your Own Wedding Flowers

  1. Christen DeGonzague (@christenldg) 04/16/2012 at 2:01 pm #

    I made my own centerpieces for my wedding. They were very simple and cheap and it was really easy to do. I was planning to do my bouquet and the boutonierres as well, but I got such a good deal on flowers that I couldn’t afford to do it myself (especially since I was doing so many other things myself!).

  2. Al 04/16/2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I made my bouquet the night before my wedding. Then, about an hour before the ceremony, someone in my family (I know who but I won’t name names) *took it apart* to put on the wedding arch because they didn’t realize it wasn’t the same as all the other flowers in the bucket. ARGH. I think that visible steam must have been rolling out of my ears because another family member stepped in and made me a new one (my hero!) before I could even open my mouth to start swearing!

  3. Carolina 03/09/2013 at 5:03 am #

    Thanks for sharing these amazing ideas! I have been looking all over Pinterest for ideas and wedding DIY and I’m glad I found your blog. Beautiful centerpieces and you make it look so simple that I want to start now!

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