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!