DIY: Floral Dog Collar

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DIY:
Floral Dog Collar

We are so excited to have our dog collar tutorial feature on Green Wedding Shoes today!

We’re sure you’ve seen them; the wedding photos with the most precious furry ring bearer wearing an adorable ring of flowers around their neck. The pooch is often the Bride and Groom’s first fur (my terminology for your first animal together). As a florist, I've made these collars or wreaths a time or two and have perfected my technique to not only be safer for our fur babies, but a LOT easier to make and put on! 

As with most floral pieces, you can go hard on this or you can go home! JK, you can make it as elaborate or as delicate as you please. Use this DIY tutorial to ensure your pup is the best-dressed member of your bridal party. 

Supplies: 

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  • Dog Collar (I got this one off of Amazon

    • Make it something you won't mind ruining

    • Ideally you want it to be of a thick/wide material

    • And make sure it fits your dog!

  • Snips

  • Floral Adhesive

  • Floral Wire


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Flower Recipe:

Floral: 

2 x Golden Mustard Roses

2 x Cappuccino Roses

2-3 x Stems Roseanne Brown Lisianthus 

2-3 x Stems Helleborus 

2-3 x Stems Blue Tweedia

1 x Stem Calcynia ( seasonal availability July - September. Try Waxflower as a substitute.)

Note: You could also use faux florals if you prefer. 

Greenery:

Grevillea

Olive Branch tips

Bleached Bunny Tail Grass

Bleached Palm Fern


Method: 

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1. Find an inexpensive dog collar that is the appropriate size for you pup. Make sure it fits well and that you can fit your hand between the collar and the dog’s neck. You don’t want it to be too loose or too tight, so adjust accordingly. By the time you add the florals on to the collar it will become quite a bit tighter, which is why we recommend starting with a bit of extra room.

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2. Set up your work area and gather your supplies. In this tutorial I used cold glue, aka floral adhesive, and it can get a bit messy. I like to use an old piece of cardboard, or place something like newspaper over your workspace, for easy clean up.


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3. Prep your flowers and greenery, faux or fresh. (In this tutorial we are using fresh flowers, but you can use either.) Pick out your fave blooms and clean off any unwanted leaves or petals that look less than stellar. Snip the greenery into smaller, more manageable-sized stems.

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4. Lay the collar flat on your workspace making sure the correct side is facing up. You don’t want to accidentally adorn the underside of the collar...speaking from experience! Lay a thick line of glue on about 2 inches of the collar. (In this approach I work on the collar in sections so things don’t get too messy.) The glue is a bit runny out of the gate, so go slowly here. 

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5. While you are giving the glue a few minutes to set on the collar, you can prep your flowers/greenery with glue. To do this, trim the greenery and cut the stems down to a manageable/appropriate size for the collar. You’re going to start applying the greenery first. Give the stems a light line of glue, let it set up for a few seconds, and then place a few stems down as a foundation.

6. Next you’ll add your larger blooms on top of the greenery. With bigger blooms like roses/focal flowers you'll want to wire them first. To wire them:

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  1. Cut the rose as close to the base of the bloom (also known as the calyx) as possible and thread the wire through the base. Do this twice to make an X. 

  2. Next you will secure the wire from the rose around the collar, making sure the bloom is in the location you want it. You will likely be wiring over a bit of glue and that’s okay. You want the glue to adhere to other detail/filler pieces.

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7. After you wire in your focal flower, start to fill in around it with your medium blooms like the lisianthus and helleborus. Again, think in layers. Big, to medium, to small/filler flowers. After you place the medium blooms, fill in with filler flowers.



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8. Once you finish the first section, start the process over again and continue. You can wire in as many blooms as you like. Play with the design that best fits your aesthetic. Here I’ve distributed the larger blooms along the collar to make it feel full and even, but You do you! And also do what you have time for.

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9. Finishing touches. If you want more detail on your collar you can use more filler flowers or smaller leaves from your greenery to create more depth and composition. We also used some dried bits like the bleached bunny grass and bleached palm fern. You can use dried and dyed material that is trending right now, or you can keep it simple (and beautiful) with greenery and a few blooms. 

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10. If you want to add in more details we suggest doing it in layers, using one product at a time. Layering in your flowers and greenery will help with the overall design and can help you use less product! 




Care Tips:

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Once you are finished with this you’ll need to let the glue dry for at least an hour before putting it on your dog. If you make it the day before we suggest popping it in the fridge so the flowers don’t wilt. 

This may go without saying but don’t let your dog eat it or chew on it. One of the reasons we went with an actual dog collar was so that we could design it to be comfortable for the dog as well as safe. The collar is out of reach for any curious tasting/chewing. Don’t let your dog eat the glue. 

A Note About Floral Adhesive: Hot glue can burn the floral product and make it wilt, so we recommend using cold clue, or "floral adhesive". It’s also more flexible and more forgiving with the flowers and greenery which is great for a collar that needs to bend.

Last but not least!

We have a video tutorial of the dog collar to walk you through the whole process! Yay! 

DIY: Floral Dog Collar 

Pep Talk:

You can do this if:  You have hands. Literally, ANYONE can do this. I can’t preach it enough. You don’t have to have been a part of the gifted and talented program in grade school to qualify. If you can hold flowers and use a step above the training scissors YOU ARE GOOD TO GO! Just take your time, follow the instructions, and have fun! 

Doing your own wedding flowers has never been easier. With Bloom Culture we set you up with a guided approach and a step by step process. We give you flower recipes, supplies list, timeline, tutorials and so much more! We are your one stop shop for all things DIY Flowers and we can ship the flowers directly to your door! 

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DIY Floral Hat

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Put A Flower On it!

Or three or four or five. You get point. 

This easy tutorial will help you adorn your fave hat with fresh (you can also use faux) florals. This step by step process is fool-proof and will upgrade your bachelorette weekend brunch look like an influencer. 

As with most floral pieces, you can go hard on this or you can go home! JK, you can make it as elaborate or as delicate as you please. If you are the type of person to rock a hat this is such a fun way to snaz up your look and fun way to make a girls weekend feel a bit more extra. Or if you just love a good accessory, you can dress this one up in a truly memorable way.

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Supplies:

  1. Hat

  2. snips

  3. paddle wire

  4. floral adhesive

  5. Eucalyptus

  6. Roses/Spray roses

  7. Dried & Fresh Product (fern, chamomile)

Process:

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Step one: Source a hat. I am not a pro on hat shapes or styles but choose what works best for you and the look you are going for. Any hat will do! 

Step two: gather your supplies, all you need are some wire, snips, and if it is a one time use hat (that you don’t mind getting glue on) you can always use glue to help set your flowers in the perfect position. 

Step three: Get your flowers, faux or fresh. In this tutorial we are using fresh. 

Step four: Prep all your flowers and greenery. 

  1. Pick out your fave blooms, clean off any unwanted leaves or petals that look less than stellar. 

  2. Snip smaller, more manageable stems of greenery. 

Step 5: wire on your greenery. I think of it as making a greenery halo around the hat, you can go as heavy or as light on the greenery as you’d like. I went fairly light on our hat. 

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Side Note: Although wiring can be a little more time intensive, it’s great for securing the product to the hat as you can thread it through depending on what type of material your hat is. The hat we’ve used is a permeable material and I am able to “sow” our thin wire through. 

Step 6: Wire your focal flowers. Here we’ve used garden roses.

  1. Cut the rose as close to the base of the bloom as possible and thread the wire through the base (also known as the calyx). Do this twice to make an X. 

  2. Next you can either wire the flower to the greenery you’ve already placed or wire it to the hat as we’ve done. 

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Step 7: Go to town! You can wire in as many blooms as you like. Play with the design that best fits your personality. Here we’ve made a small focal grouping but we’ve seen some that go the entire way around the hat. You do you! And also what you have time for. 

Step 8: Finishing touches. If you want more detail on your hat you can use other filler flowers or smaller leaves from your greenery to create more depth and composition. We’ve used extra eucalyptus leaves, bleached fern, and a few snips from a plant we had in our studio. You can use dried and dyed material that is trending right now, or you can keep it simple (and beautiful) with simple greenery and a few blooms.

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DIY Floral Hat

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*If you want to add in more details we suggest doing it in layers. Use one product through out and then on to another. Layering in components help with the overall design and can help you use less product! Here is where you MAY want to use glue. We are fans of cool glue, or floral adhesive, but it has a bit of a learning curve. You can use any cool fabric glue from your local craft store but beware that it’s a bit on the smelly side and you’re hat may need to air out a bit! Glue is a good option if you want to layer in smaller details that may not be easily wired in. 

Share your hat online with the hashtag #bloomcultureflowers to be featured!

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Doing your own wedding flowers has never been easier. With Bloom Culture we set you up with a guided approach and a step by step process. We give you flower recipes, supplies list, timeline, tutorials and so much more! We are your one stop shop for all things DIY Flowers and we can ship the flowers directly to your door.

DIY Flower Cuff - A modern approach to the corsage

Wedding Flower Cuffs are a modern alternative to Traditional Corsages.

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Bridal party flowers are a tradition that has been a part of weddings to delineate people in close relation to or special to the bride and groom. More specifically corsages are typically given to the MOB and MOG along with grandmothers and, if they have a special role or the bride and groom want to honor them, aunts, sisters, and close friends may receive a corsage too.

We get asked all the time, who is supposed to wear a corsage? The good news is that tradition isn’t such a requirement in weddings anymore. Many couples ask the recipients if they even want one! In other words, you do you, and give it to who you want to give it to (or in some cases, who asks for one… it happens!) 

We wanted to show you an updated approach to a traditional corsage. Wedding corsage to make it more modern!

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Supplies
Brass Cuff
Snips
Floral Glue 

Blooms
Spray roses
Hypericum Berry
Camomile/Feverfew
Leather Leaf
Salal
Eucalyptus

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DIY Flower Cuff Video Tutorial

Want to see all the steps you need to follow to create your own gorgeous flower cuffs? Follow along in our Video Tutorial for an easy way to update a traditional corsage for your wedding! 

Bonus Tutorial: Greenery Cuff

If you're not into colorful florals and are going for a more natural vibe, this Greenery Cuff a fun little spin on a traditional floral-based corsage. Simple, Easy, and Beautiful! 

Share your story online with the hashtag #bloomcultureflowers to be featured!

Bloom Culture specializes in working with DIY brides to remove all of the guess-work that comes with doing your own wedding flowers; they do the hard part so you can do the fun part. They will help you set a floral budget, determine the best flower varieties to use, and write “flower recipes” that tell you exactly what ingredients you’ll need for every bouquet, centerpiece, boutonniere and more, and give you video tutorials of how to do it. With all of the prep done, they’ll then set you up to have the flowers delivered direct to your door!

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Alternative Ceremony Flowers

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When I was getting married I knew I didn’t want the same wedding as everyone else. I knew i wanted my wedding to look and feel like, well… my wedding. (OUR wedding… I still have a hard time saying OUR wedding 😂)

Here are 5 “alternative” ceremony ideas that we’ve come up with along with SURPRISE! a tutorial for each! Woot Woot! These tutorials will be posted separately as their own blog post.


(I’ve got to pace myself people!) but if you are a client and need to see it, of course you’ll be privy to it :)

01. Hoop Backdrop/Suspension

Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

Photo: Redeemed Productions Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

Photo: Redeemed Productions
Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

Something different than the Arch or Arbor. We went with a Hoop here but you can do any geometric shape you’d like. I hear hexagons are SO in right now.

  1. The first pic is legit a hula hoop that we painted to cover the crazy emoji’s that were on it then we taped/wired greenery to it and hung it from a tree using fishing wire.

  2. Second is a steal hoop (you can create one using PVC pipe or rent one). It’s a beautiful alternative to the standard arch and the symbolism is 👌

02. Pillars

Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

Floral by  Ivy + Eve Flowers , Photo by  Qlix Photography

Pillars - These can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical. Depending on how you execute this (if the pillars are stationary or mobile (meaning you made them or brought the structure) you can use them at the ceremony and move them to the reception!

One thing to note is depending on how you set these up, there is a chance they could be covered up by your bridal party. Our motto (or one of them anyway) is to put your money where people are going to see it. So if it’s covered up, I’d reconsider this option. OR make your peeps stand just a tad further to the side.

03. Suspended Greenery

Greenery suspended on wall (Magic people, magic) - this one is a bit more tricky because, you know, Gravity. But it can be done. This one looks easy but can take a while to make it look effortless. If you have the time and man power go for it as it can be a great affordable option!

Photos:  Love is a Big Deal , Floral Rosemary & Finch Floral Design

Photos: Love is a Big Deal, Floral Rosemary & Finch Floral Design

04. Ground Alter

Ground Alter? Okay so I just made that term up but by looking at the inspo photos you get what I mean. Something on the ground that delineates where you stand and creates emphasis on the couple. I love this idea to create a very intimate ceremony. I say this may be ideal for a couple who’s bridal party isn’t standing up there with them.

Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

Floral Design by our sister company Juniper Designs

05. Grid Backdrop

This is a great modern trend happening lately and we just so happened to create one and make a tutorial out of it! YAY! Like I said, this is a more modern approach but still feels romantic and wedding worthy. I loved that it was transparent so if you’re getting married outdoors you can still see all the gorgeous scenery. This could also be moved to be behind the head/sweetheart table or a photo-booth backdrop.

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Floral design & installation by Bloom Culture Flowers
Photo: Amanda Watson Photo

Flower Hair Combs

Who wouldn’t wear flowers in their hair?!

Floral combs have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years so we thought we’d share this easy DIY! Combs make a great alternative to a full on flower crown, or you can also use these for your bridesmaids! We’ve even seen them worn by Mothers of the Brides as an alternative to the more traditional wrist corsage.

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Supplies: 

Snips
Paddle Wire
Card Stock (Select a subtle color here, this is just a structural component)
Hair Comb (You can purchase these from any general store, they have various sizes)
Hot Glue Gun (Any glue gun will do, we use this for the construction portion of the backing, NOT for flowers (sorry to get in your grill about that but hot glue can/will burn the flowers) 
Cold Floral Glue (We use cold floral glue for fresh flowers, it adheres in a flexible manor and does less damage!)

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Fresh Flowers: 

  • Garden Spray roses

  • Spray roses

  • Hypericum Berries

  • Chamomile/Feverfew

  • Astrantia

GEENERY:

  • Salal

  • Leatherleaf

  • Eucalyptus

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Here is a quick and easy tutorial to make a stunning floral comb for your hair. 

Bonus tutorial: Greenery Hair Comb 

Share your story online with the hashtag #bloomcultureflowers to be featured!

Bloom Culture specializes in working with DIY brides to remove all of the guess-work that comes with doing your own wedding flowers; they do the hard part so you can do the fun part. They will help you set a floral budget, determine the best flower varieties to use, and write “flower recipes” that tell you exactly what ingredients you’ll need for every bouquet, centerpiece, boutonniere and more, and give you video tutorials of how to do it. With all of the prep done, they’ll then set you up to have the flowers delivered direct to your door!

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DIY Ceremony Arrangement

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So you’re planning on taking the DIY-approach to your wedding flowers! At first, it feels all exciting and you’re filling your Pinterest board with hundreds of beautiful flowers… but then you realize there are a few more pieces to the puzzle that you haven’t quite yet figured out.

  • How many flowers do I need?

  • What varieties look good together?

  • How do I make the flowers stand up properly in the vase?

  • And what about those big arrangements for the church?

No worries! You can do this.

Here’s a helpful tutorial from DIY wedding flowers experts Bloom Culture where they tell you exactly what you’ll need, and then tell you step-by-step how to bring a beautiful ceremony arrangement to life. There’s a recipe with a list of ingredients, and then a method to follow.

It’s just like baking, but with zero calories. Winning!

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Floral Recipe:
(The Ingredients)

1-1.5  bunch Salal/Lemon Leaf

4-5 Robellini Palm

1/2 bu eucalyptus

5 white hydrangea

5 lavender stock

12 white premium roses

10 terra-cotta carnations

1/3 bunch white wax flower

Tools and Supplies:

1-2 blocks wet floral foam

Snips

Floral tape

Large Vase (We suggest 9”-12”)

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How to: (The Method)

1. Soak floral foam (foam is easier for 2 reasons, the flowers stay in place and no water makes it WAY easier to transport) 

2. If you’re using a large urn or vase, fill the bottom so you don’t have to use more foam or product to fill the vase. Here we’ve used a plastic vase to cut down the volume of the vase

 3. Tape a light X across the top of the vase to keep the foam in place.

4. Start with greenery. For the greenery, we usually allot a quarter of a bunch or half a bunch. For large pieces like this, we usually allot 1/2 to a whole bunch. We typically use 2-3 varieties of greenery. I start with one variety, here I stated with Robelini to create reach and add volume, then I layered in salal (or commonly called Lemon Leaf) then a few stems of Baby Blue Euc.

Pro Tip: using more greenery cuts down on the number of flowers you need to use thus saving you money! 
(Imagine me making it rain with your savings!)

5. Once you’ve “greened” your vase, and you think it looks good and full - your done! JK. But - we typically say if it looks good without floral you’re setting yourself up for success. By the way, not every hole or space has to be filled, leave room for the flowers! Also, if you don’t use the full allotment of greenery, that’s great! You can always save it for later if you need to fill in some areas or use it in other areas of your wedding. Win-win.

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Now for the Flowers

6. We always start with the biggest bloom which is our hydrangea. This way you aren’t trying to fit it in and squash other blooms at the end. Place the blooms at varying heights. You want a statement arrangement so don’t be afraid to keep the stems long.

7. Next, add in the lavender stock. This bloom is great for its linear structure and it adds diversity and depth to the arrangement. *** Remember, keep the stems long for a grand arrangement!

8. Roses come next. Don’t let the rose deter you! These are not your “standard” standard roses. The petal structure of this variety looks like a garden rose but is actually a standard rose. Great, but what does that mean? It means huge bloom with garden rose appearance but not on a garden rose budget. Half the cost of a garden rose and all the appeal. Again, win-win! (With Bloom Culture we will help you get the most bang for your budget without sacrificing aesthetics or your overall vision.)

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9. Next you want to layer in the smaller blooms like the scoop scabiosa and carnations. (Whispers to her friend, did she just say carnations? gasp!) Yep! These are not the carnations you’re used to. These are terra cotta carnations. And they are lovely. They have the perfect color and their petal structure is AMAZING! Not to mention their price-point can’t be beat and they come 25 to a bunch! Whaaaat? You’re welcome. Sprinkle these babies and the scabiosa in per the quantity in the recipe and we’re almost done!

10. Last but not least is our old gal pal Wax Flower. This is the perfect filler flower, the scale is perfect for filling holes or gaps and make the arrangement feel complete.

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Finishing Touches:

Fill in with any leftover greenery you may like and look over the arrangement to make sure it looks full and prancy. I typically make these arrangements the day before the wedding, keep the foam moist, and store in a cool location out of the sun.

** Full Disclosure. We usually front-load these babies which means, put the majority of the flowers in the front because no one usually sees the back. Since they typically face one direction at the ceremony and don’t need much going on in the back, let’s put your money where people are going to see it. Now they aren’t bare but just not as full as the front. Think of it as a reverse mullet. 

 Another Pro-Tip. RE-USE THESE!!!

Delegate someone to move these bad boys from your ceremony to a spot at the reception. They are statement pieces and we don’t want you to pay for and make them, to only be used for 30 minutes (or however long your ceremony is). We like to flank a sweetheart table or place them at the entry, or photo booth, where-ever, just promise me you’ll re-use them!!!

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Photography by  Amanda Watson Photography
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Share your story online with the hashtag #bloomcultureflowers to be featured!

Wondering how you can do this with all of your wedding flowers? Bloom Culture specializes in working with DIY brides to remove all of the guess-work; we do the hard part so you can do the fun part. We will help you set a floral budget, determine the best flower varieties to use, and write “flower recipes” that tell you exactly what ingredients you’ll need for every bouquet, centerpiece, boutonniere and more, AND give you video tutorials of how to do it. With all of the prep done, they’ll then set you up to have the flowers delivered direct to your door! (insert slow clap here)

DIY Flower Backdrop 

Easy DIY Floral Backdrop

Here is a lovely DIY tutorial on how to do your own floral backdrop for your ceremony. And BONUS! We’ve given all the info on the actual costs to do this at

three different price points!

Despite what a lot of Pinterest images lead you to believe, floral design is NOT rocket science. You’re the human, it’s the flower… Standard natural hierarchy here people!

This video tutorial shows you step by step how to create a beautiful flower backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Once the ceremony is done, you could even repurpose it as a photo booth backdrop. Win win!

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So the easy/fun part is creating the backdrop but I know you're wondering about the big question… 

What is this going to cost me?

To be honest, it depends on how extravagant you want to be. But we will break it down and give you true costs and alternatives so you could create this piece with a budget starting from $345—including the backdrop frame!


Full disclosure, most wholesale flowers are not sold by the stem but by the bunch. The recipe for the backdrop is by the stem and we would use the leftover stems from the wholesale bunch in other areas of the wedding. 

First things first: Supplies. Here’s exactly what we used in this video tutorial:

White Grid: $150 from Amazon
(You could always sell it after your wedding or let other brides use it!)

Floral Foam Garland: $40

Teeny Tiny Zip Ties: $6

Snips: $10

Supplies Total: $206

And here are the exact floral ingredients shown in the video tutorial:

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Flower Recipe: 

Greenery

1 bunch(5) Robellini - $15 per bunch 

½  bunch Salal - $12 per bunch 

½ bunch Eucalyptus - $16 per bunch 

½ bunch Leather Leaf - $10 per bunch 



Affordable Flowers:

7 Burgundy SnapDragons - $2.5 per stem 

10 Mauve Stock - $1.5 - $ 1.8 per stem 

20 Terra-Cotta Carnations - $1 - $1.25 per stem 

12 White Roses - $2.2 - $2.5 per stem

6 Choral Hypericum Berry - $1.75 per stem 

½ bunch Chamomile - $22 per bunch 



Pricey Flowers:

5 Spray roses - $3 per stem 

6 Dahlias - $3- $4 per stem 

12 Garden Roses - $5 - $6 per stem 

Total Cost

Floral Total: $245

Supplies Total: $206

Grand Total: $451

If $450 is pushing your budget a little too far, we wanted to give you some options of different flowers you could use to bring the total cost down. 

Mid-Budget Option

Alternatives to the Pricey Flowers:

Swap out the spray roses for mini carnations and get a lot more bang for your buck.

  • Spray rose - $3 per stem vs. Mini Carnation - $1 per stem

Spray Roses

Spray Roses

Mini Carnations (image bunchesdirect)

Mini Carnations (image bunchesdirect)

Use chrysanthemums or cremones instead of dahlias. Half the cost and a longer-lasting flower!

  • Dahlia - $3 - $4 per stem vs. Cremone - $1.5 - $1.7 per stem

Dahlia

Dahlia

Cremone (photo by eliteflower.com)

Cremone (photo by eliteflower.com)

Use standard roses instead of garden roses. While garden roses are beautiful, they are among the most expensive flowers out there. You can get beautiful “standard” roses that look almost identical to garden roses at half the cost. We’d suggest using the Shimmer Rose or the Shukrani Rose in lieu of a Juliette Garden Rose. 

  • Garden Rose - $5 - $6 per stem vs. Standard rose $2.2 - $2.5 per stem. 

Garden Rose

Garden Rose

Standard Rose (photo by royalflowersgroup.com)

Standard Rose (photo by royalflowersgroup.com)

Making these substitutions would save you $61, bringing the total cost to $390 including all of your supplies.


Floral Total: $184

Supplies Total: $206

Grand Total: $390

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Budget-Savvy Option

And because we want to give you ALL of the cost-saving alternatives, here’s an option that will:

Photo: Amanda Watson Photography

Photo: Amanda Watson Photography

  • Give you a similar look

  • Use less flowers

  • Save you the most money

  • Require the least amount of work to make

  1. Swap out the floral foam garland for a pre-made greenery garland. This means half of the work is already done for you, and then you’ll just need to add a few flowers on top. Bonus! This one is the most eco-friendly of the options because it does not require a floral foam garland.

  2. Use the more cost-conscious flower options listed below to achieve the same look and feel as the video tutorial. 

Photo by Amanda Watson Photography

Photo by Amanda Watson Photography

  • 5 Burgundy SnapDragons - $2.5 per stem 

  • 5 Mauve Stock - $1.5 - $ 1.8 per stem

  • 15 Terra-Cotta Carnations - $1 - $1.25 per stem

  • 10 Shukrani Roses - $2.2 - $2.5 per stem 

  • 10 White Roses - $2.2 - $2.5 per stem 

  • 5 Choral Hypericum Berry - $1.75 per stem 

  • ½ bunch Chamomile - $22 per bunch  - $11

  • 5-foot greenery garland $75 ($15 / linear foot)


Flower Total: $179

Supplies Total: $166

Grand Total: $345

That’s it! 

I hope this shows that YOU HAVE OPTIONS! Don’t feel like your ability or flower budget is limiting what you can achieve! At Bloom Culture we help you through the entire process, taking your needs and wants—along with your budget—into account and create a DIY flower option for you that checks all the boxes! With over 10  years of floral and wedding experience we know what is in season, how much it costs, and what will look good together. We take a guided approach to DIY wedding flowers ensuring we do the hard part so you can do the fun part!.

photo: Amanda Watson Photography

photo: Amanda Watson Photography


Link to tutorial: Flower Grid Wall 


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DIY Wedding Reception Pro-tips

Featured today on The Budget Savvy Bride!

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We share 5 pro-tips
on how you can keep your wedding decor costs down without compromising your Pinterest board vision!

When it comes to DIY your wedding, it can very quickly feel like your budget is dwindling with all the costs that start to pile up. Having spent 10 years maximizing our brides’ budgets we know a thing or two about stretching your dollar to achieve a beautiful reception without breaking the bank.


Pro Tip 1: Start with your numbers

Figuring out your quantities, ie how many items you’ll need (how many bouquets, bouts, centerpieces etc.) By knowing your numbers and breaking down exactly what you'll need, you'll be less likely to over order on flowers and only spend on the decor that you actually need.

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Here’s an example: 

In regards to her reception Rachel needs: 

15 Reception Tables made up of: 
10 x 60” round tables 
5 x 6’ rectangular tables
1 Head table (2 eight foot tables pushed together, so 16 feet of decor needed!) 

Head exploding yet?

Don’t worry! We’ve been in the business for 10 years and this is all second nature to us so we can help make you a game plan!

Let’s Break it down

Not in the drop it like it’s hot sort of way, but in the basic math we learned in grade school sort of way. 

By knowing the number of tables and the type of tables you’re working with we can break down exactly what decor you'll need for each of them. Trust us… it’s usually significantly less than you expect when you first start pinning to your Pinterest board. (We’ll show you how, don’t worry.)

Pro Tip 2: Apply the rule of 3s. 

At Bloom Culture we always break down the reception table decor into three categories or three “table styles”, if that makes more sense to you. The idea here is that you don’t need a flower arrangement on EVERY table to create a beautiful look.

For the the 15 reception tables Rachel needs, it might look something like this: 

Table Style 1 - Round Table Design: candle trio with hand placed greenery at the base.

  • 5 tables will be Votives and Candles which can go a long way, you can fill in the table with candles (use LED if your venue does not allow flame). 

  • Hand-placed greenery can go a long way and is very affordable! You don’t always need thick elaborate garlands of eucalyptus!

Melissa Marshall Photo

Melissa Marshall Photo

Aubrey Marie Photo

Aubrey Marie Photo

Aaron Snow Photo

Aaron Snow Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Table Style 2 - Round Table Design: flower centerpiece in vase.

  • 5 tables will have a single arrangement. We like to use the single arrangements on round tables because you only need one arrangement per table.

Aubrey Marie Photo

Aubrey Marie Photo

Holli B Photo

Holli B Photo

Table Style 3 - Rectangle Table: 3 or 5 bud vases mixed with votive candles (or decor that may come with the venue, like lanterns). 

  • 5 tables will have bud vases, where you place a few individual stems of flowers in little bottles, are an affordable way to make an impact. I suggest using various heights in a small grouping, or a couple of bottles every few feet.

  • Some venues have decor that you can use like lanterns or candles. Use every bit of those and we can help you personalize it with flowers or greenery! 

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

Pro Tip 3: Reuse your Bridal Party Flowers for your head table. 

Head tables are traditionally rectangular, which makes for the perfect opportunity to repurpose your bridal party flowers. 

Put the bridal bouquet in the centre, and then your bridesmaid bouquets spaced out on either side. All you need is vases with water in them pre-placed on the table and then you can drop the bouquets in as soon as you’re done with having photos taken!

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Pro Tip 4: Repurpose your ceremony flowers . 

Just appoint someone in your family or tribe to move these flowers from the ceremony to the reception. The arch becomes dessert backdrop or a photo booth. The ceremony urns or arrangements can be repurposed to the entry of the reception or to flank the bridal table. SO many options but if you’ve already spent the money on these pieces might as well get the most bang for your buck out of them! 

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Emily Nicole Photo

Pro Tip 5: Use personal items or heirlooms as decor

Instead of buying decor items, why not use something meaningful to you as a couple for your tables. For example: Photos, or heirlooms like my grandmother's rose glass collection (if you feel comfortable using them as decor). Books that mean something to you or just books in general. I mean if it matters to you as a couple, try to incorporate those types of items into your reception. We had a bride who made sand terrariums with a single cactus or succulent to help supplement her floral decor and it was beautiful! She also used her beautiful pottery collection to add detail, she is one smart cookie.

Choate House Photography

Choate House Photography

Sarah Libby Photo

Sarah Libby Photo

OKAY! Does that feel WAY more achievable (and like you only need to spend about half the budget you originally intended?). 

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If you’re considering DIY-ing your wedding decor, Bloom Culture specializes in not only wedding flowers but in making your whole reception reception beautiful at a price point that feels comfortable. We work with DIY brides to remove all of the guess-work; we do the hard part so you can do the fun part. We will help you set a floral budget, determine the best flower varieties to use, and how to spread them throughout your reception to make it feel impactful. 

The 1 Design Rule that will save you $$$ on your wedding decor

How to Maximize Your Decor without Blowing your Budget with Bloom Culture Flowers


Reception decor can feel daunting when you are planning your own wedding. Couples see the number of tables needed and start to see $$$. Not only are you paying for the venue, the food, the cake, but then there’s the decor! What the H are we going to put on the tables? 

With Bloom Culture we not only help you DIY your flowers, we help you figure out where those flowers are going to go and how far we can stretch your budget. 

Here’s the number 1 design rule that will keep your wedding decor costs down while still creating a beautiful reception that meets your Pinterest-board vision!

Meet, the Rule of 3s. 

At Bloom Culture we always break down the reception table decor into three categories or three “table styles”, if that makes more sense to you. The idea here is that you don’t need a flower arrangement on EVERY table to create a beautiful look. Let me explain with some examples. 

Table Style 1:
Candle trio with hand placed greenery at the base.

  • Votives and Candles go a long way, you can fill in the table with candles (use LED if your venue does not allow flame). 

  • You can collect these in the months before your wedding and they add a great atmosphere. Pillar candles, votive candles, floating candles. 

  • Hand-placed greenery can go a long way and is very affordable! You don’t always need thick elaborate garlands of eucalyptus!

Arron Snow Photo

Arron Snow Photo

Photo Via Pinterest

Photo Via Pinterest

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Table Style 2:
Groupings of bud vases mixed with votive candles 

  • Bud vases, where you place a few individual stems of flowers in little bottles, are an affordable way to make an impact. I suggest using various heights in a small grouping, or a couple of bottles every few feet if you’re working with a long table.

  • You could also use decor that may come with the venue, some venues have decor that you can use like lanterns or candles. Use every bit of those and we can help you personalize it with flowers or greenery! 

  • Photos, or heirlooms like my grandmother's rose glass collection (if you feel comfortable using them as decor). Books that mean something to you or just books in general. I mean if it matters to you as a couple, try to incorporate those types of items into your reception. We had a bride who made sand terrariums with a single cactus or succulent to help supplement her floral decor and it was beautiful! She also used her beautiful pottery collection to add detail, she is one smart cookie. 

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Sarah Libby Photography

Sarah Libby Photography

Sarah Libby Photography

Sarah Libby Photography



Table Style 3:
Floral centerpiece in vase

  • This is going to be your most costly option but will make a great impact when scattered across an entire room of tables. 

  • Cohesive design, pull it all together, color and decor. 

  • The flowers that are in the centerpiece are elements from each of the other tables bringing the look together. 

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BONUS: Head Table Decor

Head Table: Reuse your Bridal Party Flowers here

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Put your bridal and bridesmaid bouquets here! It’s gorgeous so use your bouquets as statement pieces on your head table! Put the bridal bouquet in the centre, and then your bridesmaid bouquets spaced out on either side. All you need is vases with water in them pre-placed on the table and then you can drop the bouquets in as soon as you’re done with having photos taken! You’ve already spent the money and made them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back to pick things up from a wedding and the bouquets are just dying on a table. Make them a part of your decor! Win Win.

Use this trick to stretch your decor budget for maximum impact

By just implementing this one design strategy, you can take your wedding decor design to professional levels of pretty! We hope you find these insights helpful in designing your dream day!

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At Bloom Culture we’ll help you make it ALL look pretty, not just the flowers. We specialize in working with DIY brides to remove all of the guess-work; we do the hard part so you can do the fun part. We will help you set a floral budget, determine the best flower varieties to use, and write “flower recipes” that tell you exactly what ingredients you’ll need for every bouquet, centerpiece, boutonniere and more, AND give you video tutorials of how to do it. With all of the prep done, we’ll then set you up to have the flowers delivered direct to your door! (insert slow clap here)

How to use different flowers to save money!

Flower Substitutions to save $$$$

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That magical peach flower that has most definitely caught your attention... it's probably the most requested wedding flower and it's known as a Juliet Garden Rose.

The bad news is it's EXPENSIVE. The good news is we have a solution! Here at Bloom Culture we write all of your floral recipes for your DIY wedding flowers, which means you tell us your vision and we tell you exactly what flowers you need to bring that to life (within your budget, of course).

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If you love these beauties, we'll try to make sure they are in your bridal bouquet because that is such a special part of your day as a bride (and it's going to be one well-photographed bunch of flowers!). But then we'll select a very similarly-toned standard rose to give the same look and feel in the rest of the wedding... at about half the cost! Win-win.

Here are some more affordable alternatives to the Juliette Garden rose that cost around $2.5 - $3 instead of $6-$8 for the Juliette! (You’re Welcome!)

Cost conscious alternatives!

Premium Peach/Blush rose - Photo by DVFlora

Premium Peach/Blush rose - Photo by DVFlora

Premium Peach Rose

Premium Peach Rose

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