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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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:

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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

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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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How much a Bridal Bouquet Costs

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"How much will it cost me to make my own bridal bouquet?"

Price points will vary depending on the look you're going for, but a general guide is between $100 and $200.

But let's break it down a bit more.

This bouquet is full of specialty flowers and would be considered on the more "pricey" side.

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  • * Mauve Lisianthus

  • * Juliette Garden roses

  • Dark Red roses

  • Quicksand Roses

  • White Spray roses

  • * Gomphrena

  • * Astrantia

  • Veronica

  • * Cosmos

Why? Specialty flowers (the one with the asterisk by them) are more pricey for two reasons. They have a higher price point per flower ( $2.00 - $3.00 per stem) and come in smaller bunches, only 10 to a bunch. A garden rose is even more pricey at around $5 -$6 a stem (these sometimes come in a 12 stem bunch and other times a 20 stem bunch, it ranges for some reason). Other less pricey and non-specialty flowers come at a price-point of $1-$2 (carnations I’m looking at you) and have a larger wholesale bunch quantity of about 25 stems per bunch.

But don't fret, we typically only do specialty roses, like the beautiful peach Juliette Garden Roses pictured here, for the bridal bouquet. To help cut down on overall costs, we then use a similarly colored regular rose (at half the cost) for the rest of the wedding. Because we understand that the bouquet (and bride) is usually the most photographed at the wedding, we think it's totally okay to spend a bit more there!

If you’ve got questions, we’ll answer them! Just comment below or shoot us an email!

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The ole Bud Vase Butt Face

True Story: In my local studio I would always say butt faces quickly when referring to bud vases. I would try to see if anyone would notice or catch on. I’m a 5 year old at heart at times and it just made me chuckle. My assistants will attest to my rapier wit (they’d all roll their eyes at this point.)

Photo by Arron Snow Photography

Photo by Arron Snow Photography

photo by Choate House

photo by Choate House

Also, I didn’t realize that so many people didn’t know what bud vases were! These glorious babes are Bud Vases. They give a great bang for your buck as a little goes a long way. They are simple to make, simple to transport and just for the sake of using the same word three times, they make it simple to make your reception feel designed and full. Who knew a bunch of butt faces would come in handy at your wedding (especially when you mix them with other decor like candles OR a homemade sand terrarium!? 🤗)

Check out our Pinterest page dedicated to Bud Vase design! SO many options!

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10 Reasons why DIY is for you…

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and how it can save you tons of money!

Is DIY for you? If you’ve made it this far down the DIY wedding flower rabbit hole then chances are you’re game! Here at BCF (Bloom Culture Flowers) we aim to take out all of the guesswork behind DIY flowers. We do the hard part so you can do the fun part! But just to make sure you know what you’re getting into, here are 10 reasons DIY may be right for you!

  1. You want to save save money. Somewhere between 50-60% to be sort of exact. Savings will fluctuate from person to person because wedding wants/needs fluctuate. Some people want extra and some don’t. All are welcome.

  2. You have people willing to help. If you have a great tribe (which looks different for everyone) this can be such a fun experience! No one wants to go on an ice cream run alone right? Friends/family just make it fun! Again if you only need some bridal party items and a few arrangements then you don’t need to call in the cavalry.

  3. 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!

  4. You follow instructions. Did we just transport back to the third grade? Ugh. I’ve become THAT teacher. Full disclosure, I never followed instructions and it definitely made a few things harder; I just walk to the beat of my own drum (and apparently like to make things harder for myself). Following instructions just make things run smoother. It’s as simple as that. We will give you ALL of the instructions.

  5. You have an idea of what you want. And if you don’t that’s okay too. Check out our Library of Flowers Pinterest board. It will TOTES help with this. Our entire Pinterest page will!

  6. You’ve thought, “I can make that!”! I think a lot of people at some point look at something and think, I can totally make that. And I get it. Being a wedding & event florist with almost 15 years experience, I can show you how to “make that”. If this is you, then I think DIY could be a good fit!

  7. You’re creative. Or not. Either way the more naturally creative person will flourish just as much as the one who needs to work a bit at it. Just ask this bride who after our consultation sent - “Thank you from the bottom of my previously non-floral pumped heart!” - Jesilyn (full review on our home page)

  8. You want to have a gorgeous wedding without breaking the bank. Seriously, so many people think that flowers are Soooooooo expensive and they are soooooo not worth it but they so are. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make flowers look pretty. We know tried and true simple ways to help your wedding stand out with simple or minimal floral.

  9. Nobody puts baby in a corner. Not quite sure where I’m going with that but I always like saying it and it pops into my head a few times a week. I think what I’m trying to say is don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cant do. You know what you are capable of and if you want to do this, you can. We will help.

  10. YOU SAVE MONEY! I know it’s not all about the money but it plays a huge roll and we’d be dumb if we didn’t think so. You can save 50-60% but what does this actually mean? So I am a professional florist and know what I charge and what most people charge across the board. I am in no way devaluing what I do but I also know that not everyone can afford or wants to pay for that. And that’s OKAY! You mainly save on labor and overhead. Which is a lot. I mean how many times have you hired a plumber or and electrician and the labor cost was crazy! Time is money and if you are doing it yourself you’re not paying for someone else’s time.

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FLOWER COMB

Floral combs have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years so we thought we’d share this easy DIY! It’s perfect for engagements, weddings, or just for fun!

Who wouldn’t wear flowers in their hair?!

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What You’ll Need:

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• Fresh Flowers (we used Spray Roses and Brunia)
• Snips
• Ribbon (Choose various thicknesses for depth and interest. We picked ribbon with subtle colors and lots of texture. Make sure you get a thick option to cover up the card stock).
• 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)
• Cold Floral Glue (We use cold floral glue for fresh flowers, it adheres in a flexible manor and does less!)

Step 1 : Cut a 2” x 4” piece of card stock. For various size combs a rule of thumb is to make sure the edge of the card stock extends about a quarter of an inch past the width of the comb. Fold the card stock in half.

Step 1: Cut a 2” x 4” piece of card stock. For various size combs a rule of thumb is to make sure the edge of the card stock extends about a quarter of an inch past the width of the comb. Fold the card stock in half.

Step 2 : Run a generous line of hot glue along the back of the comb and attach it to the non-folded side of the card stock. Press the two open sides of the card stock together to hide the top of the comb. Cut off any excess or extra that you don’t need.

Step 2: Run a generous line of hot glue along the back of the comb and attach it to the non-folded side of the card stock. Press the two open sides of the card stock together to hide the top of the comb. Cut off any excess or extra that you don’t need.

Step 3 : Cut your ribbon to the appropriate size to conceal the card stock. Don’t be afraid to layer the ribbon adding depth and interest. Once cut to the appropriate length, glue the ribbon to the backing.

Step 3: Cut your ribbon to the appropriate size to conceal the card stock. Don’t be afraid to layer the ribbon adding depth and interest. Once cut to the appropriate length, glue the ribbon to the backing.

Step 4 : Now we move on to the cold glue for fresh flowers (you can use hot if you’re using silk). Run a line of cold glue along the ribbon in the desired place. Let the glue set up for about 10-20 seconds. While you’re waiting for the glue to set up, snip your desired flowers short at the base.

Step 4: Now we move on to the cold glue for fresh flowers (you can use hot if you’re using silk). Run a line of cold glue along the ribbon in the desired place. Let the glue set up for about 10-20 seconds. While you’re waiting for the glue to set up, snip your desired flowers short at the base.

Tip: make sure you clean your flowers by taking off any blemished outer petals.
Step 5 : Apply a dollop of cold glue to the bottom of the cut flower (do this slowly as the cold glue has a tendency to run at first). Allow the glue to set up for 10-20 seconds.

Step 5: Apply a dollop of cold glue to the bottom of the cut flower (do this slowly as the cold glue has a tendency to run at first). Allow the glue to set up for 10-20 seconds.

Step 6 : Apply the flowers to the comb, making sure that the glue you placed on the backing and the glue on the flower are touching (the glue works like rubber cement and bonds to itself). Arrange the flowers as you see fit. Fill in any holes you may see with buds or other floral elements you’ve gathered. Let sit for a good 30 minutes before use and enjoy!

Step 6: Apply the flowers to the comb, making sure that the glue you placed on the backing and the glue on the flower are touching (the glue works like rubber cement and bonds to itself). Arrange the flowers as you see fit. Fill in any holes you may see with buds or other floral elements you’ve gathered. Let sit for a good 30 minutes before use and enjoy!

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Special thank you to Ely Fair Photography and Green Wedding Shoes Blog for originally posting/featuring our DIY on their blog. All photos taken by Ely Fair and photo arrangement borrowed from GWS.

BOUTONNIERE HACK

Easy Boutonniere Hack to keep your Bouts Fresh!

So you’ve made your boutonnieres with help from our Bout tutorial, now here is how I keep them prancy and fresh!

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Supplies: Water Tube Picks and Floral foam.
*if you are a Bloom Culture Bride/Client we’ll mail the picks to you FO FREE (just email and ask us to :)


Once you are done constructing your bouquets give them a firm tape and fill the pics with water, stick them in the floral foam and then place your bouts in the water! It’s like a mini vase for your little bouty!

You can always pop them in the fridge until the big day too. You can do these a day or two in advance if you keep them fresh and hydrated! If you want to add ribbon you can easily do that the morning of your event!

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