DIY

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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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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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.