Photo by Matt Schmatchtenberg

Photo by Matt Schmatchtenberg

DIY Flower Guide

DIY flowers can be a great way to have beautiful, fresh, local flowers with a personal touch, on a budget. If you're considering ordering DIY flowers for your wedding here are some things to consider to make sure it's the right choice for you.

Is DIY Right for Me?

Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need for a great DIY experience.

Time. Do you have the time to come to the farm and pick up your flowers, and the time to create your own wedding arrangements? Make sure you have a friend or family member who is willing and able to help with arranging and set up. Plan on picking your flowers up 1-2 days before your event and make sure to give yourself and your friends plenty of time to work with them, especially if you are new to flower arranging.

Space. Do you have enough room in your car to transport your flowers? (Make sure to bring along a tarp to protect from splashing!) Do you have a cool spot where you can store your flowers before and after arranging them? No need to have a walk in cooler- an air conditioned room or cool basement is ideal. Do you have a good work space out of the sun and wind where you can make a big mess?

Materials. Do you have all of the tools and materials you need? Probably not yet. All of these items can be found at your local craft store, but it's a good idea to get them ahead of time. Here are some of the tools and supplies you’ll need for arranging:
-Sharp clippers (a pair for everyone helping you)
-Clean vases (it's important that they are super clean because bacteria and dirt will clog flower stems and prevent them from taking up water)
-Any mechanics you’ll need for large or low containers (i.e. marbles, clear tape, chicken wire, pin frogs, floral foam)
-Floral tape, ribbon, and twine for DIY bouquets, and floral wire for DIY boutonnieres, corsages, and floral crowns
-Trash and/or compost bins for your flower clippings

Enthusiasm. Are you excited to create your own flowers, or do you have a friend or family member who is? What is your skill and confidence level working with flowers? We recommend watching a few basic tutorials on youtube and/or making a mock up. If you are excited about doing most of your flowers but there are a few elements that make you nervous, like your bouquet or boutonnieres, consider our A La Carte option where you can customize a combination of buckets and arrangements.

DIY Dahlias

Which DIY Option is Right for Me?

Farmer’s Choice Buckets ($55 each) are a great choice for folks with a flexible color palette seeking fresh, seasonal flowers with a rustic or wildflower look. You choose between bright sunny colors or more subdued pastels, and we fill your buckets with the best of what’s in bloom. If you want fresh beautiful, colorful flowers but you don't need to know exactly what will be in your bucket this is perfect for you!

Your Choice Buckets ($75 each) are designed for folks with a more precise or limited color palette. We tailor your buckets to your color palette and style. As always, specific flower varieties depend on the season and the whims of nature. If you are dreaming of a blue and white wedding, or an all pink affair this is the choice for you. We'll use your palette to put together buckets that can bring your vision to life.

Photo by Bri Nelson Lamm

Photo by Bri Nelson Lamm

How many DIY Buckets Do I Need?

This depends mostly on what you plan to make with your DIY flowers, and a little bit on your arranging style. We fill each bucket with roughly 7-10 bunches (generally 10 stems each) with a mix of focal flowers, accent flowers, and foliage to arrange with. Each bucket contains enough material to fill 5-8 wide mouth quart mason jars. Use this as your guide. If you like a more sparse look, use the low end of our estimate, if you like a jam packed vase use the higher end. If you have large or wide containers you'll need more stems to fill them out.

For DIY bouquets, you need more stems than you probably think. Plan on using most of a bucket for a bridal bouquet (unless you prefer a very petite bouquet) and making 2 bridesmaid bouquets per bucket. For boutonnieres and corsages you need relatively little material (maybe 1 bucket for the whole wedding party), but let us know so we can make sure to include some sturdy items and everlasting flowers for you to work with. If you're not sure, round up since you can always find a place for extra flowers!

Photo by Feather & Oak Photography

Tips to help your flowers stay fresh

Boutonnieres, corsages, flower crowns, and other wearables can be stored in the refrigerator until it’s time to put them on. Make sure to pin securely so they don’t flop in your photos!

Handheld bouquets should be stored in a bucket or vase with water in a cool room out of direct sunlight and wind- an air conditioned room or cool basement is ideal. Leave them in the water as long as possible. When you’re ready for them just dry the stems with a paper towel and trim them to your desired length. Make sure to dab them one last time before you take it down the aisle so they don’t drip on your dress! After the ceremony if you’d like to keep bouquets fresh just cut the bottom inch off of the stems and place in water. Some elements may not rehydrate but most will.

DIY flowers also like to be stored in a cool room out of direct sunlight and wind. When you’re arranging with them make sure you’re putting them into clean containers with clean water. Dirt and bacteria clog up the stems and prevent them from taking up water. Make sure to remove any leaves that are below the waterline. Once you’ve finished your arrangements store them in a cool room until needed. Make sure to check the water level in your containers and replenish as needed since the flowers will continue to drink. 

Photo by Priscilla Thomas Photography