Wedding Flowers and Decor

Hottest Homegrown Wedding Decorations

Wedding flowers can be one of the easier tasks for the DIY bride. After all, you could grow your blooms at home, or if you have no green thumb to speak of, simply visit a local nursery or flower shop for everything you need. On the other hand, arranging the flowers can take more effort than you might imagine, and without the right preparation, you could wind up with a mess of mismatched blossoms rather than a beautiful bouquet. Begin with a few easy tips for handmade wedding décor, and add your own spark of style to personalize the arrangements.

Tips for DIY Bouquets

Wedding bouquets may look like complex compositions, but they're quite simple to put together. With the right tools, a handful of gorgeous blossoms, and a bit of complimentary flora, you can make a bouquet to rival any pricey, professional creation.

First, decide on the style and feeling you want to convey. From casual to classic, playful to sophisticated, all it takes is some attention to detail and a few helpful hints to get the look you like. Here are some basic approaches to the handmade bouquet:

  • Calm, cool and collected. Even without a florist, a classic bouquet is within reach. Focus on creamy white blooms like English roses, peonies and lilies of the valley, with a few sprays of greenery or baby's breath to match a traditional wedding atmosphere. For a faultless finish with a modern touch, bring in a few different species or colors of one type of flower and gather into a small, tight globe with a careful eye, some patience and the right florist tools.
  • Big, vibrant and happy. Sunflowers are beautiful, vibrant choices for a bouquet, and they come in a selection of shades and sizes. They'll also save you a lot of time: two or three big sunflowers will be the main event, with other seasonal blooms in complimentary colors to round out the arrangement (think purple coneflowers, red snapdragons, pink sweet peas or orange tiger lilies along with a spray of white or green buds).
  • Spirit of the Wild. If rustic, natural beauty is your thing, make use of the plant life around you. Twisted twigs, wispy wild grasses and waxy succulents provide a lot of green interest, and a selection of wildflowers will add hints of color throughout. One thing to consider with wild seasonal plants: they can be nasty triggers for seasonal allergies, so you might want to take the bouquet for a test run before you hold it under your nose on your wedding day.

Play around with some different flowers and take some tips from other green thumbs before you land on the final arrangement. If you're planning to whip up your bouquets ahead of time (which is likely the case), you'll want to choose blooms that not only look great, but will also travel well.

Imaginative Centerpiece Ideas

Wedding Flowers and Decor

Freedom of expression is another perk of homemade wedding décor. Anything goes, so let your imagination soar. If you love the classic romance of flowers, gather a bundle of garden fresh blooms from your own garden (or a friendly neighbor's yard), and pile them into some floral foam for a lush centerpiece. Alternatively, save time and money with a sparse arrangement in a delicate vase. The minimal look is the height of modern wedding sophistication, and a practical route for a DIY wedding.

If you're eager to blaze a trail with your wedding décor, think beyond flowers and consider other less conventional objects that will lend interest to the tables and make for a memorable reception:

  • Glass Containers. Paint simple glass tumblers, jars and jugs with enamel paint for updated and coordinated vases.
  • Colorful Fabric. Create a selection of colorful napkins with patterned bed sheets or new fabric, and set each table with different patterns in the same color family. If you have bits leftover, make up a few strings of bunting to hang up (all you'll need is scissors, glue and cord).
  • Fruit. Use colorful fruit like apples, pears and oranges for place card holders (which can double as appetizers for particularly hungry guests!)
  • Candy. For a playful statement, put together centerpieces of lollipops, candy chains, pinwheels and – if weather allows – chocolates. Guests can break down the ensemble afterwards to take home, saving you the effort of compiling wedding favors.
  • Paper. From hanging lanterns to paper flowers, you can achieve a magical effect with some different colors and textures of paper. Gather your crafty friends for a paper flower-making party a few weeks before the wedding, and you'll spare yourself the stress of supporting and transporting live flowers on the big day.

Once you pick your flowers and decide on décor, you'll need a few key tools for a professional result. Scissors, floral tape and pins are the basic tools for a bouquet, and if you'll be calling on friends and family to help assemble, make sure you have enough supplies to go around. There are so many last-minute tasks in a handmade wedding, and you'll want to be as efficient as possible to limit the stress. Fortunately, a bit of planning goes a long way, so take time now to save time later!