Florist or DIY Wedding Flowers?

Will you use a florist or are you going the 'DIY Wedding Flowers' route? Both have their advantages. Here we discuss the pros and cons of using a professional or doing-it-yourself.

Advantages of using a Florist

The main advantage of using a florist is that they are experienced. You can easily tap into this expertise - will tulips or calla lilies look best with my dress? What color flowers work best with my wedding theme etc. Here are some of the things that a florist will take care of.

Less Stress

One of the nice things about having a florist is that they take care of everything. You don't have to worry about getting up at the crack of dawn to get the arrangements made. Or the logistics of how you are going to get all of the flowers to the ceremony, reception, bride, and groomsmen (who are often all in different places on the wedding morning).

Shouldn't you be enjoying the build up to the big day rather than getting stressed out?

Timing

Timing is everything when it comes to wedding flowers. From when to order your flowers and get them delivered to when to start making up the arrangements.

The arrangements should generally be made up on the evening before the wedding or on the morning of the wedding itself so that the flowers are as fresh as possible. This is particularly important for boutonnieres and bouquets that are not in water.

This gives a relatively short window of time to get everything prepared - experienced florists are quick as well as skilled.

Conditioning

When your flowers arrive from the wholesaler they need to be conditioned. This involves cutting the stems and standing them in tepid water for several hours. Some flowers have special conditioning requirements, for instance gerberas (gerber daisies) need to be suspended in water to prevent their stems from getting kinks in them.

Creativity

Your florist will be able to work with you and come up with a host of ideas so that your day is memorable for all the right reasons. They are knowledgeable about seasonal flowers, color schemes and how to get the best out of your budget.

Advantages of DIY Wedding Flowers

Probably the main advantage of DIY wedding flowers is the cost saving. You will not have to pay for the florist's time and expertise. If you are a control-freak you may also like the fact that you are in control of when the flowers are made and delivered to the venue.

If you are not trained as a florist it is a good idea to stick to a simple theme with one type of flower that is easy to handle, such as roses. This should also help to keep the cost down.

There are a number of suppliers of wholesale wedding flowers that are prepared to supply direct to the public. Some, like Pacific Callas, specialise in supplying bulk wedding flowers to brides and event organisers.

Another possibility is to use silk flowers. These are popular as DIY wedding flowers because they can be prepared in advance. There is less stress from time constraints and various members of the wedding party can be recruited to help.

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