3 DIY Bridal Bouquets You Can (Actually) Make Yourself

Create an eye-catching bridal bouquet at a fraction of the cost with these must-know tips.

Did you know that the average bridal bouquet costs around $200? And with a large chunk of that price (around 30 percent to be exact) coming from labor costs, there's no question that creating your own bouquet could potentially save you some big bucks. Not a floral expert? No worries. With these flower arranging tips and a little practice, a picture-perfect DIY bridal bouquet is totally doable. Watch the video below to learn how to make three on-trend bouquets, then read on for some need-to-know tips.

5 Tips for Ordering, Arranging + Caring for Wedding Flowers

1. Choose In-Season Blooms

To ensure your bouquet features only the freshest, prettiest blooms, choose flowers that are in season in your area. In-season flowers will also cost less because they don't have to be shipped in from another locale. For example, sunflowers will cost significantly less in the summer and early fall than in the winter when their natural growing season is over. But if you absolutely MUST have sunflowers during the off-season, just be aware that they will cost a little more and may not be as lush and pretty as normal.

Wildflower Wedding Bouquet

Wildflower Wedding Bouquet

This bouquet is a gorgeous mix of summer wildflowers like sunflower, zinnia, thistle, veronica and much more.

Photo by: Liz Gray

Liz Gray

2. Know How to Order

Put in your flower order with a local grower, grocery store or florist at least two months in advance and order 20 percent more than you think you need. This allows for broken stems and mistakes you might make along the way. Arrange for a pick-up date of two to three days before the event to ensure your flowers are at their absolute freshest. (See itemized order lists for each bouquet at the bottom of this post.)

3. Take Care

As soon as you get your flowers home, re-cut the stems with very sharp garden pruners and place in buckets of fresh, room-temperature water to keep them hydrated and healthy. Store in a dark, cool place, like a basement or hallway, until ready to use.

4. Learn Arranging Basics

Romantic Wedding Bouquet

Romantic Wedding Bouquet

This flowy bouquet of pink garden roses, plum ranunculus, astilbe and hydrangea is a gorgeous choice for a classic, romantic wedding.

Photo by: Photo: Liz Gray, Design: Morgan Faulkner

Photo: Liz Gray, Design: Morgan Faulkner

Carve out time the day before your wedding to assemble your bridal bouquet. Before arranging, give each flower a quick quality check, removing brown petals and stripping the stems of all unnecessary foliage.

Arrange your bouquet from the inside out, starting with feature flowers like hydrangea and roses first, then adding smaller blooms as you go. Finish your bouquet with a ring of greenery around the edge and a few sprigs of greenery dispersed throughout.

Stand in front of a floor-length mirror with your bouquet to check your progress along the way. If featured blooms aren't as prominent as you'd like, tease them out by grabbing the bloom with three fingers and gently pulling it up and out into a more visible position.

Tightly wrap stems just below the blooms with wired twine or waterproof floral tape, then cut stems flat for a clean look.

5. Store It Right

Garden Organic Bridal Bouquet

Garden Organic Bridal Bouquet

Photo by: Photo: Liz Gray, Design: Morgan Faulkner

Photo: Liz Gray, Design: Morgan Faulkner

Place your finished bouquet in a vase of fresh water and store in a cool (not freezing) location. If you're storing it in the refrigerator, place it toward the front of the fridge out of range of any cold air seeping in from the freezer.

A few hours before the ceremony, take the bouquet out of the water and wrap with a decorative element like satin ribbon or lace, leaving about one inch of stem showing below the wrapping. Place in a vase filled with just enough water to cover the bottom of the stems, being careful not to soak the wrapping.

When it's time to say "I Do," take the bouquet out of water and dab stems lightly with a paper towel to prevent water from dropping on your dress.

Romantic Bouquet

Materials Needed

  • 5-7 stems plum ranunculus
  • 4 stems green hydrangea
  • 5 stems pink garden rose
  • 7 stems pink astilbe
  • 5-7 stems each of dusty miller, Italian ruscus and seeded eucalyptus
  • greenery
  • wired twine
  • garden shears

Wildflower Bouquet

Materials Needed

  • 3 stems sunflower
  • 5-7 stems pink zinnia
  • 3 stems red ginger
  • 5-7 stems blue thistle
  • 5-7 stems veronica
  • 10 stems purple and white waxflower
  • 10 stems goldenrod
  • 5 stems Queen Anne's lace
  • pittosporum greenery, as needed
  • non-wired ivory ribbon
  • waterproof floral tape
  • garden shears

Garden Organic Bouquet

Materials Needed

  • 5 stems white peony
  • 9 stems white lisianthus
  • 5 stems Queen Anne's lace
  • 5 stems white wax flower
  • gun-eye and silver dollar eucalyptus greenery, as needed
  • garden shears
  • wired twine

Bridal Shower Idea: Throw a Flower Arranging Party

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Set Up a "Flower Market"

The day before the party, head to your local flower market to pick out the best and brightest flowers the season has to offer. Be sure to get greens, fillers and flowers in an assortment of colors and sizes. Avoid yellow leaves and brown stems, and don't hesitate to ask a sales associate for help. On the day of the party, display your finds in market-style galvanized buckets, where guests can easily access the flowers they'll be using in their own arrangements.

Create a Seasonal Table

For lunch, cover the dining table in butcher paper and add a romantic runner made with floral fabric cut straight from the bolt. Place a few beautiful arrangements in the center of the table, along with small dishes full of seasonal sweets like peaches and cherries. After the meal, remove the runner to reveal a functional workspace for the "flower school" portion of the party.

Perfect Placement

The place setting is simple but beautiful: a china dinner plate, your favorite flatware and a folded napkin. Fabric flower pom pins are the perfect focal point, and once guests sit down they can wear their pins throughout the party then take them home.

Bon Appetit!

Create a fresh menu full of vibrant and seasonal snacks that reflect the natural garden feel of the party. And don't be afraid to have fun with your food. These miniature shrimp salad sandwiches are topped with green onion and cut into hearts for a fun, feminine touch.

Party Menu
Honeycomb served with Blue Cheese, Blackberries + Pears
Salmon Lollipops
Shrimp Salad
Tomato Sandwiches
Key Lime Cake
Martha Washington Candy

Sweeter Than Honey

Create a simple yet impressive appetizer display by ordering a square of raw honeycomb, then arranging it on a wood cutting board with ripe pears, fresh raspberries and a strong blue cheese like Roquefort or Stilton. Set out knives so guests can help themselves by digging out pieces of fresh honey to drizzle over the cheese and fruit.

Flip the Switch

After guests have finished eating lunch, clear the table of the flowers, runner and dinnerware, and leave the butcher paper to serve as a workspace that can be thrown away for quick cleanup at the end of the party. Give each guest the tools she'll need to get started with her own arrangement: a pretty vase or pitcher, pruning shears and an apron.

Class Time

Invite a florist or experienced friend over to lead the flower-arranging instruction and teach tips to the group. At this particular party, instructor Ash Bailey from The Byrd Collective shows guests which foliage works best for forming a stable base for the rest of the arrangement. Rather than prescribing a formula or "recipe," she teaches guests how to have fun with the flowers by putting together the colors and textures that capture their attention.

Fun With Flowers

After the lesson, invite guests to head to the "market" and choose the flowers they'd like to use for their own arrangements. Using their newly learned skills, everyone will have a blast creating their own beautiful arrangements. The instructor can circulate to each guest, offering assistance and guidance as they work.

Surrounded by Stems

Cleanup couldn't be easier: Simply roll up the butcher paper with all the stems on it, and toss into the recycling bin.

Capture Each Guest's Creation

This party is truly a feast for the senses, full of wonderful fragrances, mouthwatering tastes and all-around beauty. Allow guests to take their arrangements home as a keepsake of the fun afternoon shared with friends, food and flowers.

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