11 Tips And Tricks For The Perfect DIY Bouquet On Your Big Day

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You don’t have to dish out tons of money for your wedding day. In fact, there are little shortcuts that you can take to save yourself some big bucks on your big day. One of those ways is by fashioning your own DIY bouquet. From seasonal bouquet looks to some of the most timeless classic looks, here are some of the most beautiful DIY bouquets to try out for your wedding day. 

1. Pick The Right Colors

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Before you start making your DIY bouquet, you need to pick the right colors. Every wedding has a theme and a color palette. Once you figure out yours, you will be ready to start putting your DIY bouquet together. If the primary color of your wedding is going to be coral, then you will want the stand out flowers in your DIY bouquet to be coral as well. The surrounding flowers will all be accent flowers that will compliment your central flower. And of course, you can never go wrong by adding white flowers such as roses or white carnations to balance out your colors.

2. Peruvian Lilies For Spring And Summer Weddings

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If you are having a spring or summer wedding, and are need of a spring or summer bouquet, then you may want to include Alstroemeria (or Peruvian Lilies) in your DIY bouquet. These flowers have delicate small blooms that pop up in clusters. The beautiful thing about these Peruvian Lilies is that they come in a range of colors so you can choose one that is perfect for your wedding color palette. You can find these delicate colors in white, orange, pink, yellow, lavender, red, purple, and flecked.

What we especially love about these Peruvian Lilies is that they are a cost effective flower for your DIY bouquet and they won't put a damper on your wedding budget. You can mostly get them at any flower shop if you call ahead, and you can generally purchase a fair amount for a low price. This will be especially helpful if you would like to include your central flower in the bridesmaid’s bouquets. If you do choose to include Peruvian Lilies in your DIY bouquet, remember to use some of the natural leaves to compliment and shape your bouquet. 

3. Amaryllis For Late Fall and Summer Wedding

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This next flower is perfect for any DIY Bouquet for late fall and early summer weddings. For a tropical wedding or a wedding that has a pop of color to it, you will want to go with an amaryllis DIY bouquet. If you are having a destination wedding with a tropical feel, then the amaryllis flower is the perfect addition. It’s no wonder because these beautiful flowers find their roots in the tropical rainforests of Africa as well as South America. The flowers typically bloom in two to five large trumpet shaped blossoms and stand strong at the tip of their extra long stalks. You can find this flower in a range of shades including white, yellow, green, pink, red, and burgundy.

What we love about this flower in any DIY bouquet is the fact that they are pretty resilient. Because these flowers are so resistant, they make for the perfect addition to any bridesmaid's DIY bouquets. They last relatively long and are pretty durable. The only downside to this beautiful flower is the cost. Because they are so rare, the price tag can be a little costly. If you do choose to go with this flower, you may want to create alternating bridesmaid bouquets or reserve a bouquet just for your maid of honor.

4. Calla Lilies For Winter Weddings

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If you are having a winter wedding, then you may want to include Calla Lilies in your flower bouquet. These flowers are subtle, yet incredibly strong and demanding. The Calla Lily finds its origins in Africa and is known as the flower that represents “magnificent beauty”. If you want a bouquet that is tall as opposed to rounded, then this is the flower that you may want to settle on. The beautiful thing about including this flower in your DIY bouquet is the fact that the Calla Lily can stand on its own. You don’t need to add any other flower in the arrangement, so right away you are saving costs on your DIY bouquet. Simply arrange the Calla Lily with its natural greenery. For an added dose of elegance, pair the Calla Lilly with some baby’s breath, and you are sure to have a standout DIY bouquet.

While the standard color for the Calla Lily is ivory, you can also find this flower in yellow, orange, light and dark pink, and red. We love that including the Calla lily in your DIY bouquet will not set you back too much. The flower is reasonably affordable, and you do not need many stalks to pull off a beautiful DIY bouquet. The Calla Lily’s strength, beauty, and resilience make it the perfect flower for a winter wedding (though this flower generally can be found year round). For a simple, yet strong wedding bouquet, the Calla Lily does not disappoint.

5. Dahlias For Fall weddings

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This next flower arrangement is perfect for a fall wedding. Dahlias are known for their dramatic and bold luck. And they very well should be. These are some of the most beautiful flowers to include in any wedding celebration especially a fall celebration. You can find dahlias in a range of colors including white, yellow, orange, pink, red, and purple. What we love about the dahlia is that it blends well with any color palette. It can also be paired with almost any flower in the same color palette and still stand out.

You do not need many stems of the flower to pull off a beautiful DIY bouquet. Having five or six flowers on your central bouquet surrounded by other complementary flowers is the perfect look. Dahlias make for a great main flower if you are trying to achieve a circular bouquet as opposed to a tall bouquet. And the cherry on top? These flowers are incredibly affordable, and you can find them at most any flower shop. For a beautiful DIY bouquet that does not disappoint, dahlias are the way to go.

6. Dutch Tulips For Winter And Spring Arrangements

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This next flower is beautiful for any fall or winter DIY bouquet. Although tulips are incredibly common, their beauty has always remained intact. Tulips are incredibly versatile and relatively sturdy, so you can be sure that they will withstand any DIY bouquet. We especially love that tulips come in a range of colors. You can find them in white, yellow, orange, pale pink, dark pink, red, and purple. We recommend going with Dutch tulips for your DIY bouquet. Dutch tulips tend to have larger blooms and will be perfect as a central flower for your DIY bouquet. Because you can find these flowers at their peak bloom throughout the months of November and May, these make for the best winter and early spring wedding flowers. You can complement your tulips with green foliage for an elegant and fresh look. You can even add some of the smaller French tulips (in white of course) for a DIY bouquet that is elegant and sophisticated.

Additional DIY Bouquet Tips And Tricks

Having the right flower for your DIY bouquet is just the beginning, here are some nifty tips and tricks that will have your DIY bouquet looking as beautiful as ever.

8. Use The Right Tools

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Tying up a DIY bouquet together may look like an impossible feat, but with a little bit of practice and patience, it’s actually pretty doable. Before you start though, you will need to have the right tools. Get your hands on some decent flower shears as well as floral tape, and you should be ready to go. For an extra bit of security, you can include bouquet pins too.

9. Have The Right Work Space 

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After you have selected your flowers, you will need to find the proper work workspace. We recommend working in the kitchen because you will have access to water (which you will need) and the garbage can (which you will be using plenty of). Before you start, you will want to make sure that you have a bucket of water in hand so that you can keep your flowers alive and fresh while you work.

10. De-Foliage First

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Always take off the foliage of your central flowers before you work with them. You will want to create a base with your flowers first and then add the foliage as you have established a base. Be careful not to destroy your flowers as you take off the foliage. Once you have the base set, carefully work around it and add any additional support flowers and loose foliage. Just be sure not to add too many flowers. Once you get going, it can be hard to stop.

Before you cut your flowers make sure you have figured out the desired length you want. And don’t forget you want some exposed stem at the bottom of where you will tie your DIY bouquet together. The recommended amount of stem to be exposed at the bottom is typically 4 to 5 inches.

11. Putting It All Together

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Once you have established the base of your DIY bouquet and have added the foliage around any other supporting flowers, you are ready to tie it together. Use flower tape to tape your bouquet together securely. You do not want to tape too tight either because you do not want to break the stems of any flowers. If you really want an added sense of stability and durability in your bouquet, then you may even want to consider taping the base of the flower bouquet first and then taping on any additional flowers that you add on.

Once you have finished tying your flower down together with your floral tape, it is time to add on your ribbon. You want your ribbon to cover the floral tape so that it does not show through. You can use bouquet pins or other decorative pins to secure your ribbon once you’re done.

Final Thoughts

Spending a fortune on your big day has always been the norm, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little help, you can save money on your bouquet and spend it on your honeymoon destination instead. You don’t have to cut corners to cut costs. In fact, you can have a great deal of fun while keeping a modest wedding budget. Creating your wedding bouquet can be something that is as enjoyable as it is creative. If you are looking to make a DIY bouquet for your wedding, then use some of these tips and tricks for a standout bouquet on your big day. 

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Nadia El-Yaouti is a mother, English language arts middle school teacher, writer, and photographer. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and two little girls. When she’s not juggling work, you can be sure to find her traveling the world with her little family. Although she considers herself a workaholic, Nadia’s greatest pride is being a mom. She hopes that in today’s fast-paced world, her writing will continue to inspire and uplift moms no matter how demanding life may be.

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