I never cease to be amazed at the incredible level of talent on the part of brides (and grooms!) out there. I’ve seen so many fabulous DIY projects, and I love how much character they can add to an event. I can often get a real sense of the couple by the projects they create themselves, or with the help of their crafty family and friends. But I have to say, in general, flowers are one element of a stylish wedding that doesn’t DIY that well in my opinion. It’s rare that I can’t tell a DIY bouquet, centerpiece, or other floral décor from something crafted by a professional floral artist.
I always have to preface these articles by saying that I understand that not everyone prioritizes flowers they way I do. Fair enough, I say. It’s okay if they aren’t really your thing. But they are mine. And if they’re yours, let me argue on behalf of the professional floral designer for a moment.
• Professional designers can help clients choose flowers that will do well in their particular venue. The average client might not know whether hydrangea holds up well in the heat, or that they can be toxic if ingested.
• Do you know the importance of proper care and conditioning of flowers? A professional designer does. One of the most important parts of design is the care of the flowers themselves. Imagine waking up the day before your wedding to find all your ranunculus have wilted, or the lilies you bought are all tightly closed. Now what?
• So many delightful DIY projects can be completed months in advance. Not so with flowers. Flowers have to be designed very close to the wedding, especially if no cooler is available to keep them cool and fresh (BTW, a fridge is not a cooler). The day before or morning of the wedding, do you really want to focus on a project that simply HAS to get done? Or would you rather spend time greeting all the family and friends coming in from out of town?
• Designing flowers is a lot of fun—that’s why we do it for a living. It can also be frustrating, stressful and exhausting, especially if you’re not sure how to do something—or worse yet, what to do when something goes wrong. Again, not what you want to deal with at the last minute.
• Flowers are one of the most photographed elements of a wedding—they aren’t something you want to look back on and wish you’d done differently.
If you decide that DIY’ing is the best option for you, don’t do it because of cost. Doing your own wedding flowers doesn’t always save you that much money, especially when you consider the amount of work it will take, the supplies and tools you’ll need, and the cost in both money and time of hunting up all the required elements. Do your own flowers because you’re passionate about them, because you want to learn, and because you’ve done your research and practiced. But better yet, call a professional—it’s our job to make sure the only thing you have to do with your flowers on your wedding day is enjoy them.