One Wild DIY
Is a DIY wedding right for you? Please use this page as a resource to help you decide and plan for your special day.
Step 1: Reflect and consider.
Are you many of the following:
Crafty and willing, or close to someone who is so
Eager to give your wedding personal and unique touches
Flexible about flower varieties and seasonal offerings
Skilled at planning and organizing
Budget-conscious and sustainably-minded
Step 2: Evaluate your needs.
Ask yourself these questions, and write down the answers:
What is your total budget for flowers? This amount should include flowers, supplies such as vases and containers, materials such as ribbon, delivery fees, etc.
What floral pieces will you need? Some examples are: bridal bouquet, groom boutonniere, bridesmaid bouquets, groomsman boutonnieres, mother-of-the-bride corsage, flower crowns or hair combs, reception centerpieces, arrangement for the bar and cake flowers.
Who will be the flower design team? It is recommended that 5-10 people help make the arrangements depending on the number of pieces needed.
Where and when will the design take place? Remember that your beautiful designs will need to be transported to the venue, so if you can design there, that is easiest! Or, make sure to have boxes or crates to keep the flowers from falling over in the car on their way to the venue.
Step 3: Decide on Wild Hearts or Wild Harvest.
If you choose Wild Hearts flowers, you will select your blooms from our seasonal availability list, much like our florists do, by variety and amount. Wild Harvest flowers are farmer's choice, which means we will give you a colorful mix of flowers, foliage and beautiful bits at their seasonal peak. Your desired level of involvement and/or openness to whimsy will help you make this decision. Either way, the flowers will be luscious and locally-grown!
Step 4: Calculate your stems.
Know how many stems you are putting in each bouquet or vase ahead of time. Don’t worry about exactly what flowers will go in which bouquet, but do have a sense of the amount of stems that will go in each piece. Even a range (30-40 stems each for the bridesmaid bouquets, about 10 stems for cake flowers, etc.) will do! Your style will also affect this amount, so consider whether you desire florals that are luxuriant, moderate or minimalist in design. As a loose guideline for traditional centerpieces, you need 10 stems of mixed flowers for a small bouquet, 18-20 stems for medium, and 25-30 stems for large. Allow room for breakage or imperfections and order a bit extra.
Step 5: Gather your supplies.
Here is what you and your design team will need:
Clean vases, vessels or jars for each piece (including the bouquets so that they remain hydrated!)
Flower clips or a floral knife for each person
Design materials: rubber bands, waterproof floral tape, ribbon, pins, corsage bracelets or cuffs, wire for flower crowns, floral adhesive for boutonnieres, etc.
Compost bins for clipped off flower debris
Step 6: Engage and enjoy!
Smelling, styling and arranging your wedding flowers with family and friends will make a memory that lasts forever. Relax and enjoy yourself; the flowers will be beautiful and personal, just like your special day.
Here are some tips to help make the process smooth:
Remember odd numbers when designing: In general, using odd numbers of one kind of flower is better than using an even amount because it will create movement. By using a single bloom or groups of three or five, your arrangements will be more rhythmic and dynamic when complete.
Have enough flower clips to go around and perhaps a few extra as well.
Always use clean vases and vessels.
Use a rubber band or tape to tie bouquets for stabilization, and then wrap with ribbon to hide mechanics and add elegance.
Have water handy for vases by putting pitchers of water on the design table or working near a sink.
Remember to put vases with water in them on the reception tables so that the bridesmaid and bridal bouquets stay fresh after the ceremony.