I’m delighted to bring to you a guest blog contribution from Ruth, the owner of ‘Natural Favours‘ who supply natural confetti, bespoke wildflower seed favours and seasonal home-grown DIY flowers.
I’ve been following Ruth for a while since I fell in love with her wildflower seed packets as the perfect wedding favour for couples who are in touch with nature. Since then Ruth and I have got to know each other in on-line networking events and I can honestly say she has a passion for eco-friendly, home-grown & budget friendly wedding supplies.
In this guest blog contribution from Ruth, she helps you to create your own wedding bouquet and table centerpieces so your big day floral’s stay on budget! …
We love all things natural and rustic here and are influenced by the beautiful Derbyshire countryside where we are based. Growing our own flowers, be it for confetti or arranging, brings us an immense amount of joy. We recently launched our DIY flower service, selling blooms by the bucket of seasonal florals. We have found that some people are wary of arranging their own wedding flowers, but there is no need! If done properly it can be a really fun way so shave hundreds of pounds off your wedding budget.
The cost of your big day floristry can creep up to around 10% of the entire budget which can be a significant chunk when the average cost of a wedding can be upwards of £20k. Here at Natural Favours HQ we are strong believers that it is perfectly possible to have the day of your dreams without the hefty price tag. If you’re feeling a little bit creative and a lot savvy, then DIY flowers could be the way to go!
Here are our 7 handy hints and tips on how to save on cost but not on quality of your wedding floristry;
- Plan! Probably the most important point. Think about the type of arrangements you want, how many you might need, what sort of vases you’re using and what flowers are in season. Your chosen flower supplier should be able to help answer all these questions if you aren’t sure
- Be realistic! If you want an intricate floral arch or complicated structured arrangements then maybe going DIY isn’t for you. If you want something natural, rustic and relaxed then it’s the perfect solution!
- Be confident! Creating your own wedding flowers is a lovely way of putting a unique stamp on your day and is something you can look back on and be really proud of. If the thought of it all is still a bit overwhelming, you might want to ask your supplier to make your bouquets and buttonholes but leave the venue decorations to you
- Volunteers! Gather a few willing friends or family members to help, the more you have the less time it will take to make your arrangements. If you’re using jam jars or old bottles as part of your display, ask them to help you collect them over the weeks running up to your big day
- Research! Creating effective arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes is not as difficult as you might think. For extra help you could attend one of the many floral workshops that are out there, some offer specific courses for DIY brides. There is a wealth of information online that you can also utilise, from videos to articles, that take you step-by-step through creating everything from
gorgeous hand-tied bouquets to perfect jam jar posies
- Practice! Buy a couple of bunches of cheap flowers from your local supermarket or pick some from the garden and have a play!
- Timing! We advise making your floral arrangements the day before the wedding, so arrange for delivery of your flowers accordingly. Ask a couple of your volunteers to take them to the venue and decorate the tables so you can relax on your big day.