Oh my goodness you guys! My little sister is finally married!!! Hooray! Her much-awaited day took place on a beautiful saturday afternoon in Michigan, and I have never seen her look more radiant and joyous. I’m so so happy for her!
Of course my big (and exciting) job once I arrived in Michigan was to create all the floral arrangements for her ceremony and reception using gorgeous blooms from Flower Muse. It was a lot of hard work, but I am so thrilled that I had the chance to be a part of my sister’s big day in such a special and memorable way.
I shared the following DIY wedding floral arranging posts here on Creature Comforts last month—and then used those steps for the actual wedding arrangements. I’m so delighted to finally be able to show you how it all came together!
- DIY Bridal Bouquets and Basic Prepping Steps for DIY Arrangements
- DIY Boutonnieres & Corsages
- DIY Flower-Filled Flower Girl Baskets
- DIY Wedding Ceremony Altar Arrangements
I love the way the bridesmaid bouquets turned out! They really looked great against the purple of their dresses.
I used the same blooms and greens in their bouquets as I did in my sister’s bridal bouquet, minus the peach roses and sweet peas. The other difference is that I picked the leaves off the Eucalyptus sprigs in the bridal bouquet (leaving just the little green seed pods—it was a last-minute decision, but it looked great). It’s amazing how different the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets looked from one another, even though I used nearly the same variety of flowers in them both!
Doesn’t my little brother look handsome wearing his boutonniere? One of my sisters was a total trooper (thank you ‘Faux’…I love you) and helped me assemble the many boutonnieres and corsages that we needed to make…plus laughed at all my dorky jokes and even brought me snacks to keep me from falling over. Without her help, I wouldn’t have had half as much fun, and who knows if I would have gotten any sleep the night before the big day.
After a full day of floral arranging (I made 2 large altar arrangements, 1 bridal bouquet, 1 throwing bouquet, 6 bridesmaid bouquets, and around 26 corsages and boutonnieres) I grabbed a few zz’s and was then up at the crack of dawn (wedding day) for more. My dad and I loaded up the car with buckets of blooms and drove the 30 minute drive out to the reception site. The final table arrangements each had one gorgeous Peach Pink Free Spirit Garden Rose, Dusty Miller greens, and an assortment of other blooms…so each one was unique. Even though I had loftier plans for them (the sticks on those table numbers should have been shorter for one thing), I ended up just being happy that we managed to complete them on time. Here’s why…
What happened was that I was originally planning to work on all 38 table arrangements with a group of helpers that my sister had found, but when we arrived at the park pavilion it was pandemonium (everyone was busy with other projects), and I realized it would take me longer to get them all on the same page, than it would to do it on my own. Thankfully my awesome dad step up as my floral assistant, and helped save the day. While I was frantically clipping and tossing blooms into vases as fast as I could, he was carefully filling each vessel with water and handing me more flowers as needed (you were truly amazing Dad). Needless today I was in good company, so we managed to throw all those arrangements together (plus decorate the cake and head table) all in about an hour and a half. That left us with just enough time to race me back to the house to take photos of my sister getting ready. Yes…I was also doing that! Phew!
Thankfully I wasn’t in charge of baking or frosting the cake (it was made as a gift for my sister by some of her friends)…I just put the flowers on top.
I didn’t really know what I was doing…so I just started on the first tier and tried to create the look of cascading flowers that would “drape” down all three tiers. I think it actually turned out pretty well…especially considering that I only had about 15 minutes to get it done.
My adorable little niece holding my sister’s bouquet (a little bit worse for the wear after a long hot day—the bouquet…not my niece)!
Before I go, I want to leave you with this Free Printable DIY Wedding Floral Supply List that I created to help all of you out (I wish I had made one for myself)…and some final thoughts and tips learned from my experience. Download the printable list by clicking on the image below. It prints onto a standard piece of copy paper…so it’s going to fit inside your wedding planning binder perfectly (you have one of those, right).
TIP 1: Help keep boutonnieres and corsages fresh overnight by placing their stems into a water-saturated piece of wet floral foam (Oasis). Use tall jars to keep bouquets upright and hydrated. Just fill each with enough water so that the bottom of the stems are submerged. I suggest leaving a little bit of extra stem length on bouquets and corsages that you can trim off before use. This will ensure that any ribbon wrapping stays dry.
TIP 2: When in doubt…simple is better. I absolutely love the way my sister’s arrangements came out, but at the end of the day, the huge variety of blooms was actually really challenging to keep on top of (possible…but challenging). Make sure you know what kind of time you have available to work with, and whether or not you will have reliable people to help you out if needed.
TIP 3: Think about impact when deciding on a floral concept for your wedding. For example, you may spend more per bloom for some stunning peonies…but you won’t need many to create show-stopping arrangements for your day (3-5 blooms would be enough for a gorgeous bouquet…and would take you next to no time to put together). If you’re stuck, Flower Muse has some Wedding Packages already sorted out by color palette, that should give you a great place to start.
TIP 4: Trust the experts. I consulted with Flower Muse about which flowers would work best for the season and location of my sister’s wedding. Since some of the initial blooms that we wanted were not seasonally available, they were able to recommend equally gorgeous alternatives for a special order that was tailored to fit the look my sister was dreaming of. She loved what they put together for her!
- Make sure to have all supplies ready before the flowers arrive so that there won’t be any last-minute stress-filled shopping trips.
- Give yourself as much time as possible. It’s better to have time left over in the end, than be running around like mad at the last second.
- Stay hydrated and fed. I get easily distracted, and don’t think to eat when deeply involved in a hands-on project…so I was grateful that my sister came by with snacks to keep me going.
- So what was it really like working with Flower Muse? Their service and the quality of their flowers was incredible. The day after I arrived, we had a small hiccup with FedEx (not Flower Muse’s fault) and Flower Muse was on the phone with them immediately to resolve the issue. Everything ended up being delivered on or before the scheduled delivery time, and it felt great knowing that I had such competent people in my corner. I am really just beyond grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to work with them to create these special memories for my sister our loved ones. I’d work with them again in a heartbeat!