DIY Wedding Flowers Wrap-Up and Free Printable with Flower Muse

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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!

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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!

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I love the way the bridesmaid bouquets turned out! They really looked great against the purple of their dresses.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

Additional thoughts:

  • 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!

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  1. Joy | Frock Files / / Reply

    Wow Ez, you did such a beautiful job! I absolutely love all of the photographs, but the one of your niece made me melt. She looks like a little fairy! I can only imagine how wonderful it would be if you opened your own floral boutique.

  2. Jocelyn / / Reply

    Wow! Stunning. Your sister is lucky to have you! You’d never know you weren’t a professional at it. It is always nerve wracking to help someone on their big day because you don’t want to mess it up, but it all turned out beautifully.

  3. Jocelyn / / Reply

    Wow! Stunning. Your sister is lucky to have you! You’d never know you weren’t a professional at it. It is always nerve wracking to help someone on their big day because you don’t want to mess it up, but it all turned out beautifully.

  4. kellyhicks / / Reply

    Gorgeous! You did a fabulous job! Flowers make a wedding beautiful. I so can appreciate the time and effort that went into this! I can’t wait to see the rest of the wedding!

  5. julianna / / Reply

    The bouquets look spectacular, you did a wonderful job! I have used global rose for flowers in the past, but I wasn’t super impressed with the quality of the flowers, lots of them were squished and not very “full” looking. It sounds like flower muse is a much better choice for quality!

  6. Kelly / / Reply

    The flowers are just gorgeous! And I really love the cake. What a simple way to make a plain cake look stunning. Your sister is so lucky :)

  7. Ann Louise Santos / / Reply

    All of the arrangements look absolutely gorgeous! You did an incredible job! Such beautiful shapes and colors…

  8. Emily K. / / Reply

    Wow, wow, wow!! These all turned out incredibly beautiful, Ez! It looks like the day was a great success :) And your niece is adorable :)

  9. Lyndsay / / Reply

    You did a stunning job! Talk about wearing many hats! And thank you so much for this post and printable, I will be arranging all of my florals for my wedding in October. This will be invaluable to me the week of!

  10. Jutta / / Reply

    Oh wow, Ez! They look fantastic, like they were done by a professional. I can’t believe you even decorated the cake, it’s perfect!

  11. Leanda / / Reply

    Wow Ez! What an incredible and fantastically beautiful job you did! I used to be a florist so I completely understand how much work went into this. You are unstoppable!!

  12. Em K G / / Reply

    Absolutely love all these photos and your flower arrangements are impeccable! Truly perfect, something I would love for my own wedding.

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  13. Trude / / Reply

    Wow they turned out beautifully, especially when you consider your time/assistance constraints! :) Love the color palette. Congrats to your sister!!

  14. Katie / / Reply

    These turned out beautiful. And the colour palate! I work in weddings and stare at them every day and would have never thought it up. It looks spectacular. Also, being the photographer is job enough… photographer and flowers? Kudos.

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  16. Lucy of Suppersfromscratch / / Reply

    Wow! The flowers look great. Thanks so much for sharing this – I currently planning my own wedding and working with my mum and sister on the flowers, so reading this advice has been very helpful.

    Congratulations to your sister!

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  19. Tiffany / / Reply

    Wow! These look so great! I’m having a purple spring wedding and these flowers would match so perfectly! Is there any way that you could tell me the names of the flowers you used and roughly how many bunches of each you used? I would love to replicate this for my wedding.

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