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All the Wedding Flower Arrangements You Can DIY  

In my humble opinion, wedding decor is all about the wedding flower arrangements!

While I may be a little biased, the florals really are the aesthetic star of the show, providing gorgeous backdrops, ample color, and ideal photo-ops. 

What’s more, wedding floral arrangements have a long tradition of honoring unions across cultures, with cultural symbolism and customs. 

In this post, I’m sharing how to DIY flowers for wedding arrangements of all kinds to create custom, meaningful designs. 

I’ve even included tips on how to pick the best faux flowers for your celebration and a step-by-step guide for bringing your dream floral arrangements to life!

simple wedding bouquet with magnolia bunch

Why Consider DIY Wedding Flower Arrangements?

So, why even bother learning how to DIY flowers for wedding decor? 

Honestly, there are a lot of reasons!

Here’s why I think making faux floral arrangements is well worth the effort:

  • Cost-effective – Fresh flowers are PRICEY. And paying florists to make your even simple designs can cost you an arm and a leg. While it’s more of a time commitment, your hard work will save you some serious cash. 
  • Personal – By creating your own arrangements, you’re adding a bit of personal charm to each design, making them all the more special. 
  • Long-lasting – Faux flowers obviously last a whole lot longer than fresh flowers. Even better, you and your guests can take arrangements home as lasting mementos from this special day. 
  • No allergens – If you or your guests are sensitive to seasonal allergies, faux flowers and greenery are a good choice to limit airborne allergens. 
  • Not seasonal – Say your favorite flower is a calla lily. You’re going to struggle to find fresh lilies in the dead of winter! Making faux floral arrangements lets you defy the seasons and pick from a wider range of materials. 
  • Easier timing – Timing flowers is a tricky business; you want enough time to decorate and arrange, though the earlier you start, the more you risk flowers wilting. DIY wedding flower arrangements can be made at any time and last forever!

Types of Wedding Flower Arrangements You Can DIY

Wedding floral arrangements and DIY projects go beyond table pieces; you can widely incorporate the beauty of florals throughout the occasion.

How to DIY Flowers for Wedding Bouquets

The bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets are incredibly personal, with a strong visual impact in the majority of ceremony photos. 

In other words, they better look gorgeous!

Here’s how to make them:

Materials

Instructions

  1. Prep flowers and greenery by trimming excess stems or leaves. 
  2. Arrange taller flowers in the center, shorter flowers on the edges, and greenery on the outer edge.
  3. Secure bottom stems, one by one, with florist wire. Keep stems tight. 
  4. Keep the shape rounded and compact for a formal look, or spindly for a bohemian appeal.
  5. Once you’re happy, wrap the florist wire tightly around all stems.
  6. Finish with a piece of ribbon around the stems to hide the wire, then secure with a pin.

We found this amazing tutorial from Miss PlanIt on Pinterest!

How to DIY Flowers for Wedding Centerpieces

Making flower arrangements for table centerpieces is one of the easiest projects you can do. Here’s how to get it done:

Materials

  • Vase
  • Floral foam or acrylic water
  • Faux flowers
  • Greenery
  • Wire cutters

Instructions

  1. Choose a base like a glass vase, garland, flower box, etc.
  2. Add foam if needed to create a foundation for the added stems.
  3. Trim flower and greenery stems.
  4. Arrange flowers, designing for even color distribution, texture, and depth. Press stems securely into the foam. 
  5. Add faux greenery and filler flowers for a full display. 
  6. Include extras like ribbons, berries, pampas grass, feathers, and anything else that fits the event’s aesthetic.

This centerpiece/table runner was a decorative piece I made for my own wedding.

garland for wedding table

How to DIY Flowers for Wedding Corsages and Boutonnieres

There’s nothing worse than a wilted boutonniere when it comes time for photos. Here’s how to DIY your own faux floral versions:

Materials

  • Greenery clippings
  • Faux flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Florist wire
  • Pins
  • Wire cutters

Instructions

  1. Choose small clippings of faux flowers and greenery. Opt for a single focal flower, with smaller filler flowers. 
  2. Arrange greenery and filler flowers around the focal flower in a small cluster. 
  3. Secure the stems with florist wire.
  4. For corsages, trim excess stems and attach a corsage pin to a band.
  5. For boutonnieres, wrap a small amount of ribbon around the stems and secure with a small pin. 

Here’s a DIY wedding corsage tutorial we found on Pinterest from Megan Plus Five.

How to DIY Flowers for Wedding Flower Crowns

Flower crowns make beautiful accessories for brides, bridesmaids, and flower girls alike. Here’s how to easily make your own:

Materials

  • Floral wire or vine
  • Faux flowers
  • Greenery clippings
  • Hot glue
  • Wire cutters
  • Florist tape

Instructions

  1. Measure the florist vine or wire around the crown of the wearer’s head. Leave extra length for comfort. 
  2. Shape the wire into a crown and twist the ends to secure it. 
  3. Wrap the flower stems around the crown, leaving an even spacing between each flower. Secure stems with florist tape. 
  4. Add a variety of flowers for texture, layering for visual interest. 
  5. Include greenery clippings for authenticity. 
  6. Consider extras like beads, pearls, ribbons, feathers, and more, using hot glue to secure them. 
  7. Trim any excess wire and ensure all wire is covered with a decorative element.

Jasmine Alley has an easy tutorial!

How to DIY Flowers for Wedding Ceremony Arch

A DIY faux floral ceremony arch is definitely not for the weak.

With that said, if you’re feeling extra crafty, you can make your very own arch without breaking a sweat!

DIY floral archway

Let’s get into it:

Materials

  • Arch frame (PVC, wood, or metal)
  • Florist foam balls
  • Wire cutters
  • Florist wire/ zip ties
  • Hot glue
  • Duct tape
  • Faux flowers
  • Assorted greenery

Instructions

  • Assemble your base, duct-taping florist balls securely to the frame.
  • Add faux flowers to your base, beginning with evenly spacing focal flowers. Secure with florist wire or zip ties. 
  • Fill in with a variety of lush greenery and filler flowers.
  • Overlap items for a full and visually pleasing design.
  • Make a focal point filled with flowers or ribbon near the center of the arch. 
  • Attach any fun extras with hot glue. 
  • Step back, reassess, and fill in any holes with extra clippings. 
  • Secure the arch firmly to the ground using weights, or to the fall using a mourning system. No wobbly arches allowed!

Choosing the Right Flowers for Your DIY Wedding Floral Arrangements: A Step-by-Step Guide

Now that we’ve got the basics of assembly down, let’s take a deeper dive into picking the perfect flowers for your arrangements. 

1. Address color scheme

Most weddings have a pretty strict color scheme when it comes to decor. Flowers are going to be one of the largest proponents of this. 

Ensure that your chosen flowers and all corresponding accessories fit perfectly into the color scheme. 

2. Consider the formality

Like all factors of design, flowers have different levels of formality

For example, perfectly pruned roses look elegant and formal, while whimsical wildflowers have a more casual feel. 

Think about location and dress code and try to match your floral choices to them. 

3. Look at floriography

Flowers have a long history of symbolism, perfect for love, romance, weddings, and unions. According to floriography, these are some top choices for wedding flowers:

  • Roses Romance, love, admiration
  • Baby’s breath Everlasting love, purity
  • Carnations – Love, admiration, luck
  • Lilies Virtue, purity, union, commitment 
  • Tulips Elegance, love, new beginnings, grace
  • PeoniesHappy marriage, prosperity 
  • Orchids – Refinement, beauty, love
  • IvyFidelity, lasting love, eternal union
  • Freesias Innocence, trust, unconditional love
  • Daisies Loyalty, innocence, simplicity
  • Hydrangeas Emotion, gratitude, appreciation 
  • Gardenias – Love, purity
  • Magnolias – Luck, stability, purity

4. Respect the aesthetic

Strong design schemes will have a distinct aesthetic, from black tie elegance to whimsical fairy tales. Flowers help tell this story. 

Some common aesthetics and matching flowers include:

  • Classic romance – roses, peonies, calla lilies
  • Bohemian – Dahlias, pampas grass, wildflowers
  • Vintage – Sunflowers, lavender, baby’s breath
  • Minimalist  – Succulents, anemones, orchids
  • Whimsical – Sweet peas, garden roses, ranunculus
  • Victorian romance – Garden roses, lisianthus, peonies
  • Black tie elegance – Anemones, roses, orchids
  • Tropical – Hibiscus, orchids, birds of paradise

5. Think seasonally

While you’re not as bound to the seasons when using fresh florals, using seasonal flowers is a natural design choice. 

Transporting & Preserving Your DIY Wedding Floral Arrangements

Faux flowers are much easier to transport and preserve than fresh flowers, though they come with a unique set of challenges. 

Tips for Transporting Arrangements 

  1. Transport in plastic bins or sturdy boxes. 
  2. Wrap each arrangement in plastic or tissue paper. 
  3. Use bubble wrap or foam between arrangements. 
  4. Keep floral arrangements upright using florist foam for stability. 
  5. Beware of strong winds or rain and plan accordingly. 
  6. Always pack emergency materials like tape, wire, and scissors for last-minute fixes. 

Time to Create! DIY Wedding Floral Arrangements

Making flower arrangements for wedding decor is an amazing way to add custom design to your special day. 

I hope that these projects give you the confidence to try your own DIY arrangements – with a bit of grit and a whole lot of florist wire, the possibilities are endless!

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