wedding flowers

DIY Arrangement

Choosing the flowers.

Before I start with creating any arrangement, I begin by having a color scheme and basic design in mind.  Though it typically doesn't end up the way I plan, having something in mind gives you direction.  I have been trained to create the 'classic' look, which is what you typically see in the grocery store freezer.  But since designing on my own, in my home studio I have started experimenting with mixing the popular 'organic' look to create what I call the 'orgassic' look (LOL!)

When choosing flowers, keep in mind of the container you will be arranging in.  Do you have enough flowers? Or do you have too many?

For this arrangement I will be using the following flowers/greeenery: quicksand and earl grey roses, ranunculus, anemone, helleborus, lisianthis, stock, podocarpus, israeli ruscus, italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus, cotton, twigs from my backyard and moss.

In your container of choice, cut a piece of oasis to size (the oasis should fit snug).  For this particular arrangement I have opted to include moss on top to cover a little bit of the oasis block.  Using a sharp knife or shears, cut the foliage at an angle and push into the oasis.  An inch of the stem should be in the oasis.  Don't be afraid to pull the stems out and try and few different angles.  Placement of the foliage is key to helping map where the flowers will go.

Once all the greenery is secured in the oasis, you can start placing the flowers in!

I typically start with determining where my focal point will be and with which flower (usually the largest bloom).  Once that has been established the other flowers should work in harmony with the focal flower.  

Things to keep in mind:

  • make sure you are cutting the stems at at angle.  This allows for better insertion into the oasis and better 'water drinking' for the flowers.
  • insert the stems at angle to create dept and dimension. Otherwise your arrangement will look 2D.
  • try to spread out the colors rather than clumping them together to create a well balanced and esthetically pleasing arrangement.
  • greenery can be removed or replaced if it is competing for space on the oasis block.

Here is a close up of my favorite flower the helleborus (hanging on the right)!! Oh what beauties.

Ta-da!  The 'Orgassic'!  Your arrangement is complete!  Now, take lots of pictures (from all angles), study them, compare them, and do it again! My design aesthetic has come a long way, and I would like to thank the florists on Instagram and Pinterest for sharing their work.  When I first started out designing on my own, I would spend many, many hours staring at a photo of an arrangement and try to piece the placement of each flower in my head.  To this day, I still don't have a 'recipe', but rather an understanding of shapes and colors.  I love what I do because every arrangement is different and designed with intention, even when the same flowers/greenery are used.  The floral industry is forever changing, and it's been so much fun learning, growing, and experimenting with the trends.  I would love to see how your 'orgassic' turned out! Please email me your photo! Or tag me on Instagram!

Photographer: Justine Milton

What to Expect at a Floral Appointment (Weddings)

Different florists will have different expectations from you at your appointment.  Most have a scripted list of questions they ask, but for me your first floral appointment is about connecting with each other.  Then ask yourself these questions: Do you and your florist click well together?  Do you feel comfortable telling him/her 'no'? Is he/she sincerely listening to your needs?  Are his/her suggestions similar to your vision? If you said 'yes' to all the questions, I think you've found your florist!

Here are some things you should have in mind before you meet your florist:

Color: You should have your an idea of what your main color will be - bridesmaids dress color(s) and tux color(s).  From here, your florist will be able to help chose complimentary colors for your wedding day. 

Theme: What kind of look are you going for on your wedding day?  Rustic? Glamorous? Disney Princess Themed? From here, your florist will be able to help chose the types of flowers and greenery that would best suit your look.

Budget: Have a list of must items (ie. 4 bouquets, 4 boutonnieres, and 10 center pieces) and ask your florist for a rough estimate.  Once you have determined an average base line of how much your 'musts' will cost, you can determine if you want to add those extra items. 


Psst.. Don't forget to ask your florist these questions.

Do you deliver and how much does it cost? Sometimes florists have a flat rate, but others will have different costs for delivery to different parts of the city.  Make sure you ask before hand so the cost is not unexpected!   

Do you help set up and take down and how much does it cost? If you have an elaborate wedding with multiple pieces that require special attention, it is worth having your florist come set up.  Ask your florist if they have items for rent - that way you won't have to worry about purchasing a one-time-use item, and you have the added benefit of having your florist take the rental items with them if they help with the take down.

Can you recommend some friends in the industry? Your florist is not just a florist, he/she is also your friend and can help set you up with make-up artists, photographers, bakers, rental suppliers, wedding planners (sometimes with a referral discount!).  They know the business, and they have connections ;) Go ahead, ask me who my picks are.