Five years ago I did my own personal flowers for my wedding. This business was a glimmer of hope on the horizon and my wedding flowers were the first bouquets I’ve ever made. I just kind of jumped in with my eyes closed. Kind of like how I eat ice cream sundaes. It’s all or nothing. All the toppings or none of the toppings. All of the bouquets and boutonnieres with no training and just a few youtube videos up my sleeve? SURE.
My wedding bouquet was beautiful. Looking back, it could have been fuller and larger, but I made it the night before my wedding and that’s what I loved about it. Now, I did not make our centerpieces. I had a florist do those. No way in hell was I going to try to make 12 centerpieces with no floral experience. Luckily….the internet has exploded since then with tutorials and classes and videos of llamas. With careful planning (do a dry run months before your wedding), a lot of helping hands (put Aunt Ida to work), a way to transport the centerpieces (the back of a van with all the seats down will do just fine), I think it’s totally doable for a couple to do their own wedding centerpieces….IF, this is a BIG IF, you are the type of couple who thrives on tight deadlines, loosing sleep over your flowers dying, teamwork, and creativity.
A Practical Wedding brought me on to produce a tutorial on making your own wedding centerpieces, for all you crazy, creative, amazing couples out there who want to try it out. The great thing about A Practical Wedding? We gave you the cost of how to make it. A big pet peeve of mine in the wedding industry are all of these tutorials and styled shoots that look perfect, but then never give any useful information. Like…how much is this going to cost me? How long is it going to take? Is this a fantasy land where unicorns jump over rainbows or actually doable in reality?