One of the cool things about our year and a half engagement is that we have lots of time to test things out. This week brought one of the wedding chores I have most been looking forward to – the DIY flower test. We went to the San Francisco Flower Mart to see what was in season in August, and then tried to figure out what the heck we were doing making bouquets.
First DIY lesson – when you are having friends and family helping out, it’s key to be flexible. Our friend Beck, mistress of the flowers, couldn’t make it. So at the last minute, my mom and I tried to figure out what the heck we were doing on our own. This video helped. Other then that we relied on trusting our eye and some carefully selected inspiration pictures. I’m pretty pleased with the results. (And don’t worry, I won’t bore you with long tales of gocco next. Generally I’m too lazy for intricate DIY projects, and I ask people to help.)
Piles of flowers in our kitchen. We didn’t really know what we were looking for, so we got a lot.
Our first project was my bouquet. Bright! was the idea.
We did attendants bouquets next, and I was really happy with them. The experience we got on the first bouquet really paid off.
And here is everything. Two small table arrangements, one larger bar arrangement, two bouquets, and in front a teeny tiny corsage. Note the inspiration pictures on the windowsill.
The verdict? Affordable and fun. The best part? When you made them yourself, you don’t feel like you need to treat the bouquets with great care.
If you have questions, ask them in the comments. I’m not boring you with the details of floral tape here.