This “Make Your Own Flower Crown” Station Is Pure Wedding Genius


Why didn't we think of this? SO SMART

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

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When you’re planning a wedding, there’s a lot of pressure to find ways to entertain your guests. As if throwing a big party with food, drink, and music isn’t entertaining enough! Luckily, the tide is beginning to turn a bit these days, and it’s becoming more understood in mainstream wedding media that your wedding is not a show. But! If you are going to provide some kind of activity for your guests, then I think this flower crown station (captured in full glory by Megan Braemore) from reader Susan’s wedding is probably as cool as it gets. Because if I’m a guest at your wedding and you give me the opportunity to wear a fancy headpiece while getting liquored up and then getting down on the dance floor, you win favorite wedding ever. Maybe even more than my own.

Here’s Susan in her own words (who recommends listening to this while reading, which also happened to be her bridesmaid processional song):

I like to say that I have planned four of my own weddings in some form. The first was to my ex-fiancé. The second, third, and fourth were to my now husband, Matt. We both come from divorced parents so wedding planning was pretty fractured and difficult. We were in a tough place with planning from the start.

The flower crown station, though? Easy peasy. Susan explains:

The DIY flower crown station was surprisingly easy and took very little money or energy on my part to put together. I can’t even remember how I first came up with the idea, but I knew that we would do something basic with DIY flowers for the Welcome Dinner on Friday and I thought a DIY flower crown station would be a great way to recycle the flowers from Friday’s dinner. I also wanted—since it was a wedding weekend—to provide people with the option of an entertaining activity while Matt and I were busy with getting ready and portraits.

Here’s how you can have your own flower crown station:

1. I used the APW Flower Crown tutorial to create the instructions for our Flower Crown Station—I sent it to the wonderful women at The Romance Between and they created the beautiful illustrated instructions that you see in the photos. Everyone said the instructions were clear and that they didn’t feel like it took any special skills.

2. I ordered flowers from Costco for about $120 and had them delivered to our local bridesmaid a day or two before the welcome dinner on Friday.

3. I ordered the floral arranging supplies (floral wire, wire cutters, etc.) from Amazon for about $25.

4. I had originally thought that my family members or bridal party would do the arranging of the flowers on Friday and then set out the DIY flower crown station on Saturday morning, but my wonderful coordinator, Andrea Frankel of Lily & Mint, arranged all the flowers for Friday, brought them in at the end of Friday night and then set up the DIY flower crown station on Saturday.

5. After finishing my lunch, I showed a few of my friends who I knew would be really into the station where it was and encouraged them to start making their crowns since I knew that would attract others. I went back to getting ready and then photos and didn’t see what everyone produced until entering ceremony.

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The flower crown station was really well received—our friends and family made about fifteen to twenty flower crowns from the supplies we provided. There were a number of really wonderful things about it that I didn’t even anticipate in the planning stage. First, everyone’s creations were totally different and beautiful. The friends who I asked about afterward said that it was also a nice ice breaker/bonding exercise to meet new people who they didn’t yet know before our wedding. It also made them feel really special and included in the wedding.

So… who’s with me on wanting a flower crown station at every event I go to from now on? It’s like an ice breaker but without all the awkward two truths and a lie business. Thanks for making that happen, universe (well, and Susan too).

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Jessica

    Half way through this I decided that I am throwing a Garden Party in the spring and this will be the main attraction.

    Amazing idea! I would be so down to do this at a wedding!

  • Shiloh

    This is basically the best idea ever… I’m getting married in less than three weeks and was already planning to DIY the flowers, so now I kind of really want to do this! The illustrated instructions are so beautiful – is there any way to get the template? I would be happy to pay the artists who created it, of course, but wasn’t whether this question should be directed to the company or to Susan.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      I actually tried emailing the company myself, though it looks like they may no longer be in business. I’ll let you know if they get back to us and will add it to the post if they do.

    • Susan

      I’ll reach out to the designer I worked with and see if they would do a license for you to print it yourself. Alternatively, not sure where you are located, but if you want to pay for the shipping, I would lend you my copy since I still have it.

      • Shiloh

        Thank you, Susan, that is so thoughtful! Let me discuss with my fiance to see if this is something we for sure want to do at the wedding itself, and then let you know about borrowing your copy (if licensing a copy is not possible or out of my budget). At the very least, I think I’ll do flower crowns with the bridesmaids, but they might not need the fancy instructions since that would be a smaller group. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

      • Shiloh

        I think we’ve decided to do this! Yay! Have you heard back from the artist about licensing a copy? If not, it would be great if we could take you up on your offer to loan us your copy. Is there a more private way to exchange contact info?

        • Geneva Burleigh

          I would totally second this question – is there a license?

          • Megan

            Bump – I want a printable instruction sheet like this for my wedding!

          • ali

            hi all. i created a big event (not a wedding, but am currently planning mine and will use this!), and i made my own instruction sheet. happy to share!

          • Megan

            sure!!

          • Alex

            Ali, That would be awesome if you could share your instructions sheet! I could give you my email address?

          • Maggie

            Hi Ali! Wondering if you could share this instruction sheet?! Would love to do this at my upcoming wedding in June! So cute!!!

  • Camille

    So smart! I love it!

  • For my 30th birthday I threw myself a princess party and my guests all made themselves craft foam crowns and we ate crown sugar cookies. Now I’m thinking I need to do another princess party for my 40th, only this time we’ll make flower crowns, because I’ll be more grown up and all.

    In the mean time, I need to get out my fake flower crown with the ribbon streamers a lot more often. For practice wearing a flower crown of course.

  • scw

    PLEASE let this become a regular thing at weddings.

  • Clare Caulfield

    Thanks for turning this into a major post, easier to share with Mum now! I love this idea, think it would be great to have either as a guest participation thing on the day or as an activity to do with some interstate aunts and female cousins the day before who will miss out on shower-type experiences pre-wedding

  • I love this so much! We aren’t really planning on having flowers but I really really want this.

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  • brakell-basicinvite

    Obsessed with the make your own flower crown idea! Such a magical and gorgeous wedding.

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