Today we will discuss a growing trend in wedding planning: DIY (Do It Yourself).
If your Pinterest page is anything like mine, it is filled with tons of DIY projects, ranging from small, quirky ones such as building a dog crate (fur babies, anyone?) to more daunting tasks such as creating a bookshelf out of wooden crates. Well, DIY is also characterizing the wedding industry: DIY flowers, invitations, centerpieces, guest favors, you name it. The list goes on.
You might be thinking, “I want to DIY as much as possible, because it cuts costs.”
I’m all for it!
Here, we are specifically discussing the pros and cons of floral DIY for weddings. In fact, many DIY projects of my own got me into this business in the first place; flowers have always held a special place in my heart. So I can tell you firsthand when and when not to HAP (hire a pro) for your flower arrangements.
When Not to Hire a Pro
Now you might be thinking, “A florist whose livelihood is arranging flowers for others is telling us when not to hire a pro?”
You are correct! As someone who cuts costs daily, I have run into many budget-conscious brides. Here are some possible rationales for not going the HAP route:
- Flowers are the last thing on your mind. You aren’t a picky bride, so your bouquet needn’t look super-perfect. You need only yours and maybe four of your bridesmaids’ bouquets done, in addition to the flower girl’s customary basket of petals. If your bouquets are nothing special—not cascading or wild—your best bet might be to go to Costco or Sam’s, where you can buy two dozen roses for as little as under $20.
- You have a lot of help. If, for example, your centerpieces are extremely simple and you have a huge bridal party or family who are eager to help you arrange them, use those resources! Seriously—you won’t hurt their feelings. In fact, they may be honored to be asked to help plan an event they’re looking forward to. If you’re a wiz at planning and organizing, you can start an “assembly line” and give each person a specific flower preparation task. The next day, assign two people to put the flowers on the tables while you and your bridesmaids are getting ready. Not hard, huh?
- You want to do something different. This is probably my favorite reason to DIY. If you’re not easily stressed, this is a pretty cool task. It may be daunting to many, but if you have a knack for making visions into reality, go for it! At least 99.9% of the brides that come to me have some kind of inspirational floral picture from Pinterest. Sometimes it is the exact style they want to replicate. But if you want to create your own special gem for your wedding, you should venture on your own!
DIY can not only save costs, but also bond you more closely with your bridesmaids and family and create special memories, since you are the one who created your own piece.
When to Hire a Pro
Now, on the flipside of the coin, when should you HAP? Here are some reasons:
- To save time. That is, the time to buy the flowers, process them, and arrange them to your liking, not to mention delivery time. If you have a big wedding, making flowers the night before can add a lot of unneeded stress. We at Linspired Creations can reduce that stress by applying our professional expertise to prepare your flowers to your liking right when you need them.
- For knowledge. So many of my friends and brides want hydrangeas, but they tend to wilt and die two days before the big day, leaving the brides crying for help at the 11th hour. We are well versed in many different types of flowers, and we know how to combine and process them correctly and make sure they don’t wilt before your nuptial hour.
- Cost-effectiveness. Florists order their flowers from trusted, trade-only vendors. We have heard (and seen) many horror stories of brides ordering flowers online cheap, only to see them arrive damaged or ill-fit. I had recently bought flowers from Costco for a super-last-minute bridal shoot, because the bride asked me to do so the day before and hadn’t the time to order any. I ended up throwing away about five roses, because their stems were much smaller than those of my vendor’s roses—and their blooms weren’t as big, either. (I’ll be comparing roses from different vendors in a future blog post.) No matter how cheap your route may be, it isn’t cost-effective to run to the grocery store to replace unusable flowers. You’re also losing time, which is money.
- Lack of help. Having a big bridal party or family doesn’t always work in your favor. For example, do you ever have that one cousin you asked to be your bridesmaid because she’s family, but she always flakes? Yep… I think we all know someone who flakes when things gets tough! An “assembly line” of flower assistance works only when your party is organized, caring, cooperative, committed, and able to do the tasks at hand.
- Lack of agreement. Not everyone is as savvy and creative as you are! Grandma might arrange flowers one way, but Mom might want them another! I have heard many funny stories from frustrated brides who seek me out because they couldn’t get their party to stop disagreeing with one another.
- Extras. You don’t want a simple nosegay of hydrangeas in a Mason jar like everyone else? No, you want gorgeous, over-the-top arrangements in big, tall, elegant vases! At this point, the obvious choice is to hire someone. And that’s OK! After all, it’s your day!
Overall, HAP depends on many important factors: budget, wedding size, simple or complex arrangements, creativity of the herd, willingness to work together…or maybe you simply don’t want to DIY! All of this is OK, and there isn’t a right or wrong answer on how to make floral arrangements your way.
The most important consideration when hiring a pro is: you’re paying for convenience. The time and stress you don’t have to deal with, the labor (everything is made the night before), and the stress-free delivery!
Well, beautiful brides, I hope this information will help you make a well-rounded decision on which route to choose: DIY, or HAP.
Happy wedding planning!