I love what Meg from A Practical Wedding has done with the flowers she got from the wholesalers. And I adore her unprofessional tips, tricks and thoughts. My fav ones (almost all!):
- Don't be scared. I'm not sure how we got so convinced that flowers were scary, but flowers are not scary. ...
- Forget this "I'm an amateur, I should do something really simple, and not mix flowers" idea. Where did we even get that?
- Pin up pictures of arrangements you like and let them inspire your decorating.
- Mix textures, mix flowers, mix color. Be brave.
- Use crazy flowers! And herbs! And spiky things! And leaves! And twigs! And feathers!
- Work in pairs. One person will be your eyes while you are the worker bee. Then switch.
- Remember scale. Just because you can afford to have flowers the size of your head doesn't mean you want to have flowers the size of your head. ...
- Make your peace with the fact that your flowers will not be perfect, and that you'll need to make them the day before (hot tip: if you paid for the flowers they wouldn't be perfect either, but you would pretend that they were).
- Every time you make something, sit back and guess how much a florist would have charged you for it "$75!" you'll say, "No, maybe $150!" Then applaud your cost savings (feel free to be wildly inaccurate with these numbers).