For my own wedding, I chose to go this route, and I found that there were several things I could have done differently to make the process easier.
Here are a few quick tips for doing your own wedding flowers on a budget.
First, start looking for a wholesale flower distributor early in the process.
Make sure that you are allowed to purchase from them, as many wholesale distributors only sell to businesses with a tax ID number.
Second, start practicing with real flowers as soon as you can.
I recommend that you choose flowers that are easy to work with, such as roses or other flowers with a defined head shape and sturdy stem.
I chose Alstromeria as my main flower and found that making bouquets and centerpieces was difficult because the flowers were delicate, had lots of greenery and had weak stems.
Third, ask for help from people around you who are artistically inclined.
I had virtually no artistic ability and heavily relied on my mom who is very artistic! She did a fantastic job and I never would have been able to do this project without her.
I also recommend that you get help from as many people as you can who are interested in helping.
You never know who will be the floral-savant of your inner circle! Last, I would make sure that in the long run, doing your own wedding flowers is what you really want to be doing the day before or the day of your wedding.
I found the process to be very stressful, not because the task of doing flowers was difficult, but because I had so many other things on my mind.
Also make sure that you have some sort of back-up plan in case some of your designs don't turn out exactly as you had hoped.
We purchased extra boutonnieres the morning of the wedding to replace some that I had made that didn't turn out quite right! In general, if you plan to design your own wedding flowers, take these tips and measure the amount of work and time you will need to spend against the other things you have to do the day of your wedding.
Your wedding should be fun, and if last-minute tasks are too much to handle, you may find yourself wishing you'd hired a wedding florist instead!