Planning the perfect big day can be expensive, and costs can quickly add up if you don’t think ahead. One of the best ways to keep your wedding within budget is by taking care of some of the many extras yourself. Flowers are a classic wedding decoration, and they are also something that can be grown at home to save a few pennies for your honeymoon.
With the right planning and preparation, you can cultivate your own wedding flowers and have some fun along the way. To help you out, we’ve put together five things that you should definitely consider before you begin — read on to find out more.
Do some research if you’re new to gardening
If you make the decision to grow your own wedding flowers, it’s worth learning a thing or two about gardening. Though gardening is not a difficult hobby to pursue, a little basic know-how will give you a head start, and will go a long way towards ensuring your project is a success.
Take the time to read some books and browse some information online. The Independent have a great round-up of their favourite gardening literature, many of which will equip you with the skills that you need know. Wyevale Garden Centres also have an online gardening guides section that is well worth a look, as it is full of essential tips that are easy to take in and implement in your own garden.
Consider growing wildflowers
When it comes to choosing which types of flowers you want for your ceremony, you won’t find many as varied and colourful as some classic British wildflowers. These plants will add a bohemian, almost fairy tale feel to your wedding and will be a talking point for your guests.
The best way to collect wildflowers is to grow them yourself — while it is not an offence to pick most kinds, there are some flowers thriving in the wild that are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, so it isn’t worth the risk of picking up a hefty fine.
Sow your wildflower seeds in March or April and keep them in full sunlight, avoiding areas of shade. These plants live up to their name, growing big, bold, and beautiful, so it’s best to give them plenty of space in your garden. As they are used to flourishing away from the careful attention of a gardener, these flowers are quite hardy. Some moist, weed-free soil is essentially all they need, though you may want to cover them with netting to protect them from cats and birds.
Get others to help you
Planning a big ceremony with lots of guests? It can be a challenging task growing enough on your own if you plan on decorating the church and every table with your homegrown flowers. This can be compounded further if you live in an apartment or have a smaller garden to work with.
If this is the case, don’t be afraid to rope in a few friends and relatives to help you with your task as it will allow you to spread the responsibility and produce a greater number of flowers. You can use a cloud-based service like Google Drive to give everyone access to a schedule of their responsibilities and deadlines — doing so will ensure that you are all on the same page. Also, should one of your loved ones be an avid horticulturalist too, they will probably be able to give you a few pointers or help to organise the project.
Partake in some flower arranging
Arranging your flowers is the fun part and the reward for all of your hard work. While this is usually a task that a professional florist will take care of, it is a fun skill to learn yourself, and will prove to be useful beyond your big day. Even when you are enjoying married life, you will be able to continue to create attractive arrangements to make your home a beautiful and fragrant place to live.
It is possible to teach yourself flower arranging, especially when there are really helpful resources online like this visual guide from Save On Crafts. However, some people prefer to learn in-person from someone who knows the trade. Think about enrolling on a course at a local college or community centre — you could even go along with some of your friends and family for a unique bonding experience before the wedding.