If you have a garden that is resplendent with different blooms, or at least know someone who does, there are lots of ways you can incorporate them in your wedding, saving you money and giving your wedding a more personal vibe.
If you want to use your own flowers for your wedding bouquet, make sure you pick them two days before the wedding. It’s best to cut them early in the morning or last thing at night, and make sure you snip at the stems neatly with scissors, rather than twist and hack. Cut the stems as long you can, as you can always trim them to a shorter length later on, but you can’t make them longer.
Make sure none of the greenery, such as the leaves, goes under water level if you want to keep it in your arrangement, as it’ll become waterlogged and will be no good. Place your freshly picked flowers into a deep bucket of fresh, cold water, and keep it in a dark, cool place such as a garage or shed, in order to keep the blooms from wilting. Don’t store any fruit near your flowers, as some fruits emit ethylene gas as they ripen, which can cause flowers to wither more quickly. Fruits such as apples, pears and peaches emit high levels of the gas, but to be on the safe side, avoid placing any fruit near your wedding flowers. You don’t want to take any chances!
If you’d rather leave your wedding bouquet to a professional, but still want to save money in other areas, there are plenty of uses for your home grown flowers.
You can easily press flowers at home by placing just picked blooms between two sheets of greaseproof paper, and storing them in the middle of a large book. Arrange them on the greaseproof sheets to make sure nothing overlaps, and ensure that they are dry. Place another couple of books or a weighty item on top of the book you place them in, just to be on the safe side, and leave it to press down on your flowers. It normally takes about three days for the flower to dry out, but if you have time, leave it for as long as possible to be extra sure they’re dried out.
Once you have your dried, pressed flowers, you can use them to decorate your table names, invitations, seating plan and place cards for a unique and personal touch. This is a great idea for a vintage wedding.
You can also dry out a variety of petals, and make homemade confetti cones by rolling and sticking card into a conical shape. You can then fill these cones with your dried petals and provide your guests with them for a biodegradable, eco and budget friendly alternative to confetti.
Dried lavender and rose petals can also be tied up in pretty organza bags, and secured with ribbons. These can be given to your guests as favors. If hung over bath taps when running a bath, then can scent the water, or can be hung in closets to lend their scent to their clothes.