Editor Heather Weekley shares her thoughts after taking part in a DIY wedding flower session.
Bridesmaid bouquets in progress
A good friend of mine got married two weeks ago, and she took a DIY approach that hadn't yet come across my radar: She was making her own bouquets and arrangements for the wedding day through The Flowerman. The Flowerman, located near Worthington off of I-71, offers several different flower packages for couples. While the company can do the full-service floral design for you, they also let you get hands-on with a Do-It-Yourself package.
Here's how it works: Couples can bring a small group in several days before their wedding and personally make everything they need for the wedding day-bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, etc.-with the guidance of The Flowerman team. (You'll work with the staff in advance to determine your flower needs and pricing.) Then, once the flowers are assembled, you can either pick them up before the wedding or have The Flowerman deliver them directly to you.
So when my friend Ann asked if I wanted to help, I was eager to check out the process (and a bit nervous, as I'm not the next Martha Stewart and didn't want to mess up the flowers!). I arrived at The Flowerman on the Thursday morning before her wedding weekend to find six groups there prepping flowers for weekend nuptials. Most brides brought five to six helpers. (Shout out to Adam, Ann's now-husband, for being the only groom there!)
They'd already started the process when I arrived, but I helped with boutonnieres, corsages, the bridesmaids' bouquets and reception centerpieces. As we moved from task to task, a super-helpful The Flowerman team member walked us through each step-it definitely eased my fears of messing something up! Before I knew it, I was creating a corsage for the mother of the bride and wrapping ribbon around the bases of the bridesmaid bouquets. And on Ann's wedding day that Saturday, it was really awesome to see the group's hard work in action. The experience was a fun one.
Interested in taking the DIY approach with your own flowers? Visit FlowermanBlog.com for more information on the process.
-Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley
The bouquet I helped create.
A centerpiece during the reception.