DIY Your Wedding Flowers

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Making a wedding's floral pieces can be a one-of-a-kind bonding experience for brides (and grooms) and their wedding-party crew. Explore these three places to learn the basics of blending flowers together to maximize their beauty. Learn from the professionals and transform nature into your wedding's DIY statement piece.

EcoFlora

This charming organic flower shop offers wedding floral classes by appointment. The three-hour courses are $150 plus the cost of flowers, which typically runs about $100. The class covers crafting centerpieces, bouquets, corsages, head wreaths, boutonnieres and specialty items. While EcoFlora's expertise can be an educational starting point, some brides choose to take the class a few days before their wedding so arrangements made in class can be used during the big event.ecofloradesign.com

Franklin Park Conservatory

Of course the city's most renowned flora and fauna attraction offers arrangement classes. This winter's options include lessons in making holiday-themed arrangements, wreaths and swags (a nice option for atop a ceremony arch), edible arrangements (hello, dessert table), floral design with orchids and Valentine's Day-themed works. You can find more information and sign up online or by phone. fpconservatory.org

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

The quintessential craft store's website is a great place to search specific floral arrangements-like a bouquet of fall flowers tied to a bale of straw or an arrangement incorporating sparkling marbles in the vase. Download the directions and get arranging. joann.com