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1. There is a lot of pressure involved
Between ensuring everything's ready, dealing with wedding nerves, making sure there're no added dramas, doing your own bouquets and centrepieces is one additional task you may not want to undertake.
Unlike getting a florist, who will deliver your arrangements on the day of, or the day before, you'll have to purchase your flowers in advance, and ask close friends to help put them together (unless you're really fast, I don't see how you're going to complete 20 tables' worth of centrepieces within one or two days).
And the thing with flowers is, you can't really prepare in advance, as fresh flowers will wilt in a few days.
3. You have to know what you're doing
From handling them (flowers are fragile creatures) to putting them together, there are a lot of factors involved in putting together a simple bouquet, much less a centrepiece, or an entire arch.
4. Work with hardier flowers
If you've not worked with flowers much before, consider using hardy flowers that won't wilt or spoil easily. This gives you more room for error.
5. Timing is key
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As mentioned above, you can't really purchase flowers beforehand, as they don't last very long. Conversely, you can't get them at the very last minute, too.
Apart from the obvious fact that the store may not have the blooms you want, your flowers need time to bloom as well. Once you purchase them from the store, set them in water for a day for them to do so.
You should also plan to work on your arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres on a rough timeline. For instance, the former can be done the day before, but the boutonnieres have to be arranged on the day of.
6. Flowers for less
Despite all the trouble, it's a great way to save money on. Head to a nursery or a wholesale florist, where you can get beautiful blooms at a bargain.
7. You get to have full control
A good thing about doing your own flowers, is that you minimise the chances of last-minute heart attacks on your big day. We've heard of brides receiving the wrong flowers, bouquets in the wrong colour and so on.
If you're a type A bride who just can't let go, doing your own flowers may be the right thing to do.