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I get so many questions each and every day, I decided to create some great FAQ and tips for you, based on the questions that I get asked the most.   This way,  you’ve got answers right at your finger tips.   And of course, please feel free to contact me anytime!  I’m always happy to answer questions.

 

 

 

 

How much time should I allow to prepare my own wedding flowers?

 

How much help will I need?

 

What type of tools will I need?

 

When should I start planning my wedding flowers?

 

Can anyone make their own wedding flowers?

 

How do I store the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces?

 

Are there any colors I should stay away from?

 

What do you recommend I use for storing the flowers?

 

How much stem tape and bowl tape will I need?

 

Do I have to get a business license or resale license?

 

How do I know what style bouquet to make for myself?

 

Do you show how to make ALL the bouquet styles in the DVD’s?

 

How many types of corsages are there?

 

Are some flower types better than others for corsages and boutonnieres?

 

Are some flower types better than others for bouquets?

 

Does it matter what I make my pew/chair end bows out of?

 

Can I use candles for my reception?

 

How do I know how long the candles will burn?

 

Are you available for questions, should something come up for me while I am planning or preparing my wedding flowers?

 

I’ve seen a bouquet I really like but I don’t know what is in it, how can I figure that out?


I’m not planning a wedding; I’m planning a wedding anniversary.   Will your Do-It-Yourself Wedding Flower Guide help me with planning for an anniversary?


I am planning a party, is there anything in the Do-It-Yourself Wedding Flower Guide that I can use to plan my party centerpieces?


I love the REALLY BIG FLORALS you typically see at a wedding ceremony; do you show me how to make those?

 

How much time should I allow to prepare my own wedding flowers?

That depends; every bride has a different picture in mind for her wedding.  Are you having a small bridal party (1-2 bridesmaids) or a large bridal party (5-10)? Are you having a small reception (4-6 centerpieces) or large reception (15-20) centerpieces? Here are some general guidelines: Allow 1-6 hours for processing your flowers. This should be done one to two days before you will be designing your flowers. Allow 30-90 minutes to prepare each bridal party bouquet. Allow 10-20 minutes per boutonniere. Allow 15-45 minutes per corsage.  Allow 15 – 60 minutes per centerpiece. Allow 5-30 minutes per pew bow/floral for ceremony. So, if your wedding is on Saturday, process your flowers on Wednesday, design on Thursday and use Friday to pamper yourself. If your wedding is on Friday, you will process your flowers on Tuesday, design on Wednesday and leave Thursday to pamper yourself. If your wedding is on Sunday, process your flowers on Thursday, Design on Friday and leave Saturday to pamper yourself.

How much help will I need?

Again, this all depends upon what you are going to be designing. If you are having a small wedding, have at least one helper, two would be better. If you are having a large wedding, have 2-6 helpers. Your goal should be to get everything done the two days before your wedding so that you have time for other things like getting your nails done, getting a massage, attending your rehearsal dinner, etc. And, make sure that your helpers know what to do on the day of the wedding. I highly recommend that you take care of just being the bride once your wedding day is here.

How much money should I plan to spend?

Once again, that depends upon how much you are doing and whether you are buying wholesale or retail. If you are buying wholesale, you should plan to spend between $200.00 and $500.00 for your flowers and related supplies. If you are doing a large wedding, plan to spend $500.00 – $1,000.00 wholesale for all your flowers and supplies. If you have to pay retail pricing for your flowers and supplies, double the wholesale cost. These are guidelines; the size of your wedding will drive this cost.

What type of tools will I need?

This is all covered in the BONUS section of the workbook and the BONUS DVD with pictures, however, to give you an idea of the types of things you will need here is a partial list: Sharp clippers, sharp scissors, wire cutters, wire, cloth covered wire, bowl tape, stem tape, corsage pins, boutonniere pins, plastic bags or boxes to hold the corsages and boutonnieres, hydrating solution, preservative, Oasis floral glue, bouquet holder (depends upon which type of bouquet you are making), chenille stems (pipe cleaners) ribbon, pew clips, bouquet stand (optional), vases, buckets, wristlets (if making wrist corsages), rose strippers (if using roses), stephanotis stems (if using stephanotis). There may be other items you will need, depending upon what you are making. I tell you what you need with each item in the workbook. I also show you each of these items in the Bonus DVD.

When should I start planning my wedding flowers?

I recommend you start planning six months in advance. Decide what you want your theme to be, what you want your bouquet to look like, what you want your
bridesmaid bouquets to look like, what you want your boutonnieres and corsages to look like, what you want your ceremony décor to look like and what you want your reception décor to look like. Make a list of the flowers you will need. I provide an example of how to do this in the bonus section. Figure out how many helpers you should line up. Figure up what supplies and tools you will need.  Then, at least two months in advance, make a practice bouquet so you are confident when the time comes to make the real bouquet. Practice everything if it makes you feel more comfortable. If you are making pew/chair end bows, buy your ribbon or fabric 3-4 months in advance. You can make the bows well in  advance and hang them up on hangers and put away until you need them. Make your corsage bows a week in advance or sooner. Just put them somewhere that you will remember and where they won’t get damaged.

Can anyone make their own wedding flowers?

NO! I hate to say it, but there are some people who just have two left hands!  If you are one of those types of people, don’t attempt this. Or, practice first before you commit. Make sure the people you line up to help you don’t have two left hands! This can be really fun and you can make a day out of it with your bridesmaids, moms, mother in laws, sisters, sister in laws, friends, etc. Make sure these are people you can count on!


How do I store the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces?

In refrigeration!!! Refrigeration is VERY IMPORTANT! Most flowers should be stores at 38-42 degrees. Tropical flowers like it warmer, about 60-65 degrees.  If you don’t have refrigeration, make sure you can turn on air conditioning and get a room as cold as possible. You should be able to store your bouquets and centerpieces in that air conditioned room, but you absolutely MUST refrigerate the corsages and boutonnieres. Even if they go into a small hotel refrigerator, this is a MUST! If you are making bouquets in bouquet holders you can keep the foam moist for longer if you cover the bouquet with plastic. A large plastic garbage bag will work!

Are there any colors I should stay away from?

This is a personal preference question. Generally, you don’t want to put tone on tone; meaning, if your bridesmaids are wearing red dresses you won’t want to make their bouquets in red flowers that are an exact match to the dress color. Think about your group pictures and how they will look with the color scheme you want. Will the bouquets blend into the dresses because there is no contrast? Try to pick flowers that are complimentary. It’s okay to have some of the same colored flowers as the dresses, just make sure they are mixed with complimentary colors so that when you take pictures you can see the flowers against the dress.  If you really want the same colored flowers, add some greenery around the collar and create a little separation/contrast.

What do you recommend I use for storing the flowers?

You need some type of water vessel to put your flowers in when you process them.  I understand you wouldn’t want to buy 10 or 20 buckets that you will only use once. So, plan on borrowing buckets from your helpers, neighbors, etc. A bucket that is used for the yard or house cleaning is fine; just make sure you’ve sterilized them first. I use Clorox Clean-up to clean all my buckets and vases.  You could also use vases to store your flowers in and again, you can borrow these from other people. Try to have some tall buckets/vases on hand for the tall flowers, assuming you are using some tall flowers.

How much stem tape and bowl tape will I need?

That depends upon how much you are doing, but I would say you can get away with one roll of each. It will be easier for your help if they don’t have to wait for the tape while someone else is using it, but you can cut pieces from the roll so people can keep working or you can have multiple rolls.

Do I have to get a business license or resale license?

When you buy wholesale you are buying at the lowest possible price points. If that is what you want, apply for your licenses at least two months before you need them! Allow for mailing time. The licenses are typically mailed to you. Be aware that having these licenses comes with some other responsibilities such as filing special sales tax forms. In other words, when you buy wholesale the government assumes you are going to resell what you are buying and when you resell what you are buying at wholesale, you would typically mark the price up and collect sales tax on the sale. Since you won’t be reselling the items, when you complete your Sales Tax Forms there is a place where you can indicate that your purchases were used for personal use and therefore, you will need to pay the sales tax on those purchases. The difference is you are paying sales tax on the wholesale price that you purchased the items for versus the resale price that is marked up.

How do I know what style bouquet to make for myself?

That again is a personal preference. In the past, the bouquet style was determined by your dress; but now a days, anything goes. Whatever YOU LIKE is what you should carry! I will say this, however, if your dress is really fancy on top and really plain on the bottom, consider carrying a cascade or crescent shaped bouquet.

Do you show how to make ALL the bouquet styles in the DVD’s?

No, I only show you the most popular which includes the hand tied/toss/nosegay, cascade, Biedermeier, pomander and presentation styles. In the workbook I include instructions for crescent, tussie mussie and composite bouquet styles in addition to the styles included on the DVD. So, between the workbook and the DVD I do show you how to do all the bouquet styles.

How many types of corsages are there?

There are pin-on, wrist and magnet-backed corsages.



Are some flower types better than others for corsages and boutonnieres?

YES! I give you a list in the Corsage and Boutonniere section of the workbook. There are too many to list here. Some flowers just hold up better than others and some are intolerant of heat.

Are some flower types better than others for bouquets?

Yes, I give you this information in the Bouquets section of the workbook.  Sometimes the weather where you are located plays a factor in what flowers will hold up the best for you. And, like the flowers for corsages and boutonnieres, there are too many to list here; I do address this in much detail in the workbook.

Does it matter what I make my pew/chair end bows out of?

That depends…first of all; make sure you pick a ribbon or fabric that you like. Some ribbons and fabrics work better than others. I always recommend using wired ribbon; it is much easier to work with, especially when you are new to making bows. I prefer organza over tulle, but that is my personal preference. I think it is prettier and more elegant than tulle. But, many brides love tulle!

Can I use candles for my reception?

Check with the location where you are having your wedding for the answer to this question. Facilities have their own rules about candles. The fire code for your area typically will dictate that candles need to be enclosed in a glass cover of some sort. Glass covers include vases, votive cups, hurricane shades, etc.

How do I know how long the candles will burn?

Check the box when you buy the candles, normally there is something about how long they will burn. Make sure you buy candles that will burn for the entire time of your reception. I like to use 8 hour candles because I know they will still be burning at the end of the night.



Are you available for questions, should something come up for me while I am planning or preparing my wedding flowers?

Yes, I am an email away…however, allow a couple of days for me to get back to you if possible.



I’ve seen a bouquet I really like but I don’t know what is in it, how can I figure that out?

Take the picture to a florist or email the picture to me and I’ll do my best to figure it out for you. Beware….I see over and over again pictures in magazines with the wrong flowers identified in bouquets!



I’m not planning a wedding; I’m planning a wedding anniversary. Will your Do-It-Yourself Wedding Flower Guide help me with planning for an anniversary?

Absolutely! You’ll need everything in the guide, except, maybe, the ceremony section. I say maybe, because sometimes, an anniversary is celebrated with a renewal of vows, which is like having a wedding ceremony again. In which case, you’ll use everything in the guide!



I am planning a party, is there anything in the Do-It-Yourself Wedding Flower Guide that I can use to plan my party centerpieces?

Yes, the entire reception section would apply to you and I’ll bet you will need a few corsages and boutonnieres as well! You will also still need to learn the basics of how to order your flowers, how to process your flowers, how to store your flowers, etc. which is all included in the bonus section.



I love the REALLY BIG FLORALS you typically see at a wedding ceremony; do you show me how to make those?

NO! Those are pretty complicated and I didn’t show you how to do anything I didn’t feel 100% sure you could do. If you have your heart set on those types of arrangements you will have to order them from a florist. I do give you other beautiful ideas on how to decorate the ceremony site that does not require you being able to make those large arrangements, but still gives you the option of having large ceremony pieces like topiary trees and rose trees in decorative pots.

 

About Our Company

Hi There, my name is Angie Zimmerman and I am the owner of Heavenly Events,  author of the Do It Yourself Wedding Flower Guide, as well as Flower Arranging 101 videos and classes.

I have been doing wedding flowers since 1991 when I left my corporate job to pursue my love of flowers. I used to teach employees lots of things, but in one of the classes I taught, we referred the students to a book called “Do What You Love and The Money Will Follow”. I decided I needed to test that theory. And here I am, still doing what I love!

My purpose in this lifetime is to share my artistic talents with YOU. I love to help brides have the weddings of their dreams. I know when you get married, you don’t plan on having more than one wedding, even though it doesn’t always work out and you may end up getting married again. However, I approach each wedding as if it is the one and only opportunity to have what you’ve dreamed about your entire life. I know what you want most of all is for you and your guests to have a great time and to have a day that you can always fondly remember.

I also know, especially in this current economy, that many of you are struggling to have the wedding of your dreams because the money just isn’t there to do everything you’ve dreamed about. When you have gorgeous flowers at your wedding you are creating a memorable ambiance for you and your guests. People think in images and we remember things that our senses pick up so sight and smell are two very important senses we use to remember things. I want you to always have a gorgeous image in your head of the flowers on your wedding day. And, if you can do the flowers yourself, you will save a ton of money and be able to have either the flowers you really want and/or extra money for something else you really want for your wedding that you didn’t think you could afford.

My Do It Yourself Wedding Flower Guide comes with a workbook and (5) DVDs showing you how to do everything for your wedding from the bouquets to the centerpieces and everything in between. You will be confident in your ability to make your own wedding flowers or you will know this is not for you. I have been very careful to only give you instructions that I truly believe you can follow.  I am very good at expressing how to do things in plain, simple language.

My work has been featured in many bridal magazines and facility websites. Click here for more information about my workbook and DVD’s or to make a purchase.

To your gorgeous and memorable wedding!

Angie

 

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