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<ul><li><p>D I A N A D E V I T O</p><p>Do-It-YourselfWedding FlowersTHE GUIDE TO</p></li><li><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>ContentsIntroduction ................................................................................................................................................................................... 1</p><p>Get Ready to DIY Your Wedding Flowers ..................................................................................................................... 2</p><p>DIY Wedding Flowers Rules to Live By ....................................................................................................................... 7</p><p>DIY Wedding Flowers: Color Basics ............................................................................................................................... 11</p><p>Selecting DIY Flowers: Color &amp; Texture ........................................................................................................................ 16</p><p>Floral Arrangement Basics: Form &amp; Shape .................................................................................................................. 23</p><p>Floral Arrangement Basics: Flower Prep ...................................................................................................................... 25</p><p>The Top 10 Wedding Flowers .............................................................................................................................................. 27</p><p>A Do-It-Yourself Bridal Bouquet Tutorial ...................................................................................................................... 41</p><p>All About Flower Petals .......................................................................................................................................................... 45</p><p>Youre Ready to DIY Your Wedding Flowers! ............................................................................................................. 48</p><p>Additional Resources ............................................................................................................................................................... 49</p><p>For More InformationHave questions? Call 855-BUY-BLOOMS or visit us at www.BloomsByTheBox.com, where youll find </p><p>how-to videos, step-by-step flower arrangement tutorials, flower availability information, our own </p><p>flower-pairing tools, live chat assistance and the industrys finest customer service! </p></li><li><p>THE Do-It-Yourself GUIDE TO Wedding Flowers</p><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.comCALL 1-855-BUY-BLOOMS VISIT www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>PAGE 1</p><p>Flowers are as common in a wedding as the white dress. Lets face it: A wedding would not be </p><p>complete without a bridal bouquet, boutonnire, or centerpiece. The beauty in their </p><p>colors, shapes, and textures, along with their fragrance, make flowers the perfect </p><p>accompaniment to every style of wedding.</p><p>Whoever came up with the slogan Say it with Flowers was no </p><p>dummy - and possibly a bride - because wedding flowers will set the </p><p>tone and look for your big day. Whether you consider yourself a </p><p>flower know-it-all, an admirer, or completely clueless, you can pull </p><p>off a fabulous floral design for your wedding!</p><p>Excuse the pun, but altar your thinking! Contrary to popu-</p><p>lar belief, creating your own bridal bouquets and arrangements </p><p>is NOT an impossible feat. For all of you brides on budgets out </p><p>there, incorporating DIY projects in your wedding are essential if </p><p>you want to save some major cash. So dont be afraid to unleash </p><p>your inner DIY Bride!</p><p>You dont need to be excessively artistic to make beautiful ar-</p><p>rangements for your wedding. Doing your own wedding flowers is </p><p>probably one of the easiest ways you can both be creative and save </p><p>money for your big day. Where there is a will, theres a way!</p><p>Get Over Your Flower Phobia!</p></li><li><p>THE Do-It-Yourself GUIDE TO Wedding Flowers</p><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.comCALL 1-855-BUY-BLOOMS VISIT www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>PAGE 2</p><p>Get Ready to DIY Your Wedding Flowers!Here are some helpful hints to make your DIY wedding flower experience a little easier!</p><p>1. There is a difference between wholesale flowers and retail flowers.</p><p>First of all, just because you are buying wholesale flowers for your wedding DOES NOT mean that youre </p><p>not getting quality flowers. We buy flowers from the finest growers throughout the world including Central </p><p>America, South America, Europe, and the United States, which is also where the top-notch florists get their </p><p>flowers. The only difference: They are not arranged and when you buy our flowers youre getting them for a </p><p>fraction of the price that you would pay at a retail florist. Our growers must meet our high standards for qual-</p><p>ity and consistency and are regarded as the finest in the industry.</p><p>I bet you have seen a floral arrangement at an event. And Im sure that most of you have either given or </p><p>received flowers for either Valentines Day or Mothers Day. Well, these gorgeous arrangements are the fin-</p><p>ished product. A florist put in a lot of elbow grease for these flowers to look this way. These flowers are fully </p><p>bloomed and have gone through all of the necessary flower prep to look their freshest and finest. This is not </p><p>how your wholesale flowers will arrive, so here are some things you should know about wholesale flowers.</p></li><li><p>THE Do-It-Yourself GUIDE TO Wedding Flowers</p><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.comCALL 1-855-BUY-BLOOMS VISIT www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>PAGE 3</p><p>Most wholesale flowers are cut and shipped BEFORE they have fully bloomed. When you receive your </p><p>flowers their blooms may be tight. Lilies are excellent examples of flowers that need time to fully bloom. The </p><p>reason why wholesale flowers are cut and shipped before their peak is because we want to guarantee that </p><p>the flowers you order are fresh and in full bloom for your wedding or event. Additionally, we want to ensure </p><p>that your flowers stay fresh for the longest duration so you are able to enjoy them days or even weeks after </p><p>they are used. (Helpful Hint: Warm to hot water will help the flowers bloom faster). </p><p>Wholesale flowers need some TLC! Your flowers will arrive to you how a florist would receive flowers be-</p><p>fore they prim and prep them. Remember, like a florist, you are receiving these flowers after they had made a </p><p>long trip without water, so they will be very thirsty. Roses will still have thorns on them, so be careful!</p><p>When placing an order, we suggest that you select a requested ship date of 3 days before your wedding, </p><p>meaning you receive the flowers 2 days before. This way, you can hydrate the flowers the day you receive </p><p>them while allowing them to open for a day. Arrange the flowers the day before the wedding, keep them </p><p>hydrated in water or floral foam.</p><p>Wholesale flowers are almost always packaged by the grower in bunches. The bunch might be wrapped in </p><p>a cellophane sleeve, or tied together. The number of stems might be exact, as bunches of Roses we provide </p><p>consist of exactly 25 stems. Each variety tends to have a standard stem count per bunch, but there could be </p><p>variations by grower.</p><p>2. Realize that doing your own flowers isnt cheap, its just cheaper.</p><p>According to The Wedding Report, the average cost of a wedding in 2010 was $23,867. A fraction of that </p><p>total goes to flowers. Just a bridal bouquet can cost up to $300! Yes, by deciding to do your own bridal bou-</p><p>quet you could save up to $250, but remember that you are still going to spend a good chunk of cash on your </p><p>wedding flowers.</p><p>A common misconception when buying wholesale flowers is that brides believe they will only be paying a </p><p>couple hundred dollars on a generous amount of wedding flowers. In some cases, this is may be true; how-</p><p>ever, remember that just because you are buying flowers at a fraction of retail prices does not mean that </p><p>you arent going to spend money. Yes, wholesale flowers are sold in bulk at lower prices, but think about how </p><p>many flowers you are going to need in total (for both your ceremony and reception) and then make sure to </p><p>budget accordingly! Be realistic when determining how much you want to spend on flowers.</p><p>3. Make a plan.</p><p>You wouldnt just have a wedding without some planning, right? Well, the same goes for your wedding flow-</p><p>ers. It is essential that you make yourself a Wedding Flower Game Plan where you plan the days (or time-</p><p>line) that you will be doing your research, asking questions, determining your flower budget, choosing your </p></li><li><p>THE Do-It-Yourself GUIDE TO Wedding Flowers</p><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.comCALL 1-855-BUY-BLOOMS VISIT www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>PAGE 4</p><p>flowers, gathering your flower decorating team, deciding what flowers you want in your bouquets vs. what </p><p>flowers you want in your centerpieces, ordering your sample flowers, making your trial arrangements, prac-</p><p>ticing, ordering your flowers and making your wedding arrangements. If remember only one thing from this </p><p>guide, remember this: Do your wedding flowers the day before your wedding. You cannot, I repeat, CANNOT, </p><p>do you flowers on your wedding day if you want your sanity intact.</p><p>Also, keep in mind that from choosing your wedding flowers to having them walk down the aisle with you is </p><p>a process and will take some time. You arent going to research what flowers youre interested in, order your </p><p>sample flowers, and do a trial run all in the same day! When you choose the DIY Wedding Flower route you </p><p>are doing all of the work that a florist would, so a timeline is extremely important!</p><p>4. Youre going to get by with a little help from your friends.</p><p>Excuse The Beatles reference, but there is no way that you can do this without a team. Dont be afraid to </p><p>ask your family and bridesmaids to help you, as Im sure that they will be more than willing to do so. During </p><p>your planning stage make sure to take the time to figure out whom your ideal flower decorating team </p><p>would consist of.</p><p>5. Practice, Practice, Practice!</p><p>Practice indeed does make perfect. I highly suggest that you create trial arrangements to see your floral </p><p>vision before your big day.</p><p>Creating trial arrangements provides both you and those helping you </p><p>with the practice you will need to make your final wedding bouquets, </p><p>boutonnires, and centerpieces. The more you practice, the </p><p>more you will feel comfortable handling the flowers, which </p><p>will be reflected in the arrangements. </p></li><li><p>THE Do-It-Yourself GUIDE TO Wedding Flowers</p><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.comCALL 1-855-BUY-BLOOMS VISIT www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>PAGE 5</p><p>6. Flowers arent all that youll need.</p><p>Remember that you are receiving your wedding flowers as a florist would receive them, so stems will need </p><p>to be cut and Roses will need to be dethorned. Also, if youre making centerpieces and boutonnires floral </p><p>foam, floral tape, and floral wire may be needed. So, youre not only going to need flowers, but also floral </p><p>supplies and containers.</p><p>If its your first time going the DIY flower route I highly suggest purchasing our Blooms DIY Starter Kit </p><p>that includes floral scissors, a paring knife, a thorn stripper, flower food, and much more. Its the perfect </p><p>companion to your wholesale flowers.</p><p>7. Dont worry about refrigeration; hydration is much more important.</p><p>One of the most common questions I get from many brides-to-be about their wedding flowers is whether </p><p>or not they need to be refrigerated, and the answer is absolutely not. Keeping your flowers hydrated and in </p><p>fresh water is much more important. Changing the water will actually prolong the flowers freshness. Lastly, </p><p>make sure to keep store your flowers in a cool, dry place.</p><p>Keep in mind that your home refrigerator is much different than an industry floral cooler. Your refrigerator </p><p>is much more humid and may actually kill the flowers. Any ripening fruits, vegetables, or stored foods can give </p><p>off chemicals that will greatly decrease the vase life of flowers. If you plan on using a spare refrigerator (the </p><p>extra one if your garage/ basement) make sure it has no food in it!</p><p>8. Make sure you have proper transportation.</p><p>On your wedding day, dont forget that the flowers need to travel from wherever they are being primed and </p><p>prepped to both your ceremony and reception venues. Im not saying rent out an extra van for your flowers, </p><p>but make sure you plan accordingly to get your flowers from A to B as smoothly as possible. Check out our </p><p>DIY Flower 101 lessons to learn how to transport arrangements safely!</p></li><li><p>THE Do-It-Yourself GUIDE TO Wedding Flowers</p><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.comCALL 1-855-BUY-BLOOMS VISIT www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>PAGE 6</p><p>9. Buy extras!</p><p>Never buy exact quantities! Although you may be using the same type of flower, all of these flowers should </p><p>not be treated as equals. Each stem and bloom will all react differently to weather and shipping conditions. </p><p>Do you know why flowers from a retail florist always look so fresh? Its because they order more flowers than </p><p>they need. This way they have the opportunity to pick and choose blooms that are up to par.</p><p>On a smaller scale, this is what you should do when ordering your wedding flowers. Keep in mind that you </p><p>are dealing with delicate fresh-cut flowers. So, although it is a rarity, breakage or browning petals MAY hap-</p><p>pen. Also, your flowers are traveling without water (with the exception of Hydrangea and Orchids) so they </p><p>are in a much different state from when they left us to when they arrive at your doorstep.</p><p>In most cases, the wholesale flower industry will help you out in this department because rarely can you </p><p>buy 46 Roses, 22 Hydrangea, and 15 stems of Hypericum. As previously stated, all wholesale flowers are </p><p>packaged in bunches. Therefore, they are then sold in the quantities of those bunches. The Rose bunches we </p><p>provide consist of exactly 25 stems, so you cant buy 18 Roses. We also provide greenery and fillers mostly in </p><p>bunches of 10 stems, so if you need 12 stems of Gypsophilia (Babys Breath), youll have to order 2 bunches </p><p>(20 stems).</p><p>10. Dont sweat exact colors.</p><p>Flowers are part of nature, so you will not, I repeat, WILL NOT be able to match the color of your brides-</p><p>maids dresses to the shade of a peach Cottage Rose. </p><p>Each batch of flowers that are grown on the wholesale market are grown at different times, during differ-</p><p>ent weather conditions, and in changing environments. So, each batch of flowers (although they may be the </p><p>same variety) may not be the same EXACT color as the last. </p><p>11. Do not underestimate yourself!</p><p>Remember, I think I can, I think I can! Even if you think you dont have a flower arranging bone in your </p><p>body, there is a big chance that you are going to surprise yourself and your wedding guests too!</p></li><li><p>THE Do-It-Yourself GUIDE TO Wedding Flowers</p><p> 2014 www.BloomsByTheBox.comCALL 1-855-BUY-BLOOMS VISIT www.BloomsByTheBox.com</p><p>PAGE 7</p><p>Are you a traditionalist or trendsetter? Are you drawn to classic arrangements wedding flowers like roses </p><p>and hydrangeas? Or do exotic arrangements of Birds of Paradise and Calla Lilies catch your eye?</p><p>Rule #1...</p></li></ul>