DIY Bride – Arrange your own wedding flowers

Want to save money on your wedding flowers?

With wedding costs mounting, the newly engaged bride-to-be is turning to a new approach for her Wedding Flowers

DIY Wedding Flowers
The cost of the average UK wedding has spiraled to over £27,000 and the fact that flowers account for 10 per cent of the overall budget, it is no surprise that more and more newly engaged couples are looking for ways to reduce their flower costs.
Whats more the current trend for ‘Garden Gathered’ Bouquets and ‘Jam Jar’ style table arrangements lend themselves perfectly to the less experienced flower arranger.
For years the most requested flowers have been Roses and Peonies, but more often than not it’s because brides have heard of them, not because they like them.
Floral arrangements are becoming more relaxed and gentle – all you have to do is choose a style that you like and let mother nature do the rest!

Top tips for the DIY Bride

Don’t buy more flowers than you need…

Remember you can reuse church flowers… task someone with the job of bringing to the reception after the ceremony (while the photos are being taken) and go for larger single Pedestal arrangements in light buckets or vases……not bottles and jars which will take ages to transfer.

DIY Wedding Flowers, Brides Bouquet as a Table Centre

Brides and Bridesmaids bouquets can do double duty as table arrangements… shown here at Kelly and Tommy’s Wedding Lila’s Wood, Tring,

Choosing your DIY Wedding Flowers…

Seasonality is important when choosing flowers. If there are particular flowers that mean really something to you, that you would like to include in your Bridal Bouquet, then find out when they naturally bloom and choose that time of year for your Wedding…

There is nothing more beautiful than a flower in season. Nature is a wonderful thing, seasonal flowers feel ‘right’ bringing the outside in!  Just because we can have anything we want at any time of the year doesn’t mean we should…

Like vegetables, out of season flowers are lacking in scent, vibrancy and to top is all budget busting!

Our British Flowers never arrive in bad condition….we pick the very best blooming at the time.

Tears on the doorstep because imported out of season flowers have arrived, old, brown and damaged.

The UK has phenomenal flowers with far more varied than you could ever imagine…

Without exception everyone standing in our flower field have tossed aside their pinterest board in favour of what they can see and smell!

Swan Cottage Flower Farm specialist in DIY Flowers
Swan Cottage Flower Farm specialist in DIY Flowers

So that brings me on to:

Buying your DIY Flowers

Holland has the largest Flower Auction in the world, flowers bounce from hub to hub selling to the highest bidder so prices vary wildly from week to week.

Buy local seasonal flowers from a Flower Farm or Local Grower and you will never get a shock and find your budget blown by falling exchange rates.

Other reasons to buy British Flowers

  • Flowers are fresher by days.
  • Carbon Footprint, imported flowers come from as far away as Ecuador, Australia and Africa.
  • Conditioning, imported Flowers need careful re hydration and I don’t believe flowers ever get over being transported out of water.   
  • Costs, you are supporting the economy buying straight from the grower who love their flowers, so they will give you an excellent price
  • Most flower wholesalers won’t sell direct to the public so costs will increase with handling fees.
  • New Covent Garden Flower Market opens at 4am and traders are understandably loyal to their best customers with flowers selling before they ever hit the Market.

DIY Flower Preparation

You need time, space and somewhere to make a mess!

We have found most venues will allow you early access but do check ahead!


The DIY Bride should get as much help as you possibly can and if you are really lucky you already have a keen florist or flower arranger in your family.

A Unicorn and beautiful Bride Sophie on her Wedding Day with Flowers from Swan Cottage
A Unicorn and beautiful Bride Sophie on her Wedding Day with Flowers from Swan Cottage


Secateurs and Scissors for everyone! Florist Tape, Ribbons, Twine for Bouquets and Buttonholes, Pearl Headed Pins, Vases for your Table Arrangements, perhaps some hessian or lace to cover your Pasta or Jam Jars. Gin Bottles are very popular and the family can help with the collecting! Make a list and order everything ahead of time.


Like anything a little practice makes a huge difference!

A Wedding Flowers Workshop will pay for itself. Simple time saving tricks, how to take the best care of your flowers as well as making your flowers go further.


The best growers can get really booked up and sell out many months in advance.

Order flowers that dip and move around like Foxgloves, Dahlias, Cosmos, Ammi Majus, Cow Parsley and Wild Carrot, giving your arrangements character. Growers will also be able to supply you with much smaller numbers of individual flowers (rather than the wholesale wraps of 50+ stems) giving a display which has a large variety than matchy-matchy sameness.


Aim to collect your Wedding Flowers two days before the wedding, so you have time to to arrange them. Wednesdays and Thursdays are very busy days for us in the Flower Field and pick ups times will need to be booked in.

Most Florist’s will get your flowers on a Wednesday for a Saturday Wedding or Event, this means you flowers will be picked in South America or Africa on Monday…perhaps even Saturday, Sunday…

British Flowers are picked just hours before you collect them, in prime condition. No panics that they open in time for the Wedding (flowers picked too soon often never open).

Flowers picked at their absolute best for our DIY Flower Buckets
Flowers picked at their absolute best for our DIY Flower Buckets

Wedding Flowers cost the average couple £2,700

The cost of doing your own Wedding Flowers is approximately 1/3

Saving £1,800

Save even more by using your Jam Jars as Wedding Favours for guests to take home!

Beautiful Bride Kelly her Groom on their Wedding Day
Beautiful Bride Kelly her Groom on their Wedding Day

Feeling overwhelmed?

With all that saving you can budget for a little bit of help:

We offer a bespoke DIY Wedding Workshop from as little as £125 (only available as part of a Wedding order)

This 4 hour Workshop focuses on you and your Wedding.

We show you how to make your Bouquets and Buttonholes or focus on mocking up your Tables… using flowers as close as possible to those ordered and giving you confidence in your selection and checking exactly how many flowers you need…which sometimes can be really surprising!

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Buckets and Bouquets 

If you would prefer we can make your Bridal Party Flowers for you, or just Bouquet or the Buttonholes…..they will be in water and ready for collection with the rest of your DIY English country wedding flowers …all you need do is add the finishing touches just before the ceremony

Our  buttonholes and corsages can be made the same or be different and have an individual little garden for every lapel…..

…you decide….spend it well!

Garden Gathered Wedding Flowers, the natural bridal bouquet of British Flowers

Buckinghamshire Wedding Flowers grown with love from Swan Cottage…..




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