The lovely Janie from The Bride’s Cafe is back today and she is sharing tips for all you DIY brides thinking of creating your bouquets from flowers found at the Farmer’s Market. Such a great way to save on your budget and totally doable with this tips from Janie! Thanks Janie, your flowers always look so gorgeous! And big thanks also to Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography for the lovely photos.
One of my favorite things to do in Virginia in the summer time is visit the Farmer’s Market early on Saturday mornings. I love the atmosphere and chatting with the vendors and you guessed it, most of all, I love the flowers. So, I thought it would be a fun post to chat a little about the beautiful Farmer’s Market flowers. Nnow, you have to get there early because they are truly a hot commodity!
For all the DIY brides, this post is dedicated to you. I arrived at the market at 7:30 am Saturday morning with $50.00 cash. My goal was not to spend over $50.00. I purchased a bouquet of the most vibrant and oh-so-pretty zinnias (an assortment of the most vibrant colors ranging from pinks, to burgundy, to chartreuse), a bouquet of lisianthus (solid white and white with purple tips), for texture I added a bouquet of coxcomb (the colors were OMG gorgeous…red, burgundy, pink, yellow, chartreuse) , a bouquet of mimosa (needed this golden yellow flower for a pop of color) and one of my favorite flowers of all time to use as a filler, snow on the mountain. I really can’t explain to you how much I love this flower! Each bunch cost $10.00. Total cost $50.00 – I met my budget!!
The next day, I made a bridal bouquet, a bridesmaid bouquet, a posy for the mother-of-the-bride, a pin-on corsage for the grandmother and a bout for the groom – and I still had a few blooms left! I could have easily made two more bouts or another corsage or posy. I wanted the bouquets to have the look and feel as though I “hand-picked” them from the garden. I wrapped each bouquet with fabric swatches that I had saved from a few years ago and I ripped the material instead of cutting it to give it a “vintage” feel. The bouquets would be so perfect for a backyard wedding and the flowers would also be perfect to add as single stems in clusters of vases for the reception.
Thinking of using flowers from the Farmer’s Market for your wedding day?
Here are a few things to consider:
1. Find out what flower vendors will be at the market and what types of flowers they will be selling.
2. Depending on the travel distance, you may need to bring a couple of buckets of water to place the flowers in for the drive home.
3. Remember to get to the market early. I’ve noticed that the flowers seem to sell out fast.
4. Be willing to have a change of heart if there are specific flowers that you want for your wedding; the market may not carry what you initially wanted.
5. If you can, contact the flower vendor ahead of time and ask if you can purchase flowers directly from them at their farm; this way, you can get the flowers for your wedding ahead of time.
6. Don’t try to DIY your wedding flowers yourself. The ideal person/people would be someone who is not attending your wedding!
Thanks so much to Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography for the photos. All the flowers are from Amy’s Garden, a vendor at the Farmer’s Market. And thanks again to Janie with The Bride’s Cafe for the lovely floral DIY today! Be sure to check out The Bride’s Cafe for lots more gorgeous florals and pretty weddings!