DIY Farmer’s Market flowers

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Hiya! More Hitched projects for you today. Our flowers. Let’s preface this post by making it very clear that we are NOT florists of any kind. So clearly ours are not as lovely and polished as the professional ladies we all admire so much. But, that’s kind of the point. If you’re willing to put a little time in, and get a little dirty, you (or your family/friends) can do your own flowers without as much hassle as you might think.

We gave ourselves a budget of $100 at the Farmer’s Market. We used our painted mason jars and a collection of vintage white pottery for vessels, and luckily had a box of flower foam in the garage. Which made this project pretty darn easy, inexpensive and super super fun.

One little bit of advice… before you hit the market, we’d recommend having a clear idea of the colors and flowers you’re planning to bring home. You can always go to the market in the weeks before your event to scope out what’s going to be available. But of course weather is a big factor when it comes to local flowers so you’ll have to be a bit flexible.

Now, on to the project.

Our colors for our Hitched table were black, white, neon pink, and gold. So we decided to use mostly white flowers with a bit of soft pink. We ended up with hydrangeas, dahlias, baby’s breath, tuberose, white button chrysanthemum, and gorgeous gorgeous lisianthus.

If you’re going to use florist foam (which is a good idea if you plan to arrange these a day or two before the wedding), you’ll need to soak it in water for a few minutes. It also helps give you more control over the design of your arrangements.

Cut the foam into chunks that will fit into your vessels. You might need to use a few small pieces wedged together in order to fill each vase.

Then comes the fun part! As you go, (or before you start, if you’re organized) strip the leaves from each stem so you’re just left with the blooms. That is unless you want your arrangements to be more green. Then by all means, leave the leaves!

And arrange your flowers however you like. We got into grouping like flowers together, but that part is totally up to you. It also seemed to help to add the bigger blooms first (like hydrangea), since those will really define the shape of your arrangement.

Get creative, try different things, and seriously just have fun! When you’re finished, make sure your vases have plenty of water so your arrangements don’t get droopy over night. It seemed to us that making them one day ahead was fine, but by the third day, things weren’t looking as fresh.

You can see our final tablescape here and here with our flowers in place.

And for the curious, our total cost for flowers was $100, our mason jars were probably another $20, and we spent about 2 – 3 hours putting 10 arrangements together. If you had more hands, you could probably knock out flowers for your whole wedding in not much longer.

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Laughter-Loving Stacy on Oct 13, 2010

Seriously, I love this blog! My wedding wont happen for another few years- but I like to think ahead, and all these inexpensive, fun and AWESOME tips are fantastic! I love love love it. :D

Heather on Oct 13, 2010

Great post. I've got my mason jars all ready - now to find my flowers!

Rachel - theWeddingVine on Oct 13, 2010

Great post! Thanks for all the tips!!

maggie on Oct 13, 2010

beautiful! i had no idea those were from the farmers market... makes me love them even more!

elissa, ebb & flow on Oct 13, 2010

great post! i've always admired brides who did flowers themselves. i can foresee myself having a nervous breakdown with my hair in rollers and flower petals everywhere. thankfully i haven't had to tackle that moment yet!

Rachael - Made From Scratch on Oct 13, 2010

So beautiful!. We're doind this for our wedding in 2 weeks, its just become so much easier because of your wonderful tips, thank you so much!

Cas - Your Wedding Bomboniere on Oct 14, 2010

What a fantastic idea for the budget conscious bride (and also for brides who simply refuse to pay $100s on flowers). I think that anything that deviates from the norm on a wedding day is a good thing. Stand out from the crowd! Gather as many friends as you can and have a little party while you prepare your flower arrangements together before the big day. on Oct 14, 2010

i love personal touches like these! i think it means a lot more to pick and arrange your flowers and then see them the day off. and i loooove the colors in flowers chosen. so simple and pretty!

Brindey on Oct 15, 2010

Hello 100 Layer! About how much flowers, or how many mason jars did $100 cover? Thank you!

M. on Oct 15, 2010

this is a great idea...I love painted mason jars, really creative, and farmers' market flowers are always gorgeous :)

Penned & Pretty on Oct 16, 2010

they look great!!! my husband is going away soon & i do think that would be a great time to try my hand(s) at something like this!

Jolie on Oct 17, 2010

Oh my goodness the textures of those flowers in the last photo are just delicious. on May 5, 2013

It's going to be end of mine day, however before finish I am reading this enormous article to improve my experience.

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