If you’re a creative bride, then you may want to try your hand at a fun DIY wedding flower workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society. You’ll get to learn a new skill and turn your hand to create your perfect wedding flowers!
You’d think given I meet with florists regularly about my client’s wedding flowers that I’d perhaps have picked up some good skills along the way in terms of floral designs and arrangements, but – you’d be wrong! However that all changed after I recently attended a DIY flower arrangement workshop with the lovely Anna and Ellie, otherwise known as the flower power behind The Flower Appreciation Society (and authors of this lovely flower book) and I’m pleased to say I did in fact come away with some super helpful knowledge and a wonderful new skill (as well as lots of pretty flowers, of course!).
diy WEDDING flower workshops for brides
If you are a bride, bridesmaid, mother or hey, let’s not discriminate a groom, who fancies attempting DIY wedding flowers then I highly recommend attending a workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society to get you off on the right foot. You’ll learn all the basics along with some great tips that will be vital for creating your big day flowers and in fact let’s be honest, it’s a skill for life so a good investment!
The workshops take place at their lovely studio in De Beauvoir (not far from Highbury & Islington or Dalston) and after a short intro and the all important tea and biscuits (or fizz!) to fuel you, you are free to delve into the plethora of seasonal flowers to begin conditioning them before you start arranging. I had great fun with the other attendees, but equally you could do it with your mum/mother in law or one of your bridesmaids.
See details at the end of the post on the upcoming workshops for DIY wedding flowers.
there are no rules!
I’ve been lucky enough to work with The Flower Appreciation ladies a few times on different weddings, and I really do utterly adore their pretty, wild looking floral designs so was very excited to attempt to learn a thing or two from them. The workshop I attended was learning about arranging flowers in a small boat vase for a medium size display and also a jar arrangement, and with their guidance (ahem, perhaps more than I’d care to admit!) I did manage to create something I was actually pretty proud of! I’m sure if I can do it, anyone can, although it does make you realise how easy they make it look! Anna and Ellie also give really helpful knowledge on seasonal flowers, and buying from markets which is so valuable as that’s actually half of it!
The Finished Result!
What I love about these girls and indeed their style, is there are no rules. If you want a slightly lopsided display (yes that was my intention and was on purpose!) then go for it. If you want it huge, then why not, and usually the wilder the better which is great for beginners. They give relaxed demonstrations but really it’s all about getting stuck in and just giving it a go and with their guidance along the way if you get stuck they’ll be right on hand to help.
advice on diy wedding flowers
Just putting my wedding planner hat on; I would advise if you are thinking of doing the flowers yourself, it is a fair amount of hours to put in, and can only really be done the day or two before the wedding so you have to be up for an early start to the flower market and willing to put the hours in right ahead of the day itself. I’ve heard from some brides that they did in fact enjoy spending time doing this with their mums or bridesmaids and found it quite therapeutic amongst the chaos in the run up to the day so if that sounds like you might enjoy it, then why not – just make sure you allow yourselves plenty of time!
However if you aren’t quite brave enough to create all your floral elements, then you could of course perhaps attempt maybe your own bouquet, but then have a florist on board to do the bigger jobs like the tables or larger displays as there will be much more to do and manage for this so takes a lot of the pressure off!
DIY Bridal flowers – 21st May | 2 – 5 pm | £145 per person
Learn to make your very own bridal flowers. Using the most beautiful seasonal flowers, they will teach you how to make your dream bridal bouquet, buttonholes, hair flowers and a flower crown. They’ll also be sharing tips on flower buying, flower seasons and keeping your flowers fresh.
All materials included plus a goody bag and glass of fizz!
DIY hand tied bouquet making workshop
5th april / 7th july / 1st october |
7pm – 8.30pm | £65 PER PERSON
To celebrate spring, summer and autumn they are offering three hand-tied bouquet making classes.
Using beautiful seasonal blooms and a selection of lovely foliage, they will show you how to condition your flowers, create and then wrap your bunch. Giving you all the flowery tips and advice that you will need along the way.
All materials included and a glass of wine.
I attended a workshop courtesy of The Flower Appreciation Society, however I only share details of services & brands that I truly believe you’ll love too!