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The Friday Fight-Out: Wedding Flowers – Pro Vs DIY

Well, as part of Dominique’s eternal mission to alienate Matt from all of his Wedding Industry friends, following last week’s debate on the pros and cons of using a professional makeup artist, this week our brave debaters are stepping into the ring to tackle another tricky Pro vs DIY question, this time the flowers.

So, do you need the professional touch to make all those perfect arrangements or is floristry something you might be able to try your hand at yourself? Time to step into the ring and see if we can find an answer!


In the Red Corner, arguing for bringing in a professional (although preferably one who speaks the same language after her own destination wedding debacle of attempting to convince the florist in Spanglish that she wanted local tropical flowers rather than “beautiful red English Rose fora you) it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, arguing for a little floristry DIY, well he does consider himself pretty much an expert florist after once being forced to make daisy chains (badly) one afternoon when he was six, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Wedding Flowers – Pro Vs DIY
wedding flowers - pro vs DIY

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Dom: Good floristry has the power to absolutely transform your venue into something spectacular and beautiful but you need a skilled, experienced hand to do that and get everything just perfect.

Matt: It’s certainly true that some elaborate floral arrangements really need the professional touch, but a lot of couples really aren’t looking for anything elaborate, for example if you’re looking to have a very rustic feel to your wedding then creating some simple wild flower arrangements yourself might be more fitting to the theme than something more elaborate.

Dom: Flowers need to be well looked after to ensure they look fresh and pristine on the day which probably means having the flowers delivered on the wedding morning from a pro florist anyway so surely you may as well ask them to look after the arrangements completely and save yourself any worry.

Matt: Flowers are often one of the biggest expenses of the day and if that can be reduced by doing it yourself then it may help you to release more budget for other areas such as being able to afford to feed all of the guests you want to invite!

Dom: By the time you’ve bought all of the flowers, vases and accessories you’re going to need to create all of your arrangements it’s likely to be nearly as, if not more expensive than asking a professional to do the job who already owns everything they could possibly need and won’t be letting anything go to waste.

Matt: Doing a bit of DIY for your wedding can be a lot of fun, it’s something you can enlist friends and family to help with and enjoy doing together and it makes everything so incredibly personal on the day when you can say it’s all handmade by yourself and your nearest and dearest.

Dom: Professional florists have the experience and imagination to envisage exactly what your flowers will look like on your day and deliver exactly that. They know what flowers will be in season, what accessories they can use to accentuate the design and how much time it will take on the morning of the wedding to get everything in place, all of which is invaluable

Matt: If going DIY you could actually grow your own flowers in your garden specifically for the arrangements you want which could be really lovely and mean you get to see your ideas literally grow into fruition!

Dom: If you’re going down the DIY route then unless you have access to your venue the day before the wedding or have access to a van to transport all the flowers you’re likely to find yourself (or a designated helper) making multiple trips back and forth to collect all the flowers and then be spending hours and hours putting everything together, and there’s always the chance something will have been forgotten. A professional will take care of everything though and get it all done quickly and efficiently.

Matt: Doing everything yourself, including the flowers, means you can ensure absolute continuity across your theme exactly the way you imagined it rather than how different suppliers interpret your ideas.

So those are our arguments but where do you stand? Would you go DIY with your flowers or is it better to bring in the Pros? Leave a comment to join the debate or simply place your vote in our poll below!

Wedding Flowers: Pro Vs DIY
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