Who doesn't love fresh flowers? I wish I could have fresh flowers delivered from the florist once a week but so far it's just not in the cards. In the meantime, one's from the grocery will have to do! When we were preparing for our photo/video shoot with Lindsey, it wasn't in the budget to have floral arrangements done by a florist. So, Esther bought a handful of bouquets from Publix and the night before I started mixing and matching. Full disclosure: If you're looking for a post filled with technical terms regarding floral arranging, you're in the wrong place! Some florist will probably come across this post and cringe because I don't really know what I'm talking about. Ha! I just went with what I thought was pretty and I hope these pointers help you! Read on for my tips for choosing and arranging grocery store flowers!
Photo by Lenae Photography
Mix different textures, sizes and colors.
Grocery store flowers can be slim pickin's so I like to select a few different arrangements and mix and match on my own. Make sure you have 2-3 flower colors (not including greenery) that coordinate nicely together. You can also select two to four different flowers in different shades of the same color. This monochromatic look will still be full of lots of texture! Mixing different flower types is a great way to add interest and texture as well as some height.
Separate and organize your selection.
Chances are your bouquet has a couple different flower/greenery options. Lay them all out and separate them. This way you can easily see how many of each you have, think about how you want to group them together and grab what you need.
Clean up stems.
Decide how much greenery you want and remove leaves accordingly. If you're wanting a really natural, picked from the garden look, I suggest you leave most of the greenery but make sure you remove all leaves that would be down in the water. This prevents them from rotting and creating bacteria that will kill your flowers too early! For a more structured look, I suggest removing all the leaves, leaving the bright colored blooms.
Select vase and cut stems to size.
Once you know what vase you'd like to use, chop the stems down. Leave them a little longer (2-3 inches) than you think you'll need them to be, just in case. Once you've decided on a vase, take your final measurements and make the final chop. Make sure that you are inserting the flowers into water quickly after making your cut to avoid shutting their water source off. For instance, roses need to be placed into water within 15 seconds of being snipped or the only water the bud will get is what is already in the stem! (That's a little tid bit of advice I got while making bouquets for my friend's wedding at the Flower Man in Columbus, Ohio!)
Secure with a rubber band.
This is something I recommend if you are wanting a more structured look (i.e. a round balloon of flowers). This helps you secure the desired placement. I didn't use a rubber band for any of my arrangements because I was going for a more loose and natural look.
Arrange from the middle out.
It's all about balance. Starting from the middle allows you to build out evenly. If you're looking for a rounded, more structured arrangement, starting with your largest bloom in the middle and working your way out will help create the look you're going for! Turn your bouquet as you work making sure to hold on to the stems securely.
This isn't the greatest photo (it's from my iPhone!), but here is a look at the seven arrangements I created to place throughout my house and porch on shoot day! The one on the far left is the arrangement shown in the photo above. It was my absolute favorite and we all kept saying, "I can't believe those are grocery store flowers!".
The most important thing is to just have fun with it! Don't take it too seriously and remember, some flowers are better than no flowers! ;)