One of the things I love about being part of a bridal party is the fact that I have a great reason to get creative. My only problem is, that I lose track of the time it takes me to make something appear effortlessly styled. Sometimes it’s the simple things that need the most thought.

Whether you are buying flowers for a loved one or decorating for a bridal shower this Sunday, here are 3 simple tips to keep in mind before you start  flexing your creative muscles.

Get thrifty
You don’t have to spend too much to achieve beautiful results. This set of 4 vases that I picked up from Target was about $12 and I have used it over and over again. To achieve a similar look, visit a variety shop and purchase small jars in a range of sizes – they should cost you no more than a few dollars a piece.

Shopping for flowers
Purchase your flowers within 2 days of your event, and change their water daily to keep them looking their freshest. Even after the event, continue to change the water every day and trim the stems too – you’ll get a longer life out of your arrangement if you keep doing so, your home will be brighter for it! Tip: buying flowers that are on special because they’re in full bloom isn’t always a bad thing. Some of my prettiest arrangements look their best because of the petals that fell off and sat on the table top beside them. Just be sure that the buds are not rotting!

Arrange away!
One of the things I picked up from my mother was knowing when a stem should be cut, or left with all its lengthy glory. For this simple arrangement, I took notice of the buds that were completely opened, and left their stems long so that they can sit tall in the back of the arrangement. I placed the lighter pink roses with smaller buds in a lower position to create a graduating height, and filled in some gaps with a few pops of green.

Scroll through our gallery of beautiful DIY floral arrangements.

Viola Marie Doyle is a Sydney based writer, cake decorator, food enthusiast and frequent jet setter. As the former Editorial Consultant of The Journal Magazine Australia and current Editor of Project Sweet Stuff, Viola relishes the opportunity to explore the little curiosities that she defines as the sweet life. Follow Viola on Instagram @violamariedoyle

Posted in DIY, Flowers, Style, Theming by wedded wonderland

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