New Zealand Weddings - - PLANNING -

If you’re want­ing to get stuck in and do it your­self, you’ll want to take note of these top tips to help per­fect your blooms.

Less is more: “Go for some­thing sim­ple,” says Naomi Saf­fer of Leaf and Honey. “Per­haps all fo­liage, or one or two blooms en masse – you can’t go wrong with a sim­ple de­sign.”

Get scout­ing: “You can find so much cool fo­liage all around you and in your back­yard,” says Natalie Hous­ton of Flo­ramay Flow­ers. “Go forth and for­age!”

You’ll need hands, and lots of them. Grab a few peo­ple to give you some help.

Par­tic­u­larly if you’re hav­ing a wed­ding in sum­mer, you’ll need to en­sure you have a cool, dry place to store the flow­ers be­fore the day so they don’t wilt.

Get the tools of the trade – kitchen scis­sors are not go­ing to cut it if you’re go­ing all-out. Grab a hardy pair of gar­den clip­pers, flo­ral tape and lots of pretty rib­bon or twine.

Buy whole­sale blooms. Just like buy­ing in bulk for vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing else, there is huge po­ten­tial to save on your blooms by pur­chas­ing flow­ers from whole­salers. As a start­ing point, browse the list be­low – most will de­liver na­tion­wide: Whole­sale Flow­ers ( whole­sale­flow­ers.

co.nz), Auck­land Hansen’s Flow­ers ( hansens­flow­ers.co.nz), Auck­land

Cen­tral Flow­ers ( cen­tralflow­ers.co.nz), Welling­ton

Down­ies Flow­ers ( down­ies­flow­ers.co.nz), Christchurch

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