Project Wedding: Flower Power

Flex your green thumb at Botanica’s DIY flower studio

Photographs by Barrett Doran

Passionate about posies? Host a floral party at Botanica’s new DIY flower studio (801-824-1890, and try your hand at fashioning some of your big-day blooms. Owner Mellanie Heskett recommends leaving the bridal bouquet and large arrangements to the petal pros, but she encourages botanical-loving brides to dig in and help create small centerpieces, bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. “Throw a floral party the day before the wedding and invite your bridal party to come and design the bouquets they’ll be carrying the next day,” she suggests. For every 100 dollars spent on DIY stems, brides receive one hour in Botanica’s studio to craft their own custom floral pieces, plus refrigeration.Mellanie-Heskett

Here, Heskett shares three easy-to-make ideas featuring high-impact, low-cost blooms: dahlias, carnations, spray roses, spider mums, blue veronica, succulents, billy balls, stock, and dusty miller. “Massing and grouping the flowers are key,” she says.


Make & Takes

1) This funky-but-chic bouquet is a cinch to re-create: Fill a decorative bouquet holder with florist’s foam and fully soak in water. Cut spider mums to a two-inch length on a diagonal and insert into the wet foam in a sphere shape.

2) To make boutonnieres, select flowers, pods, seeds, or buds. “The groom’s boutonniere should look like it was plucked from the bridal bouquet,” explains Heskett. Wire and tape each stem with florist’s tape, cluster to create a mini bouquet, and tape the stems together. Cover the tape with ribbon, raffia, or jute; finish with a pin.

3) To create similar looking arrangements, place small succulents in mercury glass votives, and cluster like flowers paired with a skirting of dusty miller in a variety of birch-wrapped vases.

photographs by Barrett Doran