Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to personalize your big day, but DIY endeavors can seem daunting with seemingly unlimited sets of instructions. With these easy-to-follow step-by-step directions, the time spent will be worth the unique added touches.
Beautifying Your Bouquet
Have the ultimate say in your bouquet at Hazel’s Flowers (121 N. Second St., Ozark; 417-581-2328). The florist shop has worked for 58 years creating custom floral designs for weddings, and its newest owners are offering a DIY option in which brides and their parties can create their own bouquets. Patrons can choose any flower, and if Hazel’s doesn’t already have it in stock, florists will place an order in plenty of time for designing. Each experience costs $75, not including flowers, and includes design tools and supplies, the design space, available expertise by the floral experts themselves and cooler storage. On top of the class, Hazel’s keeps your creations packed and cooled until the big day. They’ll also drop them off at the venue for $25 and offer setup, making the entire floral experience stress-free. Make sure to schedule an appointment before you visit.
1. Make an appointment for your wedding consultation six to eight weeks before your ceremony.
2. Choose the flowers you want in your bouquet with the help of Hazel’s professional florists.
3. Within the next few days, Hazel’s sends a quote for the best prices of your floral selections.
4. Make an appointment for your design day.
5. After designing the bouquets, keep your creations at Hazel’s until the big day. Hazel’s can then drop your flowers off at your venue for an additional $25.
Lavender love note
Instead of messy bubbles or confetti, throw dried lavender for a classy, elegant end to your ceremony. Lavender is easily accessible in the summer months, but once it’s dried, the herb can be stored until the date of any wedding. To personalize the throwing, keep the lavender in little burlap bags decorated with a custom stamp so guests have a memento from the big day. DIYers can call Springfield Stamp & Engraving for custom stamps ranging from $10.50 to $20. Visit learn2grow.com for more information on drying lavender.
Little burlap bags
1. Start by drying the lavender. Bundle the stalks together and secure with a rubber band.
2. Hang each bundle upside down in a dry, warm, dark place.
3. Hang for two to four weeks. Rub fingers along the stalk to deposit lavender and seeds into a bowl.
4. Use your stamp and ink to personalize the burlap bags.
5. Let dry.
6. Once the burlap bags are dry, deposit spoonfuls of lavender into the bags.