Nine Budding Ideas for Your Wedding Flowers

DIY Your Way to Style

Why Jennifer McGarigle’s gorgeous DIY ideas are far from garden variety.

At age seven, Jennifer McGarigle was trying to craft her own perfume from rose petals. By eight, she was dreaming of becoming an architect. By the time she was 23, the Venice Beach-based graduate of the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising knew just how to merge these passions beautifully. “I rooted for myself in the commitment of doing something I love for a living,” McGarigle says.

She became a floral designer, opening Floral Art, a flower emporium of sorts, in the hip Abbot Kinney section of LA. Her approach to simple, modern displays of floral arrangements quickly caught on with celeb clients like Tori Spelling, Katy Perry and Jaime Pressly. "Flowers contribute to the ambiance, beauty and style of any environment. They're a medium in which one has the opportunity to express your personal style – just like the clothes you wear or they way you design your home,” McGarigle says.

McGarigle doesn’t just create floral designs for weddings and other special events. She also sells a home-furnishings collection inspired by graphic representations of blooms and teaches flower-arranging classes. “I'm inspired by the classic beauty of flowers combined with clean modern lines of architecture, furniture, and interior design.”

We asked McGarigle to give us her tips on how brides-to-be can steal her style. The result? Great DIY floral ideas that pack a tremendous amount of impact without breaking the bank. Her mantra: “Flowers are an expression of personal style. There are no rules. You don’t have to follow the crowd and do what other people do.”

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