Would I bring it up if you couldn’t? Yes, you certainly can use buckeyes. Fall actually offers a lot of materials that can be used in wedding work. In my opinion, it can actually be one of the best times of year to plan a budget-friendly wedding. A short nature walk will reveal several elements that can be used to create accents in your pieces.
You can usually start harvesting buckeyes early September! Once they dry out, they will last for a very long time. They can be used to fill the bottom of a vase, as the focal in a boutonniere or corsage, or as an accent in bouquets. They can either be drilled and put onto stakes or glued into arrangements. Either way, they work well!
Some florists will let you bring in your own materials and others will not. If you want to use your own materials, you need to search for a florist that will work with what you have. You will likely have to bring in the material well before the event.
Other materials that make a big bang are preserved leaves, sweet gum balls, wheat, acorns, cattails, hedge balls, bittersweet, pumpkins, and squash. Most of these items can be collected for free or purchased at a very reasonable price.
The key with using fall materials is to plan early. If you know you want to have a fall wedding, collect a variety of materials the year before. See how long they last and how well they hold up. Take notes on how much you will be able to collect. When you meet with a florist, they will be impressed with your notes! From that point, you will be able to work with the florist to create your beautiful (budget-friendly) designs!
Kim Martin — Floral Design Specialist — Columbia, MO