I must be CRAZY, because with absolutely no training or knowledge of flower arranging, I decided to undertake the task of doing the flowers for my wedding. I did everything-except the church flowers. I picked garbage bag after garbage bag of Rhododendron and with the help of my aunt and many of her talented friends we made 10 centerpieces for the table. I can't even tell you the scary spiders and other bugs I saw in the English countryside while collecting these blooms.
Then I had to do the boutonnieres, the corsages, the bridesmaid bouquets and mine- so I set off to a wholesale flower market to collect the flowers I would need. Because I did not know exactly what was available, I had to conceptualize on the fly and work with what they had--which fortunately was a lot- and it was organized by color which was very helpful. I had enough foresight to bring floral wire and pearl headed pins and lots of ribbon, so I was a little prepared- although I was not sure how this stuff was supposed to be used.
It turned out very well- miraculously. I had a few start overs, and my bridesmaids refused to help because they were afraid to invoke the bridal wrath if they screwed something up- which I cannot blame them for. I was just glad to have them with me cheering me on and giving feedback when I needed it.