Published: May 21, 2013 4:22 PM EDT
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:56 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Weddings can be downright expensive! But a Fort Myers flower company is cutting your cost when it comes to your bouquet with a new 'do it yourself' approach that can stretch your dollar.


Owners of Fort Myers florist started this program. You get together with a your family and friends, and make your own wedding floral arrangements with, of course, a little guidance. 


In between something borrowed, and something blue, you've got to have a budget. And when it comes beautiful bouquets, Michele Crozier with Fort Myers Florist is here to help. 


"A lot of the girls were getting interest in Pinterest, and things that they found on the internet, and instead of trying to talk them out of it, we decided to embrace it," she said.


Recognizing that times are tough, the company started a do-it-yourself program, aimed at cutting the cost of wedding flowers by as much as 40 percent. 


"We're the largest florist retail in the country, which allows us to buy direct from the farm and cut out the middle man. So instead of the wholesaler taking their cut, I'm able to pass that price right on to the bride," Crozier said.


That's exactly why bride Mindy Lux is here with her fiance and both sides of the family. 


"It's definitely expensive, we wanted to try to save money. We wanted to get together with friends, get together with family and put the center pieces together the way we wanted," Lux said.


The sessions usually last two to five hours. You're encouraged to bring your own vases, as well as snacks, and perhaps, a bottle of wine.
Fort Myers Florist professionals will help you arrange your own flowers, and save you money at the same time. 


"Hopefully we'll get some good pictures and just memories, good memories," Lux said.


You don't have make the labor-intensive items, like the bridal bouquet or boutonnieres. Many brides decide to leave that to the florist. But a lot of people enjoy making centerpieces and simpler arrangements. 


Fort Myers Florist would like you to book your group session in advance. Call them at (239)931-0506 or visit them online
 http://www.fmflorist.com/