Building your own wedding bouquet provides the opportunity to explore your creative side while adding a personalized touch to your wedding. Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of making your own bouquet is that you have the power to choose what you like and don’t like. You can select your own flowers, color arrangements and ribbons all while paying significantly less than you would have if you bought your bouquet from a wedding service.
Usually, a simple wedding bouquet can compliment a decorative dress while a complex or colorful bouquet can add an extra touch to a simpler dress. However, feel free to experiment with your bouquet and see what works best for you. Beyond your dress, you can also choose flowers that match your general wedding colors, adding more depth to your wedding theme while impressing guests at the same time.
Before you begin, make sure you have all the tools for the job. That includes floral wire to tie the flower stems together, stem clippers, paper towels, and floral wrap. You can also use satin ribbons or bouquet collars if you want to add some frill to your design. If you have a hot glue gun handy, this can help you keep your bouquet together but isn’t strictly necessary.
First you’ll want to collect the flowers and clip any wilted petals, thorns, or other protrusions that can get in the way of making your bouquet. Hold all your stems together and cut approximately two inches from the bottom and then hold the stems under running water to keep them hydrated. Have a bucket or container with water that where you can store your flowers until you are ready to make your bouquet.
You’ll want to grab four flowers and hold them together at the same height in order to create the base of your bouquet. Then start adding different flowers in layers around this base. You can stand in front of a mirror as you make your bouquet to observe how you look with different arrangements and determine how your bouquet is progressing.
Once you’re done, you’ll first want to wrap the stems in floral wire or floral tape, preferably twirling a ribbon around afterward. You can use a hot glue gun to secure one end of the ribbon in place, wrap it until the bottom, and then use hot glue on the other end. You can also hold your ribbon wrap together using straight pins.
There are many different themes to play with while creating your bouquet. For example, you could consider a vintage look using flowers such as white peonies, heirloom and vendela roses, and peach ranunculus. To round out your vintage bouquet, use filler flowers such as white freesia, delphinium and seeded eucalyptus.
For a more natural or organic look, you can even use wildflowers bound together. This kind of style can tie in nicely to a rustic themed wedding, where seasonal flowers placed in jars around the wedding space can provide a homespun country look. Remember that using seasonal flowers is often a cheaper alternative than having exotic flowers shipped in from other parts of the world.
There are many different bouquet styles you can experiment with such as Boutonniere’s or cascading bouquets, but these take practice and different techniques must be used. Ultimately, be aware of your limits. If you’ve never made a flower arrangement or bouquet before, start simple and get a feel for your abilities. You don’t want to be stressed for your big day, so try practicing a few weeks in advance if you have no experience. Ultimately, trying to add some DIY elements to your wedding should be about having fun and discovering your own style in the process.
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