How to Make Your Own Wedding Bouquet
- Fresh flowers delivered
- Flower tape
- Thick ribbon
- Crystal-headed pin
First, remove the delivery of flowers from their package. Discard any
flowers that are damaged or discolored. Use a clean pair of pruning
shears to cut off the leaves on the stems at the base of the leaf stem
where it meets the flower stem. Discard all of the trimmings or scatter
them on top of your compost pile.
Gather four or five blossoms. Hold the blossoms on their stems just
below the blossom head. In general, the largest blossoms look best in
the center of the bouquet. Next, gather blossoms two or three at a time
to build out the bouquet. Retain a secure but gently grip on the stems
just below the blossoms.
Finish the bouquet with an outer ring. Large or small leaves give the
bouquet a rustic look. Flowers work beautifully. Make the outer ring
slightly lower — about 1/2-inch — than the main bunch. Angle the heads
so that they face slightly out instead of straight up. Attach any
cascading leaves or flowers to the front of the bouquet as a last step.
Keep a firm grip on the bouquet while making the additions.
Wrap flower tape around the stems. Start roughly one inch below the
flower heads. Spiral the tape around and around the stems until you
reach a point roughly 2 to 3 inches above the ends of the stems or
wherever the ribbon will end.
Wrap the ribbon around the flowers. Start one-third of the way down
the stem. Wrap the ribbon up towards the blossoms. Overlap the spread of
the flowers — where the stems begin to bend outward — by 1/2 inch. Then
wrap down to the base of the flower tape. Secure the end of the ribbon
with a crystal pin inserted into the stems.
Spray the flower heads with hairspray. Fill a vase with enough water
to cover the stem ends but not the ribbon just above it. Place the
bouquet in the vase until the wedding day.