Making your own wedding bouquet for the big day can be fun.
Easy as can be, and you can do it!
Put some of your own creativity into the special day.
Or, convince a special friend or family member that could make it for the bride. It would be a treasured gift along with a memory that would last a lifetime.
Arranging flowers is a wonderful relaxing past time for me. I love to pick out the flowers and then nestle them together in a favorite vase. Take the time to pick out a few bunches at the grocery store and practice handling them in a simple vase arrangement. Don’t forget some greenery.
You can always go to the nearest florist and request special focal point flowers, (orchids, peony, hydrangea, and dahlia, when in season) these can be special ordered for you to pick up a day before assembling. Just give the florist enough time, a week or two, to get them stock and ready for you to pick up. Make sure to re-cut stems and put into room temperature water so they can hydrate and open to their fullest and showy self.
If you are lucky, you may have some things in your garden to add to the bouquet like tall ornamental grasses, boxwood clippings and herbs. A beautiful young bloom from a peony bush or rose bush will add a sentimental touch, just make sure to hydrate overnight before using.
My favorite way is to arrange them is like an old masters painting. A little of this and a little of that, it always turns out the best. Let the flowers be free, like a just picked bunch from the wildflower field.
Some like them arranged in tight fashion, like a mounded pom pom. This can be pretty too. Works well for a petite little bride or bridesmaid.
Choosing the right flowers to build your bouquet can be a task. You will be much happier when selecting flowers for your design when you choose in odd numbers of 3, 5 or 7 stems. It seems then that the design will go together much easier this way.
After you have a masterpiece all your own ready to wire together permanently, take a look in a long wardrobe mirror, holding it like you would when walking down the aisle. Ask yourself “Is this the right size? Are the flowers placed so each can be seen? Is there anything more I can add as a finishing touch?”
Before the final wiring and ribbon wrap make sure to wipe off any wet stems. Leave stems longer than they will be when completely finished. This way the stems can be in water until the final moment when you clip them off to the perfect length. Hold bouquet tightly, you may want some additional help with this, and wrap wire around the stems securing in the place where you gripped them together. Cover with floral tape, the type that adheres to itself by stretching as you wrap around stems. Then you are ready to cover all this up with your choice of ribbon. Pinning in place when done.
And don’t forget Grandma’s broach! Clip onto the ribbon just under the flowers. A perfect touch for a perfect day!
Do you like to arrange flowers? Have you ever given a try to doing flowers for the bridal party? Was it a success??
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