Wednesday, January 29, 2014

While flowers are a lovely part of any wedding day, they certainly can add up quickly. Between the centerpieces, ceremony florals, boutonnieres, corsages, and bride and bridesmaid bouquets, it’s easy to spend a large chunk of your wedding budget on peonies and dahlias! In order to reduce the florist’s bill and add a personalized, handcrafted touch, many brides are going the DIY wedding bouquet route and making their own. If you have time, flexibility, and a little creativity on your side, then making your own DIY wedding bouquet will be a beautiful part of your nuptials!

(Source: Project Wedding)

15 to 25 stems
Floral tape
Scissors or floral shears
Bouquet pins

1. If you’re going to a grocery store or farmer’s market, you can’t be sure what types of flowers they will be selling or how many they will have of each variety. Get there as early as possible for the best selection, and go with the floral flow! Flexibility is key when it comes to making a DIY wedding bouquet.

(Source: A Clock Without Hands)

2. When choosing your flowers, look for different varieties and colors that will complement one another and fit with your bridal look/wedding theme. Re-think filler flowers like carnations and baby’s breath as well as sprigs of greenery like eucalyptus and dusty miller that can add a big oomph of beauty on the cheap. Lastly, be sure to buy more flowers than you think you will need, in case of any trimming mistakes or wilting.

(Sources: Ruffled Blog One and Two)

3. After you buy your flowers, slightly trim the stems diagonally and place them in water 1-2 days before the wedding to give the flowers a chance to open into full bloom.

4. Before you begin assembling, remove the leaves and foliage from the flowers with scissors or floral shears.

5. Use 2-4 flowers as the base of your DIY wedding bouquet. Choose at least one or two of your largest, prettiest blooms for a full look.

6. Build around the base of your bouquet by evenly adding flowers, fillers, and greens in bunches of 2-3 and then rotating the arrangement before adding again. Be sure to hold the bouquet away from yourself to assess your progress and the shape the bouquet is taking, and hold it up in the mirror to see if you like the size or want it to be bigger or smaller.

(Source: Floret Cadet and Style Me Pretty)

7. Now that your DIY wedding bouquet looks just the way you want it, trim all of the stems to the same length, about 8-12” depending on preference.

8. When you’re finished, wrap the stems with floral tape with about 1 inch of exposed stem at the top and 5 inches at the bottom until it feels secure. You can also add two rubber bands at the top and bottom before the floral tape, if you want to take an added measure!

(Source: Style Me Pretty)

9. Finish your DIY wedding bouquet by wrapping with white ribbon, vintage fabric, or twine from the bottom towards the top until the green floral tape is entirely covered and insert a floral pin through the ribbon and into the stems to secure into place.

(Sources: Ruffled Blog and Style Me Pretty)

10. Place the bouquet in a vase with enough water to cover the stems but not the ribbon and then store somewhere cool or in the fridge.

Lastly, a word to the wise — don’t DIY on your own! Ask friends or bridesmaids to help you with your foray into florals. You can even throw a little bouquet party after the rehearsal dinner so your bridesmaids can make theirs too. We hope this helps you create a gorgeous DIY wedding bouquet, and save some money for the honeymoon!


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