Garden Wedding - Bouquet Tutorial
You can design your own bouquet, and save literally hundreds of dollars doing so. This is a simple bouquet that almost anyone can execute. I took these flowers from my mother's garden. Cost for materials including tape and ribbon: $2. This gorgeous bouquet cost $2! Do you have a tight budget? How much better something like this than cheap artificial flowers from a big box store. Even if you had to buy the flowers from a shop, depending on where you live, something similar shouldn't run you over $50 or less, if the flowers you choose are not expensive.
Materials: Filler (babies breath or hydrangea or something airy), 3 to 5 roses, a small bunch of a delicate small flower and a small bunch of a flowers with a long stem. This combination provides visual interest and keeps your bouquet from looking like a pink volleyball.
Start by stripping off the lower leaves and thorns on most of the flowers. Lower leaves add too much bulk to the finished bottom.
shape the filler flowers, hydrangea in this case, into the size bouquet that you want. They should be reasonably loose.
This is the beginning of the bouquet.
Next, place the roses carefully by poking their stems gently into the bouquet. Add the medium flowers next. Tape the stems together.
This is the view from the top. You can see how the placements work in the bouquet. Work your way around the bouquet and make sure your flowers look somewhat symmetrical.
Tape stems as you go. Don't wait till the end to tape it all at once because your bouquet will not be as secure. Tape each layer of flowers as you add them on.
Some of the flowers will be on the outside circle of the bouquet, continue to tape a few at a time.
Make sure your tape is tight and secure. Florists tape sticks to itself, but it must be pulled tightly.
Add the long stemmed flowers in and around the roses and secondary flowers., This gives the bouquet an airy, meadow look and keeps it from becoming a round mound.
The finished product. Never be afraid to step back and examine it for a while. You can then add or take away flowers as needed. After you are done, lightly mist your bouquet with water and put it into a plastic bag in the fridge to keep cold until the next day. Mist and plastic bags are wonderful for preserving fresh flowers that are not in water. You can also, if the stems are exposed, put the bouquet into a vase of water directly. Just make sure you give the stems time to dry before handing it to the bride.
I am a professional designer and I've designed hundreds of wedding bouquets over the years. Wedding work is probably my favorite job in the shop.
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