For my wedding three years ago, I decided in order to save some money, that I would make my bouquet (and my bridesmaids’ too). I wanted something incredibly simple, classic and something reflected my personality. It was so easy! Today I’m going to show you how you can make one for yourself! Feel free to change any of these steps, the style of flowers or ribbon to suit your style and needs.
- Flowers of choice (I like to get the bushes from Michaels for a nice variety and more flowers for your money)
- Floral tape
- Pins (decorative or otherwise)
- Ribbon (any colour)
- Wire cutters
First, you’ll want to cut move of the bushes into stems. Doing this will make sure that you get the right disbursement of flowers (if you are using a variety) and that the stems are mostly the same height.
Next, pick which stems (or bushes if you didn’t cut them all) you want to be the base. With this “base”, you’ll want to add bulk, either around it on the sides, adding each stem in and around the centre, or both. I opted for both, as it gave the best look with the flowers I chose. Once you’re happy with the general base and added stems (remember you can add more to the middle if you want later), take some elastics and wrap them around both the base and additional stems in order to keep everything together. I didn’t do this with my wedding bouquet (because it was much smaller), but found it really helped with this larger one, especially because I had so many individual stems, which were a lot shorter than the bushes. Next, take the floral tape and wrap it around the whole base. You’ll want to keep it tight, so that everything stays together. I had to wrap mine around at least three times, but it may only take once around. Just make sure everything is secure. And then wash your hands because they will feel a little sticky and gross.
Now take your chosen ribbon and wrap it around to cover the floral tape. I chose to do a base of this lovely Tiffany blue shade, and then accented it with some lace (I did the same with my bouquet, but added lace from my mom’s veil that she used when she got married 30 years before for my “something old”). I’m a big fan of using the colour of ribbon to tie into your wedding decor (go for some burlap if you’re doing a rustic theme), your colours, or blue for your something blue (I did that too). Secure the bottom with some pins or using a glue gun.
Once your ribbon is secure and the way you want it, the finishing step is next. Take some decorative pearl pins and place them along the full stem (or just along the lace) for a classic effect. You’ll want to place them in diagonally so that they don’t poke you!
Et voilà! In just 6 easy steps, you have your beautiful bridal bouquet, perfect for your wedding day, and for as long as you want to save it!
What flowers did you use (or will you) for your bouquet? Did you use fresh flowers at your wedding, or did you opt for artificial?