A simple guide to making your own bridal bouquet

November 27, 2014

Making your own bridal bouquet is an excellent way to save money and impress your guests, lending a creative touch to your wedding. Read on for a step-by-step DIY  guide.

A simple guide to making your own bridal bouquet

Picking the perfect flowers and supplies

One of the best aspects of making your bridal bouquet is selecting the flowers and arranging them in a style that suits your. Buying seasonal flowers can help you save money and also give you the freshest flowers possible. On the other hand, weddings are often a once-in-a-lifetime milestone, so feel free to buy the flowers you want even if they're off-season. Generally, flowers like roses, orchids and Gerbera daisies are available all year long.

When selecting flowers for your bouquet, try to pick ones that match your wedding dress or the general theme of your wedding. Overall, some popular bridal bouquet flowers are blue delphiniums, peonies, irises, white spray roses and white Veronica. Filler flowers like baby's breath, hypericum and denzia can also really help round out the look of your bouquet.

To make the bouquet, you'll need the following floral supplies:

  • Floral shears
  • Lace or ribbon
  • Floral wire or tape
  • Pins
  • Flower preservative spray
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Bouquet collar (optional)

Building the bouquet

To prepare, first strip your flowers of any leaves or thorns. At the same time, try to cut the stems off your flowers so that they all line up evenly when your bouquet is finished.

  • Next, pick four main flowers and form them into a diamond. Generally, you want to select bigger blooms, as they form the framework for your entire design.
  • Wrap the stems of these flowers in floral wire or tape to secure them in place. Start wrapping a few inches from the bottom of the bloom and leave a few inches of stem sticking out at the bottom.
  • You can then begin adding flowers and other filler accessories. As your layers grow, you can secure them in place with floral wrap or tape. Try standing in front of the mirror with your wedding dress. This way, you can see how the bouquet looks as you build it up.
  • Once you're satisfied with your design, wrap your bouquet in lace or ribbon. You can either super glue both ends in place or use pins.
  • Once finished, spray the bouquet flowers with preservative and store them in a refrigerator overnight to keep them fresh for your big day.
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