How To Thursday - How To Make A Bridal Bouquet
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This week is How to How To Make A Bridal Bouquet.
Although creating your own flower arrangements for your wedding can be quite stressful, it can also be very rewarding. Your creations will be unique and original, as well as matching exactly to your theme and expectations. Flowers are such a large focal point of any wedding, so wouldn’t it be great to decide exactly what all your guests will see?
Well, you’re in luck. Flower arranging for weddings is not particularly difficult; it’s just very time consuming. Firstly you need to decide what exactly it is you’d like to design – weddings generally consist of the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid’s flowers, buttonholes for the men, ceremonial flowers (pedestal and end of pew arrangements), and reception flowers (centrepieces). Then, you need to plan the colour scheme, shape, and sizes of your arrangements, and which flowers you’d like to use, as well as where will supply them.
Many people may not want to take on this kind of responsibility, seeing as the arrangements need to be created the day before the wedding, and kept watered and refrigerated overnight for freshness. The last thing you want is wilting flowers on your wedding day!
So, for those of you who may not want to design all your flower arrangements, but still want to leave a personalised horticultural stamp on your day, we have selected one arrangement that you might like to try, and one that will the centre of attention of the day – the bride’s bouquet.
You Will Need
Flowers, scissors, floral tape, ribbon and pins.
1. Prepare the flowers - make sure all foliage/thorns has been removed from the stems.
2. Same length stems - make sure that all stems are approximately the same length (anywhere from 10-14 inches).
3. Create the base - choose 2-4 flowers that will serve as an “anchor” that you will build around. Wrap the stems together with floral tape. Leave 1 to 1.5 inches of exposed stem visible from where you begin to wrap the stems and about 4 to 5 inches of exposed stem from the bottom.
4. Build your bouquet – add flowers around your anchored flowers, creating a bunch. Mix colours textures and greenery to your personal preference, and continue wrapping the bouquet with floral tape as you add new flowers.
5. Wrap with floral tape – when you’re happy with your arrangement, wrap the entire bouquet with floral tape. This keeps all the flowers in place and provides support for them. Start about 1 to 1 ½ inches from the flower heads, and leave some or none of the stems exposed at the end. This is all down to personal preference.
6. Wrap with ribbon – pin the ribbon to the floral tape under the flower heads, and wrap it around the stems down as far as where the floral tape ends. Pin the end of the ribbon to the floral tape to keep it in place.
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