Many brides-to-be want to make their own DIY bridal bouquet to save money. In fact, when my daughter got married, we made her bouquets with a box of flowers we purchased from a local florist. They turned out beautifully.
After reading about bouquets, one of my readers shared her how-to with us to make a bridal bouquet. Her story is below:
I've worked with silk flowers and arranging for a very long time so I would need to say that I have some experience but as far as making a bouquet, it is not as difficult as it may seem. The trick is NOT to overcrowd with many flowers and to try to keep the bouquet as natural looking as possible so it doesn't appear "fake".
For the bridesmaids: The color of the flowers do not have to match exactly to the color of the dresses but should have a few accents that do.
Now it is popular for brides to carry silk flowers so they can be kept after the wedding. Brides sometimes have a second set of flowers put together for the bouquet toss. This also applies with fresh flowers. Some brides choose not to toss the bouquet. So whatever you decide to do is fine.
Supplies you would need:
A glue gun
A good pair of wire cutters
styrofoam ball (to cut in half)
pre-made "grip" with doily, etc.
Pictures of bridal bouquets
Cut the floral stems from four to six inches from the flower itself.
Keep a few longer stems to accent the bottom, etc.
(DO NOT GLUE IN YET)
First insert the "main" flowers (In my bouquet, they are pink roses and white lilies) fairly spaced apart. Then place the "filler flowers" which are the smaller flowers. Remember not to overcrowd or crush the main flowers. Not every bit of space needs to be taken up either. When they are all in place, then reaching in with the glue gun, glue at the base point of each of the stems inserted into the styrofoam.
Wrap the stems with a pretty rectangular piece of cloth or wide ribbon and fasten with a stick pin, being careful to put the end of the pin inside the stems and not on the outside where you will get pricked.
This bouquet is from another one of my readers:
I wanted to make a bridal bouquet so I made my own wedding bouquet and those of my maid of honor, and bridesmaids. I used silk flowers. Silk white roses for me with a few scattered pink ones, and the maid of honor had an equal amount of pink and white roses. The bridesmaids had pink rose bouquets. They were all circular in shape. This was an easy shape to make.
I picked out pink and white roses from Garden Ridge and inspected them carefully to make sure they looked good, including the leaves. I put the roses together until I got the right circular shape and taped the stems with green floral tape. I trimmed the stems with a wire cutter and taped the ends with floral tape so the wire ends would not cut anyone. I tied a bow of pink or white ribbon around the stems of each bouquet. My bouquet was larger than the others.
I also wanted to make a bridal bouquet for throwing purposes so I made a smaller version of my bouquet for the bouquet throw so I got to keep my bouquet. I made them a month before the wedding and stored them in plastic boxes on my closet shelf so they would not get dusty or crushed. Doing them ahead of time really took the worry and pressure off. They turned out beautifully and I was so proud to say that I made the wedding bouquets myself!
was looking at Wal-Mart over the weekend and they have bouquet collars
and stems in the wedding aisle back in crafts to help put them together
so they may not be as difficult as I thought they would be. There is
also floral tape and a nice selection of silk flowers. They also have
simple ready made bouquets that you can add additional flowers to as
well as decorative picks, lace, ribbon, pearls, etc.
Hobby Lobby and Garden Ridge and Michael's have better quality silk flowers and they have other materials to make even fancier bouquets.
Wal-Mart also has a ready made wedding bouquet made of white silk roses in the wedding crafts aisle as well for those who are not brave enough to try DIY wedding bouquets.
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