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Make Your Own Bouquet

The flowers you carry can offset your dress and make such a statement that I can understand why they were left to the professionals. But if you’re even vaguely artistic, no-one knows better than you which flowers and colours are going to accent your wedding ‘look’ best.

Often a few stems held artistically together with ribbon far outshine a classic dome shaped wedding bouquet. Whilst doing it yourself is not necessarily cheaper, you do end up with what you want. Here are a few tips:

Where to get the flowers:

  • Go direct to the source and buy from a flower market
  • Visit a fashionable florist (some flower shops these days are more like flower boutiques) and select your flowers and colours beforehand. They’ll keep them in  a fridge for you
  • Pop down to the local flower seller
  • Get ‘in season’ flowers – no good setting your heart on roses when it’s the middle of winter

What tools you will need:

  • Floral shears
  • Floral tape
  • Bouquet pins
  • Wrap of your choice (ribbon usually works best)

The details:

  • Remove all the lower leaves and foliage from the stems
  • Cut all the flowers to more or less the same length (leave them longer if you’re not sure, you can always cut them later)
  • Choose roughly 3 flowers to act as your bouquet’s ‘anchor’ flowers and tape them together with floral tape
  • Add other flowers and filler foliage in a ‘bunch’ until you have the look you want
  • Don’t be scared to mix colours and textures for a more exciting look
  • The size will depend on you, but you don’t want to overwhelm your dress, neither do you want the bouquet to disappear
  • As you add, tape the flowers to the rest of the bouquet, or you will quickly lose the composition
  • When you’re finally there, wrap the whole length of the bouquet in floral tape, right from an inch below the flower heads to roughly 4 inches above the end of the stem
  • Cover the tape with ribbon – voila!
  • Wrap in tissue
  • Store in the fridge until you’re ready to leave

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