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)
- 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
Happy Wedding Planning!