How to Make Your Own Wedding Bouquet
There are lots of reasons to make your own bouquet, and almost as many, if not more, reasons to avoid the whole process. Some people make their own because they know brides who've been disappointed on their big day, some are simple control freaks, some are flower enthusiasts, and some are simply hoping to save money.
When you first suggest the idea your friends and family are likely to point out that
The result could look terrible
you won't have the time
you've never done this sort of thing before, where would you get what you need?
I am still shocked by the fact that anything you buy, if it's for a wedding, costs more. A simple white dress doesn't have to cost more than a pink or green dress, but the moment you call it a wedding dress, you're talking about hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
It's the same with flowers. Go to a florist and order a simple arrangement. You can spend anywhere from $30 up. Mention that the arrangement is a wedding centerpiece and you'll be lucky to spend less that $100, and it could be a lot more.
Sadly bouquets are just the same. And sometimes it seems that the simpler the bouquet, the more it costs.
If you do decide to make your own bouquet, the first rule is don;t wait for the day. Practice first. You have two choices
Use fresh flowers
Use something less perishable - silk flowers are only one possibility - wedding bouquet can be made from almost anything including vegetables
tulle and ribbon
and almost any combination you can think of!
Just to show that you can use some rather unusual materials to make a stunning bouquet the pictures shows a design by Joycies Flowers made entirely from chili peppers. Not conventional, but a lot of fun.
Why You Can Do It
and why you do have the time.
I know you can do it, because I have no training in floristry and I made my own bouquet, and that was a long time ago before it was easy to get hold of the professional took that make the job easier.
Since I now spend much of time now writing about flowers and how to arrange them, I see lovely pictures every day showing that brides can and do make their own wedding flowers. If they can do it, you can too.
But what about the time issue? Isn't the wedding day pretty busy?
Of course. But your florist wouldn't make the bouquet on the day and neither should you. Many florists like to work several days in advance, that's what helps them cope with the fact that most weddings take place on Saturdays or Sundays. It's also the reason why you may find your florist lacking in enthusiasm when you mention certain flowers. For example, some try to avoid hydrangeas because they do need a lot of water, and working ahead, the florist can't be certain they'll stay fresh for the entire day.
If you choose to use anything other than fresh flowers you can make your bouquet well in advance, and spend as long as you like getting is just the way you want it.
If you choose to use fresh flowers, try the process out in advance so you know what you are going to do, and make the bouquet the day before the wedding, then store it, preferably with the stems still in water, somewhere cold and dark, like the refrigerator.
This is the book that got me started making wedding bouquets and arrangements. Easy to follow, it expects you to be a beginner.
Where to Get It - Wholesale Flowers
The biggest problem with the sort of project is finding the professional tools to help you do the job. Here are some suggestions for wholesale suppliers of fresh flowers.
Before comparing prices, be sure to check shipping, since flowers have to be sent next day delivery, shipping can add a lot to your order.
- Fifty Flowers
A leading online flower wholesaler, this company provides bulk flowers for brides. Their minimum order seems to be around the $100 mark, which means that if you're only making one bouquet, they may not be the best choice, but do have the widest selec
- Wholesale Blossoms
Another online wholesaler with a wide selection, but they don't seem to provide mixed boxes of greens for example, as fifty flowers do.
- Blooms by the Box
If you live in the Ne of the USA you may qualify for free shipping for any order over 150, this can make a big difference to the cost of your flowers. For some reason Vermont is covered, but not New Hampshire. Good variety.
- Bunches Direct
This company appears to have a more limited range, however they do allow you to buy smaller amount of each flower. Shipping is free if you spend more than $200 and place your order more than 2 weeks in advance.
Items you may find useful
Get an idea of what sort of bouquet you want, best of all buy a book which has step by step instructions and follow them.
I've now made several bouquets and I find that even without instructions if you use one of the modern foam bouquet holders the process is much easier than you might think. If your bouquet is heavy, perhaps with lots of trailing foliage, you might want to get some florists glue. It comes as a spray and you use it to secure the stems in the foam.
You'll even find companies who will send you silk flowers and instruction on exactly how to put the bouquet together.
One of the simplest options is to buy a ready made silk flower bouquet and use that. You can find these on amazon sold singly or sometimes in packs of six. The cost is low, most look very convincing, but be aware that most are around 10 inches in diameter at most. This can be great for a bridesmaid, but for a bride you might find it best to buy two bouquets and then simply put them together, or take them apart carefully and reconstruct a single bouquet in a foam holder from the flowers of the two.
Cut your flowers to length and add them to the foam. You can use the plastic guide to help you position the blooms. The stems will help to make it look like a handtied bouquet.
Buy two, take them apart and create a bouquet!
These can be used for your bouquet, your bridesmaids bouquet and you can also use these as the basis for tall centerpiece arrangements, they're very versatile!
Pop the bouquet holder into a tall narrow glass vase, then arrange the flowers in the foam. It's so much easier than any other method.
No money for vases? You can still get the tall centerpiece effect by using empty wine bottles.
Another foam bouquet holder, this time in white. Note the angle of the head, making it a little better for certain types of bouquet.
An Example silk bouquet
Here's an example of a bouquet I made for a photoshoot. We had just completed some new designs for robes for brides and wanted to feature a bouquet in one of the pictures.
I went to Michaels to by one ready made, but they all seemed a little small. This was a bush of assorted silk flowers. I clipped the push apart, added some greenery from another bush, and put the whole thing together in a foam bouquet holder.
This was the first time I'd done anything like this since I made my own bouquet back in ... well lets not go into just how long ago! It had been a while, but I was pretty pleased with the result.
The Right tools for the job - The Bouquet Holder.
While the normal foam bouquet holders are great for use with silk flowers, the elegant bouquet holder from Smither Oasis is the perfect thing to use if you plan to make a fresh flower bouquet.
As you'll see in the video, there is a cap on the end of the bouquet holder. Remove the cap and place the whole thing in water - your flowers remain hydrated at all times. No worries about making the bouquet in advance and no worries about whether it will last the whole day. As soon as you get to the reception simply unscrew the cap at the bottom and put the bouquet back in a vase of water. It really couldn't be simpler.
You can buy the holder in gold or silver finish from wholesalefloral.com (link below)
Some of the other tools you'll need
Any type of bouquet will benefit form a bouquet holder, but there are many more professional floral items you can put to good use if you plan to do your own flowers.
Keep and eye on the cost - the idea is to spend less than you would have if you went to a florist!
You'll find all sorts of exciting accessories, from glittering wire to beaded wire in gorgeous colors to metallic bouquet collars, ribbon, tape, glitter and more.
- WholeSale Floral
These provide the tools you'll need, from florists buckets to store and hydrate your fresh flowers before the event, to stem cutters, decorative wires, stems supports, florists foam vase fillers. They also have a good selection of silk flowers. They
Marshalls Floral products also sell bouquet holders and may have a bigger selection. They also sell bouquet collars and have an interesting section 'I can do that' on how to use the various products.
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