Flowers can be very expensive, but you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on your boquets. Do them yourself! You can get flowers at Safeway, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Costco, and many other places for good prices. Then, assemble them! Plus, it’s a good skill to have not just for weddings, but for other events such as Mother’s Day!
When I assemble bouquets, I use florist tape, scissors, and then whatever ribbon I want for the stems. You can get florist tape from Michaels for a couple dollars. I’ve found it best to make little bundles of 4 or 5 stems and wrap that in florist tape. Don’t wrap too widely though. Keep the tape area as narrow as you can so you don’t have to cover up too much with the ribbon. Once you’ve made all the bundles, add them all together to make the final bouquet. If you want it to be a rounded bouquet, make the center bundles the highest point, and lower the side bundles to give it the desired shape. Once everything is secured, cut the bottom of the stems to even them out. Sometimes, I like my bouquets to have more of a “mussy tussy” look, so I’ll purposely leave a lot of the bottom stems showing and vary the length of them slightly. If you want a more formal look, wrap the stems tightly and fully, and trim evenly.
There are several options for the stems. You can wrap them in a criss-cross pattern with ribbon, tie a single ribbon around to cover the florist tape while keeping most of the stems visible, or you can use fabric or wide ribbon to cover most or all of the stems. If using this last option, secure the fabric in place with florist pins (also available at Michaels). If you want the stems completely covered, cut a circle out of fabric that is about 2 inches wider in diameter than the diameter of the stems. Place the stems in the middle, and wrap the sides up around the stems. Then, wrap your ribbon or fabric starting from the bottom up to hold that fabric in place and secure with pins.
Making your own bouquets also opens up a lot of area for creativity. You can use fake flowers or a combination of real and fake. You can make bouquets out of pinwheels or pearls (Pinterest, anyone?), and make it truly unique. So, have fun with it!
Photos and bouquets by ShootAnyAngle Wedding Photography.
Photos by ShootAnyAngle Wedding Photography.