I totally understand that the thought of making your own bridal bouquet can seem scary and overwhelming! I really really wanted real flowers for our wedding back in 2011, but I didn’t love the price tag that comes with them. We went back and forth about how much we wanted to spend on flowers and ultimately decided to make our own and use that money elsewhere. To this day, I’ve never regretted the decision and I would do it one hundred times over again!
Making your own bouquet is not as hard as you might think. There are some really great fake flowers out there now and they’re inexpensive. I personally think Hobby Lobby has the best selection and even better, I got ours when they were having their 50% off floral sale! In the end, I think we spent about $250 on my bridal bouquet, nine bridesmaids’ bouquets, and about fifteen boutonnieres.
So…for this tutorial (and my wedding) I used purple, ivory, and green hydrangeas as my main flowers.
Fake flowers and fillers
Green floral tape
Green floral wire
Ribbon – 1 – 1.5 inches works the best
Start by removing the leaves from your stems and set them aside. At the end, you can decide if you want to add them back in.
Next, arrange your main flowers the way you want them. (Take your time and play with them until you’re completely happy).
For the fillers, separate them into smaller bunches, but make sure to keep the stems long enough so they don’t fall out of your bouquet. Then arrange them sporadically and evenly throughout your bouquet.
Once you’ve arranged everything, trim your stems a little shorter, but not all the way. Leave some room for a final trim at the very end.
Hold your stems together nice and tight and begin to wrap with floral wire, starting at the top, right below your flowers. You’re going to want to leave an inch or so at the bottom where your stems will stick out and be seen.
Once the wire is secure, cover the wire with floral tape, as much as you need to make it feel secure. Floral tape stretches a bit so pull it as tight as you can without ripping it.
Wrap your ribbon nicely around the floral tape section and secure with a needle. If you want to add some of your leaves back in, now’s the time. Simply stick them at the base of your flowers to add a little dimension. If the stems are short, you could use a little hot glue to secure them.
Now that they’re nice and secure, figure out how much stem you want to leave at the bottom and trim the rest, nice and evenly.
Once you’ve finished that step, your bouquet is complete!
Now that you know how to make your bouquet, you can do the same for your bridesmaid’s bouquets and boutonnieres, just make them a bit smaller.