Today we have a fantastic bridal bouquet DIY tutorial from wedding flower experts greatbritishflorist.co.uk all about how to make your very own beautiful incredible bridal bouquet! With this brilliant step by step guide you can really put your own stamp on your bouquet and add your own personal touches to help it blend seamlessly with your wedding theme. So over to the Great British Florists to show you how it’s done!
How to Make Your Bridal Bouquet
While we’re still struggling a bit as a nation, we’ve seen a recent explosion of love towards everything vintage, make, do and mend and DIY. Today I’m going to talk you through how to create your own bouquet from scratch. What could be more special than walking down the aisle with a bouquet of your own creation, one with a special design that no one else will ever have? Here we go!
What you need:
-A selection of the flowers and foliage you’re going to use. To know if you’ve got enough, hold all of the flowers and foliage together. There should be almost twice as much as the size of the bouquet you want. Alternatively, you could just order one of our DIY flower boxes from our website.
-Twine and coloured ribbon of your choice.
-Scissors and flower shears.
1. Organise your plants. Make sure that all lower leaves and thorns are removed, all dead pieces and new growth are picked off and all plants are in piles of the same species.
2. Pick a starting flower. This could be a feature flower such as a peony or any flower you can work a bouquet around. You’re going to work around this flower from each side until you have enough material to introduce more feature flowers.
3. Begin to add flowers and foliage. Chose some delicate ‘fluffy’ flowers like dahlia/freesia and some lime green foliage and add these around the main flower. Make sure that the stems lie against each other and hold them together, checking the top of the bouquet as you go.
4. Keep adding your plants. Mix some white flowers such as alstroemeria with stronger greenery and silvery eucalyptus, making sure that the white and green colours are broken up and have a ratio of 2/1 or higher. Once you’ve added enough flowers that the head is the size of a dessert bowl add another feature flower. If you’re using peonies choose open-looking flowers to fill the space. Avoid too-open flowers as these droop.
5. Make sure that you use different textures to make the bouquet natural-looking. If some flowers are longer than others pull of the bits that won’t be seen, so that all stems stop at the same point.
6. Start to fill out your bouquet as a whole now, adding mixed foliage and smaller white flowers next to the other peony and begin to create a round shape with the bouquet head.
7. Add a third or fourth feature flower and break up the lines with more eucalyptus and small white flowers. Make sure you’re still using a good mix of foliage colours and textures.
8. Keep adding and adjusting your bouquet until you’ve reached the size that you want. Try to arrange you bouquet so that you have a small, undefined ring of green on the outside. This makes the bouquet look flower-like but relaxed. Start to pull up or down different pieces to emphasise different plants. I like to pull up the centre flowers to give the bouquet a slightly domed shape and pull the green bits on the outside down so they’re just peeking next to the white flowers.
9. Now you’re finished the bouquet we have to tie up the stems. Have a final check that the bouquet is round, and that the stems lie close to each other. Hold the bouquet tight just under the base of the flowers. Take ½-1 metre of twine and loop a small piece (about 5cm) under the little finger of the hand holding the stems. Hold this in place and use your other hand to loop the twine around the stems above your index finger. Do this tightly and when there’s 5-10cm left tie a tight double knot using with the twine and the bit left underneath your little finger.
10. Now to cut the stems. I recommend that you measure at least two gripping hand-widths on the stem before cutting it. This is purely you choice, but a longer bouquet is easier to handle. Cut the stems of your bouquet using the shears and make sure that the stems are flat.
11. Give your bouquet a little spray of water and spray the stems too. This helps the stems close off and livens up the flowers.
12. Take about 1 metre of ribbon. Hold one end of the ribbon just over your twine knot. Start to wind this around the bouquet, making sure to overlap the ribbon so that it begins to look like one band. A 2-3 inch band is usual, but you can wrap all of the stem length if you want to. Keep wrapping until you come to the end of the ribbon. Try to make sure that the ribbon ends at a point which provides a good side view of the bouquet. Pull the ribbon tight and place a pin through and into the stems at a forward 20% angle upwards. If this is difficult don’t force the pin, just change the direction and angle.
13. Keep adding the pins as you want. Three in a vertical line should be enough to secure the ribbon but you can experiment and create designs with the pins if you want to.
Now your wedding flowers should be perfect. This is one of our completed wedding designs to show what creative things you can do.
This article was written on behalf of Great British Florist, a British flower delivery service.
Thanks to Great British Florist for sharing those fantastic bridal bouquet tips with us and we hope it helps you to create your very own special personalised bouquet!