If there was one other reason for getting married besides picking out your wedding dress (and perhaps because someone asked you), then it’s making your own bridal bouquet. We’ve put together an easy step-by-step guide for putting together your DIY bouquet.
If your backyard is the size of your kitchen sink, or you’ve been too busy nurturing those home grown tomatoes to plant a few blooms, don’t worry. Make your way to your local flower market or florist and be prepared to be dazzled by some seriously gorgeous blossoms.
Step One: Buying flowers
Buy plenty: When purchasing your preferred flowers, make sure you buy a little more than what you might need – it’s virtually a guarantee you’ll get a little scissor happy, or frustrated, with the secateurs, so that extra few is essential.
Timing is everything: Arrange to have the flowers delivered the day before the wedding, some providers will try to sell you the flowers several days before the wedding however unless you are very well versed in flower preservation and can guarantee the weather conditions, it is best to leave receiving the flowers as late as possible.
Step Two: Prepping & Assembling
Ok, so time to start prepping.
Remove all leaves: Start by removing all leaves that are still attached to the stems of your buds. It’ll make them look a whole lot neater and easier to pack together. We recommend doing this in the garden with a sizeable green waste bag handy for that 10 kilos of off cuts that are going to pile up in no time.
Insert wire for floppy flowers: For floppy stemmed flowers like Hyacinths or Ranunculus, who are going to keel over within the hour, you can insert a floral wire inside the hollow stem to keep it upright. Gently pierce the bud, softly bend the stem in the desired direction and then trim the protruding wire.
Assembling: When assembling your bouquet, start off with any greenery or foliage. Then add three flowers, twist, and add another three. Continue with this method for a balanced bouquet, but feel free to place the flowers in whatever order you think is most beautiful.
Floral twine: Once you’re done, wrap a length of twine around the stems multiple times to ensure they’re completely secure and won’t lose position. Go over this with a ribbon of your choosing until the twine is completely covered.
Jazz it up: If you want to pretty it up even more, glue some glass pearls along the length ribbon to create a truly gorgeous effect. The next step is to don that white dress of yours, fix your makeup and hair, take a hold of your DIY bouquet and go and get married!
Can’t decide on the flower or the style for your bouquet? Head to the Ethical Bride Pinterest page for lots of awesome ideas!