Hiring a florist to make the flower arrangements for your wedding saves you time, but it can cost you a pretty penny. If you are planning your wedding on a budget, consider cutting costs by arranging your own flower bouquet. Once you know a few simple tips, you will be able to create a bridal bouquet that is both elegant and breathtaking.
Purchase a bouquet holder with pre-cut foam already in it. You can buy a block of floral foam separately, and cut it to fit the holder if you like.
Turn your bouquet holder with the foam inside of it upside down. Set it in a bowl of water. The foam has fully absorbed the water when it changes from a light green color, to a dark green color.
Set your bouquet holder in a bouquet stand. The stand will hold up the bouquet holder while you put the flowers in it.
Choose your main flowers based on the colors you chose for your wedding. Some excellent main flowers are roses, carnations and lilies. You will need between eight and 10 main flowers for your bouquet.
Cut the stems of your main flowers so that they are about 6 inches long.
Place one of your main flowers in the center of the flower holder. Then place four main flowers around the center flower, but with a little space in between. Place the rest of your main flowers around the edge of the flower holder. When you push them in, make sure at least 1.5 inches of stem is inserted into the holder so that the flowers do not come loose later on.
Add greenery throughout your bouquet; both ivy and fern are good for this purpose. Make sure you leave a little bit of room to add smaller flowers. The greens will help make your bouquet look full.
Finish the bouquet by adding small flowers where you have gaps in your bouquet; baby's breath and mini roses work well for this.
Attach a bow to the front of the handle. Make sure the bow coordinates with your wedding colors.