The custom of the bridal bouquet dates back to ancient Rome, when brides carried bundles of garlic and aromatic herbs to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune. The bridal bouquet took on new significance in Victorian times, when meanings were assigned to flowers to express everything that was socially unacceptable to say out loud. Today, a bride may choose to carry a flower arrangement made up of calla lilies to symbolize beauty, Lily of the Valley to represent happiness or white lilies for purity.
Grasp four calla lilies in one hand. Turn each lily so that it points outward from the center of your bouquet.
Add four more flowers in a circle around your initial four flowers. These second four flowers should be positioned slightly lower in your bouquet and should also point outward.
Add the last four flowers to your bouquet to form another ring just outside of and below the second ring of flowers.
Cut the stems of your bouquet to all the same length. Bind the bouquet together with floral tape at a point 6 inches below the outermost blooms.
Cut a length of ribbon that is three times longer than the length of the stems. Tuck one end of ribbon inside the stem bundle. Wind the ribbon around the stem in a long spiral. When you reach the bottom, continue wrapping the stems in a spiral going up the stem. Tuck the ribbon into the bundle of stems when you have finished wrapping the stems.
Cut a second length of ribbon long enough to tie a bow. Tie the bow just above where you will grasp the bouquet with your hands.