Add a personal touch to your wedding by making your own tied bouquet. Although florists create beautiful floral bouquets using a variety of flowers, creating it yourself, or for your daughter or granddaughter, makes it even more special, along with saving excess costs. Use same- or different-colored flowers in your bouquet, keeping with the color scheme and theme of the occasion. Depending on personal taste, use roses, carnations, lilies, orchids, sunflowers or any other flowers, along with foliage such as baby's breath to create a tied wedding bouquet that is sure to make heads turn.
Lay the roses on a table and inspect them individually for any damaged or diseased parts. Clip damaged or dried leaves and thorns off.
Measure and mark 8 to 9 inches on a rose stem, and trim excess off with sharp scissors. Using this stem as reference, trim excess length off all the roses so they are 8 to 9 inches tall. Lower each trimmed rose into a bucket of cool water while you work.
Hold two roses parallel to each other and stand in front of a mirror. Add two more parallel roses next to these so they form a square. Align these four central flowers so the blooms are at the same height. Wind a length of floral tape in the center of the stems to hold them together.
Add more roses around these central ones, in turn, until the top of the bouquet is dome shaped. Keep viewing the top and adjusting accordingly, gripping it firmly throughout. Check how it looks in the mirror. Edge the floral bouquet with baby's breath for a delicate touch, or magnolia, camellia or ivy leaves for deeper color.
Grip the stems firmly to prevent the roses from changing position, and wind two lengths of floral tape 3 to 4 inches below the blooms. Also wind two lengths of tape 3 inches below this joint.
Cut decorative ribbon or lace three times as long as your stem length, and hold one edge, allowing the rest to fall freely. Position this edge just below a rose bloom, and secure it in place with a pin. Wind it around the stems, overlapping the loops to conceal the tape as well. Keep pulling it taut until you cover the entire stem length. Insert another pin to secure it in place, and cut off any excess with scissors.