How to Make a Red Rose Bridal Bouquet


You can make fresh red roses from the garden into a lovely bridal bouquet with just a few basic steps. Red is a classic color for a wedding since it symbolizes love and romance, and pairing red roses and lush green foliage creates a stunning bouquet that any bride would be proud to carry.

Step 1

While holding one rose in your hand, add four more roses around the first one. This forms the center of your bouquet and is what you will work around as you add more flowers.

Step 2

Add another row of roses slightly lower than the ones in your hand. Keep adding roses, one row at a time around the previous ones until all the roses are used up. Make each addition of roses slightly lower than the last, thus forming a rounded or dome-shaped bouquet.

Step 3

Add greenery such as ferns or stems with rose leaves around the outside bottom of the flowers. Keep the greenery slightly below the last row of roses so it forms a collar around the bottom of the bouquet. Place a rubber band around the top of the stems to hold them together.

Step 4

Wrap the top half of the stems tightly with floral tape. Cut the ends of the stems perfectly even and about 6 to 8 inches long.

Step 5

Wrap one end of 2-inch-wide satin ribbon around the top of the stems directly under the flowers. Continue wrapping the ribbon down only far enough to cover the floral tape, then wrap the ribbon back up to the top. Cut off excess ribbon and secure with two corsage pins pushed through the ribbon into the stems at an angle.

Step 6

Place the bouquet in a container of shallow water, being careful not to get the ribbon wet. Store in the refrigerator overnight until the wedding.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not make the bouquet more than 24 hours in advance of the wedding to keep it fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Red roses
  • Floral tape
  • Satin ribbon
  • Corsage pins


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.