Bouquets and weddings go hand in hand--they are colorful, cheerful, and a natural way to decorate this auspicious occasion. According to tradition, every bride carries a flower bouquet as she walks down the aisle, and then tosses it in the air toward the end of the ceremony, just before she leaves for her honeymoon. Although you can have a florist make a flower bouquet to your requirements, making it yourself for your daughter, niece, granddaughter or a bride in your family is a kind sentiment that not only serves as the perfect gift, but reduces costs as well.
Place your flowers and foliage on a work table in front of you. Trim stem length of flowers down to 9 inches. Use sharp scissors and make sharp, straight cuts.
Lift four flowers and arrange them in two pairs, where each pair is parallel to the other. Make sure the blooms are level with one another. Wrap a length of floral tape in the center of the stems to join these four main flowers together.
Hold your floral arrangement firmly and add the remaining flowers around it one by one, until the top of your bouquet resembles a dome. Alternatively, arrange the remaining flowers an inch lower than the main flowers. Continue adding flowers until your bouquet is 8 to 9 inches in diameter.
Arrange delicate baby's breath around the flowers, or ferns, ivy or magnolia leaves for a darker color. View the arrangement from the top to make sure it is dome-shaped; adjust flowers as needed.
Wrap a length of floral tape 3 inches below the flower heads, gripping them firmly to prevent them from shifting their place. Wrap another length an inch or two below this for added security.
Hold an end of decorative lace or ribbon just below the flower blooms. Insert a corsage pin to secure it in place. Wrap it around the stems of the flowers and foliage, pulling it taut to prevent it from coming loose. Do this until you reach the end of the stems. Snip excess ribbon off, and insert a corsage pin through this end of the ribbon so it penetrates the stems and prevents it from unraveling. Depending on personal taste, you can wind a length of brightly colored ribbon over this one in the center of the stems, and knot in in a large bow.