Purchasing a wedding bouquet from a florist can cost a pretty penny and when planning a wedding saving money is high on the list for most brides. Also, getting the freshest flowers for the wedding bouquets is equally important, so use flowers fresh from the garden. Making your own wedding bouquet may seen like a daunting task, yet a few simple steps are all it takes to put together a simple, yet professional-looking bouquet.
Cut the flowers for your bouquet mid-morning to allow any dew to evaporate and before the noon-day sun appears causing the flowers to open too much or wilt. Choose flowers that are not completely open, so they will last longer in the bouquet. Always cut the stems at a 45-degree angle, so they more easily absorb water.
Place the cut flowers in a vase of water with flower preservation solution mixed in to help preserve the freshness of the flowers longer. Flower preservation solutions can be obtained at any local florist shop or gardening center. Soak the flowers overnight in the solution.
Arrange the flowers in your hand, creating the look that you want. When you are happy with the design, cut the stems to a length of 6 to 8 inches. Trim evenly across the ends of the stems.
Wrap a piece of floral wire around the stems tightly to hold together. Start at the top of the stems directly under the flowers and wrap downward to the end. Cut off any excess wire and tuck the end into the stems.
Cut a piece of 3-inch satin ribbon three times the length of the stems. Leave out a 4-inch long tail of ribbon and starting underneath the flowers at the top of the stems, wrap the ribbon around the stems, overlapping the ends. Once you reach the end, pull the ribbon over the bottom of the stems and wrap it back up to the top. There should be about a 4-inch tail of ribbon left over.
Tie together the loose ends of the ribbon underneath the flowers to form a bow. Place the bouquet in the refrigerator overnight until ready to use.