According to tradition, a bride and her bridesmaids carry beautiful real or silk floral bouquets at a wedding. While a bridal bouquet is large with many flowers, a bridesmaid's bouquet is a smaller version of that, with the same type of flowers and decorative touches, only fewer. Roses make an excellent choice for bouquets, as their semi-hard stems withstand handling during the ceremony without wilting. They also have beautiful blooms available in different hues of yellow, pink, red, orange and white, allowing a bridesmaid to select the color according to the ones in the bridal bouquet.
Spread the roses on a table and inspect each one carefully for any dried or damaged parts. Wear gloves and strip off thorns and leaves. Clip stem length to 7 to 9 inches. Make a straight cut that penetrates the stem and comes out the other side.
Stand in front of a mirror and hold a square made with four roses. Make sure the blooms are at the same level. Wrap floral tape around the stems to hold them in place.
Grasp the stems of the four roses firmly and add roses around them, one by one, to give the bouquet a dome shape. Keep checking the forming shape in the mirror and from the top, and rearrange accordingly. Add roses until your bouquet has a 4- to 5-inch diameter.
Wind a length of floral tape around the stems where they naturally join, which is usually 3 inches below the blooms.
Arrange foliage around the outer edges of your dome-shaped bouquet. Depending on personal taste, use stems of tiny accent greenery such as baby's breath, or larger, brighter leaves such as magnolia or ferns. Cut foliage stem length the same length as the rose stems.
Wind floral tape to bind the foliage stems to the rose stems, an inch below the previous bind. Wind floral tape around all the stems 2 to 3 inches below this bind.
Cut a length of decorative ribbon three times as long as the stem length. Hold one end just below the blooms and secure it in place by pushing a corsage pin through it. Extend the ribbon over the stems and the tape, pulling it taut while winding it to prevent it from unraveling. Do this all the way to the end of the stems, and insert a pin to secure the other edge of the ribbon.