Creating wedding bouquets does not have to be difficult. In fact, a complete novice can put together expert-looking tied bride or bridesmaid's bouquets. Silk or dried flower wedding bouquets can be made months ahead of the wedding date and stored for the special day. If you can't resist the soft petals and lovely scent of fresh flowers, order the flowers from a local florist way ahead of time. You'll want to have several people ready to help make the bouquets a day or two before the wedding.
Put fresh flowers in a container of slightly warm water as soon as you get them home. Skip this step, if you are using artificial or dried flowers.
Clip off all the leaves, using scissors. You may save them for use later, if you would like some at the underside of the flowers. Place the leaf stems in a separate container of water. Make sure the leaves are above the water level.
Hold the flower or flowers you're using as the focal point in one hand, while adding more flowers around it, creating a dome shape. Continue adding flowers around and around, until the bouquet is the size you like. A bridal bouquet might be 10 inches wide or larger, with the attendant bouquets are smaller at about 8 inches wide. However, there is no set rule. Add stems of leaves to the underside of the bouquet, if you desire.
Wrap the bouquet stems with florist wire. This is a light wire that comes on a spool or paddle. Start the wire about an inch down from the bottom of the flower heads. Wrap the wire downward, spiraling around the flower stems. Stop about 6 inches down from the start of the wire. Wrap the wire in the same manner, going back up the stems to the beginning of the wire. Cut the wire and work the end under the wrapped wire.
Wrap florist tape (it comes in green or white) over the wire, covering it. Start at the top of the wire, spiraling down and around the wired stems. Pull the tape slightly as you work. This will cause the tape to stick to itself and the stems. When you reach the bottom of the wire, work the tape back up to the top of the wire. Cut the tape and pull it to stick to the start of the tape at the top.
Wrap the ribbon over the florist tape, using approximately 3 yards of ribbon per bouquet. This time you will start at the bottom of the tape, leaving a 6-inch (or longer) tail. Wrap the ribbon up the stems, in the same manner as you did for the wire and tape. When you reach the top of the tape, work the ribbon back down to the bottom. Cut the ribbon, leaving another 6-inch tail.
Tie the two ribbon tails into a knot or bow. Trim the stems straight across the bottom, 3 to 6 inches from the bottom of the wrapped ribbon. Immediately place the cut ends of the flowers into a pan of water. Make sure the ribbon tails are pulled up, so they don't get wet. Place the flowers in a cool location of 60 degrees Fahrenheit or less until the wedding day.