Wedding bouquets have existed since ancient Greece and have always been a symbol of purity and luck. As of 2010, the average cost of the bridal bouquet is between $75 and $150. If you're planning a cheep wedding, but don't want to skimp on the flowers, consider making your own fresh rose wedding bouquet and save some green while still looking stunning.
Setting the Flowers
Soak the floral foam holder in a sink filled with water for at least 15 minutes, or until entirely saturated with water.
Cut the leatherleaf stems from their main branch and strip away the leaves for 1 inch at the base. Press the leatherleaf into the floral foam, starting at the bottom of the bouquet and forming progressively smaller circles.
Cut the rose stems using a sharp knife leaving 2 inches of stem below the flower. Press the roses into the foam in a circular pattern with one in the very center and spray the stem of each one with floral glue to hold it in position.
Cut the carnation stems using a sharp knife leaving 3 inches of stem. Press the carnations into the foam randomly around the roses, maintaining the overall circular shape of the bouquet. Spray each carnation stem with floral glue to keep it in place. Add some miniature carnations buds as well for an added distinction in the bouquet.
Cut small stems of statice from its branches and remove any loose foliage. Press the statice randomly into the bouquet.
Cut pieces of waxflower, leaving behind a 2- to 3-inch stem and remove all of the flower's foliage. Press the stems deep into the bouquet and place as much waxflower as possible, as it will give the bouquet a full appearance.
Making the Bow
Leave the ribbon on the bolt and pinch it at 12 inches from the end.
Form a single hoop with your free hand and pinch it next to your beginning pinch.
Twist the ribbon and make a larger loop for the first loop of the bow. Pinch this loop under where the previous loop was pinched. Repeat this step making as many loops as is required for the bow to appear full.
Thread a 12-inch piece of floral wire through the pinches on the bow and pull it through so that there are 6 inches on each side. Bring the wire ends together and twist tightly to secure the bow.
Wrap the bow's floral wire to a floral pick and press the pick into the floral foam towards the bottom.