Flower bouquets are commonly used in wedding ceremonies. The bride will usually provide bouquets for herself and often her bridesmaids. The bouquet is an arrangement of flowers shaped to look the same from all sides. Often the flowers selected are of a single type, color and size. The stems are wrapped together tightly and often decorated with wrapped ribbons. The bouquet is designed to look pretty when held in front of the dress with both hands. Many brides have a tossing bouquet made. This bouquet is designed specifically to be tossed during the reception as part of the celebration.
Place your flowers in a bucket with a preservation mixture for several hours prior to making the bouquet. As you remove each flower, cut the stem to the correct height with a floral knife.
Arrange your bouquet around a center point. Place your favorite flower in the center and make the stem slightly longer than the rest of the flowers. Remove any leaves, thorns or discolored petals as you make your arrangement. Surround your first flower with three or five flowers. Add a few tiny stems of filler flowers (like baby's breath) before adding another row of odd-numbered flowers.
Build your bouquet to the fullness and shape you desire. Add filler flowers around the final row of flowers. Add decorative leaves around the filler flowers. Take floral wire and wrap it immediately under the bouquet. Then wrap the wire down the bouquet in a tight spiral. Stop 2 inches from the bottom of the stems. Tuck your wire end up amongst the stems. Wrap the entire stem in floral wire. Stop 2 inches from the bottom of the stems.
Check your bouquet to see if it will stand up on its own. If you want to add additional support, consider using a floral collar (a white disc to help support the flower heads).
Tie two decorative ribbons just under the leaves. Allow three of the ribbons to drape beyond the handle. Add a bead of hot glue on the handle area and carefully wrap the handle in ribbon. Use the last of the ribbon you have glued and one of the draped strands to make a bow. One inch of the stems should show below the bottom of the ribbons. No wires should show.