A wedding bouquet is held with both hands just below the waist. With hands facing slightly downward, the bouquet blossoms show beautifully. The bride may select a flower because it is her favorite. Or, her wedding flowers may send a message. For instance, calla lilies for magnificent beauty; freesias for innocence; hydrangeas for understanding; roses for love, joy and beauty—every wedding flower has a symbolic meaning.
Fill a clean, plastic bucket half way with bottled water; add your floral preservative according to manufacturer’s instructions, and let it stand until the water reaches room temperature.
Clean all flowers by removing leaves and any spent flowers, then give each stem a fresh, slanted cut under several inches of water using a very shape knife, taking stems down to approximately 9 inches. The water will prevent air from entering the stem when you transfer each stem to your plastic bucket. If using roses, remove all thorns with your knife.
Let the flowers soak in your bucket at least six hours, allowing the flowers to thoroughly hydrate before creating your bouquet. Make sure no leaves are submerged in the water.
Using one hand as a holder, place one flower stem in the center; then add one stem at a time at a 45-degree angle. Keep turning the bouquet to achieve a balanced, spherical shape. If you are using greenery, add one stem to every two or three flowers or tuck it around the outside perimeter of your bouquet.
Take a piece of floral wire, and wrap it around the bouquet starting one or two inches from the top and ending two or three inches from the bottom of the stems. This step gives stems added support.
Wrap floral tape over the floral wire, beginning at the top and working down in an overlapping pattern. You want the floral tape to be taut. Secure the floral tape at the bottom with a hot glue gun.
Give the bouquet stems a straight, even cut so only an inch or two of stem length shows beneath the floral tape.
Cover the floral tape by circling satin ribbon around it, starting at the bottom and finishing at the top by folding the end of the ribbon under and securing it with pearl-topped corsage pins.