Bridal bouquets of rose and eucalyptus not only have a classic look, but are simple enough to be made by the bride or her friends. Baby eucalyptus stems are used as filler, giving bouquets a greater depth and richness. It also makes an excellent background for any color of rose being used in the bouquet. Seeded eucalyptus is a light green filler that adds interest to the bouquet and can take the place of common baby's breath in the arrangement.
Remove thorns by applying pressure with your thumb to the side of the thorn. Use scissors to trim off leaves close to the stem. The eucalyptus will provide all the greenery this bouquet will need, and thorns could scratch the bride or snag her dress. Use scissors to trim the bottom 2 inches of the rose stems, cutting straight across.
Gather three roses and wrap with florist tape. Only tape a 2 or 3 inch portion of the stem, about 3 inches from the base of the flower heads. Add three more flowers, evenly spaces around the first cluster. Tape flower stems together.
Remove dead petals from roses.
Add eucalyptus stems to the outside edge of the bouquet, spacing stems equally around the bouquet. Secure eucalyptus to the bouquet with more florist tape. Trim rose and eucalyptus stems so they are all the same length, cutting straight across the stems.
Store the bouquet in a vase of water in a refrigerator until needed for the wedding. Bouquets should only be prepped a day in advance in order to remain fresh for the wedding.
Cover the florist tape with a wrapped layer of decorative ribbon before delivering the bouquet to the wedding site.