Every bride carries a wedding bouquet in her hand as she walks down the aisle, and then tosses it in the air at the end of the function. This time-honored tradition is a significant part of the wedding ceremony. Flowers for a bouquet are carefully selected so they complement the bridal dress and the theme of the occasion. While professional florists can make these to perfection, making your own wedding bouquet or for your daughter or granddaughter on her big day provides a personal touch.
Decide on the size and color of your bouquet so you can select flowers accordingly. Roses are usually chosen for bouquets since they are available in many colors and hardy. Ideally, a bouquet should be 8 to 9 inches in diameter so it adds some color against the white of your dress without overpowering it. Remove excess foliage, old or damaged petals and thorns from each rose.
Fill a bucket with water, immerse the stem of the rose under it and cut them to the desired height at an angle. Make sure the cut is straight and sharp, not jagged. Place the prepared rose in another bucket with cool water while you work on all the roses.
Lift four roses from the bucket and arrange them to form a square that will be the center of the bouquet. Make sure all the blooms are at the same level, and join the stems with a length of floral tape or wire. One by one, arrange other roses around these four, so they form a dome-shaped bouquet. Place a few stems of baby's breath on the outer sides of the bouquet.
Use a length of floral tape or rubber band to secure all the stems 4 inches below the flower heads. Repeat the procedure 2 to 3 inches below this bind as well.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut all the stems an inch or two below the second bind so your roses have a stem length of 7 to 8 inches.
Take a length of decorative lace or silk ribbon that is three times as long as the stem length. Secure one end of it just below one of the flower heads and push a small pin through it. Wind it around the entire stem length and over the tape or rubber bands that hold the stems together. Continue winding it until the entire stem length is covered, and trim off the excess with sharp scissors.
Insert a pin at the end of the ribbon through the stem so it is secure and does not come loose.