Flowers symbolize happiness, among other emotions; what better occasion to use them than at a wedding. Many brides carry beautiful bouquets on their weddings that complement their bridal dress and the theme of the occasion. Although bouquets of all kinds are available at florists, you can make your own bouquet, or one for your daughter or granddaughter to cut down on extra costs and add a personal touch to her big day, making it extra special.
Visit your local florist at least three weeks before the wedding to check what seasonal flowers are available. Keep in mind that the bouquet should not be more than 8 to 9 inches in diameter, and you will need 40 to 60 flowers to create a bouquet of that size. Make sure the flowers you select complement the bridal dress. You can also include a few of her favorite flowers to make it personal. Order the flowers and any fillers, or greenery, in advance. Also decide whether you will pick them up yourself or want them delivered to your house.
Strip excess foliage, thorns or damaged leaves or petals from the flowers.
Hold a few flower stems in your hand to determine the appropriate stem length, so you can trim off the excess. Stand in front of the mirror when you do this to get an idea of how different stem lengths will look.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to make a straight cut that penetrates through the stems and the tissue inside. Ideally, the stems should be 7 to 8 inches long.
Hold four flowers and arrange them so they form a square. Make sure that all of the stems touch one another, and the flower heads are at the same level. Attach the stems with floral tape; these will form the center of the bouquet. Add flowers around the center stems ones at a time, so your bouquet becomes dome-shaped.
Also arrange a few stems of greenery such as baby's breath, ferns or leaves around the outer layer of flowers or on any two sides of the bouquet. This will frame the bouquet; give it structure and a fuller look.
Secure the stems of the flowers and greenery at least 3-inches below the flower heads with a length of floral tape. This will bind them all together and prevent any flower from coming loose. Reinforce the bind by winding another length of floral tape around the stems, 2 to 3 inches below the previous one.
Take decorative ribbon or lace, position it below one of the flower heads and push a pin through it so it is held firmly. Extend the ribbon to wind it around the stems and over the floral tape. Continue winding until the entire stem length is covered, and trim any excess off with scissors. Push another pin at its end so it is secure and does not unravel.