A wedding bouquet is the main focal point accessory for a bride. A bride typically holds the bouquet in front of their body, just below the waist. Making your own wedding bouquet will help you save money. A homemade wedding bouquet is made with just a few items, and can be completed in less than an hour. Keep in mind that an elaborate dress looks best with a simple bouquet, and a simple dress looks best with an elaborate bouquet.
Choose flowers for your bouquet. Cut the stems at least 12 inches long, so that they can be comfortably carried in both hands. Cut the stems all the same length, as they will be trimmed later. Select flowers that match or coordinate with your wedding colors.
Soak the flowers in a preservative solution for several hours. These are available from any florist, and are usually supplied in packets of powder that are mixed with water. If you prefer to do it yourself entirely, you can make a flower preservative by mixing a quart of warm water with one teaspoon sugar, one teaspoon bleach, and two teaspoons lemon juice. This will enable the bouquet to last without wilting. Remove the flowers from the preservative.
Arrange the flowers into a bouquet. The arrangement of the flowers should be the bride's decision. Examples of some bouquet designs: alternate colors; arrange one color in a ring around the rest of the bouquet; arrange the flowers randomly, for a more natural look.
Have a friend hold the stems together, or place a rubber band at the top of the stems, and one near the bottom. Wrap floral wire in a loose spiral all the way up the stems. If you used rubber bands, clip them off with scissors. Cut the stems across the bottom, so that they are all even.
Wrap a piece of florists tape around the top and bottom end-points of the floral wire. Apply floral tape around the stems, pulling the tape taut and turning the bouquet as you go. Wrap the tape tightly, so that there aren't any wrinkles on the surface of the tape.
Hot glue the end of a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the bunch of stems. The ribbon can be as narrow or wide as the bride chooses. For the non-traditional bride, shop around for different kinds of ribbons that reflect her personality (glittery, sports team, punk or goth, etc.). Glue the ribbon to the stems, and spiral your way up until you have glued ribbon all the way to the top of the stems. Work a small section at a time.