Buying bridal bouquets from a florist can be very expensive and requires lots of extra time to book appointments, pick out the flowers and try to convey what you want in hopes of getting the perfect bouquet. Making your own bouquet requires very little skill and very little expense. Using fresh roses straight from your garden makes the bouquet even more beautiful and allows you to use the freshest flowers and the colors you desire.
Cut your roses the day before making your bouquet, and store them in a vase of water to ensure that they stay fresher longer. Always cut the stems at an angle before placing in the water to allow for better absorption.
Arrange your roses with the taller flowers in the middle and shorter ones forming the sides of the bouquet. This creates a rounded look to the bouquet. If desired, add baby's breath sparsely in between the roses and ferns or rose stems with leaves around the edges of the bouquet. Cut the stems to about 8 inches in length, trimming them off evenly at the bottom.
Wrap the stems together with floral wire. Starting directly under the flowers, wrap the wire around the top of the stems three or four times and then continue wrapping down to the bottom of the stems; cut off excess wire with wire cutters or scissors.
Wrap floral tape around the stems to cover the wire. Start underneath the flowers and work downward in a spiral to the bottom, then pull the tape over the bottom of the stems to cover, and wrap back up the stems, cutting off the excess and securing underneath the flowers.
Use half-inch wide ribbon and wrap it around the flower stems over the floral tape. Begin at the top of the stems directly under the flowers, and secure the end of the ribbon with hot glue, then wrap the ribbon down the stems, then pull the ribbon over the end of the stems and finish by wrapping back up to the top. Cut off the excess ribbon and fasten with hot glue.
Cut two pieces of ribbon, each 6 inches in length. Hot glue the end of each piece of ribbon to the bottom of the bouquet stems, on opposite sides of each other. Store the finished bouquet in the refrigerator until ready to use.