The purchase of wedding arrangements from a florist can be one of the larger expenses involved when planning your wedding. Making your bridesmaids bouquets by yourself will help cut costs; it will also allow you to create the perfect bouquet to go with your bridesmaids dresses. One of the keys to wedding bouquets is to keep it simple, and Calla lilies are the perfect choice for an elegant bridesmaid bouquet. Aside from the classic white, Calla lilies come in a variety of colors, so you can create a bouquet made to perfectly compliment the bridesmaids dresses.
Cut Calla lilies from the garden no more than 24 hours prior to making the bouquets. Cut your flowers in mid-morning and cut the stems at an angle. If buying the flowers, purchase them no more than 24 hours in advance. Store your flowers in a vase of water, in a cool room, until ready to use.
Arrange the Calla lilies together by placing four taller flowers in the back, two shorter flowers in front of those and one shorter flower in the front. This gives the bouquet a nice shape when holding it in front of the bridesmaid dress. Place a rubber band around the stems to hold them together and cut the stems to approximately eight inches in length, making sure the bottoms are even and cut straight across.
Wrap floral tape around the stems to hold them together more firmly. Start at the top of the stems, directly under the flowers, and wrap the tape down around the stems. Cut off the excess tape at the bottom of the stems.
Cut a piece of 1/2-inch wide satin ribbon to approximately 20 inches in length. Secure one end of the ribbon with hot glue to the top of the stems, underneath the flowers; let dry. Wrap the ribbon down the stems to cover the floral tape, then pull the ribbon over the bottom and wrap back up the stems. Cut off any excess ribbon and hot glue the end in place. Let dry.
Cut a 12-inch piece of the same ribbon to use for a bow. Tie the ribbon about two-inches below the flowers and tie into a shoelace bow. If necessary, secure to the stems with hot glue to keep from sliding down. Store your bouquet(s) in a refrigerator.