How to Make Your Own Bridal Bouquets

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The bride's bouquet is nearly as important as her wedding gown.

Flowers are an essential part of any wedding, but the bridal bouquet trumps them all. That little (or large) bunch of flowers the bride carries is almost as important as her wedding gown. It can act as a mere accessory or as a dramatic focal point of her wedding day outfit. And if you go a step further and make your own bridal bouquet, it will be even more special, perfectly reflecting your taste and personality while also saving you a bit of money for the honeymoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Buckets
  • Water
  • Flowers
  • Greenery (optional)
  • Flower shears
  • Floral tape
  • Satin ribbon
  • Florist pins
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Instructions

    • 1

      Decide on the types of flowers you wish to use in your bouquet and if you want greenery. You will save money by sticking with flowers and greenery that are in season during the month of your wedding. Out-of-season flowers have to be shipped in, and the transport costs alone can be extremely expensive.

    • 2

      Check with your local florists as well as florists online. Many florists will charge full price for their flowers, but they will sometimes offer discounts if you are purchasing a large quantity. Wholesale florists may require you to open an account before selling to you, and some only sell to businesses. Online florists are very easy to shop at as they often arrange their pictures and pricing in a way that's easy to navigate. It pays to check all of these sources.

    • 3

      Sketch out what you have in mind for your bridal bouquet. This will help you to get an idea of how many flowers you will need and what type of greenery will look best. Going to a florist in person may give you the best idea of what type of bridal bouquet you can make.

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      Order your flowers for delivery three days before your wedding. This allows you a little time in case something goes wrong or the flowers are not right. Have several buckets available when you get your flowers. Fill the buckets with water and place all of the flowers in the buckets when they arrive. This should keep the flowers fresh for several days.

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      Gather several of the flowers into a bunch. Cut the stems with flower shears a few inches below where you intend to hold them. Once you have the amount of flowers and greenery that you want in your bouquet, begin wrapping the flower stems with floral tape. Wrap tightly, beginning at the top of the bunch just below the heads of the flowers. Use as much tape as you need to tightly wrap the stems of the flowers.

    • 6

      Wrap satin ribbon over the floral tape that you used for the flowers by beginning at the bottom. You don't have to wrap the satin ribbon tightly, but do make certain that it is neatly wrapped. Use a florist pin to fasten the last part of the satin ribbon to the top of the bouquet.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will save a lot of money by not adding any greenery to your flower bouquets. It will also take less time to make the bouquets.

  • Order your flowers to be delivered two or three days before your wedding. You can make the bouquets the day before the wedding and place them in a refrigerator until you are ready for them.

  • Consider buying flowers from your local warehouse club. Most of these clubs offer specials to brides buying flowers, so it pays to check out their pricing.

  • Buy your wedding flowers from a reputable wholesaler or florist. If you are unsure of the quality, order some flowers ahead of time so that you can see what you will be getting for your wedding day.

  • Do not use damaged or browning flowers as they will quickly begin to change once they are in your bouquet. You should be able to return any flowers that are damaged or browning for a refund.

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