How to Make Wedding Boutonnieres

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To make a wedding boutonniere, cut a single rose to a short length, wrap the stem with floral tape, add a piece of flat greenery behind it and trim the stem to the appropriate length. Create simple boutonnieres for a wedding party with advice from an experienced floral designer in this free video on weddings.

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Hi my name is Christine Holanda and I'm the owner of Lily of The Valley Florist in La Quinta, California and today we are going to show you how to make a wedding boutonniere. This is the bridal bouquet that we are basing all of our flower designs from and this is the bridesmaid's bouquet. The girls are wearing, the bridesmaids, I'm sorry, are wearing the black dresses and of course the bride is wearing white. We have chosen a black magic rose for the groom to kind of mask the black magic roses in the bridal bouquet. Again the first thing you want to take off is the greenery because it will get cumbersome. You then cut it to a nice length and take off all the excess greenery so it is nice and clean and take your floral tape and non stick floral tape and you begin to wrap it. Now when you pull it it stretches and kind of sticks. It is not a sticky tape but it does stick to itself. You wrap that just a couple of times and you take a piece of greenery position it to the back so it is somewhat flat. Always remember that when you put your greenery on it will sit flat on your groom so it doesn't necessarily have to point straight up in the air. You begin to wrap this, do not wrap it too tightly as it will snap. Then you take your filler flower of choice. We chose some misty blue. You take the filler flower and you place it in front of the bouquet to give it some interest in the front, kind of fill it in and you position it prior to beginning to wrap. You hold it in place with your thumb and then continue to wrap with the tape. We need a little bit more so we open this up, place another piece of the misty in there, fold it over again hold it, make sure it stays in place. You can also add other pieces of fill. This is plumosa. Again you take the bottom leaves off. Any time you are doing this you want to make sure it is as clean as possible. See how empty this kind of is here so we want to add a little more interest over here. Place it on the back here, hold it with your thumb and begin to tape. At this point you have a lot of straggly stems. You want to cut those off and you just continue and continue to wrap it. As you are wrapping it you want to look at it and make sure that it is the appearance that you are looking for. Wrap it, wrap it. Now according to the design of your wedding, you may want it long, you may want it short you may want to wrap some decorative wire. There is all different things you can do with a boutonniere to kind of jazz it up a little bit. At this point you want to cut the stem. When you are finished with your boutonniere you want to make sure that you have your pin to pin it on to the lapel. You may get any of these pins from any floral supply store. These are very basic and you just put them in here. I suggest always having two so that you can pin it at the bottom and the top so it doesn't flop over and there's your boutonniere for the groom.

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