I recently did a bridal photoshoot and realised at the last minute that I needed a bouquet. I just didn’t feel like spending money on flowers that day because I only needed the bouquet for a few hours, so I decided to be adventurous and make my own. Since I’d never done this before I did a quick search on Youtube (my go-to resource when I don’t know what I’m doing) and found this really easy tutorial by Allie King (click here); within minutes I had created a beautiful bouquet and I was quite surprised at how easy it was. So if you are planning a wedding and are on a tight budget, consider making your own bouquet the night before your wedding (or get one of your creative bridesmaids/friends to do it) because it will save you some money. You can buy flowers from most supermarkets at reasonable prices, and you don’t need much equipment or time to create a wedding-worthy bouquet. See below for step by step instructions.
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- You’ll need flowers, ribbon, scissors, dressmaking pins (preferably in a similar colour to your ribbon) and sellotape (or you can use florist tape). You’ll also need some hairspray (I’ll explain why at the end).
- Start by holding 3-4 flowers, this will be the central part of your bouquet. You can remove the excess leaves from the flower stems but I chose to leave them on for a more rustic look.
- Then secure the stems by wrapping some sellotape around them.
- Keep adding more flowers in a circular pattern around the central flowers and secure the stems with sellotape (I chose to wrap sellotape around each layer of flowers so that the bouquet would be very secure)
- Once you are happy with how the bouquet looks, secure the ribbon to the stems with a dressmaking pin. Angle the pin into the centre of the stems and also downwards.
- Keep wrapping the ribbon around the stems ensuring that the sellotape is covered.
- Tuck in the end of the ribbon.
- Secure the end of the ribbon with a pin (angle the pin centrally and downwards). Alternatively, you can use a glue gun.
- Add more pins if needed to secure the ribbon.
- Trim the stems with a scissors if they are too long. The stems should be a few centimeters longer than the edge of your ribbon.
- Place the bouquet in a vase with a small amount of water in it; the water level should be just below the edge of the ribbon so that it doesn’t get wet. On the morning of the wedding, spray the bouquet with hairspray so that it looks fresh throughout the day and you’re done!
How easy was that? 🙂 🙂
You’ve made that look so easy and so beautiful too. I recently bought flowers for my sister’s wedding and am wishing I’d had a go myself!
How fab to find a medic using all her creative skills that often get squashed and dulled by study and duty. Refreshing x
Thanks so much Dr Juliet. Lovely to hear from you. I find that creativity keeps me sane and helps me enjoy my medical work more. I just viewed your awesome blog and you have inspired me – thank you!!!