Expert Tips For Your Wedding Bouquet
Nowadays, most Weddings have at least one DIY Element. Whether it’s favors, Signature Cocktails or centerpieces, more and more brides are taking control of the details and using their creativity. (And probably save money!)
However, if you want to take it a step further by trying to DIY a wedding bouquet yourself, you will probably need a guide to make sure you get what you imagine. The woman getting married spoke to Sarah McErlean, florist and owner of Park & Bloom in Hoboken, NJ, for her expert advice. Read on to organize your own bouquet like a pro!
The best flowers for a DIY wedding bouquet
First of all: you need to decide which medium you want to work with – fresh flowers, fried flowers or artificial flowers. Sarah says: “For a wedding bouquet, fresh flowers will always be our favorite, but they are more difficult to process than dried flowers. Dried flowers are having a Moment and there are so many awesome colors and textures now – and you don’t have to worry about them wilting anymore!”
However, dried flowers also have their pitfalls. So if you choose dried flowers for your own wedding bouquet””add dried herbs and delicate textures to add a little movement or mix them with fresh flowers.”She adds that although artificial flowers can be very realistic, they should invest in high-quality artificial flowers if possible because the difference is noticeable.
When it comes to working with fresh flowers, Sarah explains that hard-stemmed flowers like roses, carnations and delphiniums are strong and durable.
Softer stems ” like buttercups and tulips are more difficult to work with – they break more easily and can wither faster.”
She adds that all the more tropical flowers like orchids, Anthuriums, Protea or woody stems like wax flowers are infallible and very strong. Like most greens. “A bouquet of mixed greenery (Ferns, Spiral, Ruscus, various varieties of eucalyptus, etc.).) is beautiful.”
What color scheme should You use?
As with most things in life, Sarah warns that in a DIY bridal bouquet, “less is more.”
“The temptation is to use any flower of any color, but the key is to focus on special or interesting pieces or opt for a single variety of flowers like a bouquet of Calla lilies for a timeless and chic look.”
Ideally, your wedding bouquet should match the rest of your wedding flowers, although it doesn’t have to be all Matchy-Matchy. When you come up with your wedding colors, one of our favorite things is to go on Pinterest and pin combinations of flowers that you like. After that, step back and see if a topic appears. Normally You see a Combination of Colors that You like! Read more about how to choose your wedding colors here.
What size DIY wedding bouquet should you make?
The motto “less is more” also applies to the size of your bouquet, says Sarah.
“Bouquets often look much bigger in photos and you don’t want the flowers to overwhelm your outfit or devour you! When designing a mixed bouquet, you should aim to include an accent (often larger, rounder flowers like peony, Rose and even hydrangea), a linear/gestural element (like Veronica, Snapdragon or sweet pea), as well as smaller flowers and textures (Lisianthus, wax flower, berries). and for a whimsical Look, add a loose draped green like spirea.”
If you can, she adds that the inclusion of green plants or flowers also adds something special and unexpected.
If you are more looking for a looser bouquet, Sarah says they have a Height Variation under the flowers with “a lot of gestural elements” and for a classic, rounder shape, they aim to “bring the flowers closer together in the bouquet.
When making your DIY wedding bouquet, start with the more stable/thicker stems like peonies and green plants for structure and shape, then add the smaller or more delicate elements.
Exercise makes the master
Before you make your actual wedding bouquet, make sure you buy fresh flowers from your local grocery store or florist so you can practice arranging flowers and using the tools. (More about which ones you need below).
You can also place a small online order for an upcoming party (such as your bridal shower) to familiarize yourself with how the delivery works and what awaits you.
Here are some of our favorite places where you can order flowers online for your DIY wedding bouquet:
- Flower Moxie (our Favorite!)
Sites like Flower Moxie do a great job of telling you exactly what Supplies you need. But in general, here is an overview of what you need to DIY a wedding bouquet:
- Drinking bucket (plastic trash cans or mop buckets from the dollar store work just fine)
- Floral food (to keep your flowers and water fresh before the wedding)
- Folding knife for pruning
- Flower scissors
- Mandrel Stripper
- Green Floral Ribbon
- Flower foam for bouquets
Think about these DIY wedding bouquet tips
Sarah points out some useful tips to remember before making your bouquet.
First of all, she says that before making your bouquet, be sure to keep your flowers hydrated for 24 hours, and then give the stems a new cut before putting them in the water. Sarah explains: “Hydrated flowers are easier to process and your bouquet will last longer without water. If you use Roses, peonies or buttercups, let the flowers open completely by moisturizing them a few days before your wedding so that they are full and supremely beautiful.”
As for the finishing touch of your bouquet, wrapping the stems will not only help to hold it together and maintain the shape, but also give it a beautiful and elegant finishing touch. Sarah highly recommends investing in a beautiful silk ribbon. Some of her favorites are from the Floral Society, Tono and Co, and Rosemarie Textiles. She points out that there are also some beautiful Vintage options that you can find on Etsy.
Think about the band you choose, because: “the band is also a beautiful memory after your wedding.”For wrapping, just use a floral ribbon or elastic band to fix the stems of your bouquet, and then tie them with a ribbon.