Greening a Bridal Bouquet

Basic Design Tutorials for Wedding Flowers

When greening a bridal bouquet, it's important to choose the right bridal bouquet holder for your design. This is no place to cut cost. I prefer a holder with a larger head of foam. Remember - this is the life of your bouquet, since the water stored in the foam is what keeps the flowers alive.

I really like the new SuperWet holder by Oasis, since it has a hollow handle with a built-in wick. This bouquet can be set in a vase of water when finished and will draw water up to the foam, keeping it wet. This is wonderful for DIY brides, since you can make the bouquet a couple of days in advance and not worry about re-wetting the foam constantly.

Leatherleaf fern is a very popular green used by professional florists. You commonly see it in most every bouquet of flowers. It is inexpensive and a lot of laterals are available to be cut off every stem. Make a clean cut with a knife rather than tearing it off the stem. You will find it easier to insert into the foam.

How long you make your greens will determine the size of your finished bouquet. Your flowers should extend just slightly beyond the tip of the greens. You need to determine how large you want your bouquet to be by the size of your greenery frame.

I continue to fill around the outside diameter of the bouquet.

Now using slightly shorter pieces of leatherleaf, I begin to lightly fill in the center of the bouquet. Point the greens in the center straight out, then gradually begin rotating the greens outward towards the sides. This gives depth rather than a flatness to your bouquet design.

Flat sword fern gives a wonderful texture and adds interest to any bouquet.

Here I'm inserting two longer stems down at the bottom of the bouquet to give long lines of interest to the cascade.

Decorative grasses are another green I love to incorporate into bouquets. Thinner greens are those like Bear Grass, broader blades should be Lemon or Lily grass.

Cowee picks are invaluable for wiring grasses and flower stems when greening a bridal bouquet. These wooden picks come with twists of fine wire on the ends. You lay the pick against the stem or looped grass and wind the wire tight around it. The wood will swell and tighten in when inserted into the wet foam, securing the flower stem securely.

Here are two blades of lily grass double looped and secured with a Cowee pick.

See how I staggered the size of the loops and then inserted them right above the Sword fern.

I then secured two single blades of lily grass with Cowee picks and inserted them on the left side of the bouquet.

I now made up several loops of the finer, thinner Bear grass.

While greening a bridal bouquet, you will want to insert these around the outside of your bouquet - maybe one in the center.

See how well the bouquet is shaping up. Many brides are disdainful of greenery, since every popular bridal magazine seems to show bouquets "sans greens". But you can see how much lovely and interesting textures greens can add to a bridal bouquet by using a little imagination. Greening a bridal bouquet this way can certainly help keep down costs, since greenery is much more cost effective than flowers.

Hypericum berries (also commonly called Coffee Berries) come in browns, whitish green, bright green and a reddish color. Pick these on Cowee sticks as well.

I now tuck these here and there. Notice that I leave plenty of room for inserting my focal flowers in the center part of the bouquet holder.

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