Make Your Own Wedding Bouquet

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To make your own bridal bouquet, you need a few products that professional florists use. This includes a wedding holder , a weighted vase or something else to hold the bouquet while designing, a flower sealant, (I use Finishing Touch) and a sharp knife.

A sharp kitchen knife will do. Do not use ordinary scissors. When cutting flower stems, the blades of regular scissors can crush the flower's cell membranes and make it will make it difficult for the bloom to take up water.

Needed Supplies and Flowers:

Be sure to process your bulk flowers correctly.  Professional florists know the importance of using the right products and sealants to extend the life of wedding flowers.  These floral products are cheap and well worth the money if you are doing your own flowers.

This bouquet is fairly simple and uses two types of flowers, roses and stock flower.  You can use short stemmed roses.  Long stems are more expensive and have a little larger heads.  Forty or fifty centimeter heads work well for bridal bouquets like this one.

Stock is one of my favorites.  It is reasonably prices and adds both lovely texture and scent to any floral design.  If you want a more colorful bouquet, it comes in shades of white, lavender and pink. 

You can also use Flower Tint to customize your own colors if you wish.

Beginning Your Design

Make your bouquets after you have soaked your holder in water treated with flower nutrients. (Remember - more is not better. Follow the instructions to the letter!) Flower food helps the flower head pull up water more easily and will help keep your bouquet fresh though out your wedding day.

Please don't use "home remedies" on something as precious as your wedding flowers.  The professional flower products are carefully designed to keep your flowers at the peak of freshness for as long as possible.

Cut the stock in two or three inch sections. You'll just have to judge by your own bouquet. The longer the stems, the larger the bouquet . . and the more flowers you'll need.

This bouquet has 18 roses and 9 stems of stock. A dozen and a half roses can get pretty heavy, so if you want to use too many more flowers you should choose a smaller headed rose.

Clean off the thorns, but try not to gouge too deeply into the stem - rather "blunt" the thorns so they don't tear up your foam head of your wedding bouquet holder.

Inserting Flower Stems

When you make your own bridal bouquet, try to insert your flowers once . . and leave them there. Pulling flowers in and out can quickly destroy the integrity of your foam. This is especially true for the stems of stock, since they are thicker and would leave a large hole if pulled out.

Secure your bouquet holder in a container with a narrow neck and a heavy base. Marbles, gravel and sand work well. This bouquet is quite heavy as you add roses - you must be sure it won't topple over while designing!

Insert your first rose right in the center of your bouquet holder. Insert deep enough to hold - but don't feel you have to plunge it in a far as possible. There's going to be a lot of stems in that bouquet before you're finished and you need room for them all!

Cut your first rose where the stem is about 1 1/2" to 2 inches long. Insert into the center of the bouquet holder.

Most roses will open naturally as they are being handled or designed with. If you want your rose more "open" , gently blow on it with your warm breath. Don't try to force with your fingers - you'll end up tearing the petals.

Next insert stems of the stock around the first rose. Their heads should face slightly outward and cluster in tightly to the center rose.

Now add five more roses, encircling the center flowers. Notice how these rose heads are taking a definite tilt "outward".

Since the stock is a "secondary flower", notice how the heads of the roses are slightly above the stock. This gives depth and dimension to your bouquet.

Continue alternately adding stock and roses. The stems will gradually get a little longer. You don't want a "round ball" - rather a domed shape when viewed from the side.

Be sure to mist throughly with the flower sealant.  I suggest using Floralock to lock the stems into the holder once you are finishing designing.

Keep in a cool air conditioned room or basement (away from sunlight). Don't forget - water is the life of the flowers.  Dribble more water on the foam every now an then to keep wet. Fresh flowers drink a lot of water!

I hope you've enjoyed this step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own bridal bouquet. Be sure to check out how to make a cascading bouquet and all my other tutorials!

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