Having DIY flowers for a wedding enables the bride and groom to put their own touch on their special day, and have some creative fun at the same time. There are endless flower combinations and colours, allowing couples to design their bouquets or centrepieces any way they want. The following is a helpful guide to picking the right flowers and putting them together in a way that will make a great impression.
Acquiring the Flowers and Floral Supplies
First and foremost, couples must choose the flowers for their centrepieces or bouquet. They should try to pick flowers that match the wedding’s theme, paying special attention to the wedding dress, as well as the overall colour scheme.
Necessary supplies include floral tape, floral shears, and bouquet wrap such as white ribbons or lace. As for the flowers themselves, there are a broad range of choices, from white spray roses, baby’s breath and painted lady wax flowers, to sweetheart roses, and more. Fillers such as hypericum, artemisia, and curly willow are also popular to add an extra pretty touch to the overall design. Flowers and floral supplies can be purchased easily on eBay. In general, flowers should be picked up a day or two prior to the wedding to ensure that they are in full bloom on the wedding day.
Preparing the Flowers
Find a space where it’s okay to make a bit of a mess,such as a garage, shed, or large kitchen tabletop. To begin, couples should strip the stems of any leaves hanging in the area where they plan to tie the flowers together. Remove any thorns if you are using roses.Stem lengths should be kept as identical as possible to ensure uniformity; the lengths may need to beadjusted with floral shears.
Finally, before being used as a centrepiece or bouquet, flower stems should sit overnight in a vase or container of water in order to ensure they are properly hydrated for the day of the wedding.
Creating the Base
Grab two or four flowers, and form them together to create a diamond shape. To keep the flowers in place, wrap the stem in floral tape about 4-6cm from the base of flower bloom, and then wrap the tape all the way down until there is 10-13cm of stem hanging out at the end.
Adding Flowers and Fillers
From there, flowers, greenery and other fillers can be added around the base. This step offers couples the opportunity to put their own style into the design. As new layers are added around the base, floral tape should be added periodically to keep the design in place.
It is important to keep in mind the size of the flower arrangement. If it’s a bouquet, make sure it’s small enough to carry throughout the day. If it’s a centrepiece, arrangements can generally go as big as the vase can handle, and the flowers don’t necessarily have to be tied together. When centrepieces are placed into a vase, slits should be cut in the bottom of the stem to make sure the flowers take up more water and avoiding wilting.
Wrapping the Arrangement
Finally, use outer decorative wrap to enclose the entire flower bouquet. Many brides choose a white ribbon for their bridal bouquet, but others choose a ribbon or wrap that matches their personal taste. The decorative wrap should be placed around the floral tape and pinned in place, then slowly wrapped around the arrangement until it is near the bottom of the stems, then pinned. Following these steps, couples will have a beautiful, personal arrangement to display for family and friends on their special day.