Flowers, whether real or silk, can take up a large chunk of your wedding budget. One way to keep the cost of flowers from becoming unwieldy is to assemble your own bridal bouquet. One of the easiest ways to put together a bouquet is by hand tying. This process allows you to bind together flower stems to create an attractive arrangement. Although you can hand tie real flowers, if you want the bouquet to last far beyond your wedding day, choose silk flowers.
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Things you need
- Silk flowers
- Wire cutters
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- Satin ribbon
- Pearl-head corsage pins
Choose the silk flowers you want to incorporate into your hand-tied bouquet. If you want a traditional bouquet, you might choose roses and add baby's breath and ivy for filler. If you prefer a more modern look, skip the filler and pick a variety of silk flowers in different shades of the same colour.
Clip off any leaves along the lower part of the flower stems with wire cutters and wrap the stems with floral tape. If you're using filler sprays and foliage, cut them into sections that are between 8 and 12 inches in length.
Hold two silk flower stems (and one stem of spray flowers for a traditional bouquet) in your left hand.
Add additional stems to the bouquet, angling them 45 degrees to the right. Turn the bouquet as you add more stems to create a spiral of flowers. Hold the stems firmly in place as you work at the point where they cross over one another (about halfway down the stem).
Pack the blooms together tightly, leaving no space between the flowers, if you're creating a bouquet without filler greens. If you plan on adding greenery, don't worry about small gaps in the floral arrangement.
Insert greenery between flowers if you are making a traditional bouquet. Use just enough filler to frame each flower without overwhelming them with greenery.
Tie the stems together with floral wire just below the flowers and near the bottom of the stems. Wrap the wire tightly to secure the bouquet in place.
Using a pair of wire cutters, trim the bottoms of the stems flush with one another.
Bind the stems together with floral tape, wrapping overlapping layers around the bundle from the base of the flowers to the bottom of the stems.
Wrap a length of satin ribbon tightly around the stems, beginning at the base of the flowers. Hold the bouquet away from you and allow 2 feet of ribbon to sit on the left side of the bundle. Hold the tail to the side of the bundle and begin wrapping the rest of the ribbon down the length of the stems, overlapping the ribbon as you work.
Fold the ribbon over the bottom of the stems with the back side of the ribbon facing upward and wrap back up the stem. When you get to the base of the flowers, use the ribbon tails to tie a bow.
Stick 2-inch-long pearl-head corsage pins every 1/2 inch down the length of the stem to secure the ribbon in place.
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