Making a wedding bouquet and keep it fresh

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Making a wedding bouquet and keep it fresh
A hand-held bouquet of fresh flowers can be set into a vase. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

A drooping or wilted wedding bouquet is a real fear for any bride preparing for the big day. Set the fear aside and feel secure that you can make a wedding bouquet stay fresh through the wedding ceremony, photo session and reception. Flowers properly prepared and fashioned into a bouquet will stay fresh and beautiful for at least 12 hours when stored properly prior to the festivities.

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Things you need

  • Sharp knife
  • Fresh flowers and greenery
  • Fresh floral food packets
  • Flower sealant
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon

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    Make a bouquet

  1. 1

    Select flowers with sturdy stems such as roses, carnations, hydrangea, peonies and lilies for the fresh do-it-yourself wedding bouquet. Buy 8 to 12 fresh flowers for the hand-held bouquet.

  2. 2

    Process the flowers and place them directly into a clean sterile container of water. Spray the blossoms with a flower sealant for an optional way to keep the flowers fresh.

  3. 3

    Hold three flower stems together with the blossoms at the same height. Wrap floral tape around the 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inch) length of the stems to secure them together about 10 cm (4 inches) down from the blossom.

  4. 4

    Place three to five more flowers at the sides, and slightly lower than the centre blossoms, and tape them in place. The bouquet will have a slightly rounded appearance. Add optional sprigs of baby's breath, statice, leather leaf, smilax or ivy to the outer edges of the flowers and tape into place.

  5. 5

    Set the wedding bouquet into a container with 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) of water to promote freshness. Spray it with floral sealant for an optional boost.

  6. 6

    Wrap a section or the entire length of the stems with ribbon a few hours before the wedding. Secure the ribbon end in place with hot glue or corsage pins. Tie a bow or set ribbon tails to the stems for an optional look.

    Keeping it fresh

  1. 1

    Hydrate the flowers by keeping the stems in water until nearly time to carry the bouquet for the ceremony.

  2. 2

    Store the flowers in a cool room until photo sessions or the wedding ceremony. Keep the bouquet away from heat sources or freezing temperatures.

  3. 3

    Handle the bouquet with care. Refrain from touching the blossoms with your fingers to prevent bruising the petals.

  4. 4

    Place a decorative container with 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) of water on the bridal table to set the bouquet into during the wedding reception. The bouquet is a centrepiece that remains hydrated and fresh in the container.

Tips and warnings

  • If the wedding location is experiencing extreme heat conditions, consider putting the stems into florist tubes filled with water and disguise them with ribbon wrap.
  • Cut the flowers to a 7.5 cm (3 inch) length and insert them into a water-soaked floral-foam bouquet holder to keep fresh for a wedding and reception lasting several hours.

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