How to Make Bridal Bouquets With Stargazer Lilies & Roses

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How to Make Bridal Bouquets With Stargazer Lilies & Roses
Stargazer lilies and roses make a lovely bridal bouquet. (Summertime Lilies image by Van Ness from Fotolia.com)

Floral arrangements for a wedding can make a huge dent in your wedding budget, but if you make your own, you can cut costs considerably. Stargazer lilies and roses make lovely floral arrangements for weddings throughout any season of the year due to their abundant availability. The lilies are available in shades that range from white to a deep, vivid pink, and roses come in an assortment of beautiful colours. Create a beautiful bridal bouquet like the pros without having to scrimp on other wedding costs, such as the food for the reception, the wedding dress and the event location.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Stargazer lilies and roses
  • Filler flowers and greenery
  • 3-inch-wide ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine the style of bouquet to created based on the style of your wedding dress. If your dress is elaborate, with lots of beading, trim and lace, a simple bouquet will not distract from it. If your dress has simple, classic lines, however, a more extravagant, larger bouquet can help accentuate the simplicity of the dress.

  2. 2

    Try your wedding gown on and identify where you will hold the bouquet. Hold your hands in front of you and slightly below waist level. Decide if a large bouquet would block the view of any special designs or embellishments on the dress. This can help you determine the size of your bouquet.

  3. 3

    Keep in mind your body type. A petite bride will look lost behind an enormous bouquet, and a statuesque bride may need something more substantial than a tiny, nosegay bouquet.

  4. 4

    Trim the ends off the flowers if you are using fresh flowers and place them into a solution of water-flower food solution for several hours. Mix the solution according to the packet's directions. Also known as floral food or flower food, you can purchase this product at any florist.

  5. 5

    Arrange the flowers in your hand to start building the bouquet. (If you are using artificial flowers, you will need to cut the stems with a wire cutter once you decide on the placement of the flowers.) Look at pictures of wedding bouquets in magazines for ideas on how to arrange your bouquet. Typically, you'll place the largest flowers, such as the stargazer lilies, in the middle of the bouquet and/or spread evenly throughout the bouquet. Place the roses throughout the arrangement to accent the lilies. Fill in between the lilies and roses with filler flowers and greenery, such as baby's breath and Queen Anne's lace. Add ivy, ferns or other greenery around the edges and throughout the bouquet.

  6. 6

    Hold the stems firmly, wrap ribbon tightly around the bottom of the gathered stems. Tie it and add a bow, with trailing ends of ribbon, or use hot glue to hold the ribbon in place.

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