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DIY Wedding Bouquets
Sometimes it helps to start out with a sketch of what you want. It does not have to be perfect, but by getting your idea out on paper can help you start to plan how you are then going to take that idea from paper and create it. Practise makes perfect, so always allow yourself some extra pieces and time for you to make sure that your project turns out just right. An easy DIY is the wedding bouquet.
There are five popular wedding bouquets, and with the rough sketch, some Pink Frosting products you will be set to start making up your own bouquet or bouquets for your special day…
1. Nosegay – a small and compact bridal bouquet, the nosegay is made up of one type of flower, no greenery and the stems are long enough to be just visible. They are simple to create, all you need are flowers that have sturdy stems (e.g. Roses), green florist tape, ribbon in the colour/s of the wedding, stem cutter or sharp knife and straight pins.
2. From the stems, remove the leaves and thorns. Over a bucket or sink filled with water, trim the base of the stems – cut at an angle, about 2 inches off the stem. Keep the stems in water until you are ready to use them.
3. Taking one stem at a time (holding in your hand) assemble the flowers, creating a “square” with four flowers in the centre and as you add the flowers, gradually assemble a “dome” shape.
4. Secure your bouquet with green florist tape or pins (3 to 4 inches below the flower head). Once secure, wrap the ribbon around the stems by tucking one end of the ribbon at the top of the binding and then wrap it down and then back up around the stems creating a handle. Tuck the end of the ribbon back into the top and secure with pins. Trim the stems and place your bouquet in the fridge ready to go for the ceremony.
The Round Bouquet is traditional, consisting of more than one type of flower and filled out with greenery and smaller filler flowers such as Baby’s Breath. By following the steps listed above, this bouquet is also very easy to make.
The Cascade Bouquet is a flowing bouquet of blooms that start as a bunch and trails down into a “V” shape. Some flowers you can consider for the Cascade bouquet are frangipani’s and birds of paradise for the tropical wedding, or roses with tendrils of green ivy. These are a little more involved to create and can be a bit fiddly for a beginner DIY-er.
The Pageant/Presentation Bouquet: Simple and elegant and as its name suggests, is the bouquet you see Pageant Queens nursing in the crook of their arm in Pageants. Easy to create, you simply secure long stemmed flowers with a complimentary ribbon and nestle in your arm as you walk down the aisle.
The Pommander is a French Bouquet and is basically a ball of flowers secured at the top with a ribbon handle. They are often carried by the bridesmaids or flower girl and are so pretty! By using a ball of florist foam, pins and some patience you can create your own little pomander bouquet for your flower girl to carry down the aisle.
Of course you can substitute fresh flowers with artificial if you want a bouquet you can keep permanently. Also, to make your bouquet stand out, you can adorn it with beautiful crystals which you can find at Australia’s #1 Wedding and Party Shop. Remember part of the fun in making your own wedding decorations is to experiment. Try different decorations (loops of smaller ribbon in the bouquet instead of leaves), try artificial flowers before using fresh flowers and do your research – look through wedding magazines, flower magazines and start sketching your ideas.
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