Creative & Authentic! How To Make a DIY Wedding Bouquet.
- Remove leaves
- Start Arranging the Flowers
- Bundle Together
- Cut the stems
Feeling extra creative and bold? Why not make your own (DIY) wedding bouquet?
This is usually discouraged especially if you are having a big wedding and a packed day. But if you feel like you can carve in the time to be creative and crafty to do your own bouquet, and if this is something that will truly save you money and make you happy, we say go for it!
Now before we begin sharing the “how-to,” it is always good to set your expectations.
- What type/style of bouquet are you looking to make?
- Do you have specific flowers you want to have in your bouquet?
- Where can you get these flower varieties, and can you get them in bulk in time for your wedding?
- Are you able to create a “space” where you can process, prep, and design the flowers?
- Will you have a chance to “practice” making your bouquet?
- Is this DIY project saving you money, and are you using your time effectively?
You would want to consider these questions and prepare to help you manage this DIY project. Of course, we know that wedding flowers can add up and get expensive, so this DIY concept might be a good idea to consider if you are ok with a more “unstructured” design.
Let’s go over the easiest and probably the most manageable bouquet styles that are best suited for a DIY-er! You will notice that most of these bouquets are organic, garden, and almost loosely freely styled hand-tied designs.
Here are some bouquet designs that are easy to DIY:
Have you figured out which one is for you? No rush. You have time! While you’re still deciding, let’s go over the steps on how to make your own DIY wedding bouquet!
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Scissors, tape, and ribbon/s are usually the top 3 things that you need.
However, note that you will most likely need pruners that you can get from your local hardware or even craft store if you are using flowers with thicker stems like roses, salal greenery, tropical flowers, and woody varieties.
Depending on the amount you need, you can most likely pre-order them from your local flower shop. For bulk options, there is Costco for more generic flowers like roses, carnations, and greeneries.
For more specific flower varieties, Fifty Flowers carry almost all varieties that you can think of!
There are also online shops like The Bouqs, where you can purchase the flowers and assemble them for your DIY wedding bouquet.
When you receive your flowers, they will come in tightly packed bundles, especially from wholesalers.
To ensure your flowers are healthy and ready for processing, you will need to fill up buckets with water (preferably with flower food), give the stems a fresh cut, and let them drink the water.
For best results, order your flower to arrive 3-5 days before your wedding and let them sit in the water buckets. Ensure you are changing the waters every day and cutting off the ends of the stems to enable the flowers to drink more water, making them healthier!
** PRO TIP: Ensure that there are no greeneries dipped in the water! Remove all greeneries to ensure they don’t touch the water! Leaves in water will promote bacteria growth which will hurt the health of the flowers!
** PRO TIP #2: When working with roses, ensure to cut the thorns as well before putting them back in the water. Thorns get to hurt and poke the other flowers in the bucket as you move them around.
4. Remove leaves
When you are ready to assemble the flowers, removing the greens will be the first thing!
To make any bouquet or flower arrangement, the first objective in designing is to remove all of the leaves from the stem.
Many experienced florists have “greenery strippers” or those devices they use to assist them in doing this, but you’ll have to do it by hand. Remove each leaf gently so as not to break the stem.
You can also use scissors and straight-up cut them as close to the stem as possible, again, carefully, to ensure that you don’t scrape the stem.
Do this with all of your flowers before going on to the next step; it will save you time later and allow you to get rid of all of the mess before you begin!
Lining up your blooms on the table will make it much easier for you to pick them up and arrange them.
If you are doing more than one bouquet, this is also a great time to divide the flowers accordingly; this way, you can achieve the same size for each bouquet that you are making.
** PRO TIP: Remember that at this time, all the greeneries should have been already stripped. All the blooms and the greeneries you are adding should only be ABOVE where you are holding the bouquet. Your grip on the bouquet is where you are putting your ribbon wrap later. Ensure that there are no greeneries where your hands are.
6. Start Arranging the Flowers
It is essential to determine your overall height and design goal for your bouquet. Do you like it long or do you like it short? This will affect how you are placing the flowers together, as well as cutting the stems accordingly.
There really isn’t a “hard” rule in arranging your flowers, especially if you are going for a more natural, organic, and garden-style arrangement.
However, here are some tips that you can use when you are working with specific floral varieties:
- Main flowers are usually the ones with sturdy stems, like Roses and Carnations are best to start with as they are the “focal” flowers.
- Soft stemmed flowers like Tulips, Ranunculus, Gerbera Daisies, and Calla Lilies need to be placed in between flowers with sturdy stems like Roses and Carnations.
- Greeneries like Salal, Italian Ruscus, and Variegated Pittosporum can be inserted in between the flowers; however, to support the rest of the bouquet, it will help a lot to put them around the bottom of the bouquet.
Feel the stems of your flower choices before arranging them, and you will understand how “fragile” or “strong” they are. This will help you place them accordingly as you arrange the bouquet to ensure they won’t “break.”
As you start arranging, hold the flowers loosely to insert other items into them as you see fit. Don’t squish the stems too much. Instead, relax your hands and let the flowers move around.
** Uneven height is perfectly ok. Unstructured is very modern. Minimalistic design is sophisticated. You can do your own style. No rules.
** PRO TIP: When you feel like your hand is already getting full with the bouquet and you are quite satisfied with the design that you currently did, you can tape the stems loosely. This will help you manage the stems better as you add more flowers!
** PRO TIP # 2: Hold up your design against a mirror so you can see how it will look from afar instead of looking at it so closely, which might not give you a good view of the design you are working on.
7. Bundle Together
Now it is time to bundle them together! It is almost done! Yay!
You can use tape or a ribbon to tie it together. Depending on how heavy your bouquet ends up being, you might need to use a pin to ensure that the ribbon wrap doesn’t fall apart.
You start by wrapping your stems with a generic tape to hold it together (if you have floral tape, the better!), and then you wrap the ribbon OVER the tape; as you get to the end of the ribbon, you fold the edge inwards, and then you poke the pin through the stems upwards. For a bouquet, we would suggest only do 2-3 pokes of the pin through the stems, also not to damage it, but just enough to hold it together and avoid unraveling.
8. Cut the stems
The length of which you are cutting your stems will depend on when your wedding day is.
If you are finished your arrangements 2-3 days before your wedding, cut the stems longer, so you can keep them fresh as the days go by (more tips on how to on the next step.)
Assuming your wedding is the next day, cut the stems based on your final design, making it ready to go the next day!
Cut the stems flush. Regardless of the style of your bouquet, you would like to cut the stems flush so that they won’t snag on anything, especially your dress!
You can purchase bouquet vases from your discount craft store for your bouquet storage.
As mentioned earlier, if you are 2-3 days before your wedding, cut your stems a lot longer so you can give them a fresh cut for the next 2 days as you change the water in your vase. These are essential steps to keep your flowers fresh and healthy for your wedding day!
** PRO TIP: Store away from draft and direct sunlight. Please keep them in a cool room. AVOID (do not!) fondle the blooms as they will brown easily the more you touch them!
We’re adding this tip here to reiterate the importance of trying this first as a practice. Arranging flowers definitely look easy. But the placement of flowers and the “flow” you need to achieve the design and look you are going for will definitely take more than one try, especially if this is your first time working with flowers.
You can practice using affordable grocery flowers to give you that level of comfort with flowers. Then, when you have practiced or at least now have that experience of working with different kinds of flowers, it will be much manageable and less stressful to go on your full DIY wedding bouquet creation!
There you are! How To Make a DIY Wedding Bouquet!