The week is halfway over! Yay! We are going to be into March before you know it, and hopefully warmer temperatures comes with it! I went a got a few summer things last night that I am super excited to wear, but I'll share those later this week.
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Today is hump day, but it is also Wedding Wednesday. I don't do very many of these, but my sister and I made the bouquets for her wedding last weekend, and I thought I would share how we did it. She was so fed up with contacting florists, the the price quotes were outrageous, so she decided on the DIY option. We really didn't use any particular site to help, we just kinds jumped right in!
The first thing you are going to need to do is pick out your flowers. I believe my sister got hers from Micheal's, but there are also many online options you can go with as well. She wanted a fuller bouquet, and so she picked 5 larger flowers for each one. Helpful hint: the bigger the flower stems, the easier they are to work with. It would have been really difficult to do something like this with baby's breath or something else really tiny.
You will also need:
We made 8 bouquets in all, and used 2 rolls of floral tape, five rolls of ribbon, and about 62 corsage pins. All of those supplies were purchased at Hobby Lobby (are you surprised?).
The first thing you need to start with is arranging your flowers. Put them exactly how you want them. They may shift a little during construction, but for the most part how you tape them is how they will stay. After they are the way you want, begin wrapping the floral tape around all the stems.
You only need to wrap the tape down the stems as long as you want the bouquet "handle" to be. No need to wrap the entire stems. In the picture above, we wrapped from hand to hand, about 2 layers of tape. Helpful hint: It helps to have a second pair of hands! Don't mind the pink background - we were working in the spare bedroom on the super comfy pink blanket :)
After it is all wrapped, you want to cut the stems with wire cutters a little below the tape. If you look at real bouquets, there is always a little flower stem that hangs out of the bottom. You don't want any floral tape to show later. Cutting the stems was the hardest part. It may be useful to have a helping husband near by :)
Next, you can wrap the ribbon. Wrap it on in 3 layers, with one piece of continuing ribbon. We started at the top of the flowers, above the tape, and went down to the bottom below the tape. Then we wrapped back up to the top again and back down to the bottom again. This will make the stems appear a little fuller, and make it more sturdy. After you have the ribbon how you like it, place corsage pins in the end of the ribbon. (The end is folded over to hide the end that may become frayed).
We used 4 pins in each bridesmaids bouquet, and 6 pins in the bride's. Be very careful with the pin placing - the stems aren't as think or as pliable as real stems. So put the pins in slowly and at really small angle. Watch and carefully feel for it to poke through a side. Some of ours did, and I had to manipulate them a bit to get them buried in the stems. You don't wanna be poked by the pins as you are carrying them down the aisle!
This is the finished stem on the brides bouquet. You could also add the corsage pins all the way up the stems on this one if you wanted, to make it a little more decorative. You can wrap the stems in pretty much anything depending on the theme of your wedding. Burlap, ribbon, gems, etc.
Here is your finished product! I used real flowers at my wedding, so this was definitely fun to try something new! Don't forget, if you don't want to toss out one of the bridesmaids bouquets during the bouquet toss (my sister's plan), then you will need to make a smaller toss bouquet to use. My sister and I are both super happy about how these turned out, and was a much cheaper option than real flowers. It is something we could definitely do again in the future!