Whether you're getting married, your friend is getting married (and you want to help her!), or you just want a beautiful bouquet to display in your home - You'll find this quick and easy tutorial very useful! (If you're like me, you'll begin to aspire to become a florist... BAM! Just like that.) lol
I went to Walmart and bought a glass vase for $2.97 and a dozen roses for $12. You know the kind, the ones that come in the plastic with the "flower food" attached with a rubber band. You need floral tape but I bought the wrong kind so I had to ghetto rig my bouquet with a ponytail holder.
1. Lay out all the flowers in front of you like below.
2. Discard the greenery.
3. Start with the largest bloom in the center, and start "building" the bouquet by placing the rest of the flowers around it in a circular motion. Make sure you always bring the stem around to the front (see picture - how it spirals) and while you hold the flowers at the base, be sure not to squeeze too hard or you'll break the stem. (I did it twice) lol
4. Even out your bouquet. See how some flowers are sitting higher than others in the picture below (to the right)? You want to carefully pull the lower flowers up to be even with the higher flowers.
5. Look in the mirror to make sure you like the way your bouquet looks from the front. Make any final adjustments. Once your bouquet is how you want it, wrap the floral tape around the base (where your hands have been) OR this is the time to ghetto rig it with a ponytail holder. lol
6. Also wrap the bouquet with the floral tape a little lower (however low you please) then cut the stems evenly across. At this point, you can put them in a vase or wrap the base in ribbon or whatever decor you or the bride wishes.
Now what about those flowers you broke? (Because you will, most likely. lol) Use them to pin on the suit for the groom and groomsmen (see below) OR you can tear the petals off for the flower girl :)
This was pretty simple and so much fun! I can't wait to practice with more flowers and different kinds :) For my wedding, I plan on going to the farmer's market and buying a ton of fresh flowers and doing everything myself. I'll have to refer my bridesmaids to this tutorial and volunteer them to help! lol