Lush, asymmetrical garden-style bouquets have become very popular among brides today. That’s thanks in part to the renaissance of small flower farms and the popularity of the seasonal flower movement. In recent years, the availability of locally-grown blooms continues to expand, and it’s no wonder brides are using real flowers for their wedding bouquets as opposed to fake ones. Below, we demonstrate how to make a hand-tied bridal bouquet using fresh, season flowers. This DIY garden inspiration flower bouquet will make brides swoon over this unique design!
Garden roses, dahlias, lisianthus, zinnia, foxglove, stock, rose foliage, chocolate cosmos and heuchera.
1. Establish shape: Start by choosing foliage with sturdy, arching stems in order to create the overall bouquet shape. Take two stems and make an X, then add in a third stem to create a splayed-out triangle. When holding your bouquet, avoid using a tight grip with your entire fist. Instead, use the tips of your fingers to hold the stems loosely.
2. Build your foundation: Begin layering in supporting greens, echoing the original triangle shape you established at the start. It’s best to work with one ingredient at a time, evenly spacing each stem around in a circle, working clockwise.
3. Thread in color: Now add in your flowers. Begin by adding in smaller flowers and work up to the bigger blooms. Be sure you give the flowers “room to breathe.” In other words, don’t try cramming a bunch of flowers into a tight, dense cluster; you want your bouquet to have a light, airy feel to it.
4. Finish with airy accents: After placing all of the primary flowers, weave in any delicate accents, such as grasses, or any frilly shaped flowers. These elements should occupy a separate “plane” of the bouquet, which may be slightly higher or extended outward just beyond the larger flowers that form the shape of the bouquet.
5. Fluff and finish: You might find that you need to raise or lower the flowers in your bouquet in order for it to form the shape you prefer. With a loose grip, gently pull the stems up or down in order to ensure each flower is placed correctly. When your finished, use waterproof tape to wrap the bouquet stems followed by a ribbon wrap in a color that complements the flowers. Enjoy your creation!
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The Perfect Wedding Day Team
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