From traditional nosegays to dramatic, flowing arrangements, the bridal bouquet sets the tone of the wedding and accentuates the bride's beauty.
- Step 1: Add ribbon, a bow, beads, or other decorations beneath the front side of the arrangement and down the length of the stems, securing them to the stems with pins.
- Step 2: Secure the bundle of stems with florist's wire a few inches below the flowers. Then cover the entire sheaf by wrapping them with an overlapping spiral of green floral tape.
- Step 3: Keep the flowers fresh by trimming the stems and placing them back in water.
- Step 4: Keep the arrangement refrigerated and mist the flower heads with water from a spray bottle. When the wedding hour arrives, the bride will have a beautiful homemade bouquet to carry.
- FACT: A bridal bouquet was sent by Florence Nightingale to Isabel Hampton, the first Superintendent of Nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital, for her wedding to Hunter Robb in 1894.
- TIP: Gently fan out the flower heads, removing any bruised or wilted petals.
- Step 5: Assemble the flowers and additional greenery by arranging the stems tightly together so that the flowers form your desired shape; whether a dome, a cascade, or your own creation.
- TIP: Order flowers in advance to be sure they will be reserved for the special day. Aim for the blooms to be at their peak during the wedding ceremony.
- Step 6: Select between 30 and 60 of the freshest and hardiest flowers available that fit the style you're going for, depending on how large the arrangement will be.
- Step 7: Prepare the flower stems by trimming excess greenery, such as thorns and low-growing leaves.
- Step 8: Use scissors to cut the bottoms of the stems at an angle while holding them underwater in a mixing bowl or pail, and leave them for a few minutes to soak.
- TIP: Leave the stems long until the bouquet has been arranged.
- Step 9: Pick the style of floral arrangement that you want to emulate or modify with a personal touch. Choose anything from elegant and simple formal arrangements to draping, modern, arm sheaf bouquets.