The wedding bouquet is one of the centerpieces that the bride will carry on her special day. Although the classic roses are pretty and charming by themselves, more daring brides should try wildflower wedding bouquets, which have an untapped beauty that more brides should try. Wildflower wedding bouquets can get pricey, especially if you are dealing with exotic flowers. Here’s how you can save up on money by making your own wildflower bouquet.
- Order. You need to select the wildflowers for the bouquet at least a month in advance. However, if the flowers are very rare, you may need to reserve the flowers up to several months in advance. The usual flowers that you will use are the evening primrose, the zinnia elegans, and the sweet alyssum. You will also need decorative fillers such as leather fern and baby’s breath. If your area is conducive for the growth of these types of flowers, and if you have enough time, you can even grow the flowers yourself.
- Materials. Apart from the flowers, you will also need to have wire cutters, satin or silk in the color of your gown, paring knives, scissors or shears for the flowers, and floral foam. These will be used in setting up and preparing the wedding bouquets. These are usually available in most crafts stores and flower shops.
- Prepare the foam. To start the project, you will need to take the floral foam and place it under running water. Allow the floral foam to absorb as much liquid as possible, because the foam will be used to keep the flowers as fresh as possible. Make sure that you use cool water, which is easier for plants to absorb.
- The background. To create the background for the wedding bouquet, begin by placing leather ferns above the foam holder. Continue to line the surface of the foam with the leather fern until the foam is entirely covered. You can tuck the excess length of the leather fern on the openings on the leather fern, or you can use a small pin to secure the fern in place.
- Add the blooms. Next, add in the flowers. Begin by placing the longest piece of zinnia on the foam. Then, start arranging other zinnia flowers on the foam, making sure that the stems decrease in size as you do so. Do this until all of the sides of the foam are covered in zinnia buds. Add in the occasional fillers, such as baby’s breath and other small leaves and ferns, which add texture and depth to the bouquet. Next, take the evening primrose and cut these according to the size that you need. Wrap it onto the bouquet using floral wire. Add in the sweet alyssum next, right on the edges and the gaps in the bouquet.
- Finishing touches. Finally, add in a bow that is secured at the back of the bouquet. Make sure that it is strong enough to carry the weight of the flowers. Afterwards, you need to attach floral wires to the ribbon and the bow, which should be easy enough for the bride to grasp as she carries the bouquet.
Once the bouquet is finished, you will need to keep it in a cool place away from direct sunlight. If you can, keep the bouquet in a cooler until the time for the wedding, to ensure the freshest flowers for the bride.