Be still my beating heart! Today’s whimsical DIY hand-tied bouquet tutorial from Kaci at Just Delightful Events and Abbey of Abbey Moore Photography combines two great loves of mine: floral design in a couture bridal shop!
Set at Vue Design’s boutique and with a flower wall backdrop – Kaci is going to show you how to create your very own, very beautiful bridal bouquet.
Clean buckets with fresh water
Pink & White Ranunculus
Pink & White Tulips
Pink & White Stock
Various Grey-Green Foliages
1. Once you’ve picked up your selected fresh flower bunches from your local market, be sure to remove the unwanted foliage and thorns. A good rule of thumb is to remove all foliage that would sit in water once it’s placed in a vase.
2. Give the flowers a fresh cut an inch from the bottom of the stem at a diagonal and then place the stem in fresh water.
3. Prepare the succulents by wiring them. Poke wire through the top of the succulent – threading it in one way and out the other. Wrap the wire to a thicker wire or stick.
4. Store the prepped flowers in a cool place until you’re ready to begin arranging.
5. To begin the arrangement, choose three medium stems and loosely hold them in one hand. Keep the other hand free for arranging.
6. Once you’ve started, be sure to crisscross the stems to achieve a more rounded aesthetic.
7. Continue layering the flowers and foliage around the center until the bouquet reaches the desired size.
8. Secure stems by wrapping them with floral tape.
9. Cut the flower stems near the base of the floral tape.
10. Next, choose your ribbon and secure it to the bouquet with a pin.
11. Wrap the ribbon around to the base of the stem handle length and secure the opposite tip of the ribbon with another pin.
12. Adding multiple ribbons or charms adds interest to the arrangement’s handle. I chose black and gold glittery ribbon for added visual drama and a feather for a whimsical touch. I finished the bouquet with a white ribbon, tied with long tails for movement and romance.
From Kaci of Just Delightful Events – Fresh flowers set an event apart from a typical social gathering; they evoke a sense that makes the occasion extra special. This is part of what makes a bridal bouquet so significant. What other time in life is a girl encouraged to carry a bundle of her favorite flowers, specifically chosen to match her personality, gown, style, and tastes?!
This is what I adore about hand-tied bouquets – they are the epitome of fresh flowers on one of the most exceptional occasions of a person’s life.
Personally, I prefer bouquets with an ombre of color. Typically I’ll choose a potpourri of flowers representative of one or two various shades of colors, and a touch of contrast.
I also like to pair these flowers with complimentary foliages for added visual interest. For the bouquet here, I have chosen variations of whites, pinks, and grey-green foliages.
Hopefully your own hand-tied bouquet feels freshly picked, unique, and is a reflection of your personal style on your big day!