DIY Wedding Bouquet

I decided to make my own bouquet for my wedding. However, although I love real flowers, I chose silk flowers – yes, FAKE flowers! I used to be rather snobby about fake flowers, I think I still am, but what swayed me about these fake flowers was the fact that I live near a great silk flower mill company that produce realistic looking flowers. Boarhunt Flower Mill is situated out in the countryside in a giant mill with a massive range of flowers and foliage – you need a good few hours in there to take it all in.

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Sister sneaky snap of me. Be warned, wrap up warm it was freezing in there!

One Sunday I went armed with a picture of the type of bouquet I’d like to loosely recreate and went round with my younger sister and mum pulling out flowers that took my fancy.

Tutorial (follow pictures from left to right)

Buy your flowers and foliage:
1: Make sure you check the colour of the flowers outside before you buy.
2: Lay out your flowers ready for assembling.

20130128-190132.jpgPractice arranging first:
3: Start with with a medium size flower in your hand and add foliage around it.
4: Keep adding more foliage and flowers by constantly turning the bouquet.

Once you get an idea of how you’d like it arranged take a photo for reference, then:
5: Trim the stems with pliers. To determine the length, I held the bunch and trimmed stems about 3cms beneath my hand.

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6: With the foliage leaves I had to extend the length of the stem by joining florist’s wire to it. You fold the wire in half and with each end wrap it around the stem in opposite directions.
7: Cover the wire with florist’s tape.
8: Look at the picture you took earlier and start assembling!
9: Once finished I wrapped natural raffia around the stems.

This was my finished bouquet. I also managed to make two for my sisters and a button hole for my husband. In total everything cost around £55, this included all the flowers, foliage, natural raffia, wire and tape. For the price this was not bad at all!

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Another reason I felt fake flowers were the way to go was because the wedding date was around the Christmas holidays, which meant my flower options were very limited. I hope I’ve managed to change your mind on fake flowers! 🙂

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