DIY Wedding Flowers Tutorials
We have included the following tutorials for simple but popular wedding flower arrangements to help you realise how easy it can be to design your own wedding flowers. We're continually adding to the selection whenever we come across a particularly interesting and easy to recreate design. If you have a bouquet or arrangement that you loved, please describe it to us - we'd love to be able to share your ideas with future brides.
The perfect hand-held bouquet:
When you’re in the know about the secret tips, tricks and techniques that flower professionals try to keep under wraps, it’s surprisingly easy to create beautiful bouquets. You’ll be amazed at how simple this one is and how well it comes out.
1. Begin by properly hydrating and preparing your flowers (see our flower care section) and then lay each flower out by variety. Make sure that each and every flower looks just perfect so that it will show its full beauty in your most important bouquet.
2. Gather two or three of the largest flowers in your hand to begin (if they are all the same size, just choose your favorite blooms). Cluster them in a firm grip, then continue to add flowers, tucking them into your fingers, first a larger bloom, then a filler, then a main flower. You can group the flowers by variety to get a little more drama or add them more haphazardly for a ‘wild flower’ garden effect.
3. As you are working, keep turning the growing bouquet in your hand to check out all sides and make sure that it stays symmetrical.
4. Once you have everything in place, secure the neck of the bouquet with floral tape or wrap wire and twist the two ends together.
5. Cut the stems down to about the length of two hands so that it is just the perfect length for the bouquet. (Measure this by grasping the neck of the bouquet with one fist and then place your other hand next to it further down the stem).
6. To finish the bouquet, take a section of ribbon (don’t forget to dovetail each end) and wrap over the wire or floral tape. Your bouquet doesn’t even necessarily need a big bow -sometimes loose trailing ribbon is far more romantic than a formal bow.
A perfect, no-fuss boutonniere, great for a wedding or high school prom. Callas make long lasting, sophisticated and stylish boutonnieres that hold up so well.
1. To begin, cut your calla lily stem short, about 2 inches in length. Seal the stem by painting with clear nail polish so that the flower doesn’t secrete sap.
2. Dap a small amount of glue (floral adhesive or cold glue works best) on one side of your magnet and slide the magnet down inside the calla bloom so that it sticks inside the flower.
3. Use the other magnet to secure to the lapel and voila!
A Tower of Sunflowers:
This one is a contemporary fresh design with red dogwood and fresh sunflowers.
1. Take a sturdy, low and straight sided container or vase that doesn’t flair outward or cut inward. Pack wet floral foam inside your vase, leaving about 1 inch of space below the top of the vase.
2. Use a pair of shears to cut the dogwood stems to exactly the same length. Place them in the floral foam, forming a ring that is flush against the edge of the vase. Just as you are finishing the ring, leave about a quarter of the circle empty so that you have enough space to fit your hand to fill the rest of the vase with sunflowers!
3. Trim your sunflowers to a height that you will be able to see the head of the flower peeking out above the top of the dogwood sticks. Fill the inside of the container with as many sunflowers that you can fit, nestling the heads so that they face their best direction. If you wish, you can pull the leaves through the dogwood stems, adding even more character and personality to the arrangement. Fill in the open gap with the red dogwood to complete the circle.
4. The last stem is to tidy up the column. Wrap one length of copper aluminum wire around the top of the arrangement, one around the middle, and one around base near the vase. Trim any twigs of the dogwood that are misbehaving.
Hand-tied Calla Lily Bouquet:
Callas are the 3rd most popular with today’s bride, closely following roses and tulips. The key to making a beautiful hand-tied bouquet is properly preparing the callas.
1. Mold and manipulate the stems of your calla lilies with your hands so that the curve enhances the face of the flower and so that they can all line up. Use a firm, even pressure running down the side of the stem so that you don’t bend it or kink it in any place. If you find some callas that have straighter, more upright stems, set these apart to use these in the center of the bouquet.
2. Line up all of the flower heads at the same level, stems parallel with each other. Gather all stems together gently and shake the bouquet out a little so that the flowers fall into a rounded form. Adjust and twist the flowers so that the faces are where you want them. Secure the bouquet with floral tape or wire just above your hand.
3. Once you have everything in place, secure the neck of the bouquet with floral tape or wrap wire and twist the two ends together.
4. Cut the stems down to about the length of two hands so that it is just the perfect length for the bouquet. (Measure this by grasping the neck of the bouquet with one fist and then place your other hand next to it further down the stem).
5. To finish the bouquet, take a section of ribbon (don’t forget to dovetail each end) and wrap over the wire or floral tape. For a more natural feel, leave the stems exposed and the ends of the ribbon romantically loose and trailing.