Happy Wednesday! I apologize for my absence and since last writing I have successfully moved out-of-state and started a new internship. Before I left, however, I took my bridal portraits. (Bridal portraits are a southern tradition of doing a photo shoot with the bride and her dress prior to the wedding.)
Using leftover centerpiece flowers from here, I created a large bridal bouquet with about $25 worth of flowers. Similar, smaller bridesmaid’s bouquets could be completed for about $10-15/each as well…I actually made one and then gave it away to one of my maids before taking a picture!
I love this project because it gives you so many options to save money and still have floral bouquets for you and your girls. You could opt to have the florist do centerpieces and you do the bouquets. A florist will typically charge $125-250 for a bridal bouquet and $50-100 for a Bridesmaid bouquet. Depending on your number of bridesmaids these bouquets could be completed the morning of the wedding in about a half hour and save $100+ per bouquet. To save even more you could choose to only do floral bouquets and use non-floral centerpieces.
Easy 2 Step Bouquet Tutorial
Step 1: Buy your Flowers
I actually used the flowers that I purchased for a wedding the previous Saturday. In the professional pictures below, the flowers were 4 days old and had already been through a wedding, made into a large living room arrangement, and then turned into a bouquet. Moral of story? Don’t let anyone convince you flowers are too fragile to do yourself. They weren’t refrigerated, the water changed once before the wedding and once after, and they turned out great. Seriously, check out the pictures – does that look like a $25 bouquet?
Here’s a picture of the flowers and my initial arranging:
Step 2: Group Flowers into a Ball
Once you have taken excess leaves and initially trimmed the stems of your flowers, you should start grouping them together. This is more of an art than an exact science. As I tried to illustrate, I simply kept adding flowers to my “bouquet” until it resembled a sphere. I then took a look at what it looked like when I held it in front of a mirror and rearranged a bit. Now, the real secret: simply use rubber bands to secure the blooms. Three rubber bands to secure the top, middle and bottom of the stems will work well and is much easier to handle than floral tape. I placed my bouquet into a vase for transport and tied the ribbon on once I arrived at the photo shoot.
That’s it! Here’s the professional pictures – what do you think?