Lots of brides want to DIY their wedding flowers (I was one of them). Here’s the quick and dirty of how to do it on a budget with flowers from Trader Joe’s:
Choose a minimum of 4 varieties of flora, preferably long lasting flowers and at least 1 greenery.
Start with a focal bunch and add flowers one at a time, spacing for color and variety as you circle the circumference of the focal bunch.
Make sure to place stems at an angle around the focal bunch.
Look in a mirror or camera as you build.
Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Want more details? Here’s a step by step explanation.
Choose flowers that are longer lasting, if possible. Common ones at Trader Joe’s include roses, spray roses, alstroemerias, baby’s breath, and chrysanthemums.
Include a minimum of 4 different flora, at least one should be greenery. We used less than a bundle each of white hydrangea, burgundy roses, baby’s breath and eucalyptus to achieve this look.
You’ll also need something to secure the flowers when you’re done: florist tape or wire are easiest but string or rubber bands can also work. We also finished our look off with ribbon tied to hang at three different lengths, a popular style for bridal bouquets this year.
Start by making a focal bunch and hold it in your non dominant hand. We used one of each type of flora in ours.
One at a time, add stems at an angle around the circumference of the focal bunch, trying to vary flora and colors as you go around. These angled stems will interlock as more are added, which helps maintain your shape.
For our round our look, we continuously stopped to look at our bouquet from above and the front (via the camera, but you can also use a mirror) to make sure we were adding flowers evenly all around. Pull up any buried flower heads as you notice them.
Tie the bouquet just above your hand.
Cut the stems to the same length.
Cover the tie with ribbon, if desired.
Place in clean water and store in the fridge (taking care to not touch the flowers on any surfaces that might create condensation and “burn”your petals) until you need it the next day.
DIY Bridal Floral Workshops for Bridal Parties
If you’re like me, you like to see and hear how to do things in person. How about a workshop that starts by taking you and your bffs for a tour of the San Francisco flower market and possibly ends w flowery cocktails with a starry sky high view of SF’s downtown?