The first thing I have to say about DIY bouquets is to just get a florist. You have too many things to worry about the day before your wedding, and don’t want to be looking for a replacement red Zinnia all day long. I am a firm believer there are things a bride should just spend the money on-like florists and photographers. You get what you pay for, and always regret if you don’t.
But having said that, if you must… here are some ideas.
When you have girls as pretty as these ladies from an article in long-island.newsday.com, a simple flower will do. The long stemmed Calla Lilies are elegant, and you can not go wrong with the simple beauty of a white Star-Gazer Lilly. They happen to be two of my three favorite flowers. The bride’s mother made the bouquets and all flower arrangements. She ordered the flowers online, and saved over a thousand dollars on the florist’s estimate! Beautiful flowers are lovely on their own, and a simple wrapping is all they need.
TO WRAP YOUR BOUQUET
1. Prep your wedding flowers. Remove any thorns or unwanted leaves. Cut your stems at an angle roughly 2 inches from the bottom. Keep in mind you can make your bouquet stems any length you desire but keep the stems long while you work and clip them short afterwards.
Once you’ve trimmed your flowers, arrange them to your liking. Work from the inside out to create a round dome shape using taller stems in the middle. There are many different bouquet styles so research which you prefer ahead of time or you’ll be working off the cuff.
2. Secure the stems. Using floral tape, wrap the stems tightly stopping about two inches before the end of your desired length. If you’re using loose flowers you might consider using green floral wire to secure sections towards the top of the stems, this will help create more support for the neck of the flowers.
3. Wrapping your wedding bouquet. At this point you have the option to cut your stems to your desired length. If you’re wrapping the bottom of the bouquet then you’ll have to cut off your ends. If you’re unsure your desired length you can start wrapping before cutting. http://blog.koyalwholesale.com/2011/07/wedding-diy-how-to-create-your-own-wedding-bouquet-wrap/
Here are some ideas, a website and a video explaining how to wrap the stems of your flowers.
Good luck and have fun! Pick a nice flower, and let it do all the work!