Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Suggestions on Making Round Wedding Bouquets

Your wedding bouquet is the definitive accessory for your wedding dress. No matter what time of year you are getting married, there's an appropriate bouquet arrangement and design that will flatter your dress on this special day. A lot of brides don't even recognize that there are various wedding bouquet designs to pick from and each one compliments a particular look or style that can take the wedding outfit from beautiful to spectacular.

Round Wedding Bouquets
Can you imagine spending $1,000 on flowers? It's possible if you are planning a wedding. The average wedding costs $10,000 with 8 to 10 percent going toward your flowers. That is $800 to $1000, a lot of money just for one little part of your wedding.

However, you can make a simple round bouquet that can be used for a bridal bouquet or a bridesmaid bouquet. It can be customized to fit pretty much any choice of flowers and color scheme.

Step one: Decide on the style you like

Before you begin even thinking about putting your bouquet together you have to be sure about what you want. You may like something in a magazine, but once you’ve put it together it may not be what you’re looking for. Therefore its advisable to visit a florist and ask them for a mock up of the design. As you won’t be hiring them, you may have to pay a small charge but this shouldn’t be anymore than £20 or an average bunch of flowers. You’ll also be able to discuss the types of flowers that will be in season at the time of year you’re getting married. As we’ve said before, this is important as flowers not in season will cost considerably more.

Step two: Choose your flowers

When selecting your flowers, you will want an assortment of flower sizes and shapes, not just one type of flower. You want shapes that are different, yet still complement each other. The same goes for color. If your attendants are wearing pink dresses, choose several shades of pink flowers that complement each other and the dress. They don't have to be exactly the same shade because then they would all blend together and blend with the dress. At the same time, you don't want them to be too different or to clash. If you have light pastel pink dresses, you don't want hot pink or fuchsia flowers. You will want soft shades of pink. The same goes for the bride's dress. If the bride is wearing white, you do not want ivory or cream flowers. You will want white flowers in the bridal bouquet and in the attendant bouquets.

You will want larger flowers like roses, rosebuds, carnations and lilies, whatever you choose. You should make sure to purchase at least eight of each main flower per bouquet you are making. You don't want to run out. It's better to have too many, and extra flowers can be used for corsages, boutonnieres and the throw bouquet. Make sure to purchase greenery, like ivy, and filler flowers like baby's breath, lily of the valley or miniature rose buds. The greenery and filler flowers are used to add background and fill in gaps and empty spaces between your main flowers so your bouquet will appear full.

Step three: Buying your flowers

You’ll want to get the cheapest price possible for your chosen flowers, so it’s wise to ask around different florists to see what they can offer. However, a cheaper, and more interactive way to choose is to also consider visiting a flower market. There are many of these scattered around the country, but Covent Garden’s flower market is probably the most well known.

Flower markets are traditionally for florists, who buy their stock here at wholesale prices. The good news is many are open to the public. The bad, you’ll have to be there at 4 in the morning to get your stock. Call your local market to find out exact times, and to check if they are open to the public.

Step four: Making the bouquet

The first flowers you want to put in the arrangement are four of one of your main flowers, such as a large rosebud. Put them along the outer edges of your holder where they end up looking like an evenly spaced cross. You can also place greenery behind each of these first four flowers. Then, take one large focal flower and place it dead center in the middle of your holder and in the center of the cross.

Now you can decide which flowers to use next. Work out from the center, and take four more main flowers, shaping them around the center flower into a square. They should be angled out toward the four cross flowers and just below the center flower. When you look at your arrangement from the side, it will look like you have three layers of flowers. Fill in around those four flowers with four other flowers on the same layer. They will be placed on top of the first four flowers that made the cross. They will be cut a little shorter and should not cover up the first layer.

Go back to the first layer, the outer layer where you started with the cross of flowers. Fill in around the edge. Depending on how much space you have between flowers and the size of flowers you are going to use, you can either put one or two flowers between each of the first four.

At this point, you will have all of your main flowers in your bouquet. Tweak them to your liking. From the front and side, your bouquet should appear to be round. If not, adjust the length of the flowers, pushing them farther in the holder or pulling them out as needed to get the round appearance. Once that is done, you can fill in any gaps and empty spaces with your greens and filler flowers until you have your desired appearance and fullness.

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