Items you will need
- 12 gerbera daisies
- 12 stems of large green leaves such as lemon
- Vases filled with water
- Soft cloth
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Thin string
- 2-inch wide satin ribbon
- Pearl-tipped stick pins
Gerbera daisies are ideal for a wedding bouquet. Daisies are big -- 3 to 5 inches across -- so you don’t need many to form a bouquet. The flowers last long in bouquets, and arrangements are reasonably priced. And, they come in lots of different colors, except blue. If you have your heart set on blue as a color, use white gerbera daisies, accented with blue dyed baby's breath, tied with blue ribbons.
Cut 1/2 inch off the bottom of the gerbera daisy stems and place in cool water for at least an hour before you start arranging. The water should come up to the bottom of the flowers if possible. Gerbera daisies have hollow stems. This gives the flowers a chance to hydrate.
Wipe the large, flat leaves off with a soft cloth dipped in milk. The milk gives a shine to the leaves and cleans off any dirt or debris. Place the leaves in a separate vase with water.
Remove a flower from the water. Cut the stem 12 inches long. Place the floral wire next to the stem. Hold it in place with the thumb and forefinger of your nondominant hand. Twirl the stem and wrap the wire around the stem with your dominant hand. Each turn of the wire should be about 1 to 2 inches apart. Replace in the water and continue wiring each daisy.
Pick up one wired daisy in your nondominant hand. Place three more daisies around the first daisy. Hold them in your hand. The flower heads should all be at the same height. Tie the daisies together with a bit of string about 4 inches down the stem. Place five to seven daisies in a circle around the three daisies. Tie the entire group of daisies together. Place the bouquet in a vase of water.
Cut the stems of the large leaves so they are long enough to form a round frame for the bouquet. Overlap the stems so the daisies are encircled by the leaves. Tie the stems around the daisy stems with string.
Pick up the bouquet in your nondominant hand. Bend the stems of the three daisies around the center daisy so the flowers are facing slightly outward. Bend the stems of the outer ring of daisies so they're facing outward just slightly more than the inner three daisies.
Wrap the stems of the daisies and leaves with ribbon covering them from about 3 inches from the flower heads to within 2 inches of the stems. Secure the top and bottom of the ribbon with pearl-tipped stick pins. Angle the pins so they don't come out the other side of the stems.
Store the bouquets in jars that are filled with enough water to cover the stems by about an inch. That way the ribbon won't get wet.
Tuck in sprigs of baby's breath in between the daisies for a fuller bouquet.
If you're making a number of bouquets, once you get the knack of handling the flowers, you don't need the string to hold the stems in place. Use a rubber band at the very end.