How to make flower bouquets

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Creating your own wedding bouquet can be a cost effective, personal experience. Whether you take flowers from your own garden or purchase them from a florist, homemade wedding bouquets allow you to choose the perfect style and flowers for your day. However, it's important that you not fashion the bouquet too early. If you want to have the bouquet ready to go more than a day in advance, consider using silk flowers rather than their natural counterparts, as even refrigerated flowers do not last long.

Decide on a style of bouquet. Posy bouquets are spherical-looking bouquets in which the flowers are all on display. They are well-suited for most flowers. Presentation bouquets are comprised of long-stem flowers and are balanced on the forearm, finishing in a spray of flowers at the elbow. These are suited for bouquets on a bed of foliage. Cascading bouquets are filled with concentrated flowers at the bride's hands, but long-stem flowers and foliage drip towards the floor, usually finishing around the bride's knees. Cascading bouquets are the most formal bouquet type.

Arrange the flowers of your wedding bouquet. Select your accent flowers and arrange them around the main flowers. Foliage should lie around the outside edges of the bouquet or underneath the arrangement, in the case of presentation bouquets.

Keep all the stems together. This is particularly important in the case of cascading bouquets, as the illusion of falling flowers can quickly become a reality if you fail to bunch the stems properly. If this prospect concerns you, wrap the stems with floral tape for added stability. Floral tape isn't sticky on its own, but it will stick to itself. Therefore, it comes in handy when keeping groups of flowers together.

Cut the stems to an even length. Leave about ten inches from the base of the flowers to allow you ample room to grip the bouquet. Wrap the stems tightly with floral wire and secure it in place by twisting the two ends together.

Cut the edges of the ribbon at a diagonal angle, as this keeps the ends from fraying. Fold the trimmed edge to the inside and push a pearl-headed corsage pin into the fold to secure the ribbon in place. Ensure that the pin's tip faces downward, as a horizontal pin may poke you if you grip it too hard.

Wrap the ribbon around the length of the stems and finish the wrap off by folding the second diagonal edge to the inside and securing it with another corsage pin. This time, ensure that the point faces upwards.