Many brides want to make a DIY bridal bouquet. DIY wedding projects can save money but they also offer a chance to really enjoy and personalize each part of planning your wedding. If you enjoy crafts, you’ll love making your own bridal bouquet.
What is a bridal bouquet wreath?
A bridal bouquet wreath is a non-traditional bouquet that is gaining in popularity. Like the wedding ring, a wreath is a circle and a symbol of unbroken and never ending love.
Another fun advantage for creating bridal bouquets in the shape of a wreath is that you can hang it in your new home after the wedding as a keepsake. It can really become part of your décor in a way no traditional bouquet really ever does.
Patricia Bray has designed wedding flowers for weddings and receptions in Virginia and North Carolina for more than a dozen years. She has seen wedding wreaths become more popular.
“A bridal bouquet wreath should really fit the theme of the wedding. A wreath of dried grasses with tiny shells dangling is perfect for a beach theme wedding. Organic and all natural weddings are becoming more popular. I’ve even seen feathers used in bridal bouquet wreaths too, ” shared Patricia.
Do you have an all-time favorite?
“Yes, a thin grapevine wreath wrapped in ivy. It was simple, natural and elegant. Even though the color will fade, this bridal bouquet wreath will still look great hanging in the couple’s home after the ivy dries out,” Patricia explains.
Materials for a DIY Bridal Bouquet Wreath
Depending on the theme or style you’re after, the base of the wreath could be fashioned from grapevine, wire or a thin foam ring.
Artificial, fresh or dried flowers
Fresh or artificial greens
Hot glue gun
Ribbon, waterproof is recommended
Optional accents such as beads, feathers, shells or tool netting
If you’re using fresh flowers, you’ll also need a misting bottle and a large plastic bag.
How is making a wedding bouquet wreath different from a traditional wreath?
You’ll create a bridal bouquet wreath much the same way that you would create a decorative wreath with two exceptions. A bridal bouquet wreath can be any size, from miniature to over-sized, but the ring will be thinner. You should be able to wrap your hand around the base of top of the wreath, although the remainder of the wreath will become fuller as you decorate it. The second difference is that you will create a handle one of two ways.
Creating A Handle
The top of your wreath will actually be the handle where you will carry your bouquet.
Wrap a section tightly but generously with overlapping wraps of ribbon to be about five inches wide. Waterproof ribbon is recommended as brides may develop sweaty hands. You can add a bow with ribbon at the bottom if you desire. If you want to hang your bridal bouquet wreath in your home later, the ribbon can be moved to the top over the handle if you’d prefer.
You can also tie on a ribbon loop to the top of the bridal bouquet wreath. Double knot the ribbon at the top of the wreath with a loop large enough to hold with both hands comfortably. You can hide the attachment with a bow, wrapped greens or hot-glued flowers. Later you can use the ribbon loop as the hanger to hang your bridal bouquet wreath in your home.
Using Fresh Flowers
Can fresh flowers be used in a DIY bridal bouquet wreath?
“Yes,” says Patricia, “and many brides are surprised to learn that they can be added the day before.”
Step by step:
-Fresh flowers are added last after all of the bouquet is assembled.
-Pop the blooms off of the rose or button mums or whichever wedding flowers you choose.
-Apply a dot of hot glue and place your fresh flower bloom.
-When complete lightly mist with a spray bottle of water.
-Slide the bouquet into a large plastic bag and place the refrigerator and the next day your fresh flowers will look just as beautiful.
Advice for Bride’s Creating a DIY Bouquet
Patricia reminds brides, “Yes, you want a beautiful and unique bridal bouquet but more isn’t always better. It’s tempting to keep adding little or even big touches but remember that your bouquet is a bridal accessory. You, the bride, should be the real focus.”
Interview with Patricia Bray, wedding floral designer, Southside, Virginia