As most of you know by now, flower arranging is one of my very favorite pastimes. I take regular trips to my local flower mart, and usually opt to create my own centerpieces for a party or gathering. Working with flowers is fun, can save a pretty penny versus going to the florist, and it’s even a little therapeutic if you ask me!
So, with wedding season here (and my own wedding coming up), I figured it was time to learn how to arrange a DIY bridal bouquet and boutonniere. My friend Caitlyn Rylander just so happens to be an amazing floral designer, so she offered to show me the ropes. While arranging a bouquet is definitely different from working with floral foam or a vase, I got the hang of it pretty quickly. It was so much fun choosing romantic and feminine spring flowers. And for all you brides on a budget, this is another great way to save money on your wedding. (Would you believe that the average bridal bouquet costs upward of $200?)
Whether you’re planning your own wedding or have a friend who is engaged, follow along with Caitlyn’s bouquet arranging tips below…
Bridal bouquet recipe: hydrangeas, feverfew, garden roses, Queens Anne’s lace, scabiosa, anemones, ranunculus, silver brunia, dusty miller, chamomile, plumosa, wax flower, and fringed tulips.
“When putting together a bridal bouquet, you want to keep a few things in mind: shape, color story, and which flowers will hold the central focus. I started the arrangement with Lauren’s favorite flowers front and center (garden roses and anemones). Building outward from the front, I used the ruffled tulips, hydrangeas, and ranunculus to create volume around those focus flowers. I then started building inward again, mixing larger flowers (garden roses, scabiosa, and ranunculus) and smaller flowers (chamomile, wax flower, Queen Anne’s lace, fever few, and silver brunia) to create texture. I mixed in plumosa (cascading fern) and dusty miller for color and romance. I then used twine to wrap the base of bouquet.”
Bridesmaid’s bouquet recipe: hydrangeas, feverfew, ranunculus, anemones, silver brunia, thistle, wax flower, plumosa, and dusty miller.
“For the bridesmaid bouquet, I used roughly the same flowers that are in the bride’s bouquet, but played with a little more color. This also creates a theme while setting it apart from the bride’s bouquet. Starting in the center, I used the blue thistle as the base. I then used the anemone and hydrangea to create the overall shape. After that, I added the wax flower and feverfew to create texture and fill in any sparse spots in between. Then I added the dusty miller and plumosa to keep with the drapy, romantic theme. To finish, wrap with twine or fabric of choice.”
Caitlyn’s tip for day of wedding: Put your finished bouquets in a vase or large mason jar with about 1-2 inches of water at the very bottom. Towel-dry the stems when you are ready to walk down the aisle. This will keep the flowers hydrated enough without having to worry about dripping on your gown.
Boutonniere recipe: anemone, scabiosa, wax flower, and plumosa.
“I continued the theme I created with the bridal bouquet and opted for subtle colors to match the bride. First, find your focus flower—in this case a light pink anemone. Then, choose your supporting flowers (scabiosa, wax flower, and plumosa). Stagger the flowers by stem length so the boutonniere will be more vertical than horizontal. The shortest stem should be at least 2 inches in length so it can be easily pinned. Wrap the flower stems together using a fabric ribbon.”
Caitlyn’s tip for day of wedding: Keep your boutonniere in the fridge or a cool space until right before the ceremony (or pre-ceremony photos) to prevent wilting and keep the flowers as fresh as possible.
And there you have it! As you can probably tell, it is quite an undertaking to create the bouquets and boutonnieres for your own wedding, which is why I would probably recommend putting a trusted and crafty friend in charge for your own big day. That way, you can spend the morning getting ready or relaxing. And, when it’s your friend getting married and not yourself, this can be a really fun and meaningful gift.
Are you going to try this floral DIY?
Let me know in the comments!
And a big thank you to my friend Caitlyn Rylander for giving Team LC (and Fitz!) this little lesson.