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Monday, December 09, 2013
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DIY tips for bridal bouquets
It takes a brave bride to decide that she would like to try her hand at doing her own flowers but I’m sure the thought has occurred to some of you. The key thing to know before-hand is that doing your own flowers will still not be cheap but it will perhaps be more economical than if you outsource. The downside is that a floral designer will be able to advise you on flower choice and structure and get wholesale prices that you may not. Floral designers also know the tricks of the trade to getting certain varieties of flowers to last longer and prevent drooping. Having said all that, if you’re still determined to give floral design a DIY try, here are some tips:
• Research floral design first and perhaps get a beginner’s book and look at how-to videos
• Try not to attempt to do the floral design by yourself if you’re a first-timer. It’s better to get a team and an assembly line together; and perhaps prepare a sample for the others to follow
• If in doubt about design regarding mixing flower varieties, use one type of flower only in your bouquet or centrepiece or use flowers with larger blooms
• Buy your flowers wholesale or direct from an importer and buy a little over the amount you actually need, in case of breakage or damage
• Avoid doing your flowers on the morning of your wedding. A day in advance is much more advisable
• Equip yourself with the tools you would need—floral tape, floral wire, floral foam, buckets, flower food, a stem-stripper and shears
• Transportation is going to be a major hurdle, especially when delicate flowers and water are involved. Think about using opaque vases filled with floral foam to avoid spillage
• You will need to get proper refrigeration, especially for certain kinds of flowers, so think about whether you will have access to this, in advance of your project
If the pointers above, have you skeptical or whether it’s a cost factor or you prefer to be eco-chic, here are some alternatives to the bridal bouquet that don’t use real flowers:
• A feather bouquet
• An antique broach bouquet
• A paper flower or origami bouquet (you can use sheet music, photocopies of pages from your favourite book or kite paper)
• Fabric flower bouquets ( think about flowers made from luxe materials such as silk and velvet or you can go more casual with crochet flowers!)
• A bouquet made out of succulents and greenery.
For more bridal bouquet inspiration, follow my Pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/trinidadwedding/bouquet-ideas/ or join me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trinidadweddings
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