I know that summer has passed and fall is well on its way, but while I can, I thought I’d post about building fresh flower bouquets with pictures. Whether you need to build bouquets en masse, or are working on a single bouquet for the table, the process is basically the same. If you have any last of the season dahlias or cosmos, in the garden, build a bouquet to brighten the kitchen.
My friend Janice is a master gardener and grew almost all of our wedding flowers (she did cut from another friend’s garden as well—a deer broke into her garden in the last few weeks and snacked on some wedding flowers). Garden bouquets are beautiful and sustainable--good for all!
The day before the wedding, I pulled together a great group of friends and we had a mass building party, putting together 26 bouquets in white enamelware and blue mason jars in just two hours. The key was to assembly line the process, with each set of hands adding the same one or two types of flowers to each bouquet, and one person touching them up at the end.
- Flowers should be picked and placed in sterilized containers (washed in bleach water and dried) filled with clean water and flower food for several hours (or overnight) before building bouquets.
- Make sure you clean all leaves, thorns, and buds off of stem that will be submerged in water.
- If your bouquet is going in the center of a table, the flowers should be no taller than the distance from your elbow to fingertips. You want to be able to see who is sitting across from you.
- Cut the stems at an angle. Cutting them straight across will prevent the flowers from absorbing water and food.
- I like bouquets that either showcases many colors/varieties, or just a couple of colors/varieties. For our wedding bouquets, we chose color—and the results were absolutely perfect.
Nine friends (and family) helped build bouquets (including the one who took the pictures above--thanks, Lisa!) and others helped cut and clean the flowers. I got my dream wedding flowers thanks to their care and help. I am more than grateful.