If you're on the look for something a little bit more unique and personal, or if you're sticking to a tight budget for your wedding planning and are looking to cut down costs, DIYing your own wedding bouquet is a beautiful option. It's not as hard as it seems when you see how it's done, plus it becomes a lovely experience that will make your day a thousand times more memorable.
- Silk flower and foliage stems of your choice (for a bohemian feel, get a lot of greenery and fillers)
- Ribbon(s), lace, fabric or cords to wrap the bouquet
- Strong pliers
- Florist tape and/or florist wire
- (Nice to have) Mirror to work in front of
Step One - Prepare the flowers
Strip all leaves that will be below the point where you'll tie them together. This is usually around 20 to 30 cm from the top onwards, depending on the shape and size of your bouquet and how far the flowers stick out.
You may also want to trim the stems a little bit from the bottom if they´re uncomfortable to handle. Don't worry if they're still too long, there's a final trim at the very end.
LILY KNOT's TIP
If you're unsure whether you should remove or leave something, keep it for now and decide later. It may be easier to see when you're half-way through the bouquet.
Step Two - Build an X with the base foliage
Use your hand to hold the stems, and try not to hold them too tight. The hand-tied look is achieved when the stems are a bit loose.
Add two or three pieces of foliage of each type, and arrange them in an X shape (as if you were trying to build a leaves fan).
Bohemian bouquets tend to have different types of greenery or foliage in different shades of green. This adds texture and evokes a garden feel.
Here we're adding a bit of eucalyptus:
Step Three - Pick a focal flower and work your way around it
Begin with the main flower that you want to use and insert it into the centre of the bouquet.
Add other flowers and foliage stems around it, always inserting them in a diagonal direction. Remember to keep your hand loose, and reposition any stems as your bouquet grows.
LILY KNOT's TIP
For a more hand-tied bohemian look, play with the heights of the flowers. Make sure some of them stick out, and sunk some of them. Play with balance.
In our Red Moon bouquet below we're arranging a bunch of dark red peonies, and breaking their homogeneity by adding dusty foliage and some white and peach rose sprays.
Step Four - Add more flowers, fillers and greenery
Keep adding flowers and greenery until it feels full enough for you.
Feel free to readjust flowers as you go. Try to keep a balance, and remember to play with their heights. Break homogeneity with flowers and greenery of other hues or textures.
Here we're adding a bunch of white and peach roses of different types and sizes. We've arranged hues so that reds are kept on the left and lighter hues on the right, to create an ombré aesthetic.
LILY KNOT'S TIP
We always check whether we like a flower or not in the bouquet before adding it by placing it right where we think it should go. It's easier to change your mind before the flower is tangled with all the other stems.
Step Five - Tie the bouquet
Use floral wire to secure the bouquet, placing it around the flowers exactly where you had the hand. Twist it and tug it in so that it blends with the stems.
At Lily Knot we usually use florist wire to tie the bouquets. String or raffia should also do.
Step Six - Cut the ends of the stems
Choose the desired length for your bouquet handle and trim the stems.
For cascading bouquets, the stem handle should be longer for comfort. For bohemian asymmetrical bouquets, we love really short handles (6-10cm). Short handles make it easier for the bride to always hold the bouquet the right way, so that she feels and looks picture perfect all day long.
Step Seven - Wrap the bouquet
Finally, wrap the bouquet handle with some ribbon. There's a lot of options and ways you could do this:
- Wind ribbon around the stem and secure it with pins
- Tie long ribbons of complimenting hues and let them wave
- Use cord for a rustic finish
- Use lace or a piece of cloth of your dress
In the image below we're using bridal and burgundy silk ribbons.
A note on the arrangement technique
Bohemian bouquets are achieved by a specific combination of foliage, fillers and blooms, but also by achieving a hand-tied look with the way they are arranged.
At Lily Knot we achieve the best hand-tied look results on bohemian bouquets when following this technique, instead of the traditional spiral or parallel ones.